ESPN’s FNF Ends Its 17-Year Run This Friday With Boxcino 2015 Finals

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This Friday marks the end of an era for ESPN.

This Friday night, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will come to an end after seventeen years on the air. The long-running weekly boxing series will come to a close with the highly anticipated finals of the “Boxcino 2015” Tournament. The tournament kicked off this past February. It is a single-elimination tournament made up of sixteen fighters in two weight classes—heavyweight and junior heavyweight. Friday night’s tournament and series finale will come live from the Omega Products Center in Corona, California at 10pm ET/7pm PT on ESPNs and ESPN Deportes. Those not near a television can also catch Friday night’s broadcast online via WatchESPN.  Friday’s card is presented by Banner Promotions.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for ESPN2. Studio host Todd Grisham will be on-site for the broadcast, too with all of the latest boxing news and information. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes. Leopoldo Gonzalez and Clauda Trejos will be live in studio for the network. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for both networks. Along with the featured fights, Friday’s broadcast will also feature a special video essay looking back on the series run. Tessitore narrates the essay in which he discusses what the show has come to mean for boxing fans and what the brand has meant to the boxing community over the course of its seventeen years on the air.

Andrey Fetosov (27 – 3, 22 KOs) will take on Donovan Dennis (14 – 2, 11 KOs) in a ten-round fight in the final round of the Heavyweight Division of the Boxcino tournament. Fedosov took down Nate Heaven with a round one TKO in the tournament’s opening round. He took down Lenroy Thomas in only the third round of the pair’s semifinal bout. On the other side of the ring, Dennis opened the tournament with a fourth-round TKO victory over the previously undefeated Steve Vukosa. Dennis followed up that win with an incredible one-punch KO win over Razvan Cojanu in the tournament’s semi-finals.

Brandon “The Cannon” Adams (17 – 1, 12 KOs) will go 10 rounds against John “Apollo Kid” Thompson (16 – 1, 5 KOs) in the final round of the Junior Middleweight division. Adams was a finalist in the 2014 Boxcino tournament. He moved on to this week’s final round after defeating Vita Gasparayan in seven rounds in the tournament’s semifinals. He made his way to the semifinal round thanks to a fifth-round TKO win over Alex Perez in the quarterfinal round. Thompson opened his performance in this year’s tournament with a six-round unanimous decision win over Ricardo Pinell. He followed that up with an eight-round split decision win over Stanislav Skorokhod in the semifinals.

Boxing fans can score the fights themselves from the comfort of their homes thanks to the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App. It can be obtained via the Friday Night Fights Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf. Fans can also get all of the latest news on this week’s matchups online via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF and http://twitter.com/espnboxing. FNF’s Spanish-speaking audiences can also get all of the latest news via Twitter at http://twitter.com/espnboxeo. Fans can also get all of the latest boxing news on ESPN’s newly re-designed boxing website http://espn.go.com/boxing.

While ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra is coming to an end this weekend, their end doesn’t mark the end of boxing programming on the worldwide leader in sports. Beginning Saturday, July 11th at 9pm ET, ESPN will debut is new boxing program Premiere Boxing Champions on ESPN. ESPN Deportes will carry all broadcasts of Premiere Boxing Champions on ESPN as part of its Noche de Combates series.

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Smith, McCalla Headline Special Thursday Edition Of FNF

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ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will air a special edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra this week.

ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will air a day early on Thursday, April 30th instead of Friday, May 1st. The special edition ESPN’s weekly boxing broadcast comes only days ahead of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s hugely anticipated match. Thursday night’s broadcast of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will be headlined by a 10-round junior middleweight bout between former world title holder Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26 – 7, 12 KOs) and Cecil McCalla (20 – 1, 7 KOs). The fight will be broadcast live from the Pearl Theatre at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fans will take special note that this week’s card is promoted by Mayweather Promotions. Smith looks to rebound this week after suffering a tough 12-round unanimous decision loss to defending junior middleweight titlist Erislandy Lara in his last match. “I’m training in Las Vegas for this fight, right at home at the Mayweather Gym,” Smith said. “I’ve been sparring with some pretty good guys…I don’t know much about McCalla. After being in the game as long as I have, you just treat everybody the same – you don’t take anybody lightly. You just make sure you’re prepared.” McCalla will also be hungry for a win coming into this week’s main event having taken a split-decision loss to Chrs Van Heerden in his last match. McCalla was focused on this week’s fight and confident about his chances against Smith in an interview saying, “Ishe is a rough fighter, but nothing I haven’t seen before. I’m ready for this fight.” He added, “I’m definitely looking forward to it. It’s a good fight for me. I’m really determined to get this win. I want to shine this fight.”

Ahead of Thursday night’s main event, veteran junior welterweight fighters Ashley”Treasure” Theopane” (37 – 6 – 1, 11 KOs) and Mahonri “”Rusito” Montes (29 – 4- 1, 20 KOs) will face off in a ten-round co-event. Theopane will have the home advantage in Thursday night’s fight, hailing from Las Vegas. He won his most recent match–a ten-round fight–with a unanimous decision over Hector Zuniga. Montes also comes into this week’s fight on the heels of a win in his most recent fight–an eight-round bout–that resulted in a unanimous decision over previously undefeated Diego Cruz.

Joe Tessitore will have the call for Thursday’s fight on ESPN2. He will be joined by his long-time broadcast co-host Teddy Atlas at ringside. Todd Grisham will be on hand as well for this weekend’s huge fight. Pablo Viruega will have the call from ringside for Noche de Combates on ESPN Deportes. He will be joined at ringside by Delvin Rodriguez. Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will be on site with all of the latest updates and news on the night’s card and this weekend’s fight. They will be joined by Hall of Fame boxing referee and analyst Joe Cortez for additional insight. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for the night’s broadcast both on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Fans not near a TV for Thursday night’s broadcast of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra can also catch all the action online via WatchESPN. Fans can score the matches themselves right from the comfort of their home via the “Live Friday Night Fights Voting App.” It can be obtained online via the ESPN Friday Night Fights Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf. English-speaking and Spanish-speaking fans can also get all the latest FNF news via ESPN’s official website and via Twitter at

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ESPN’s FNF Kicks Off Its 18th Season With A Bang

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates returns next week with a whole new season of fights.

The eighteenth season of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra kicks off next Friday, January 9th live at 9pm ET live on ESPN2. Season Eighteen kicks off with a twelve round Lightweight showdown that will have World Title implications. WBA ranked #1 Lightweight Darley’s Perez ( 31 – 1, 20 KOs) will take on Jonathan Maicelo (21 – 1, 12 KOs) live at Chumash Resort and Casino in Santa Ynez, California. The winner of the fight will be next in line to face WBA World Champion Richar Abril.

Along with its massive main event, Friday night’s broadcast will also feature a ten round co-feature featuring up-and-coming welterweight contender Francisco Santana (21 – 3 – 1, 10 KOs). ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences will be able to catch both matches on ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates por Corona Extra at 10:30pm ET. It will also be carried online via ESPN’s broadband Spanish-language service ESPN Deportes+. Friday’s event is promoted by Gary Shaw productions. The remaining schedule of fights for January is listed below.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 9 9 p.m. Darleys Pérez (31-1, 20 KOs)  vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) —12 rounds, for the WBA #1 Ranking at Lightweight Chumash Resort and Casino, Santa Ynez, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 16 9 p.m. Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) vs. Brian Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) —  10 rounds, Middleweights; Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 7 KOs) vs. TBD – 10 rounds, Lightweights Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 30 9 p.m. Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) vs. Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) —10 rounds, Lightweights Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

 

 

Next week’s season premiere of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates por Corona Extra is just part of what boxing fans have to look forward to during these cold winter months. Fans will also see the return of the Boxcino Tournament next month. The single-elimination, two-weight class tournament kicks off Friday, February 3rd at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. It will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. It will feature eight fighters in both the junior middleweight and heavyweight divisions and will be part of the Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates por Corona Extra 2015 broadcast schedule. The complete schedule for th e2015 Boxcino Tournament is listed below.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Feb  13 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Quarterfinals- Junior Middleweight Mohegan Sun, Uncasville,  Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 20 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Quarterfinals- Heavyweight Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 3 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Semifinals- Junior Middleweight TBD ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 10 9p.m. Boxcino 2015 Semifinals- Heavyweight Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, May 22 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Finals- Junior Middleweight and Heavyweight Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

As with last year’s season of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates por Corona Extra, fans can once again follow the matches and score them round-by-round themselves online thanks to ESPN’s “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App.” Fans can download the app online via the official Friday Night Fights Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf

Joe Tessitore will be back at ringside alongside analyst Teddy Atlas once again this season. The duo will be joined at ringside this week by Todd Grisham. When he is not at ringside with Tessitore and Atlas, Grisham will have all of the latest boxing news and highlights live from the ESPN Studios throughout the season. Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. He will be joined ringside by Pablo Viruega. Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will both return as co-hosts from the ESPN studios. Hall of fame ref Joe Cortez will make special appearances throughout the season with additional insight and analysis. Bernardo Osuna will also be back this season. He will have all of the latest reports and interviews for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes each week.

ESPN’s Spanish-Speaking viewers will get even more boxing coverage this season as ESPN Deportes’ will Golpe a Golpe returns, too. The weekly hour-long boxing news and analysis broadcast will be back every Saturday at 4pm. Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Eduardo Sanchez will share hosting duties. And on Monday’s Bernardo Osuna and David Faitelson will co-host A Los Golpes at 7:30pm. They will be joined by analyst Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

More information on this season of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates por Corona Extra is available online now at:

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF

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Boxcino Tournament Semifinals Take Center Stage Tonight On FNF

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The semifinal matchups in this year’s “Boxcino 2014” tournament take center stage tonight on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra.

This Friday night on Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates, the Middleweights will take to the ring in the Boxcino 2014 tournament sponsored by 1800 Tequila. The card for the semifinal round is promoted by Banner Promotions. Tonight’s broadcast will air live at 9pm ET on television on ESPN2 and online via ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. It will come live from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.  The broadcast will be aired via tape delay on ESPN Deportes at 10:30pm ET.

Todd Grisham will fill in for Joe Tessitore tonight at ringside. He will be joined by Tessitore’s regular ringside partner, Teddy Atlas. The pair will have the call for ESPN2. Doug Kezirian will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news while Grisham fills in for Tessitore. Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will be ringside for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will be in studio and Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews for both broadcasts.

Tonight’s semifinal round of the Boxcino tournament will feature Vitalii Kopylenko (22 – 0, 12 KOs) and Willie Monroe, Jr. (16 – 1, 6 KOs) in one of the night’s bouts. In the night’s other fight, Raymond Gatica (16 – 5, 13 KOs) will face off against undefeated Brandon Adams (13 – 0, 9 KOs). Monroe comes into tonight’s bout on the heels of a six-round unanimous decision victory over Donatas Bondas (Bondorovas) in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Kopylenko made his way into tonight’s semifinal bout courtesy of a second-round TKO win over Cerreso fort in the tournament’s quarterfinals.

Adams advanced to tonight’s card after a fourth round TKO over Daniel Edouard in the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Gatica made his way to the semis after a fourth round TKO win over Sena Agbeko in the quarters. The remaining schedule for the Boxcino tournament is available below.

Upcoming ESPN Boxing Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Thu, Apr 24

 

9 p.m.

 

Josesito López (31-6, 18 KOs) vs. Aron Martínez (19-2-1, 4 KOs)—10 rounds, Jr. Welterweights Agua Caliente Casino, Palm Springs, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

Thu, May 1

 

9 p.m.

 

Roberto García (34-3, 22 KOs) vs. Victor Manuel Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs)—10 rounds, Welterweights
Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Fla.

 

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

 

Sat, May 10 8 p.m. WBC World Heavyweight Championship: Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)—12 rounds USC Galen Center,
Los Angeles
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

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FNF Features The Battle Of The Junior Welterweights In Valentine’s Day Broadcast

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra features a battle of the Junior Welterweights this week.

Undefeated Junior Welterweight Chris Algieri (18 – 0, 8 KOs) will face off against Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (17 – 1, 12 KOs) in the night’s ten-round main event.  The fight will be broadcast live from the Paramount Theater in Huntington, N.Y. at 9pm ET on ESPN2 and online at ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will air the fight in tape delay at 10:30pm ET.  This week’s card is promoted by Star Boxing.

Algieri, a Huntington, N.Y. native is the hometown favorite.  He comes into this week’s fight looking to add another notch to his “Win” column.  He won his last fight with a seventh-round TKO over Wilfredo Acuna.  He had nothing but good things to say of Taylor in a recent interview, and that he was looking forward to tomorrow’s fight because of how evenly matched the pair is.  “I think Emanuel Taylor is a good fighter. He’s a tough kid, he’s hungry, just like myself,” he said.  “I think it’s going to be a great night, especially for me. He’s (Taylor) a sharp guy, he’s a high-percentage puncher, but I’m a much busier fighter. It’s a good matchup, especially for the fans.”

Taylor comes into this week’s fight also looking to keep his winning ways going.  He has won his last three fights.  That streak includes an eighth-round TKO victory over Victor Cayo in his most recent fight.  Where Algieri was complimentary of Taylor in his comments, Taylor was far more self-assured in his comments about this week’s bout.  “I’ve seen a couple of videos of Algieri. He’s in shape, throws a lot of punches and stays busy,” he said.  “This is a step-up fight for him and it’s not going to be good for him. Stay tuned to the fight. It’s going to be a real good show.”

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside with all the action live on ESPN2.  Todd Grisham will join them live from the ESPN Studios with all of the latest boxing news and reports.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will have the call for ESPN ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos will be live in studio.  Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for both networks.

Before the night’s big fight, fans will be treated to an eight-round co-feature that will pit another pair of Junior Welterweights against one another.  Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (16 – 1, 6 KOs) will face Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan in the fight in question.  Both fighters come into this week’s fight very hungry for a win.  Kinda suffered a sixth-round technical decision loss to Chris Howard in his most recent match.  Bryan fell to Amir Imam in his most recent match courtesy of a second-round TKO.

Next week on Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra, the Boxcino 2014 tournament kicks off.  The tournament is sponsored by 1800 Tequila and presented by Banner Promotions.  The Boxcino Tournament schedule is available below.

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Feb. 21 9 p.m. Boxcino 2014 Lightweight Quarterfinals: six-rounds each

Chris Rudd (12-1, 8 KOs) vs. Yakubu Amidu (22-4-1, 18 KOs)

Petr Petrov (32-4-2, 15 KOs) vs. Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9 KOs)

Miguel Gonzalez (22-3, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza (21-2-2, 21 KOs)

Fernando Carcamo (15-5, 12 KOs) vs. Samuel Neequaye (21-0, 15 KOs)

Edgewater Casino, Laughlin, NV ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 28 9 p.m. Boxcino 2014 Middleweight Quarterfinals: six-rounds each

Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs)

Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KOs) vs. Vitalii Kopylenko (22-0, 12 KOs)

Brandon Adams (12-0, 7 KOs) vs. Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 12 KOs)

Raymond Gatica (13-1, 7 KOs) vs. Sena Agbeko (15-0, 15 KOs)

Harrah’s Horseshoe, Hammond, Ind. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Mar. 7 9 p.m. Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) vs. Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) — 10-rounds, Lightweights Pala Casino, Pala, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Mar. 21 9 p.m. Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs) vs. TBD — 10-rounds, Junior Middleweights Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

 

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Caparello, Muriqi Headline ESPN2/ESPN Deportes’ “Superbrawl”

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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.

Upcoming Schedule:

 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Feb. 7 9 p.m. 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 9 p.m. 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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Williams, White Headline January 24th Edition of FNF

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Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra returns this Friday night with another huge match for its main event.

This Friday night, undefeated Light Heavyweight up-and-comer Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (15 – 0, 10 KOs) takes on Cornelius “Da Beast” White (21 – 2, 16 KOs) in a ten-round fight.  Williams comes in to this week’s fight fresh off of a unanimous ten-round decision over Yusaf Mack.  That victory came this past November. Williams’ manager/trainer George Peterson was confident about this week’s bout.  But he was also realistic about his fighter’s match this week.  “Cornelius White is rangy, he’s tall,” he said of White.  He’s a good boxer. He’s got quite a bit of experience, and he’s somebody we’re going to have to contend with. We can’t look over him. But we’re going to prepare for it and we’re not going to have any trouble with him.”  White is looking to get back in the “W” column this week.  He comes into this week’s main even match after having lost his most recent match, a third-round TKO loss against current Light Heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev.  White made it clear in an interview that he was hungry to get back into the “W” column and what his match against Williams means to him.  “I look at this fight as an opportunity for me to get to the next level,” he said.  “I wanted an opponent with an undefeated record, a young lion, somebody that didn’t want to lose that ‘0.’ My job is to take that ‘0.’ On the 24th, they’re going to see what I’m capable of doing. I’m coming prepared and am ready to go to war.”

Friday’s main event will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA.  It will be broadcast at 9am ET on ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Deportes will run Friday’s card in tape delay this Saturday, January 26th at 10pm ET.  This week’s card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Ringside partners Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be back together this week to call all of the night’s  action.  And Todd Grisham will be live in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will have the call for Noche de Comabtes on  ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+. They will be joined live in studio by Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos while Bernardo Osuna will have interviews and reports for both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Along with the night’s main event, audiences will also be treated to a ten-round co-feature that will pit former Junior Featherweight titlist Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (22 – 3, 12 KOs) against Jonathan “Thunder” Arellano (14 – 2 – 2, 3 KOs).  Ramos handily won his most recent bout with a one-punch tenth-round KO over the previously undefeated Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez.  Arellano is also looking to keep his “W” column improving this week.  His most recent fight, an eight-round fight, ended in a majority decision victory over Charles Huerta.

Next week on Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates, undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (18 – 0 – 1, 6 KOs) will take on Elvir Muriqi (40 – 5, 24 KOs) in the night’s ten-round main event.  That fight will be broadcast live from Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.  That’s only twenty miles from MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Superbowl 48.  The most current schedule for Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates is listed below.

Upcoming Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6KO’s)  vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) —10-rounds, Light Heavyweights Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 7 9 p.m. Jonathan González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) —10-rounds, Middleweights UIC Pavilion , Chicago ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 14 9 p.m. 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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