Williams, White Headline January 24th Edition of FNF

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Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra returns this Friday night with another huge match for its main event.

This Friday night, undefeated Light Heavyweight up-and-comer Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (15 – 0, 10 KOs) takes on Cornelius “Da Beast” White (21 – 2, 16 KOs) in a ten-round fight.  Williams comes in to this week’s fight fresh off of a unanimous ten-round decision over Yusaf Mack.  That victory came this past November. Williams’ manager/trainer George Peterson was confident about this week’s bout.  But he was also realistic about his fighter’s match this week.  “Cornelius White is rangy, he’s tall,” he said of White.  He’s a good boxer. He’s got quite a bit of experience, and he’s somebody we’re going to have to contend with. We can’t look over him. But we’re going to prepare for it and we’re not going to have any trouble with him.”  White is looking to get back in the “W” column this week.  He comes into this week’s main even match after having lost his most recent match, a third-round TKO loss against current Light Heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev.  White made it clear in an interview that he was hungry to get back into the “W” column and what his match against Williams means to him.  “I look at this fight as an opportunity for me to get to the next level,” he said.  “I wanted an opponent with an undefeated record, a young lion, somebody that didn’t want to lose that ‘0.’ My job is to take that ‘0.’ On the 24th, they’re going to see what I’m capable of doing. I’m coming prepared and am ready to go to war.”

Friday’s main event will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA.  It will be broadcast at 9am ET on ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Deportes will run Friday’s card in tape delay this Saturday, January 26th at 10pm ET.  This week’s card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Ringside partners Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be back together this week to call all of the night’s  action.  And Todd Grisham will be live in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will have the call for Noche de Comabtes on  ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+. They will be joined live in studio by Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos while Bernardo Osuna will have interviews and reports for both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Along with the night’s main event, audiences will also be treated to a ten-round co-feature that will pit former Junior Featherweight titlist Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (22 – 3, 12 KOs) against Jonathan “Thunder” Arellano (14 – 2 – 2, 3 KOs).  Ramos handily won his most recent bout with a one-punch tenth-round KO over the previously undefeated Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez.  Arellano is also looking to keep his “W” column improving this week.  His most recent fight, an eight-round fight, ended in a majority decision victory over Charles Huerta.

Next week on Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates, undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (18 – 0 – 1, 6 KOs) will take on Elvir Muriqi (40 – 5, 24 KOs) in the night’s ten-round main event.  That fight will be broadcast live from Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.  That’s only twenty miles from MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Superbowl 48.  The most current schedule for Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates is listed below.

Upcoming Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6KO’s)  vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) —10-rounds, Light Heavyweights Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 7 9 p.m. Jonathan González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) —10-rounds, Middleweights UIC Pavilion , Chicago ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 14 9 p.m. Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior Welterweights Paramount Theater, Huntington, N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

 

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Tebow Added To SEC Network, ESPN Staff

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Former college football standout Tim Tebow had a hard time finding his place in the NFL.  But now, it looks like the former Florida Gator star will be hanging up his cleats in favor of a suit and tie.  That’s because he has been hired by the SEC Network.  Tebow will serve as an analyst for the networks’ pre-game show SEC Nation.  The terms of his deal also include contributions on ESPN’s SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and ESPN’s annual Heisman Trophy award show coverage.  Tebow will make his ESPN debut on Monday, January 6th.  He will serve as an analyst for ESPN’s pre-game coverage of the 2013 Vizio BCS National Championship.  Audiences can catch his contributions on SportsCenter at 9am, College Football Live at 3pm, and College GameDay Built By The Home Depot at 7pm.

Along with his duties on ESPN, Tebow will also be part of the fledgling SEC Network’s studio coverage of college football’s new College Football Playoffs.  The new playoff system begins with the 2014 college football season.  Tebow is the first college football analyst signed by the new network.  He will be joined Joe Tessitore and Paul Finebaum.  Tessitore is the lead ringside announcer for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and will be host of SEC Nation.  Finebaum is host of The Paul Finebaum radio show.  The very first edition of SEC Nation will broadcast live Thursday, August 28th from Columbia, South Carolina where the Gamecocks of South Carolina will host the Aggies of Texas A&M University.  The SEC Network will have exclusive coverage of the game.  The weekly pre-game show will make its two-hour Saturday debut on Saturday, August 30 from 10am – noon.  That broadcast will come live from the campus of Auburn, where the Tigers will host the Arkansas Razorbacks.  SEC Nation will air every Saturday throughout the college football season.  It will offer a comprehensive look at all of the biggest of each week’s college football matchups.

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Lightweights Lead Second FNF Broadcast Of August

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Tonight’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights leads off with a Lightweight division fight.  Lightweights Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (24 – 6, 14 KOs) will take on Jose “EL Loco” Hernandez (14 – 6 – 1, 6 KOs) in the night’s main event.  The pair will face off in a ten-round bout live from the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, California at 10pm ET.  Tonight’s fight will be broadcast live on cable on ESPN2 and online via WatchESPN and broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Deportes will carry the fight on TV via tape delay Saturday night at 6pm.

Nugaev, a California native, comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of a fourth-round KO win over Daniel Attah.  The fight preceding his match against Attah ended in an eighth-round KO over previously undefeated Jonathan Maicelo.  ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote of the fight, “Nugaev wound up scoring a highlight-reel upset knockout over Maicelo. Nugaev and Maicelo fought a good, competitive, toe-to-toe slugfest that came to an abrupt end when Nugaev caught Maicelo with a clean and powerful right hand that dropped him face-first before he rolled over on his back.”

Hernandez is also looking to improve his “W” column.  He comes into tonight’s fight after having taking down previously undefeated Tony Luis in an eighth-round TKO.  Despite this win under his belt, Hernandez’s trainer, Richard Best, was not about to take tonight’s fight lightly.  “The first thing that comes to mind with this guy we’re fighting (Nugaev) is that he’s tough,” Best said.  “You can see in his fights that he tries to wear his opponents down with pressure. He’s a tall guy, and comes in forward. He’s not too technical, but we are not underestimating him.”

Before the bell rings for the main event, audiences will also get to see undefeated Junior Lightweight Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (13 – 0, 9 KOs) face off against Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (13 -2 – 1, 3 KOs).   Pedraza won his most recent fight with a seventh-round TKO over Sergio Villenueva.  Tolmajyan also comes into tonight’s fight with a win in his most recent fight.  He defeated previously undefeated Jorge Maysonet, Jr. in an eight-round unanimous decision.

The team of Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside to call all of the action tonight, while Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights for ESPN2.  Alejandro Pombo fills in tonight for Delvin Rodriguez.  He will have the call tonight for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ alongside Pablo Viruega.  Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will be in studio. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports.  Fans can keep up with all of the latest Friday Night Fights news online via Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF and http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  While at the Friday Night Fights Facebook page, audiences can get the Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting app.  The app lets viewers score the fights themselves round-by-round, from the comfort of their own homes.  Spanish speaking audiences can keep up with FNF on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPNBoxeo.

Tonight’s card is sponsored by Corona Extra and promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.  The most current Friday Night Fights schedule is available below.

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., Aug 16 9 p.m. Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs)  vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)—12 rounds, Light Heavyweights U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri., Aug 23 9 p.m. Argenis Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs)—12 rounds, Jr. Lightweights  Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y. ESPN2,  ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

 

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Pacquiao, Rios Visiting ESPN Headquarters Monday

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ESPN welcomes professional boxers Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54 – 5 – 2, 22 KOs) and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31 -1 – 1, 22 KOs) to its headquarters in Bristol, CT this Monday, August 5th.  The pair will make the rounds as part of a promotion for its upcoming bout this Fall.  The pair will face off Saturday, November 23rd live from the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macau, China.  The fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Pacquiao and Rios will start the day speaking with editors at ESPN The Magazine at 10:15am.  From there, they will go on to chat on ESPN.com at 10:45am before heading on to make a number of appearances on different ESPN TV shows.  The pair’s full schedule is listed below.

Pacquiao-Rios at ESPN

Time (ET) Platform
10:15 a.m. ESPN The Magazine
10:45 a.m. ESPN.com Chat
11:20 a.m. First Take (ESPN2)
11:40 a.m. SportsCenter
1:25 p.m. SportsCenter
1:45 p.m. Viernes de Combates/ESPN Deportes TV
2:15 p.m. ESPNDeportes.com

 

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Burgos, Amidu Lead FNF July 26th

 

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is back again this week with another big card.  This week’s show is headlined by a bout between former Junior Lightweight and Featherweight title challenger Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30 – 1 – 1, 20 KOs, ESPN.com ranked #4 Junior Lightweight) and Yakubu “The Black Mamba” Amidu (18 – 4 – 1, 16 KOs).  The twelve-round fight comes to viewers live from the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California.  It will be broadcast live at 9pm EST on ESPN2, WatchESPN, and broadband Spanish-Language ESPNDeportes+.  ESPN Deportes will carry Friday’s show Saturday, July 27th at 9pm EST.

 

Burgos, a native of Mexico, comes into this week’s main event on the heels of a twelve-round fight against Roman Martinez that ended in a draw.  The fight was a Junior Lightweight title fight.  ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote of the bout, “Making his first defense, Martinez escaped with his belt on another highly debatable decision. Almost all of press row, as well as the Twitterverse and HBO’s Harold Lederman, had Burgos winning the fight. He hammered Martinez with hard body punches throughout the bout. According to CompuBox, Burgos landed more punches in 10 out of the 12 rounds. Burgos just seemed more in control, stronger and better able to do what he wanted to do. Martinez seemed to have a hard time dealing with his height and reach.”

 

Amidu also comes into this week’s main event looking to get back in the “Win” column after suffering a split-decision loss in his last fight, a ten-round bout against Haskell Rhodes.  Amidu’s co-manager and trainer, Baba Sumaila, discussed expectations for this week’s fight in a recent interview, expressing his confidence in his fighter in his comments.  “I’ve been working with Yakubu since he came to the United States,” he said.  “I managed his brother, Abdullai. So when Yakubu came here, I started working with him. Yakubu is always training. When we have a fight, he increases the tempo to make him more ready for the fight. We know our opponent is very good, but we’re ready for that. We are ready.”

 

Friday’s main event will be accompanied by a ten-round co-feature between Lightweights Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (21 – 3, 15 KOs) and Josenilson “Jo” Dos Santos (24 – 1, 14 KOs).  Both fighters look to keep their “Win” column growing, coming into this week’s bout.  Gonzalez’s most recent fight ended in a unanimous decision win for him in ten rounds over former Lightweight titlist Miguel Acosta.  Dos Santos’ most recent match ended in a unanimous decision for him in a twelve-round fight against Carlos Rodriguez.

 

Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore will be on hand this week ringside to call all the action for ESPN2, while Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez, and Pablo Viruega will have the call for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will be in studio and Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. 

 

Fans of Friday Night Fights don’t have to be in attendance to be part of each week’s fight.  Fans can get the LiveFriday Night Fights app on the FNF Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  The app allows viewers to score the fights round-by-round from the comfort of their own home.  And while they score the fights, fans can stay up with all of the latest FNF news and more on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF and http://twitter.com/ESPNBoxeo

 

The latest Friday Night Fights schedule is listed below.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., Aug 2 9 p.m. Javier Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs)—10 rounds, Featherweights  Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Okla.  ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN
Fri., Aug 9 10 p.m. Rustam Nugaev (24-6-1, 14 KOs) vs. José Hernández (14-6-1, 6 KOs)—10 rounds, Lightweights  Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif.  ESPN2, ESPN ESPN Deportes+ , WatchESPN
Fri., Aug 16 9 p.m. Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs)  vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)—12 rounds, Light Heavyweights U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago ESPN2, ESPN ESPN Deportes+ , WatchESPN
Fri., Aug 23 TBD Argenis Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs)—12 rounds, Jr. Lightweights  Turning Stone Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN ESPN Deportes+ , WatchESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alvarez, Green Headline FNF This Week Live From Hartford, CT

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This weeks’ edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is another big one.  This week’s show is headlined by a matchup of undefeated Light Heavyweight fighter Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (12 – 0, 8 KOs) and former Super Middleweight title contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (32 – 4, 22 KOs).  The pair will face off in a ten-round main event broadcast live from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut.  The fight will be broadcast live at 9am EST on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.

Alvarez, a Colombian 2008 Olympian, last fought in the ring on March 22nd, 2013.  He faced Nicholson Poulard and defeated him with a TKO in the third round.  Green’s last fight, a seventh-round TKO over Renan St. Juste, was on November 3rd, 2012.  Alvarez’s trainer, Marc Ramsay, talked to reporters about this week’s fight.  During his interview, he expressed his confidence in Alvarez.  “I’m pretty sure Alvarez hasn’t fought a guy like Allan,” he said.  “But this kid (Alvarez), he’s not an Olympian for nothing. He’s very strong. He has a great 1-2 and is kind of sneaky with the right hand.  Allan can’t stand in front of him. He’s got to do a lot of head movement, a lot of boxing.  If Allan does what he’s supposed to do and listens, we’ll win the fight.”

Before the main event, audiences will be treated to a ten-round co-feature pitting former Featherweight titlist Billy “The Kid” Dib (35 – 2, 21 KOs, The Ring magazine No. 7 ranked boxer) against Mike “Machine Gun” Oliver(25 – 3, 8 KOs).  Dib is hungry to get back in the win column, having lost to Evgeny Gradovich on March 1st, 2013.  Dib lost that match in a twelve-round split decision loss for Dib.  Oliver too, is looking to get back in the win column, coming into this week’s matchup.  His last major match was nearly two years ago against former Junior Featherweight and Featherweight titlist Juan Manuel Lopez.  That match, fought October 1st, 2011 ended in a second-round knockout loss against Lopez.

Joe Tessitore will be back ringside this week after a much needed vacation last week.  He will be joined by his broadcast co-host, Teddy Atlas.  Todd Grisham, who filled in for Tessitore last week, will be back in studio this week with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Robert Sierra will be filling in for Delvin Rodrigue on ESPNDeportes this week.  He will be joined ringside by Pablo Viruega.  Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will both be in studio with all the latest boxing news and highlights for ESPNDeportes.  Bernardo Osuna will be on hand for both networks with live interviews and reports.

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No. 1 Contender Match Tops Tonight’s Edition Of FNF

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns with another big show tonight.  Tonight’s show features a big match for its headliner.  Undefeated Junior Lightweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18 – 0, 11 KOs) will take on Fahsai Sakkreerin (39 -3 – 1, 21 KOs) in a bout that will put the winner in the number one ranking and in turn will give the winner the opportunity at a world title shot.  The fight will be broadcast live tonight from the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.  It will air live at 10pm EST on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.  It can also be viewed online on WatchESPN. 

Tonight’s match is a big one especially for Barthelemy, the brother of 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy. Barthelemy comes into the fight on the heels of what is the biggest match of his career.  He defeated the now previously undefeated Arash Usmanee in a twelve-round fight this past January in a unanimous decision win.  Jon David Jackson, Barthemely’s trainer, was very confident about his fighter’s abilities tonight in a recent interview.  “He’s (Barthelemy) a good boxer and a good puncher,” Jackson said.  “I’ve seen video of his opponent (Sakkreerin). Let’s see what he can do when Rances is putting pressure on him. Then we’ll see what he’s made of. The wraps are off – I think Rances is going to surprise a lot of people in this fight. Rances should be champion.”

Sakkreerin was just as confident about tonight’s fight when asked about facing Barthelemy.  “I am proud to be a Karen boxer,” he said.  “Karen is a hill-tribe peoples from north of Thailand. I want people to see a Karen boxer become the first world champion.”

As with previous FNF Fights cards, tonight’s match will be preceded by a ten-round co-feature.  Tonight’s co-feature is a Middleweight showcase.  Middleweights Don “Da Bomb” George (24 – 3 – 2, 21 KOs) will face off against Caleb “Golden” Truax (21 – 1 – 1, 12 KOs).  Truax looks to extend his win streak tonight.  His last match was a ten-round unanimous decision win over Matt Vanda.  George on the other hand, will look to get back into the “W” column tonight.  His most recent match was a ten-round fight with David Lopez.  That fight ended in a draw.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand ringside to call all the action tonight. They will be joined by Todd Grisham in studio with all the latest boxing news and highlights.  Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by studio hosts Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos.  Bernardo Osuna will also be on hand live interview and reports for ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., June 28 9 p.m. Grzegorz Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs)—10-rounds, Middleweight Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., July 5 9 p.m. Allen Green (32-4, 22 KOs) vs. Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs)—10-rounds, Light Heavyweight Hartford Convention Center, Hartford, Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., July 12 10 p.m. Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19 KOs) vs. Chris Avalos (21-2, 16 KOs)—10-rounds, Super Bantamweight Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is presented each week by Corona Extra.  Tonight’s card is promoted by Warriors Boxing.  The latest slate of upcoming fights is available below.

Upcoming Schedule:

 

 

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Lightweights Lead The Way This Week On ESPN’s FNF

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns this Friday night, June 7th, with another big card for viewers.  This week’s broadcast will feature a matchup of two lightweights as its main event.  Before the big fight though, viewers will also get to see a pair of Super Middleweights in a ten round fight.  Hosts Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand ringside for the night’s call on ESPN2 HD.  Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and a look back at the best of Friday Night Fights from May.  Pablo Viruega, Delvin Rodriguez will be on hand once again ringside for all of the action.  Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez will join Viruega and Rodriguez for all of the latest news on ESPN Deportes.

Friday’s main event is a ten-round main event between former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina (25 – 2, 20 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Andrew Kilmov (15 – 0, 8 KOs).  The bout will be broadcast live at 10pm EDT on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.  Audiences can also catch it online and on mobile web via WatchESPN.  The fight will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.

Molina, a California native, is trained by former Junior Lightweight titlist Robert Garcia.  Almost six months have passed since Molina’s last fight.  His last fight—a January bout with Dannie Williams—ended with another notch in his “W” column.  The win came via a fourth-round KO win over Williams.  Molina commented on expectations for Friday’s fight, noting that while he confident, he is also confident it won’t be an easy fight against Kilmov.  “We took care of Dannie Williams now we’ve got to take care of Klimov,” Molina said.  “I’ve done my studying of him. He’s a tough cat, undefeated.  We’re going to have to take it from him, and we’re training for such. Klimov has a very European style, herky-jerky. But I’ve watched him on several occasions and the one punch he throws very well – he sneaks that right uppercut underneath you where you don’t see it. I’ve got to watch that, because I’ve been caught by that punch before. But now that I’ve got it in my head that he’ll be throwing that punch, I’ll be watching out for it.”

Kilmov, who hails from Russia, won his most recent fight in March.  Kilmov won the fight in a seventh-round technical decision win over fellow fighter Matias Gomez.  He spoke through an interpreter in discussing this week’s match.  “I’m a technical boxer,” he said.  Molina is a fighter with a lot of professional experience, with very hard punching power, but I’m probably the best guy he’s ever fought.”

Friday’s main event fight looks to be quite the match.  Before the main event though, viewers will get a matchup of two Super Middleweights.  The ten-round fight will see Super Middleweights Fara “Quiet Storm” Ennis (20 – 1, 12 KOs) taking on Tony “The Tyger” Hanshaw (23 – 2 – 2, 14 KOs).  Ennis hails from Philadelphia, while Hanshaw comes by way of North Carolina.  Ennis’s most recent fight, a ten-round bout, ended in a unanimous win over Richard Pierson.  Hanshaw on the other hand, looks to get back on the winning side.  His most recent match didn’t go quite how he wanted.  That match, a ten-round match against Derek Edwards, ended in a draw.

Friday’s fight is just the latest in a busy schedule for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  The latest schedule of matches for fans of FNF is available below.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., Jun 14 9 p.m. Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs)—12-rounds, Bantamweight Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., Jun 21 10 p.m. Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs)—12-rounds, Junior Lightweight Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., Jun 28 9 p.m. Grzegorz Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs)—10-rounds, Middleweight Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN

 

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Former Title Contenders Headline FNF This Week

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Courtesy: ESPN

This week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will be headlined by a pair of former title contenders facing off against each other.  Former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (27 – 6 – 3, 15 KOs) will face off against former Welterweight title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30 – 4, 1 ND, 20 KOs) in the 10-round Junior Middleweight main event.  The main event fight will air live from the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, CT at 10pm ET.  It will air on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. 

Rodriguez, a CT native, will be the hometown favorite.  If his name rings a bell, it should.  Rodriguez also serves as a boxing analyst for ESPN Deportes.  Friday’s fight will be his sixteenth appearance in the ring on Friday Night Fights.  His record speaks for itself.  His 2011 fight against Pawel Wolak was named the year’s “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America.”  A later ten-round unanimous decision win over Wolak gave Rodriguez a shot at defending titlist Austin Trout.  The ten-round fight was broadcast live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  It ended in a draw.  He claimed a win in his most recent fight this past February.  He defeated George Tahdooahnippah with a sixth-round TKO.  He also has wins against Mike Arnaoutis, Shamone Alvarez, and Oscar Diaz.

Rodriguez’s opponent, Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez, comes into tomorrow’s fight with quite the record, too.  Hernandez challenged former titlist Andre Berto for his WBC Welterweight title in 2010.  He holds wins over former world titlists Luis Callazo (W10) Mike Anchondo (WTKO4), and DeMarcus Corley (KO5).  He comes into tomorrow’s fight looking to rebound after losing his most recent match this past January to 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade.  Hernandez lost the fight in a ten-round unanimous decision.

Hernandez’s advisor Nigel Burns commented on what Hernandez needs in order to add another notch to his “W” column.  “He (Hernandez) needs to get a ‘W’ now to get some more opportunities, and he’s fighting a guy who’s going to give him that opportunity,”, he said.  “That’s not a knock on Rodriguez, but Rodriguez is more of a fighter than a boxer. I think it should be a good fight. Rodriguez is a good fighter and has fought some good people, and I expect him to actually stand in the pocket and trade with us.”

Friday’s main event will be preceded by a ten-round co-feature pitting the undefeated Junior Welterweight Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (16 – 0, 6 KOs)  against Chris “Hurricane” Howard ( 15 – 2 – 1, 7 KOs)  Kinda comes into tomorrow’s bout fresh on the heels of a second-round KO win over Javier Loya in his most recent fight.  Howard comes into tomorrow’s fight after taking an upset third-round TKO win over Bayan Jargal. 

Before all of this, ESPN2 and WatchESPN will air a pair of specials leading up to the night’s fights.  They will air The Best KOs of Friday Night Fights at 9pm ET and Mike Tyson’s Greatest Hits at 9:30pm ET. 

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will both be on hand to call all the action from ringside, while Todd Grisham will have all the latest boxing news and more from the ESPN studios.  Pablo Viruega and Leopoldo Gonzalez will call all the action for ESPN Deportes with Claudia Trejos live in studio.  Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.

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Featherweights Rule The Ring Tonight On FNF

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Courtesy: ESPN

This week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature three more fights, headlined by a ten-round Featherweight main event.  The triple fight card is presented by Corona Extra and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.  The night’s main event features former Junior Featherweight titlist Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (21 – 2, 11 KOs) and Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (17 – 2, 3 NSF 13 KOs) live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.  This week’s broadcast has a slight change from its usual schedule.  It will at 11pm EST instead of its regular 9pm time.  This is due to coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race tonight on ESPN2.  It will be broadcast on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes+. ESPN Deortes digital extension, along with online and mobile internet via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. 

Ramos won the Junior Featherweight title in 2011.  He comes into tonight’s fight, looking to rebound from a ten-round unanimous decision loss to Ronny Rios.  “Since my last fight, I feel like I’ve got to start coming back even harder than before,” he said.  “I’ve got to start showing everybody that I’m better. I can’t wait to get back into the ring and get back to my boxing style and winning ways. I know I have the skills, talent and determination to take my career back to the world championship level.” 

Gonzalez—who is promoted by former four-time title holder Erik Morales—is also looking to regain his footing after losing his most recent bout against Raul Hirales.  The loss was, like Ramos’, a ten-round unanimous decision loss.  Gonzalez shared his thoughts on tonight’s match, looking at it realistically, but also with confidence.  “I know Rico Ramos is a tough fighter,” he said.  “We know he is a former champion and considered one of the best at 122 pounds, but I am confident that I have the talent and ability to beat him.”

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for tonight’s bout, along with Todd Grisham and the rest of the ESPN Friday Night Fights crew.  They will be joined by ESPN Deportes’ regular Friday Night Fights broadcast crew. 

Tonight’s main event will be preceded by a pair of matches featuring Middleweights in both.  The night’s opening bout is a four-round Junior Middleweight bout between undefeated 2012 Mexican Olympic team Welterweight Oscar Molina (2 – 0, 1 KO) and Daryl Gardner (1 – 1, 1 KO).  Molina is looking to continue his family’s boxing tradition.  He is the identical twin brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina and younger brother of Lightweight contender Carlos Molina.

The night’s second feature fight is a battle of the Super Middleweights.  Farah “Quiet Storm” Ennis (20 – 1, 12 KOs) of Pennsylvania face off against Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (25 – 7 – 1, 22 KOs) of Mexico in an eight-round fight.  Ennis looks to keep adding numbers to his “W” column tonight.  He won his most recent fight in a ten-round unanimous decision win over Richard Pierson.  Sierra on the other hand, is looking to rebound after a ten-round majority decision loss to Marco Antonio Periban in his most recent fight.

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