SHOBOX on Showtime 

 Duran vs. Sinclair

Morris vs. OHara

 

September 23, 2005

London Hilton on Park Lane

London, England

 11:00 PM ET/PT*

 

 

Line-up:

British Commonwealth Jr. Middleweight Title Bout (12 Rds)

Champion Ossie Duran (19-4-1, 9 KOs) vs. Neil Sinky Sinclair  (28-4, 22 KOs)


Featherweight Bout (8 Rds)

Andy The Wythenshawe Warrior Morris (11-0, 3 KOs) vs. Kevin Sweet Pea OHara (10-2, 3 KOs)
 

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"ShoBox: The New Generation"

To Feature British Commonwealth Title Bout

and Featherweight Tussle

 

NEW YORK – Junior Middleweights Ossie Duran and NeilSinky Sinclair will meet in a scheduled 12-

rounder for the British Commonwealth title as “ShoBox: The New Generation” crosses the Atlantic for its

next telecast on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005, from London, England. In the eight-round featherweight co-feature,

undefeated English Featherweight Champion AndyThe Wythenshawe Warrior Morris will take on Kevin

Sweet PeaOHara.

 

SHOWTIME will televise the Frank Warren’s Sports Network doubleheader same day tape delay from the

London Hilton on Park Lane at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast represents the 65th in the popular “ShoBox”

series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001.

 

Duran (19-4-1, 9 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, captured the British Commonwealth light middleweight title on June

26, 2004, in Belfast, Ireland, when he uncorked a sweeping right hand that had Jamie Moore out on his

feet. The referee immediately stepped in at the 1:06 mark of the third round as Duran drove forward,

attempting to tag Moore with another right hand.

 

Following a third-round knockout over Frank Daabisi on Dec. 18, 2004, in Accra, the Ghana Boxing

Authority declared Duran the 2004 "Boxer of the Year."

 

“It was nice to be honored like that back home,” Duran said. “But I am looking for a world title belt. I think

that this fight with Sinclair on Sept. 23 will show everybody that I am ready to take it to the next level.”

 

The Ghana native snagged the World Boxing Federation (WBF) European welterweight title on Dec. 13,

2001, with a 10-round decision over Delroy Mellis in London. Two years later on Dec. 26, 2003, Duran

captured the vacant British Commonwealth welterweight crown by registering a 12-round decision over

Joshua Okane in Accra.

Sinclair (28-4, 22 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, battled Daniel Santos for the World Boxing Organization (WBO)

welterweight title on Dec. 16, 2000, in Sheffield, England. Both fighters were dropped in the first round before

Santos won by knockout in the second.

 

“Even though the fight with Santos only lasted a couple of rounds, I believe I learned a lot,” Sinclair said. “The

experience I gained by being involved in a world championship contest on a massive bill will be invaluable to

me as I embark on another crack at the world title.”

 

Sinclair, who captured the gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, reeled off nine consecutive victories after

the Santos fight. During the streak, he won the British welterweight title with a fifth-round knockout over

Harry Dhami on Nov. 19, 2001, in Glasgow, Scotland. He successfully defended the belt three times.

 

The hard-hitting Irishman dropped his last outing on March 18, 2005, when a clash of heads with Taz Jones

80 seconds in resulted in a cut so severe that Sinclair was unable to continue.

 

Morris (11-0, 3 KOs), of Manchester, England, has impressed since pulling on a pair of boxing gloves at age

10. The young fighter looked sensational in his pro debut at 19 years of age by winning every round against

the experienced Jason Nesbitt on Jan. 18, 2003, in Preston, England.

 

In his last contest, Morris captured the English featherweight title with a stellar points win over Rocky Dean

on May 20, 2005, in London. The referee scored it 99-92. Morris’ superior skills, great hand speed and

underrated power were on display from the outset.

 

“I have done my apprenticeship and now cannot wait to make a name for myself as a pro,” Morris said. “No

disrespect to O’Hara, but come Sept. 23, he will wish he never took this fight.”

 

O’Hara (10-2, 3 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, opened his pro career on Nov. 2, 2002, by stopping Mike

Harrington in the opening stanza. Slick combinations and brutal punches crushed his opponent.

 

The Belfast bricklayer continued his winning ways by defeating his next eight opponents. O’Hara has shown

that he can fight with power, but many boxing insiders say he needs to tighten his defense.

 

O’Hara has dropped two of his last three fights, including an eight-round affair in his “ShoBox” debut against

Choi Tseveenpurev on May 6, 2004. The judge scored it 78-75.

 

“This is it for me,” O’Hara said. “My back is against the wall and I have no other option than to beat Morris

like a drum. I am ready for this fight and to keep my boxing career going.”

 

Nick Charles will call the action from ringside, with Steve Farhood serving as expert analyst. The executive

producer of the telecast is Gordon Hall, with Richard Gaughan producing.

 

For information on “ShoBox: The New Generation” and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts,

including complete fighter bios, records, related stories and more, please go the SHOWTIME website at

http://www.sho.com/boxing.
 

*Tape Delayed on the West Coast

 

- Press Release issued by Showtime's Shobox (with a little editing from us - color,  highlights).

 

(9/9/05)