Tonight’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights leads off with a Lightweight division fight. Lightweights Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (24 – 6, 14 KOs) will take on Jose “EL Loco” Hernandez (14 – 6 – 1, 6 KOs) in the night’s main event. The pair will face off in a ten-round bout live from the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, California at 10pm ET. Tonight’s fight will be broadcast live on cable on ESPN2 and online via WatchESPN and broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+. ESPN Deportes will carry the fight on TV via tape delay Saturday night at 6pm.
Nugaev, a California native, comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of a fourth-round KO win over Daniel Attah. The fight preceding his match against Attah ended in an eighth-round KO over previously undefeated Jonathan Maicelo. ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote of the fight, “Nugaev wound up scoring a highlight-reel upset knockout over Maicelo. Nugaev and Maicelo fought a good, competitive, toe-to-toe slugfest that came to an abrupt end when Nugaev caught Maicelo with a clean and powerful right hand that dropped him face-first before he rolled over on his back.”
Hernandez is also looking to improve his “W” column. He comes into tonight’s fight after having taking down previously undefeated Tony Luis in an eighth-round TKO. Despite this win under his belt, Hernandez’s trainer, Richard Best, was not about to take tonight’s fight lightly. “The first thing that comes to mind with this guy we’re fighting (Nugaev) is that he’s tough,” Best said. “You can see in his fights that he tries to wear his opponents down with pressure. He’s a tall guy, and comes in forward. He’s not too technical, but we are not underestimating him.”
Before the bell rings for the main event, audiences will also get to see undefeated Junior Lightweight Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (13 – 0, 9 KOs) face off against Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (13 -2 – 1, 3 KOs). Pedraza won his most recent fight with a seventh-round TKO over Sergio Villenueva. Tolmajyan also comes into tonight’s fight with a win in his most recent fight. He defeated previously undefeated Jorge Maysonet, Jr. in an eight-round unanimous decision.
The team of Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside to call all of the action tonight, while Todd Grisham will be in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights for ESPN2. Alejandro Pombo fills in tonight for Delvin Rodriguez. He will have the call tonight for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+ alongside Pablo Viruega. Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will be in studio. Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews and reports. Fans can keep up with all of the latest Friday Night Fights news online via Twitter and Facebook at http://twitter.com/ESPNFNF and http://www.facebook.com/espn.fnf. While at the Friday Night Fights Facebook page, audiences can get the Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting app. The app lets viewers score the fights themselves round-by-round, from the comfort of their own homes. Spanish speaking audiences can keep up with FNF on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPNBoxeo.
Tonight’s card is sponsored by Corona Extra and promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. The most current Friday Night Fights schedule is available below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Main Event||Location||Networks|
|Fri., Aug 16||9 p.m.||Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs) vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)—12 rounds, Light Heavyweights||U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN|
|Fri., Aug 23||9 p.m.||Argenis Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs)—12 rounds, Jr. Lightweights||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN|
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