FNF Kicks Off August With Featherweight Faceoff

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns again this week with another big card.  This week’s show is headlined by a must-see match between the undefeated former Interim Featherweight Titlist Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22 – 0, 1 NC, 16 KOs, ESPN.com #10 ranked Featherweight) and Luis “La Estrella” Franco (11 – 1, 17 KOs).  The pair will face off in the night’s ten-round main event.  This Friday’s show will be broadcast live from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.  It will be aired live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and its broadband sister, ESPN Deportes+ at 9pm ET.  Audiences can also check it out online via WatchESPN. 

Sentiment from Fortuna’s camp is very high right now.  His advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz shared his thoughts on this week’s fight.  “Franco is very dangerous, but this fight will prove that Fortuna is the best Featherweight in the world,” he said.  “When he wins this fight, he will challenge any Featherweight or Super Featherweight in the world.”  Fortuna, who is trained by Pablo Sarmiento (Sarmiento also trains Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez) comes into this week’s fight on the heels of a first-round knockout win over Miguel Zamudio in his most recent bout.

Franco is hungry for a win.  His most recent match ended in a twelve-round split decision loss to Mauricio Munoz.  Franco’s trainer, Jorge Rubio, discussed expectations for his fighter’s upcoming match.  He was realistic but optimistic in his outlook.  “Franco has prepared well for this fight and he’s training hard,” he said.  “I think we’re going to win the fight. Fortuna is a big puncher, but we’re going to be better than him in that fight.” 

The bout between Franco and Fortuna is just part of Friday’s card.  Also scheduled for Friday night will be a ten-round co-feature between former Welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (33 – 5 – 2, 28 KOs) and Jonathan “Muka” Batista (14 – 1, 7 KOs).  Cintron comes into Friday’s fight looking to get back in the “Win” column after having to settle for a draw in his most recent match—a ten-round bout—against Adrian Granados.  Batista on the other hand, is looking to keep his winning ways going.  He won his last fight with a first-round TKO over Charles Rodriguez. 

Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore will both be ringside with all the action for ESPN2.  Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and notes.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will have the call again this week for ESPN Deportes.  Leopoldo Gonzalez will be in studio for ESPN Deportes with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  And Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. 

Friday’s card is promoted by Warriors Boxing and sponsored by Corona Extra. 

Fans at home can join in on Friday’s fights, as well as every fight when they go online and get the ESPN Live Friday Night Fights app.  The Live Friday Night Fights app is available on the official Friday Night Fights Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  It allows fans to score the fights round-by-round themselves from the comfort of their own homes.  While there, fans can “Like” the official Friday Night Fights Facebook page and keep up with all of the latest FNF news.  Fans can also keep up with all of the latest from Friday Night Fights 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 9 10 p.m. Rustam Nugaev (24-6, 14 KOs) vs. José Hernández (14-6-1, 6 KOs)—10 rounds, Lightweights  Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif.  ESPN2,  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 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 Deportes+, WatchESPN


*Schedule subject to change

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