ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns for another new edition tonight. Tonight’s brand new edition will feature three bouts headlined by a 12-round main event by Ukrainian former Junior Middleweight titlist Sergiy “The Razor” Dzinziruk (36 – 1 – 1, 24 KOs) and former Contender finalist Brian “The Warrior” Vera (21 – 6, 12 KOs). Vera comes into the match on the heels of a 12-round majority decision win over another former Junior Middleweight titlist, Sergio Mora. Vera shared his thoughts on tonight’s matchup and how he plans to approach facing Dzinziruk. “I think Dzinziruk is good, he’s technical”, Vera said. “I think my style is perfect for him. I’ll put a lot of pressure on him and I don’t think he likes that. I think he likes to dictate the fight and control things. But somebody that’s going to stay on top of him and put a lot of pressure on him, is going to throw him off his game a little bit. I’m going to be the bigger, stronger guy, and am going to impose my will on him and take it from him.”
Vera might have quite a match in store though as Dzinziruk comes into tonight’s match off of a draw to Jonathan Gonzalez this past September. Dzinziruk’s manager commented on facing Vera tonight. “Sergiys’ got to win this fight. Brian Vera is a tough guy, but Sergiy needs to beat him and look good. He’s got to win convincingly.”
Before the night’s big fight, audiences will also be treated to a 10-round fight between undefeated Junior Welterweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (15 – 0, 7 KOs) and Jose “El Loco” Hernandez (13 – 6 – 1, 5 KOs). Luis, who hails from Ontario, Quebec Canada, comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of a first-round knockout win against Andres Ledesma. Hernandez enters tonight’s fight with something to prove after losing to Robert Osiobe in a 10-round majority decision loss.
Tonight’s edition of Friday Night Fights is presented by Corona Extra. It all kicks off tonight at 9pm on ESPN2 HD and online at WatchESPN.com. Fans will also get to see the fights on their tablets and smart phones with the WatchESPN app. Audiences with ESPN Deportes will also get to see the fights on TV thanks to the network’s new digital sister station, ESPN Deportes+ and on ESPN3. ESPN Deportes will run the tape delayed fight at 10:30pm.
Todd Grisham will host the show live from ESPN’s studios and will be joined live by bi-lingual reporter Bernardo Osuna at the match. Osuna will have all the latest interviews and more both for ESPN2 and his Spanish co-hosts Leopoldo Gonzales and Pablo Viruega at ESPN Deportes. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the matches for ESPN Deportes.
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