Williams, White Headline January 24th Edition of FNF

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Courtesy: ESPN

Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra returns this Friday night with another huge match for its main event.

This Friday night, undefeated Light Heavyweight up-and-comer Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (15 – 0, 10 KOs) takes on Cornelius “Da Beast” White (21 – 2, 16 KOs) in a ten-round fight.  Williams comes in to this week’s fight fresh off of a unanimous ten-round decision over Yusaf Mack.  That victory came this past November. Williams’ manager/trainer George Peterson was confident about this week’s bout.  But he was also realistic about his fighter’s match this week.  “Cornelius White is rangy, he’s tall,” he said of White.  He’s a good boxer. He’s got quite a bit of experience, and he’s somebody we’re going to have to contend with. We can’t look over him. But we’re going to prepare for it and we’re not going to have any trouble with him.”  White is looking to get back in the “W” column this week.  He comes into this week’s main even match after having lost his most recent match, a third-round TKO loss against current Light Heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev.  White made it clear in an interview that he was hungry to get back into the “W” column and what his match against Williams means to him.  “I look at this fight as an opportunity for me to get to the next level,” he said.  “I wanted an opponent with an undefeated record, a young lion, somebody that didn’t want to lose that ‘0.’ My job is to take that ‘0.’ On the 24th, they’re going to see what I’m capable of doing. I’m coming prepared and am ready to go to war.”

Friday’s main event will be broadcast live from the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, WA.  It will be broadcast at 9am ET on ESPN2 and online at WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+.  ESPN Deportes will run Friday’s card in tape delay this Saturday, January 26th at 10pm ET.  This week’s card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.

Ringside partners Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be back together this week to call all of the night’s  action.  And Todd Grisham will be live in studio with all of the latest boxing news and highlights.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will have the call for Noche de Comabtes on  ESPN Deportes ESPN Deportes+. They will be joined live in studio by Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos while Bernardo Osuna will have interviews and reports for both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Along with the night’s main event, audiences will also be treated to a ten-round co-feature that will pit former Junior Featherweight titlist Rico “Suavecito” Ramos (22 – 3, 12 KOs) against Jonathan “Thunder” Arellano (14 – 2 – 2, 3 KOs).  Ramos handily won his most recent bout with a one-punch tenth-round KO over the previously undefeated Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez.  Arellano is also looking to keep his “W” column improving this week.  His most recent fight, an eight-round fight, ended in a majority decision victory over Charles Huerta.

Next week on Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates, undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (18 – 0 – 1, 6 KOs) will take on Elvir Muriqi (40 – 5, 24 KOs) in the night’s ten-round main event.  That fight will be broadcast live from Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.  That’s only twenty miles from MetLife Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Superbowl 48.  The most current schedule for Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates is listed below.

Upcoming Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 31 9 p.m. Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6KO’s)  vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) —10-rounds, Light Heavyweights Codey Arena, West Orange, N.J. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 7 9 p.m. Jonathan González (17-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) —10-rounds, Middleweights UIC Pavilion , Chicago ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb. 14 9 p.m. Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior Welterweights Paramount Theater, Huntington, N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

 

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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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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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