Fresh off a massive weekend with Terence Crawford becoming the undisputed welterweight champion, Showtime returns with another SHOBOX: The New Generation card from the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA. The Showtime portion of the card is a tripleheader, headlined by super featherweight Jordan ‘Short Dog’ White (14-1, 10 KOs) going up against the undefeated Eridson Garcia (17-0, 11 KOs). White looks to secure a victory, advance to the next level, and use the experience he has gained with the undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs).
The 25-year-old White is from the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia) area and is the youngest of three. Living in the DMV can often be challenging as they have several things going on, like the military and government officials that fill the area to the neighborhoods that are forcing people to move out due to gentrification. White told ProBoxTV, “It’s like a sinkhole. The city has good people, but everyone is trying to do the same thing. Being different is the key and definitely a challenge. It’s definitely a jungle in the DMV; I’ll tell you that.”
Although White felt the challenges of growing up there, at 8, he put on a pair of gloves and began a career in the sweet science. He was inspired by his cousin Clarence Vinson, who participated in the 2000 Olympics as a bantamweight and earned a bronze medal. White had his first sparring session at his cousin’s gym, and after his father complimented him on what he saw, White would continue with boxing even though he was playing football at the time.
White built a bond with the undisputed lightweight champion Haney during the Junior Olympics, which continues today. “We went to the Junior Olympics together and fought worldwide. He was my roommate when we stayed at the Olympic Training Center and we were roommates everywhere we went. We knew we would make it and meet each other at the top. I trained with him for the (Vasiliy) Loma(chenko) and (George) Kambosos fights. I helped him out with sparring and shadowed him. You know, picking up that championship spirit.”
For his upcoming fight, according to Showtime, White will have Haney’s father, Bill, in his corner. White said Bill is “like an uncle” and has “been around me since 2014/2015”. White says he speaks to Bill before every fight, which can only make the super featherweight prospect even sharper on fight night.
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Although White has been out of the ring for a year, he said, “I’ve been busting my a&s and working as hard as I can.” He will have to lean on that hard work as he faces Garcia, who is equally as good. When asked about his opponent, White told ProBoxTV, “I really don’t think about my opponent too much because he has to worry about me. I’m in there to do exactly what I was brought up to do: fight, box, and showcase my skills against whoever.”
Tomorrow night’s ShoBox card looks to keep its consistency by showcasing some of boxing’s best young talent. White is excited and pumped hours before the weigh-in and had some quick words of what we should be expecting tomorrow night: “Fireworks- Showtime Short.”