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.
|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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