ESPN’s Friday Night Fights rolls on this week with two more tough matchups. This week’s show is headlined by a fight between Middleweight contender Brian “The Warrior” Vera (22-6, 13 Kos) and “Donatas Bondas” Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KOs). The 10-round bout will be broadcast live from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. at 9pm EST. This week’s show will be a special broadcast on ESPN (instead of its usual broadcast home on ESPN2). This week’s show will also be broadcast on ESPN Deportes and will be available on WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app online and via various mobile platforms.
Vera—who hails from Austin, TX—was a participant on the third season of ESPN’s The Contender. He comes into Friday night’s fight on a two win streak. Those wins came against former Junior Middleweight titlists Sergio Mora and Sergiy Dzinzuruk. When asked how he felt about this week’s show, Vera was confident in his response. “I’ve seen a little bit of Bondorovas,” he said. “I know he’s a tough kid. I don’t put too much into him, but we’re getting ready for him just like we get ready for everybody. I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t go in there and do what I did to some other people.”
Bondorovas is on a roll, too. He comes into this week’s fight also on a two win streak. Both wins were second round TKOs against David Thomas.
Before Vera and Bondorovas take to the squared circle, undefeated light heavyweight Jackson “El Demolidor” Junior (14-0, 12 KOs) faces off against Humberto “El Don” Savinge (10-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Junior comes into Friday night’s match with a lot of momentum having defeated U.S. Olympian Dante Craig in his last fight. Savigne has his own edge, as he comes in to this week’s fight off of a 10-round unanimous decision win over Dhafir Smith.
Teddy Atlas will be on hand at ringside as always this week. He will be re-joined by his regular broadcast co-host, Joe Tessitore. Tessitore was out last week. Todd Grisham will be in studio, delivering all of the latest boxing news and highlights. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes. They will be joined by Leopoldo Gonzales and Pablo Viruega from in-studio. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. This week’s fights are being promoted by Banner Promotions and presented by Corona Extra.
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