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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FNF Host Gets New Honor

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Photo Credit: Allen Kee/ESPN Images

Photo Credit:  Zoe Metz for ESPN Front Row

Photo Credit: Zoe Metz For ESPN Front Row

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights has another brand new card set for tonight.  And along with the new fight card, ESPN has announced that host Joe Tessitore has received a new honor.  A horse bearing the FNF host’s name will race this weekend at Santa Anita race track in Southern California.  The three-year old Dark Bay Colt will race this Saturday in the day’s final race at the track.  When interviewed about the name, Tessitore said, “I’m giddy at the thought of it.”  He added, “When George [Bolton]—one of the horse’s owners—told me he was doing it, I was in disbelief.  The thought of having a high-priced thoroughbred named after me?  I kept asking him, ‘Are you serious?”

Tessitore and the horse that bears his name came face to face a year ago in Ocala, FL.  Tessitore said of the horse that when he first saw it, it took a “nice gallop around the track.”  Bolton offered his thoughts on Tessitore, Joe Tess, and its race this weekend saying, “Joe’s a talent and I hope the horse is as good a talent as the human.  If the horse can be as good at what he does as Joe is at his job, it’ll be a dream come true for me.”

Joe Tess is the offspring of Forty Moves and Macho Uno.  The horse is trained by Steve Assmussen and Scott Blasi (whose sister Kristi Blasi works for ESPN).  He is owned by George Bolton and Barbara Banke (Stonestreet Stables).

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Friday Night Fights Features Junior Middleweights In Tomorrow’s Main Matchup

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns tomorrow night.  Tomorrow’s edition is anchored by a battle of Junior Middleweights.  To be more exact, it features undefeated Junior Middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooanippah (31-0-1, 23 KOs) facing off against former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) in the evening’s 10-round main event.  The show will broadcast live from Uncasville, Connecticut tomorrow night at 9pm EST on ESPN2 HD.  It will also be available on WatchESPN and on tablets and smart phones via ESPN’s WatchESPN app.  It will run tape delayed on ESPN Deportes at 10:30pm.

Friday’s main event will be preceded by a 10-round co-feature pitting Lightweights Chris “Hurricane” Howard (14-2-1) and “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-3-3, 10 KOs) against one another.  Jargal comes into Friday’s match off of a first-round TKO win against former featherweight titlist Erik Aiken.  On the other side, Howard is looking for redemption after losing in a 10-round split decision to Marc Salser. 

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will call the matches live from ringside at the Mohegan Sun Arena.  Studio host Todd Grisham will be on hand with all of the latest boxing news.  He will also have an interview with Kendall Holt (28-5, 16 KOs).  Grisham will be discussing the upcoming match against Junior Welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) with Holt.  That match takes place next Friday, February22nd on the next edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.  Alex Pombo and Bernardo Osuna will also be on hand for ESPN Deportes.  They will be joined by Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in studio.  Osuna will also provide live interviews and reports for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes. 

ESPN offers many ways to keep up with all of the latest from Friday Night Fights.  Fans can follow it on Twitter at @ESPNFNF and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  Hispanic fans can follow Friday Night Fights on Twitter at @ESPNBoxeo.  Fans can even score the fight themselves round-by-round online via the Friday Night Fights Facebook voting app on the Friday Night Fights Facebook page. 

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights Airs New Episode Tonight

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns for another new edition tonight.  Tonight’s brand new edition will feature three bouts headlined by a 12-round main event by Ukrainian former Junior Middleweight titlist Sergiy “The Razor” Dzinziruk (36 – 1 – 1, 24 KOs)  and former Contender finalist Brian “The Warrior” Vera (21 – 6, 12 KOs).  Vera comes into the match on the heels of a 12-round majority decision win over another former Junior Middleweight titlist, Sergio Mora.  Vera shared his thoughts on tonight’s matchup and how he plans to approach facing Dzinziruk.  “I think Dzinziruk is good, he’s technical”, Vera said.  “I think my style is perfect for him.  I’ll put a lot of pressure on him and I don’t think he likes that.  I think he likes to dictate the fight and control things.  But somebody that’s going to stay on top of him and put a lot of pressure on him, is going to throw him off his game a little bit.  I’m going to be the bigger, stronger guy, and am going to impose my will on him and take it from him.”

Vera might have quite a match in store though as Dzinziruk comes into tonight’s match off of a draw to Jonathan Gonzalez this past September.  Dzinziruk’s manager commented on facing Vera tonight. “Sergiys’ got to win this fight.  Brian Vera is a tough guy, but Sergiy needs to beat him and look good.  He’s got to win convincingly.”

Before the night’s big fight, audiences will also be treated to a 10-round fight between undefeated Junior Welterweight Tony “Lightning” Luis (15 – 0, 7 KOs) and Jose “El Loco” Hernandez (13 – 6 – 1, 5 KOs).  Luis, who hails from Ontario, Quebec Canada, comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of a first-round knockout win against Andres Ledesma.  Hernandez enters tonight’s fight with something to prove after losing to Robert Osiobe in a 10-round majority decision loss.

Tonight’s edition of Friday Night Fights is presented by Corona Extra.  It all kicks off tonight at 9pm on ESPN2 HD and online at WatchESPN.com.  Fans will also get to see the fights on their tablets and smart phones with the WatchESPN app.  Audiences with ESPN Deportes will also get to see the fights on TV thanks to the network’s new digital sister station, ESPN Deportes+ and on ESPN3.  ESPN Deportes will run the tape delayed fight at 10:30pm. 

Todd Grisham will host the show live from ESPN’s studios and will be joined live by bi-lingual reporter Bernardo Osuna at the match.  Osuna will have all the latest interviews and more both for ESPN2 and his Spanish co-hosts Leopoldo Gonzales and Pablo Viruega at ESPN Deportes.  Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the matches for ESPN Deportes. 

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ESPN2, ESPN Deportes Re-Airing Pacquiao/Marquez Fight

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ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 are going to re-air one of the biggest matches ever in the career of boxers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez IV.  The six-round fight originally aired on HBO on December    8th.  It ended with Marquez defeating Pacquiao by KO in the bout’s sixth round.  Audiences that have ESPN Deportes will get a bonus with the match’s re-airing as Marquez will discuss the fight round by round with Jorge Eduardo Sanchez.  The discussions will take place between each round.  The fight, which was the third of three showdowns between the pair, was recently nominated by the Boxing Writers Association of America among its contenders for “Fight of the Year.”  The duo’s first match in 2008 was a split decision.  The second meeting ended with Pacquiao winning in 2011 by majority decision.

The third of the matches will be re-aired on ESPN Deportes tonight at 9pm and then again next Saturday night at 10pm.  The third re-airing will run on ESPN2 Friday, February 8th at 8pm.

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ESPN Announces Card For Next Friday Night Fights

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ESPN has announced the card for tomorrow night’s brand new edition of Friday Night Fights.  Tomorrow’s show will feature former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina, Jr. (24 – 2, 19 KOs) taking on the near equally matched Dannie Williams (22 – 2, 18 KOs) in the ten-round main event.   It all kicks off tomorrow night at 9pm EST on ESPN2 HD.  Audiences with mobile tech can watch the match online with the WatchESPN app and online at http://www.WatchESPN.com.  Host Todd Grisham will anchor the broadcast from ESPN’s studios with all the latest boxing news and highlights.  He will be joined by Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas on the broadcast.  The pair will be at ringside calling all the action for ESPN, while Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call all the action for ESPN’s Hispanic audiences on ESPN Deportes.  Their counterparts Leopoldo Gonzales and Pablo Viruega will be in studio and Bernardo Osuna will have live reports and interviews for both ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

Audiences that tune in tomorrow night will get to see not just the match between Molina and Williams, but also a faceoff between Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (16 – 0 – 1, 10 KOs) and “Dangerous” Don Mouton (11 – 4 – 1, 9 KOs) in the night’s second fight.  This serves to be an interesting match not just because of the pair’s records but also because of their time between fights.  Gonzales, who is trained by 2011 BWAA Trainer of the year Virgil Hunter, comes into the match after a unanimous decision against Eli Augustama in an eight-round fight this past June.  Only three months have passed since Mouton’s last fight.  He is coming into tomorrow night’s show on the heels of a sixth-round KO win against Samuel Clarkson this past October. Mouton and Gonzales will go toe-to-toe tomorrow night in an eight round bout.

Starting the whole night off will be a four round Light Heavyweight showdown between newcomer Mark Lujan and Siju Shabazz (4 – 4,  2 KOs).  To get all the latest and to keep up with everything going on with ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, fans can follow it on Twitter at @ESPNFNF, or “Like” it on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf.  Hispanic fans can follow the fights online too, at @ESPNBoxeo on Twitter.

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