Hard-hitting Jerry Odom will step in to face Julius Jackson on Showtime card

Jerry Odom/Photo courtesy of GH3 Promotions


It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

Jerry Odom is coming off a draw with Ronald Ellis in a super middleweight bout in February in Atlantic City. Ellis was supposed to next fight Julius Jackson on July 22 from Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Ellis on Thursday sustained a hand injury that will prevent him from fighting, and now Odom will be tangling with Jackson (on Showtime).

“I have been training for a few fights that fell through,” said Odom, of Bowie, Md. “I’m in shape and ready to go. When my team got the call, we decided it was the right decision to take this opportunity.”

Odom has one real nice thing going for him – he can punch. He is 13-2-1 with 12 knockouts.

“My power will be a big factor,” Odom said. “Jackson has faced punchers before, but he hasn’t faced one like me. This is a great opportunity, and I will put on a show next Friday.”

Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) is the son of former two-division world champion Julian Jackson. They are out of the Virgin Islands.

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Adam Lopez to tangle with Roman Reynoso on special night for ‘ShoBox’

Adam Lopez/Photo courtesy of GH3 Promotions


Showtime’s series “ShoBox: The New Generation” will celebrate its 15th year with a four-fight telecast July 22 from Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. And the headliner could be a good one.

In it, Adam Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) of San Antonio puts his undefeated record on the line when he tangles with once-beaten Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round super bantamweight main event.

Lopez, 25, sets up the bout by suggesting he may have to avoid some haymakers from Reynoso.

“… He is kind of wild, but guys like that are hard to fight because you don’t know where the punches are coming from,” Lopez said. “But we will be prepared for anything.”

Reynoso, of Argentina, has never fought in the U.S. He’s hopeful a victory will earn him some big rewards.

“This is a big opportunity for us and we will do our best,” said Reynoso, 25. “This is a big fight and we know we have to win. With a win, we would hope to get a world title opportunity.”



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