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Casino del Sol boosting boxing in Tucson with card televised by Showtime tomorrow


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Tucson’s Casino Del Sol Resort has upped the ante when it comes to hosting big-time boxing.

Having hosted big names in the past when Fernando Vargas came to town to face Tony Marshall in December 2003, other smaller events for Televisa and consistently presenting MMA bouts for more regionally known fighters, Casino Del Sol seems to be throwing its name in with the big boys for consideration with SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” coming to its venue tomorrow.

With names like Roy Jones Jr. and Greg Cohen attached to the promotion, Casino Del Sol takes aim at revitalizing Tucson as the boxing hotbed it once was. MMA is also in their sights. Casino Del Sol has never really put on a showcase like this on Showtime or HBO.

Along with being the first ShoBox of 2016, the WBA-NABA Middleweight Belt, as well as the WBA-NABA Heavyweight title, will be on the line. The entire card features only one fighter with more than three losses and could serve as the springboard for bigger things to come at Casino Del Sol.

Robert Brant, a member of the U.S. national boxing team fighting out of Eagan, Minn., will put his perfect record on the line when he squares off with Decarlo Perez out of Atantic City, N.J. Both fighters have a three-star rating with boxrec.com. Perez’s inch-and-a-half reach advantage is seemingly the only glaring difference between the two.

Co-Main Event (10 rounds-televised)

WBA-NABA Heavyweight Championship

Jarrell Miller (15-0) vs. Donovan Dennis (12-2)

Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y., is a heavyweight that boxing fans will get to know if they haven’t already. He hasn’t been shy about making his presence known in the boxing world and he has done so in bruising, devastating fashion.

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PREMIERE BOXING EVENT

WHEN:

— ShoBox Official Weigh-Ins at Paradiso Lounge at Casino Del Sol Resort (5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, 85757)

Today at 6 p.m.: Weigh-in begins

— ShoBox Live Boxing Fight Night
Casino Del Sol Resort Conference Center
Tomorrow

5:30 p.m.: Doors open to the public
6 p.m.: First fight begins
8:35 p.m.: SHOWTIME broadcast begins

*Events/Schedule Subject to Change*




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Originally a Muay-Thai fighter (mostly for self-defense purposes), Miller made his name known mostly in New York City MMA circles. Rated three-and-a-half stars by boxrec.com, the 6’4”, 27-year-old, 270-pound, orthodox fighter has earned 13 of his 15 wins by knockout and has felt confident enough in his ability to have called out Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Arreola and Anthony Joshua, among others, after an April 2015 drubbing he gave to Raymond Ochieng in a piece done by Brian Mazique for Bleacher Report.

Miller’s perfect record is on the line while he faces Donovan Dennis, who has a three-star rating with boxrec.com and fights out of Davenport, Iowa. Coming off a loss, this fight is huge for Dennis. While “Big Baby” Miller may have made somewhat of a name for himself already, Dennis stands to catapult his name into viability after having lost two of his last five fights in disappointing fashion.

Dennis’ wins, however, are quite remarkable displays of power and knockout precision.

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