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.

Fans of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights can keep up with all of the latest from FNF on the official FNF Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  While there, fans can get the ESPN Live Friday Night Fights Voting app.  The app will let viewers score the fights themselves round by round from the comfort of their own homes.  Fans can also keep up with all of the latest FNF news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF and http://twitter.com/ESPNBoxeo.

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ESPN Winding Down Latest Group Of 30 For 30 Films

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ESPN is wrapping up its latest group of films in its 30 for 30 series.  The network will air the penultimate episode from this installment of the series tomorrow night, October 30thGhosts of Ole Miss will air tomorrow night at 8pm EST on ESPN/ESPN HD.  The film focuses on the racial tensions on the campus of Ole Miss as James Meredith was set to become the university’s first ever African American student in the fall of 1962.  The impact of Meredith’s acceptance into the university reverberated all the way to the nation’s capital and then president John F. Kennedy.

Along with becoming the university’s first African American student, Meredith also joined the university’s football team.  The team would go on to one of its best seasons in team history.  That success would play directly into the overall racial tensions at the university.  Meredith himself is interviewed for tomorrow night’s feature, along with a number of others.  The interviews culled for this feature put everything into perspective and lead Ghost of Ole Miss to really hit home. 

As with ESPN’s previous 30 for 30 features, this one will also be accompanied by a short in the 30 for 30 Shorts collection.  This time, the bonus short–presented by ESPN and grantland.com—focuses on author Alfred Slote’s book, JakeJake is a children’s book about a young African American boy with the dream of one day being a big league baseball star.  Slote himself is interviewed in the new 30 for 30 short.  A bonus article written by Bill Simmons joins the feature.  Simmons and friend Jonathan Hock worked together for the complete feature.  Audiences can check out that feature now online at http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8538119/jake

For all updates on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, audiences can go online to espn.com/30for30, http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30, or http://twitter.com/30for30.  The final installment in this group of films in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is titled, You Don’t Know Bo.  It will air on ESPN/ESPN HD on Saturday, December 8th at 9pm.

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ESPN’s Latest 30 For 30 Special To Air October 23rd

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The latest film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is set to air next Tuesday, October 23rdBenji delves into the untimely death of high school basketball phenom Ben Wilson.  Wilson hailed from Chicago’s Southside.  The Simeon High School student was only seventeen years old in 1984, and was the country’s most promising young basketball prospect.  He was everything that was good about Chicago.  He was just a good young man and was the first high school player in the city’s history to be ranked number one.  But the day before his senior season, Wilson was gunned down. 

A number of NBA players have worn Wilson’s number 25 on their jerseys in his memory since his murder, including:  Derrick Rose, Juwan Howard, and Nick Anderson.    Even current top ranked player and Simeon High School standout Jabari Parker has Wilson’s number stitched into his team sneakers.  Coodie Simmons co-directs the upcoming film.  He said of it, “Ben’s death brought such grief to Chicago when it happened and it is sad to see that gang violence there is as bad as it was back in the 1980’s.”  He expanded on his sentiment saying, “All filmmakers hope that their film can have a powerful impact on people and maybe sharing Ben’s story can shed some much needed light on this epidemic.”

Benji airs on ESPN/ESPN HD next Tuesday night, October 23rd at 8pm EST and is being presented by Buick Verano.  It was a selection at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival.  The final pieces in this line of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series are:  Ghosts of Ole Miss and You Don’t Know BoGhosts of Ole Miss will air Tuesday, October 30th at 8pm EST.  You Don’t Know Bo will air Saturday, December 8th at 9pm EST.  Each film in ESPN’s 30 for 30 series will be available on iTunes and Amazon the day after each special airs.  To get all the latest updates on ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, audiences can go online to http://www.facebook.com/espn30for30 and http://twitter.com/30for30

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