Middleweight prospect Rob Brant hopes 2016 will be a breakout year for him and he is poised to start it off well with a second consecutive main event appearance on Showtime's "ShoBox: The New Generation."
The 26-year-old Brant (18-0, 11 KOs), of St. Paul, Minnesota, will take on DeCarlo Perez (15-3-1, 5 KOs), 24, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a 10-round bout on Jan. 22 (Showtime, 10:35 p.m. ET/PT) at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona, Showtime announced on Monday.
"I'm really excited about this fight and I've been training hard for several weeks now," said Brant, a 2010 National Golden Gloves champion at 178 pounds. "I've got a very serious opponent in front of me. He rates about a 7.7 at everything, which doesn't leave a whole lot of weaknesses. I've got to go back to pure boxing for this one. I have to be better in every department. It's my second time headlining 'ShoBox' and I plan on improving from the first time so viewers can chart my progress. This is my time to show my growth."
In Brant's last fight, he won a majority 10-round decision against Louis Rose on Oct. 23 in the "ShoBox" main event.
Perez has won four fights in a row since a spit-decision loss in January 2014 to former junior middleweight world title challenger "Silky" Wilky Campfort.
"I'm so excited I'm the main event on national television," Perez said. "I don't know a lot about my opponent but I'm well prepared, both mentally and physically. I plan on giving the fans an exciting night.
"Camp is going very well. My management team has brought in top sparring with all undefeated boxers, one being [junior middleweight contender] Julian Williams. I'm excited that my trainer is allowing me to fight the majority, if not all of this fight, in the southpaw stance. I'm really a southpaw, but I have fought right-handed most of my career.":
There are also three eight-round bouts slated for the quadrupleheader telecast, which marks the beginning of ShoBox's 15th season.
• Filipino junior lightweight Harmonito Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs), 21, now fighting out of Las Vegas, will make his United States debut when he takes on Mexico's 20-year-old Rafael Guzman (16-1-1, 10 KOs).
• Brooklyn, New York, heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (15-0-1, 13 KOs), 27, will take on 28-year-old Donovan Dennis (12-2, 10 KOs), of Cleveland, who lost in the 2015 ESPN Boxcino final.
• In the opener, junior welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (9-0, 9 KOs), 29, a Kazakhstan native fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, will take on Jared Robinson (16-2-1, 7 KOs), 33, of Sumter, South Carolina.