Antoine Douglas To Face Les Sherrington on ShoBox

Unbeaten rising star Antoine "Action" Douglas will fight on ShoBox: The New Generation for a fifth time when he takes on Les "Lock N Load" Sherrington in a clash of world-ranked middleweights in the main event of a quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) on Friday, Nov. 6, at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC), across from the D Las Vegas in iconic Downtown Las Vegas.

The popular prospect-oriented boxing series premiered in July 2001 and has produced 63 world champions to date. Antoine's fifth ShoBox appearance will tie him with eight other fighters for second place on the all-time list (the ShoBox appearance record is held by Chris Avalos with six appearances). All of the fighters with five or more ShoBox appearances went on to challenge for a world title, five triumphed -Andre Ward, Ishe Smith, Robert Guerrero, Kendall Holt and Badou Jack-and three fell short -Avalos, Mike Arnaoutis and Sechew Powell. A sixth five-time Shobox participant, Lateef Kayode, is scheduled to challenge WBA Cruiserweight World Champion Denis Lebedev on Nov. 4.

Douglas, of Burke, Va., is the WBA's ninth-ranked contender. He will enter the 10-round bout for the WBA and WBO International 160-pound titles with a record of 18-0-1, 12 KOs. Australia's Sherrington, the WBA's No. 12th-rated contender, is 35-7, 30 KOs.

"Douglas has been consistently entertaining throughout his fights on ShoBox and is fighting another older, more-experienced opponent once again,'' said ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood. "Part of the satisfaction of watching fighters develop on ShoBox is seeing them graduate to contender status. Douglas is just about at that point; he is taking his final classes.''

The 10-round ShoBox co-feature will match former international amateur standout and 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Ukrainian southpaw Taras "Real Deal" Shelestyuk (12-0, 8 KOs), of Los Angeles, Calif. against experienced Aslanbek Kozaev (26-1-1, 7 KOs), of Vladikavkaz, Russia, in a welterweight bout.

Two eight-rounders will round out the four-fight telecast: southpaw "Killa" Keenan Smith (8-0, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia battles Benjamin "Da Blaxican" Whitaker (10-1, 2 KOs) of San Antonio in a super lightweight scrap and O'Shaquie "Ice Water" Foster (8-0, 5 KOs) of Orange, Texas, confronts "Tsunami Sam" Teah (6-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia in a lightweight match.

All but Douglas will be making their ShoBox debuts in an event promoted by GH3 Promotions and Banner Promotions. All eight boxers will be fighting in Las Vegas for the first time. Tickets are priced at $100.50, $75.50, $40.50, $25.50 and $20.50 and are available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com.

Douglas, 23, has been impressive in four consecutive victories since he boxed a draw with former world title challenger Michel Soro in an eight-rounder that was part of the 200th ShoBox telecast on July 25, 2014. Douglas has won his last two starts by knockout: on July 17, a third-round TKO over Istvan Szili and on March 13, a sixth-round TKO over Thomas LaManna.

"This is a very good matchup for me,'' said Douglas. "I feel I'm in the right place on my career. I want to move up the ranks and earn a title shot.

"I have seen Sherrington and he is tall and long. He likes to fight on the inside. He has lost to Sam Soliman. I've been in camp with Soliman and he's not a big puncher.

"This is my first fight in Las Vegas, I'm very excited. Las Vegas is the boxing mecca of the world. This is a huge step up for me."

Douglas, a top amateur who made it to the 2011 U.S. Olympic Trials, has been extremely active since turning pro in October 2012. He fought twice in 2012, nine times in '13, six times in '14 and this would be his third start this year.

Sherrington of Burleigh, Gold Coast, Australia, will be fighting outside of his native land for the first time in this, his U.S. and 2015 debuts. He's won two in a row and is 8-1 in his last nine fights, the loss coming to former IBF World Middleweight Champion Soliman in December 2013.

Since the bitter defeat to Soliman that knocked him out of the world rankings, Sherrington has been looking to redeem himself in a major matchup in a major stage. This is his opportunity.

"This fight is something I have been waiting my whole career for and I plan on giving it my best shot,'' he said. "I can't wait to get over to America and showcase my skills. Fighting top-tier fighters is all I've ever asked.''

The well-conditioned 6-foot, 33-year-old Sherrington turned his career around after losing his pro debut in April 2002 and going 4-3 in his first seven starts. Since March 2006, he's 25-3 while winning several minor titles. In his last start on Dec. 2014 he captured the WBA Oceania Middleweight Title with a shutout 10-round decision over Samir Santos Barbosa.