Lightweights Lead The Way This Week On ESPN’s FNF

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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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Former Title Contenders Headline FNF This Week

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This week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will be headlined by a pair of former title contenders facing off against each other.  Former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (27 – 6 – 3, 15 KOs) will face off against former Welterweight title challenger Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30 – 4, 1 ND, 20 KOs) in the 10-round Junior Middleweight main event.  The main event fight will air live from the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, CT at 10pm ET.  It will air on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. 

Rodriguez, a CT native, will be the hometown favorite.  If his name rings a bell, it should.  Rodriguez also serves as a boxing analyst for ESPN Deportes.  Friday’s fight will be his sixteenth appearance in the ring on Friday Night Fights.  His record speaks for itself.  His 2011 fight against Pawel Wolak was named the year’s “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of America.”  A later ten-round unanimous decision win over Wolak gave Rodriguez a shot at defending titlist Austin Trout.  The ten-round fight was broadcast live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  It ended in a draw.  He claimed a win in his most recent fight this past February.  He defeated George Tahdooahnippah with a sixth-round TKO.  He also has wins against Mike Arnaoutis, Shamone Alvarez, and Oscar Diaz.

Rodriguez’s opponent, Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez, comes into tomorrow’s fight with quite the record, too.  Hernandez challenged former titlist Andre Berto for his WBC Welterweight title in 2010.  He holds wins over former world titlists Luis Callazo (W10) Mike Anchondo (WTKO4), and DeMarcus Corley (KO5).  He comes into tomorrow’s fight looking to rebound after losing his most recent match this past January to 2008 Olympian Demetrius Andrade.  Hernandez lost the fight in a ten-round unanimous decision.

Hernandez’s advisor Nigel Burns commented on what Hernandez needs in order to add another notch to his “W” column.  “He (Hernandez) needs to get a ‘W’ now to get some more opportunities, and he’s fighting a guy who’s going to give him that opportunity,”, he said.  “That’s not a knock on Rodriguez, but Rodriguez is more of a fighter than a boxer. I think it should be a good fight. Rodriguez is a good fighter and has fought some good people, and I expect him to actually stand in the pocket and trade with us.”

Friday’s main event will be preceded by a ten-round co-feature pitting the undefeated Junior Welterweight Issouf “Volcano” Kinda (16 – 0, 6 KOs)  against Chris “Hurricane” Howard ( 15 – 2 – 1, 7 KOs)  Kinda comes into tomorrow’s bout fresh on the heels of a second-round KO win over Javier Loya in his most recent fight.  Howard comes into tomorrow’s fight after taking an upset third-round TKO win over Bayan Jargal. 

Before all of this, ESPN2 and WatchESPN will air a pair of specials leading up to the night’s fights.  They will air The Best KOs of Friday Night Fights at 9pm ET and Mike Tyson’s Greatest Hits at 9:30pm ET. 

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will both be on hand to call all the action from ringside, while Todd Grisham will have all the latest boxing news and more from the ESPN studios.  Pablo Viruega and Leopoldo Gonzalez will call all the action for ESPN Deportes with Claudia Trejos live in studio.  Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports for ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.

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Featherweights Rule The Ring Tonight On FNF

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This week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature three more fights, headlined by a ten-round Featherweight main event.  The triple fight card is presented by Corona Extra and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.  The night’s main event features former Junior Featherweight titlist Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (21 – 2, 11 KOs) and Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (17 – 2, 3 NSF 13 KOs) live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington.  This week’s broadcast has a slight change from its usual schedule.  It will at 11pm EST instead of its regular 9pm time.  This is due to coverage of the NASCAR Nationwide Series race tonight on ESPN2.  It will be broadcast on ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes+. ESPN Deortes digital extension, along with online and mobile internet via WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. 

Ramos won the Junior Featherweight title in 2011.  He comes into tonight’s fight, looking to rebound from a ten-round unanimous decision loss to Ronny Rios.  “Since my last fight, I feel like I’ve got to start coming back even harder than before,” he said.  “I’ve got to start showing everybody that I’m better. I can’t wait to get back into the ring and get back to my boxing style and winning ways. I know I have the skills, talent and determination to take my career back to the world championship level.” 

Gonzalez—who is promoted by former four-time title holder Erik Morales—is also looking to regain his footing after losing his most recent bout against Raul Hirales.  The loss was, like Ramos’, a ten-round unanimous decision loss.  Gonzalez shared his thoughts on tonight’s match, looking at it realistically, but also with confidence.  “I know Rico Ramos is a tough fighter,” he said.  “We know he is a former champion and considered one of the best at 122 pounds, but I am confident that I have the talent and ability to beat him.”

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for tonight’s bout, along with Todd Grisham and the rest of the ESPN Friday Night Fights crew.  They will be joined by ESPN Deportes’ regular Friday Night Fights broadcast crew. 

Tonight’s main event will be preceded by a pair of matches featuring Middleweights in both.  The night’s opening bout is a four-round Junior Middleweight bout between undefeated 2012 Mexican Olympic team Welterweight Oscar Molina (2 – 0, 1 KO) and Daryl Gardner (1 – 1, 1 KO).  Molina is looking to continue his family’s boxing tradition.  He is the identical twin brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina and younger brother of Lightweight contender Carlos Molina.

The night’s second feature fight is a battle of the Super Middleweights.  Farah “Quiet Storm” Ennis (20 – 1, 12 KOs) of Pennsylvania face off against Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (25 – 7 – 1, 22 KOs) of Mexico in an eight-round fight.  Ennis looks to keep adding numbers to his “W” column tonight.  He won his most recent fight in a ten-round unanimous decision win over Richard Pierson.  Sierra on the other hand, is looking to rebound after a ten-round majority decision loss to Marco Antonio Periban in his most recent fight.

Fans can score each of the fights themselves and keep up with all the latest news from ESPN’s Friday Night Fights right from the show’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  Fans can score the fights with the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting app.”  Fans can also keep up with all the latest from ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on Twitter at @ESPNFNF and @ESPNBoxeo. 

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FNF Features Pair Of Heavyweights This Week

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This week’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights features a pair of undefeated fighters.  In the evening’s main event, undefeated Lightweight Jonathan “Inca Peruano” Maicelo (16 – 0, 10 KOs) faces a tough challenge as he goes toe-to-toe with Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (22 – 6, 12 KOs) in a 10-round matchup.  The bout will be aired live from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California.  The fight will air at 9 EST/8 CT on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and online and via mobile internet on Watch ESPN and the WatchESPN app.  ESPNNEWS will re-air the fight this Sunday, April 6th at 5am.  ESPN Deportes will also re-air the fight.  It will have the re-broadcast at 6:30pm that same day.

This week’s fight marks Maicelo’s American television debut.  He comes into Friday’s fight fresh from a 2nd round TKO victory over Tyler Ziolowski.  The native Peruvian has already appeared in TV commercials in his home country, has his own clothing line, and can even boast his home nation’s president as one of his many fans.  Maicelo talked about his upcoming debut, expressing his desire to show boxing fans just what he is made of.  “Come April 5th, the people of the United States are going to see a technical boxer, a boxer with a lot of drive, a lot of hunger and a boxer they’re going to want to see again,” he said.  “I will not disappoint and I’ll give the fans what they want, which is action.”

On the other side of the ring, Maicelo’s opponent, Rustam Nugaev comes into Friday’s fight on the heels of an eight-round majority decision win over Shavkat Madaminov.

Before the main feature, audiences will be treated to a pre-fight show featuring another undefeated fighter, Jorge “Machito” Maysonet, Jr. (11 – 0, 10 KOs).  Maysonet will face off against Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (12 – 2 – 1, 3 KOs).  Maysonet’s most recent match ended in a second round KO win over Pedro Salcedo.  Tolmajyan picked up a victory in his most recent match against Juan Sandoval.  Tolmajyan’s victory came in the form of a six-round unanimous decision.

Friday’s card is a special show as it features not two matches, but three.  This week, fans will be treated to a special four-round opening fight between Heavyweight bout between Avery Gibson (1 – 4 – 2 0 KOs) and John Sarellano.  The fight marks the professional debut for Sarellano. 

The whole Friday Night Fights crew—Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore, etc.—will be on hand for all the action, news and more.  To keep up with all the latest news from ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, fans can “Like” its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf, where they can also score the fights live themselves courtesy of the “Live Friday Night Fights” Facebook voting app.  Fans can also follow all the latest news and more from Friday Night Fights on Twitter at @ESPNFNF.  Spanish speaking audiences can also follow the show on Twitter at @ESPNBoxeo.

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ESPN Friday Night Fights Announces March 29th Card

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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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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.

To follow all the latest news on this week’s matchup and more, follow Friday Night Fights online via Twitter at @ESPNFNF and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  Fans can also follow all the latest from Friday Night Fights online at http://www.espn.com/boxing.  Spanish speaking audiences can also follow Friday Night Fights online via Twitter at @ESPNBoxeo.  Fans can even score the fights themselves round-by-round with the “Live Friday Night Fights” Facebook voting app. 

This Friday’s edition of Friday Night Fights is presented by Corona Extra and is promoted by Warriors Boxing.

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Cayo, Taylor Face Off In Tonight’s FNF Main Event

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns tonight with another new episode.  Tonight’s edition of Friday Night Fights features for its main event, former Junior Welterweight title contender Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (31 – 3, 21 KOs) taking on Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor (16 -1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round match live from the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.  The match will air live on ESPN2 HD at 9pm EST.  It will simulcast for Spanish speaking audiences on ESPN Deportes+, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes.  The fight will air tape delayed Sunday, March 10th at 3am.

This fight is set to be a big one as both combatants are relatively well matched.  Cayo, who hails from the Dominican Republic, won his last four fights.  Three of those four were won by knockout.  The last of his four recent victories was a unanimous 10-round decision over Vladimir Baez.  Along with that experience, Cayo also comes into tonight’s match with fights against former and current titlists, Nate Campbell, Marcos Maidana, Julio Diaz, and Lamont Peterson.

Taylor, from Maryland, comes into tonight’s match with one of his best wins so far, a TKO win over Raymond Serrano. 

Before tonight’s main event, audiences will get to see a matchup between undefeated Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (16 – 0, 16 KOs) and fellow Heavyweight Victor Bisbal (21 – 1, 15 KOs).  Adbusalamov comes into tonight’s match fresh off the heels of a second round TKO win over Jameel McCline.  Bisbal, on the other hand, is looking for his seventeenth straight win after a sixth-round TKO win over Alex Gonzalez in his most recent match.

ESPN’s Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be on hand once again to call all the action for ESPN2 HD.  Studio host Todd Grisham will have all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will have the call for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by studio hosts Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega.  Bernardo Osuna will have live reports and interviews for both ESPN2 HD and ESPN Deportes.  Fans can catch all the action live online on their smart phones and tablets through WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. 

Tonight’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is presented by Corona Extra and promoted by Sampson Boxing. 

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