SHOBOX: The New Generation, Shinard Bunch vs. Hugo Roldan

Shinard Bunch vs. Hugo Roldan

Friday nights aren’t the same without a dosing of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts, but fear not, as SHOBOX returns to our broadcast for a highly anticipated fight card from Atlantic City on September 9th

The latest installment from SHOBOX is entitled ‘The New Generation.’ It will feature a tripleheader of bouts finalized with a super lightweight main event contest between Shinard Bunch and the undefeated Hugo Alberto Roldan. 

Refining fresh-faced up-and-coming boxers have never been so prevalent since the arrival of SHOBOX, and the New Generation card will be no exception. Alongside Bunch and Roldan, an additional six prospects with a combined record of 110-3-3 will showcase their skills inside the Bally Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. 

Since accumulating an impressive 7-0-1 record in 2021, Bunch (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Roldan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will compete in a 10-round super lightweight bout in the evening main event. Before the main event festivities occur, Filipino standout Bernard Angelo Torres (16-0, 7 KOs) will battle with the Dominican-born Frency Fortunato Saya (13-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight co-main event bout. Janelson Bocachica (17-0-1, 11 KOs) – who fought Bunch to a split draw in July 2021 – will return to the squared circle as the broadcast’s tripleheader opening bout, as he’ll face knockout artist Roiman Villa (24-1, 24 KOs). 

The executive producer of SHOBOX: The New Generation, Gordon Hall, said: “SHOBOX continues its tradition of presenting evenly matched fights between determined prospects, giving fans what they have long come to expect from us – a glimpse of tomorrow’s stars today. 

“Shinard Bunch certainly fits the bill as a champion-in-waiting with his extensive amateur background and willingness to take on all comers. In Hugo Alberto Roldan, he’s facing his most challenging test, given Roldan’s experience and relentless style. 

The co-feature between Bernard Angelo Torres and Frency Fortunato Saya is a can’t-miss action fight, and the telecast opener with Janelson Bocachica and Roiman Villa is a battle of power-punchers that should be thrilling for as long as it last.” 

SHOBOX: The New Generation, main event competitors 

Shinard Bunch

Bunch was destined for professional boxing after accumulating 400 amateur fights that started at the tender age of 7, and since turning pro in 2019, the New York native has wasted no time in putting his name out there. With five fights in 2020 and another eight bouts in 2021, it should be no surprise the Empire State standout is fighting for the third time in 2022. 

Bunch has been a goldmine for sports bettors at BetMGM New York, usually priced with reasonable odds; he’s cashed tickets in 18 consecutive fights since his only loss to Paul Kroll in 2019. With 20 fights added to his record since his lone defeat, two of those contests ended in a draw.

Following his SHOBOX debut split draw versus Bocachica, Bunch has removed the judges’ opinion from his career, winning three of his following four fights by way of stoppage. If there’s a fighter you can put your wagering faith behind, Bunch is the man. 

“Fighting on SHOBOX in a co-main event was a step-up for me in 2021,” Bunch commented. “But now, I’m the main event. Growing up with the name Showtime, this is literally something I have dreamed about since I was five years old. Being able to do this in front of my friends and family is unbelievable. I’m blessed to be the main event on SHOBOX, and I’m definitely ready to show the world why I’m at this level.”

Hugo Alberto Roldan 

Standing opposite Bunch will be the ever-dangerous Argentinian-native Hugo Roldan, who has most recently undergone the coaching guidance of Freddy Fundora. Fundora is the father and trainer of WBC Interim Super Welterweight Champion Sebastian Fundora. Roldan is hoping to kill the hype of Bunch since his relocation to Coachella, California, will provide a new outlook to his in-ring approach. 

Roldan will make his SHOBOX and United States debut when facing Bunch on September 9, as 20 of his 22 professional boxing bouts have been contested in his native country of Argentina. This could present a set of red flags for most critics, but we should note that Roldan is undefeated and has never faced an opponent with a losing record. 

Roldan will unquestionably be the toughest test of Bunch’s professional career as a South American boxer with significant control over his striking output at range and can switch stances at will. 

“I’m ready to show my boxing skills to the world,” Roldan commented. “I can’t wait to fight in the United States. I am so thankful for this opportunity and can’t wait to take a big leap forward with this fight in my journey to a world championship.”