This week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights features a pair of undefeated fighters. In the evening’s main event, undefeated Lightweight Jonathan “Inca Peruano” Maicelo (16 – 0, 10 KOs) faces a tough challenge as he goes toe-to-toe with Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (22 – 6, 12 KOs) in a 10-round matchup. The bout will be aired live from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California. The fight will air at 9 EST/8 CT on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and online and via mobile internet on Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app. ESPNNEWS will re-air the fight this Sunday, April 6th at 5am. ESPN Deportes will also re-air the fight. It will have the re-broadcast at 6:30pm that same day.
This week’s fight marks Maicelo’s American television debut. He comes into Friday’s fight fresh from a 2nd round TKO victory over Tyler Ziolowski. The native Peruvian has already appeared in TV commercials in his home country, has his own clothing line, and can even boast his home nation’s president as one of his many fans. Maicelo talked about his upcoming debut, expressing his desire to show boxing fans just what he is made of. “Come April 5th, the people of the United States are going to see a technical boxer, a boxer with a lot of drive, a lot of hunger and a boxer they’re going to want to see again,” he said. “I will not disappoint and I’ll give the fans what they want, which is action.”
On the other side of the ring, Maicelo’s opponent, Rustam Nugaev comes into Friday’s fight on the heels of an eight-round majority decision win over Shavkat Madaminov.
Before the main feature, audiences will be treated to a pre-fight show featuring another undefeated fighter, Jorge “Machito” Maysonet, Jr. (11 – 0, 10 KOs). Maysonet will face off against Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (12 – 2 – 1, 3 KOs). Maysonet’s most recent match ended in a second round KO win over Pedro Salcedo. Tolmajyan picked up a victory in his most recent match against Juan Sandoval. Tolmajyan’s victory came in the form of a six-round unanimous decision.
Friday’s card is a special show as it features not two matches, but three. This week, fans will be treated to a special four-round opening fight between Heavyweight bout between Avery Gibson (1 – 4 – 2 0 KOs) and John Sarellano. The fight marks the professional debut for Sarellano.
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