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Farmer Replaces Injured Benitez in Friday's ShoBox Headliner

Ariel Shnerer / October 8, 2012 - 4:14pm

After suffering an elbow injury in training, Allan Benitez has been forced to withdraw from his main event against Jose Pedraza this Friday, October 12, in St. Charles, MO.

Pedraza (10-0) will now face late replacement Tevin Farmer (7-3-1) in the headliner of ShoBox: The New Generation.

Other bouts include Jonathan Cepeda (12-0) vs. Lamar Russ (10-0), plus the live broadcast will include highlights of Jermain Taylor (30-4-1) vs. Raul Munoz (21-15-1).

Full press release below:
New York/St. Charles, Mo. - Allan Benitez has suffered an injury to his elbow in training that has forced him to pull out of his main event bout this Friday, October 12, on ShoBox: The New Generation against blue-chip prospect Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (10-0, 6KO's). Stepping into replace Benitez in the eight-round lightweight matchup is Philadelphia's Tevin Farmer (7-3-1, 1KO).  The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions and will take place at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, MO.

In the televised co-feature, undefeated up-and-coming prospects Jonathan Cepeda (12-0, 11KO's) and Lamar Russ (10-0, 6KO's) will square off in an eight-round middleweight bout.  SHOWTIME® will begin live coverage at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Also featured on the ShoBox telecast will be highlights of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (30-4-1, 18KO's) in his bout versus Raul Munoz (21-15-1, 16KO's), a 10-round middleweight matchup taking place earlier in the evening.

A slick southpaw, Farmer comes from the rich boxing tradition of Philadelphia.  Farmer had a short but successful amateur career, which saw him win the Mid Atlantic Tournament, the biggest amateur tournament in the Philadelphia area.  Farmer has fought tough competition since turning pro.  Farmer holds wins over devastating power puncher Tyrone Lucky (4-1-1, 4KO's) and Tim Witherspoon Jr. (6-1-1).  Farmer dropped a hard-fought, close eight-round decision to Polish Amateur Champion, and now 10-0 undefeated prospect Kamil Laszczyk.  That bout was for the WBO Youth Super Featherweight title.  Since the loss to Laszczyk, Farmer has won three bouts in a row. This will be Farmer's sixth fight of 2012.

The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rumble Time Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Universal Promotions.  Tickets are priced at $100, $75 and $40, and can be purchased through the Ameristar Casino or by calling (314) 267-2204.  Doors open at 5:30PM with the first bout scheduled for 6:00PM.

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