This week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is headlined by a title fight between Interim Featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (21 – 0, 1 NC 15 KOs, The Ring No. 10) and challenger Miguel “Michael” Zamudio (24 – 1 – 1, 13 KOs) in a twelve round main event live from the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The match will air live at 10:30pm on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes. It will also be available online and through mobile media via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. This is a slight change from the usual broadcast time of 9pm. The re-broadcast will air this Saturday, April 20th at 2:30am on ESPNNEWS.
Fortuna won the WBA Interim Featherweight title in December 2012 in a twelve round unanimous decision win over the previously undefeated Patrick Hyland. ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote of Fortuna after the bout with Hyland, “Fortuna has looked sensational in some of his fights and has scored some tremendous knockouts, including in his previous two fights – a first-round blowout of fellow prospect Yuandale Evans and a second-round stoppage of former Featherweight titlist Cristobal Cruz. Fortuna burst to a big lead over the first half of this fight, but Hyland hung in there and tried to make it a brawl. Hyland, who had never faced a quality opponent, showed toughness and a good chin but little else as Fortuna boxed circles around him.”
Zamudio makes his U.S. debut in Friday’s fight. His most recent fight resulted in an eight-round split decision win over Gilberto Bolanos. He discussed this week’s fight in an interview, noting his respect for Fortuna but his desire to make a big impact in his U.S. debut. “I like the way Fortuna fights,” Zamudio said. “I respect him, but in the ring it will be totally different. This will be the first time that I’ve been to the United States. My dream is to be champion of the world, and I want to make my dream come true. I’m going to win this fight.”
Friday’s main event will be accompanied by a pair of pre-fight warm-up matches. The first of the night’s events will pit a pair of undefeated Welterweights against each other. Emmanuel Lartey (15 – 0, 8 KOs) will face Jhonathan Batista (13 – 0, 6 KOs) in a six-round fight.
The evening’s second fight on the card features Jr. Middleweight “Sir” Cerresso Fort (16 – 0 – 1, 11 KOs) facing off against 2008 Olympian John “The Rock” Jackson (15 – 1, 14 KOs) in an eight-round co-feature. Both fighters come into Friday’s match looking to extend their respective winning streaks. Cerresso comes into this week’s fight on the heels of an eight-round unanimous decision win over Dennis Sharpe. Jackson’s most recent fight resulted in a first-round TKO win over Ramon Pena.
Joe Tessitore is off this week. Bernardo Osuna will fill in for him, calling the action alongside Teddy Atlas. The pair will be live, calling all the action for ESPN2 HD. Todd Grisham, will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will be back once again to call all the action live for ESPN Deportes along with all the latest boxing news and highlights from studio hosts Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega.
Friday’s card is presented by Corona Extra and promoted by Sampson Boxing.
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