Super middleweight prospect J’Leon Love will face Vladine Biosse in the main event of a Feb. 28 ShoBox: The New Generation card promoted by Mayweather Promotions at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Event Center in Verona, N.Y., Showtime announced on Friday.
Love is a 26-year-old Michigan native with a 16-0 record that includes nine knockouts. Biosse (15-2-2, 7 KOs), is a 31-year-old southpaw from Providence, R.I. Love, who is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, won his super middleweight debut with a sixth-round KO of Lajuan Simon in his most recent bout December.
Prior to the Simon fight Love won a controversial split decision over Gabriel Rosado last May, which was changed to a no contest when he tested positive for a banned substance after the fight. Biosse is 4-2-2 in his last six bouts. His losses are an eighth-round stoppage to journeyman Marcus Upshaw last January and a fourth-round TKO to then-light heavyweight prospect Denis Grachev in 2011.
In other televised bouts, 30-year-old lightweight standout Mickey Bey (19-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs), world-rated super middleweight Badou Jack (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will meet Derek Edwards (26-3-1, 13 KOs), and middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (10-0, 9 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined.
"Feb. 28 is going to be another great night for Mayweather Promotions. We ended 2013 with a full card of great fights," said Floyd Mayweather Jr., president of Mayweather Promotions, said in the Showtime press release.
"We are looking forward to putting on our first show of 2014. It's going to be a great card from top to bottom that the fans won’t want to miss."
Mayweather was at ringside in December on when Love, Bey, Jack and Pearson made their last appearances, at the Little River Casino in Shelton, Wash.
"Being able to showcase our talent once again on Showtime is great for the fighters and great for our brand," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "On Feb. 28, Mayweather Promotions is going to continue to make our permanent mark on the world of boxing."
In non-televised bouts, super middleweight prospect Luis Arias (8-0, 4 KOs) will face Dashon Johnson (15-14-3, 5 KO’s); Ronald Gavril (7-0, 5 KOs) will meet bantamweight Cameron Allen (5-14, 3 KOs); and both junior featherweight John Franklin (6-0, 3 KOs) and cruiserweight Omontunde Tabiti (4-0, 4 KOs) will be in action against opponents to be named.
DIEGO DE LA HOYA HIGHLIGHTS FEB. 17 GOLDEN BOY LIVE! CARD
Featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (2-0, 2 KOs) will face Sergio Najera (6-12-2, 1 KO) at the Storm House in Salinas, Calif., in the opening televised bout of the Feb. 17 Golden Boy Live! card on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.
The main event feaatures a featherweight clash between Manuel "Tino" Avila (13-0, 5 KOs) and Enrique Quevedo (15-6-1, 9 KOs), as well as a co-feature between middleweights Paul Mendez (14-2-2, 6 KOs) and Raul Casarez (20-4, 9 KOs).
There are other bouts between lightweights Andy Vences (6-0, 2 KOs) and Dominic Coca (8-6, 2 KOs), and junior lightweights Luis Ambrosio (3-0, 3 KOs) and Adrian Rodriguez (0-0-1).
Also in action will be cruiserweights Rudy Puga (3-0, 3 KOs) and Charon Spain (0-2-1), junior middleweights Chris Batista (1-0) and DaVonte Donaldson (1-2).