ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Kicks Off Seventeenth Season This Friday

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

Friday Night Fights presented by Corona, ESPN’s hit weekly boxing broadcast, returns tomorrow night, January 3rd.  Tomorrow night’s broadcast kicks off the show’s seventeenth season.  Season Seventeen kicks off with a championship bout between Junior Lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21 – 2 – 1, 11 KOs) and undefeated Rances Barthelemy (19 – 0, 12 KOs). The fight is set for twelve rounds.  Also planned for tomorrow night’s season premiere is a ten-round co-feature that will see up-and-coming Middleweight contender Caleb Truax (23 – 1, 4 KOs), and Ossie Duran (27 – 11 – 2, 10 KOs) facing off against one another.  The fight will air live on ESPN2 at 9pm ET.  ESPN Deportes has rebranded its broadcasts this year as Noche de Combates.  The Spanish-language network’s program was previously titled Viernes de Combates.  It will air the fights in tape delay at 10:30pmET.

Joe Tessitore will be back ringside for the season opener.  He will be joined by studio host Todd Grisham, who is filling in this week for Joe’s regular partner, Teddy Atlas.  Along with his ringside duties, Grisham will also have all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  He will be joined ringside by Pablo Viruega.  The pair will have the call for the broadcast both on ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will be live in studio throughout the season.  Bernardo Osuna will contribute both for Friday Night Fights in English and Noche de Combates in Spanish.  The most current slate of fights for January is available below.  More information on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona is available online at,, and http://twitter.comESPNBoxeo.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Networks
Fri, Jan 3 9 p.m. Argenis Méndez (21-2-1, 11 KOs)  vs. Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs)
12-rounds, IBF Junior Lightweight Title
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+,WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 10 9 p.m. Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Rodríguez (25-4, 23 KOs)
10-rounds, Junior Lightweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 24 9 p.m. Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs) vs. Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs)
10-rounds, Junior Welterweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Zsolt Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs)
10-rounds, Light Heavyweights
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

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