UNDEFEATED SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECT VLADIMIR SHISHKIN IMPRESSIVE IN U.S. AND NATIONAL TV DEBUT IN MAIN EVENT OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION ON SHOWTIME®
Undefeated super middleweight prospect Vladimir Shishkin shined in his United States and ShoBox: The New Generation debut registering an eighth-round technical knockout against DeAndre Ware Friday night from the Central Park Community Center in the Rose District of Broken Arrow.
The taller and longer Russian Shishkin (9-0, 6 KOs) outworked an overmatched Ware in the main event as Ware’s trainer Lamar Wright threw in the white towel signaling surrender at 2:40 of the eighth round.
“I was surprised that Ware didn’t go down,” Shishkin said through an interpreter. “A couple times I stopped attacking because I thought he was going to go down, but he didn’t. He is a very tough fighter.”
The active Shishkin averaged 80.8 punches per round to Ware’s 47.4, and he dominated the body shot totals, 74-29.
With SugarHill Steward of the new Kronk Gym in Detroit working his corner, Shishkin impressed the enthusiastic Broken Arrow crowd with his performance against the former University of Toledo football player and current firefighter Ware (13-2-2, 8 KOs), who was fighting for his third time on the prospect series.
“It was a workmanlike job (by Shishkin),” ShoBox Hall of Fame blow-by-blow commentator Barry Tompkins said. “He showed good skills, he’s an accurate puncher and he’s balanced.”
Shishkin’s promoter Dmitriy Salita this week called his 28-year-old fighter the most impressive Russian prospect in boxing today.
“I thought it would be easier than that against Ware,” Shishkin said. “I feel like I did some things well and some not so good. I was missing a lot of right hands. I missed more punches than I ever had before.
“I want to keep moving up the ranks and fighting in bigger fights until I become a world champion. I hope the fans liked what they saw. I wasn’t able to use everything I learned training in Detroit, but I did learn a lot and it made my performance that much better.”