ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns this Friday night, June 7th, with another big card for viewers. This week’s broadcast will feature a matchup of two lightweights as its main event. Before the big fight though, viewers will also get to see a pair of Super Middleweights in a ten round fight. Hosts Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand ringside for the night’s call on ESPN2 HD. Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and a look back at the best of Friday Night Fights from May. Pablo Viruega, Delvin Rodriguez will be on hand once again ringside for all of the action. Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez will join Viruega and Rodriguez for all of the latest news on ESPN Deportes.
Friday’s main event is a ten-round main event between former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina (25 – 2, 20 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Andrew Kilmov (15 – 0, 8 KOs). The bout will be broadcast live at 10pm EDT on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes. Audiences can also catch it online and on mobile web via WatchESPN. The fight will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.
Molina, a California native, is trained by former Junior Lightweight titlist Robert Garcia. Almost six months have passed since Molina’s last fight. His last fight—a January bout with Dannie Williams—ended with another notch in his “W” column. The win came via a fourth-round KO win over Williams. Molina commented on expectations for Friday’s fight, noting that while he confident, he is also confident it won’t be an easy fight against Kilmov. “We took care of Dannie Williams now we’ve got to take care of Klimov,” Molina said. “I’ve done my studying of him. He’s a tough cat, undefeated. We’re going to have to take it from him, and we’re training for such. Klimov has a very European style, herky-jerky. But I’ve watched him on several occasions and the one punch he throws very well – he sneaks that right uppercut underneath you where you don’t see it. I’ve got to watch that, because I’ve been caught by that punch before. But now that I’ve got it in my head that he’ll be throwing that punch, I’ll be watching out for it.”
Kilmov, who hails from Russia, won his most recent fight in March. Kilmov won the fight in a seventh-round technical decision win over fellow fighter Matias Gomez. He spoke through an interpreter in discussing this week’s match. “I’m a technical boxer,” he said. Molina is a fighter with a lot of professional experience, with very hard punching power, but I’m probably the best guy he’s ever fought.”
Friday’s main event fight looks to be quite the match. Before the main event though, viewers will get a matchup of two Super Middleweights. The ten-round fight will see Super Middleweights Fara “Quiet Storm” Ennis (20 – 1, 12 KOs) taking on Tony “The Tyger” Hanshaw (23 – 2 – 2, 14 KOs). Ennis hails from Philadelphia, while Hanshaw comes by way of North Carolina. Ennis’s most recent fight, a ten-round bout, ended in a unanimous win over Richard Pierson. Hanshaw on the other hand, looks to get back on the winning side. His most recent match didn’t go quite how he wanted. That match, a ten-round match against Derek Edwards, ended in a draw.
Friday’s fight is just the latest in a busy schedule for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The latest schedule of matches for fans of FNF is available below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Main Event||Location||Networks|
|Fri., Jun 14||9 p.m.||Juan Carlos Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) vs. Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs)—12-rounds, Bantamweight||Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN|
|Fri., Jun 21||10 p.m.||Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs)—12-rounds, Junior Lightweight||Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN|
|Fri., Jun 28||9 p.m.||Grzegorz Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs)—10-rounds, Middleweight||Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN|
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