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Boxing Preview: O’Shaquie Foster (21-2-0, 10 KOs) vs. Abraham Nova (23-1-0, 16 KOs)

ON Friday, February 16, O’Shaquie Foster, the reigning WBC super featherweight champion, gracefully steps into the ring at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, ostensibly to offer Abraham Nova a crash course in championship boxing. The soirée begins at 9 PM ET live on ESPN+, with Foster and Nova expected to exchange pleasantries by 11:15 PM.

Foster, a powerhouse from Orange, Texas, is stepping into the ring for his second title defense, riding an 11-fight undefeated streak. With a record of 21-2 and 10 KOs, Foster is not just fighting to keep his belt; he’s fighting for legacy, guided by the strategic mind of coach Bobby Benton. His journey from a 100-fight amateur to a world champion has been a testament to his relentless drive and boxing acumen.

Nova, with a 23-1 record and 16 KOs, brings a wealth of experience and a fierce determination to upset the champion. Raised in Albany, New York, Nova’s journey through nearly 200 amateur fights has shaped him into a formidable opponent, eager to claim the world title for his Puerto Rican roots.

The undercard promises to keep the adrenaline pumping with Andres Cortes facing Bryan Chevalier in a co-feature that’s sure to be a barn burner. Additionally, Brooklyn’s own Bruce Carrington will take on Bernard Torres in a fight that’s as much about skill as it is about heart.

O’Shaquie Foster shared, “This journey has been a complete experience with its highs and lows. I’ve evolved both personally and professionally. I’m at a loss for words to describe my current state, but I’m fully prepared.” Reflecting on a previous fight, he said, “The bout with Rocky Hernandez took everyone by surprise. I intend to replicate that surprise. ‘Shock’ is not just my nickname; it’s what I plan to continue doing.” On the subject of Nova, Foster remarked, “We’ve been challenging Nova for a long time. He’s been aware, but used to dismiss me due to my lesser-known status. It’s interesting to see how things have changed. I’m well-acquainted with his fighting style and ready for the challenge.” He concluded with, “Our preparation has been thorough. We aim to dominate and entertain come Friday night.”

Abraham Nova expressed, “Competing for a world championship is the realization of a dream. I’m seizing this long-awaited chance with both hands. My excitement and motivation are at their peak.” He added, “I chose boxing because it allows me to steer my path. It’s a sport where I’m in command.” Nova also stated, “I place my faith in God. My training has been exhaustive. I’m known for my strategic pressure and intelligence in the ring. I’m ready to adapt and claim victory.”

FOSTER VS. NOVA FIGHT CARD

O’Shaquie Foster vs. Abraham Nova, 12 rounds, for Foster’s WBC junior lightweight title

Andres Cortes vs. Bryan Chevalier, 10 rounds, junior lightweights

Bruce “Shu Shu” Carrington vs. Bernard Torres, 10 rounds, featherweights

Guido Vianello vs. Moses Johnson, 8 rounds, heavyweights

Tiger Johnson vs. Paulo Galdino, 8 rounds, junior welterweights

Ofacio Falcon vs. Edward Ceballos, 6 rounds, junior lightweights

Euri Cedeno vs. Antonio Todd, 8 rounds, middleweights

Isaah Flaherty vs. Julien Baptiste, 6 rounds, middleweights

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