No. 1 Contender Match Tops Tonight’s Edition Of FNF

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns with another big show tonight.  Tonight’s show features a big match for its headliner.  Undefeated Junior Lightweight Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18 – 0, 11 KOs) will take on Fahsai Sakkreerin (39 -3 – 1, 21 KOs) in a bout that will put the winner in the number one ranking and in turn will give the winner the opportunity at a world title shot.  The fight will be broadcast live tonight from the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, MN.  It will air live at 10pm EST on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.  It can also be viewed online on WatchESPN. 

Tonight’s match is a big one especially for Barthelemy, the brother of 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy. Barthelemy comes into the fight on the heels of what is the biggest match of his career.  He defeated the now previously undefeated Arash Usmanee in a twelve-round fight this past January in a unanimous decision win.  Jon David Jackson, Barthemely’s trainer, was very confident about his fighter’s abilities tonight in a recent interview.  “He’s (Barthelemy) a good boxer and a good puncher,” Jackson said.  “I’ve seen video of his opponent (Sakkreerin). Let’s see what he can do when Rances is putting pressure on him. Then we’ll see what he’s made of. The wraps are off – I think Rances is going to surprise a lot of people in this fight. Rances should be champion.”

Sakkreerin was just as confident about tonight’s fight when asked about facing Barthelemy.  “I am proud to be a Karen boxer,” he said.  “Karen is a hill-tribe peoples from north of Thailand. I want people to see a Karen boxer become the first world champion.”

As with previous FNF Fights cards, tonight’s match will be preceded by a ten-round co-feature.  Tonight’s co-feature is a Middleweight showcase.  Middleweights Don “Da Bomb” George (24 – 3 – 2, 21 KOs) will face off against Caleb “Golden” Truax (21 – 1 – 1, 12 KOs).  Truax looks to extend his win streak tonight.  His last match was a ten-round unanimous decision win over Matt Vanda.  George on the other hand, will look to get back into the “W” column tonight.  His most recent match was a ten-round fight with David Lopez.  That fight ended in a draw.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand ringside to call all the action tonight. They will be joined by Todd Grisham in studio with all the latest boxing news and highlights.  Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by studio hosts Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos.  Bernardo Osuna will also be on hand live interview and reports for ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
Fri., June 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
Fri., July 5 9 p.m. Allen Green (32-4, 22 KOs) vs. Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs)—10-rounds, Light Heavyweight Hartford Convention Center, Hartford, Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., July 12 10 p.m. Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19 KOs) vs. Chris Avalos (21-2, 16 KOs)—10-rounds, Super Bantamweight Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nev. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is presented each week by Corona Extra.  Tonight’s card is promoted by Warriors Boxing.  The latest slate of upcoming fights is available below.

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George, Lopez Headline FNF This Week

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns with another new card this week.  This Friday, March 22nd features Junior Middleweight title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez taking on Don “Da Bomb” George in a 10-round main event.  The men will face off live from the UIC Center at 10pm EST on ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes, and online at WatchESPN.com.  It will also be available on smart phones and tablets through the WatchESPN app.

George (24 – 3 – 1, 21 KOs)  comes into Friday night’s fight on the heels of a first round knockout victory over James Cook in his most recent fight.  Peter George, Don George’s father told reporters that his son is working hard, preparing for this week’s fight and is taking his opponent very seriously.  “Don’s a warrior,” he said.  “He’s really preparing hard for this fight and not cutting any corners.  He’s training harder than I’ve ever seen him.  We know we’ve got a tough guy in front of us and I think he’ll perform impressively on the 22nd.  I think he’s going to do very well.”

Lopez (41 – 13, 25 KOs) comes into Friday’s fight fresh off of a unanimous 10-round decision win over Julio Garcia.  He also brings some important experience into the match having also fought Junior Middleweight titlist Austin Trout.  In speaking to reporters, Lopez noted that he knew this Friday’s fight would be a tough one, but that he was also quite confident in his own abilities.  “Donovan George is a good fighter,” he said.  “I cannot take praise away from him.  I know I’m going to be fighting the crowd that night, as well as George, but George is also going to have a problem—he’s never faced anybody like me.  The experience that I’m going to bring is going to make it a very difficult night for him.  This fight is going to put me back on track toward my ultimate goal, which is to become world champion.”

Friday’s main event will be accompanied by a pre-main event fight between former Welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (33 – 5 – 1, 28 KOs) and Adrian “El Tigre” Granados (9 – 1 – 1 5 KOs).  The pair will face off in a 10-round fight that will mean a lot for both men.  Cintron is looking to get back in the “W” column after a fifth round TKO loss to Junior Middleweight titlist Saul Alvarez.  Granados on the other hand, is looking to add to his current win streak with a fourth straight win.  Granados comes into Friday’s fight fresh off of a fifth round TKO win over Antonio Canas.

This week’s broadcast will see a slit change as Bernardo Osuna will be filling in ringside for Joe Tessitore.  Osuna will be joined by Teddy Atlas for the night’s call on ESPN2 HD.  Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call all the action ringside for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in studio for ESPN Deportes.

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