This weekend is going to be a big weekend for sports fans. Unless one has been living under a rock, one knows that the Superbowl will come live from MetLife Stadium this weekend. Before this Sunday’s big game, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will broadcast Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates live from the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. This is only twenty miles from the sight of this year’s Super Bowl.
Undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (18 – 0 – 1, 6 KOs) will take on Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (40 – 5, 24 KOs) in the main event of this Friday’s edition of Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra. The pair will face off in a ten-round fight live at 9pm ET on ESPN2 as well as online ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will rebroadcast Friday’s fight Sunday afternoon at 2am ET. This week’s fight is presented by Dibella Entertainment.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will have the ringside call for ESPN2 and WatchESPN. Todd Grisham will have all of the latest boxing news and highlights live in studio. Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will call the night’s match for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. They will be joined in studio by Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews for both English and Spanish language networks.
This week’s main event is the U.S. debut for the Australian Caparello. Caparello defeated Allan Green in twelve rounds in his most recent fight thanks to a unanimous decision from the fight judges. Muriqi is also looking to stay in the win column this week. The New Yorker comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of an eight-round majority decision win over Paul Vasquez in his most recent fight. Muriqi was confident about this week’s fight when asked about facing Caparello. “When you fight a lefty, you can never look great but as long as I win, that’s what matters,” Muriqi said. “I’m pretty good with lefties and think I’m going to surprise a lot of people.” Caparello on the other hand was more grounded in his thoughts about facing Muriqi. “I’m a boxer-mover. I like to use angles, long punches and quick hands,” Caparello said. “Elvir (Muriqi) is a strong, solid fighter. We’ve had a good look at him. He’s the type, if we want to make an impression, we have to beat him good. That’s our plan.”
Friday’s main event between Muriqi and Caparello will be preceded by a pair of co-features. The first of the night’s co-features will pit undefeated Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (19 – 0, 11 KOs) against Tim Witherspoon, Jr. (10 – 3 – 1, 2 KOs). Witherspoon is the son of former Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon, Sr.
The second of the evening’s co-features is an eight-round fight between undefeated Featherweight Luis “KO King” Rosa (15 – 0, 7 KOs) and Jorge Diaz (17 – 2, 10 KOs). Rosa looks to keep his win streak going this week. He comes into this week’s fight on the heels of a third-round TKO over Andre Wilson. Diaz is on the other side of the fence. He is looking to get back in the win column after losing to Yenifel Vicente in a fourth-round TKO in his most recent bout. The upcoming schedule for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra is listed below.
|Fri, Feb. 7
||Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) vs. Roberto García (33-3, 22 KOs)—10-rounds, Middleweights
||UIC Pavilion , Chicago
||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
|Fri, Feb. 14
||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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