Caparello, Muriqi Headline ESPN2/ESPN Deportes’ “Superbrawl”

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Courtesy: ESPN

This weekend is going to be a big weekend for sports fans.  Unless one has been living under a rock, one knows that the Superbowl will come live from MetLife Stadium this weekend.  Before this Sunday’s big game, ESPN and ESPN Deportes will broadcast Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates live from the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey.  This is only twenty miles from the sight of this year’s Super Bowl.

Undefeated Light Heavyweight contender Blake “Il Capo” Caparello (18 – 0 – 1, 6 KOs) will take on Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (40 – 5, 24 KOs) in the main event of this Friday’s edition of Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra.  The pair will face off in a ten-round fight live at 9pm ET on ESPN2 as well as online ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN.  ESPN Deportes will rebroadcast Friday’s fight Sunday afternoon at 2am ET.  This week’s fight is presented by Dibella Entertainment.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will have the ringside call for ESPN2 and WatchESPN.  Todd Grisham will have all of the latest boxing news and highlights live in studio.  Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Viruega will call the night’s match for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+.  They will be joined in studio by Leopoldo Gonzales and Claudia Trejos.  Bernardo Osuna will have live interviews for both English and Spanish language networks.

This week’s main event is the U.S. debut for the Australian Caparello.  Caparello defeated Allan Green in twelve rounds in his most recent fight thanks to a unanimous decision from the fight judges.  Muriqi is also looking to stay in the win column this week.  The New Yorker comes into tonight’s fight on the heels of an eight-round majority decision win over Paul Vasquez in his most recent fight.  Muriqi was confident about this week’s fight when asked about facing Caparello.  “When you fight a lefty, you can never look great but as long as I win, that’s what matters,” Muriqi said. “I’m pretty good with lefties and think I’m going to surprise a lot of people.”  Caparello on the other hand was more grounded in his thoughts about facing Muriqi.  “I’m a boxer-mover. I like to use angles, long punches and quick hands,” Caparello said. “Elvir (Muriqi) is a strong, solid fighter. We’ve had a good look at him. He’s the type, if we want to make an impression, we have to beat him good. That’s our plan.”

Friday’s main event between Muriqi and Caparello will be preceded by a pair of co-features.  The first of the night’s co-features will pit undefeated Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (19 – 0, 11 KOs) against Tim Witherspoon, Jr. (10 – 3 – 1, 2 KOs).  Witherspoon is the son of former Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon, Sr.

The second of the evening’s co-features is an eight-round fight between undefeated Featherweight Luis “KO King” Rosa (15 – 0, 7 KOs) and Jorge Diaz (17 – 2, 10 KOs).  Rosa looks to keep his win streak going this week.  He comes into this week’s fight on the heels of a third-round TKO over Andre Wilson.  Diaz is on the other side of the fence.  He is looking to get back in the win column after losing to Yenifel Vicente in a fourth-round TKO in his most recent bout.  The upcoming schedule for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra is listed below.

Upcoming Schedule:


Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Feb. 7 9 p.m. Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) vs. Roberto García (33-3, 22 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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Undefeated Fighters Anchor This Week’s Edition Of FNF

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns with yet another big card tomorrow night, June 14th.  This week, the show will be headlined by a bout between two undefeated fighters.  Along with the match, viewers will also get to see a ten-round fight between a pair of Junior Featherweights.  Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and Todd Grisham will all be on hand for all the latest on the fight and news from around the boxing world.  On hand for ESPN Deportes will be the regular crew of Pablo Viruega, Delvin Rodriguez, Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzales.  Bernardo Osuna will also be on hand for live interviews and the latest reports.

Friday night’s brand new edition of Friday Night Fights will feature in its main event, two undefeated Bantamweights in the form of Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (13 – 7, 7 KOs) and Jundy Maraon (15 – 0 – 1, 12 KOs).  The pair will face off in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Interim title.  The fight will be broadcast live from the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, New Jersey at 9pm EDT on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and online via WatchESPN.  Payano, from Miami, is a 2004 and 2008 Olympian.  He is coming into tomorrow’s fight on the heels of a second-round TKO win over Jhon Molina in his most recent fight.  Payano spoke through an interpreter, explaining his nickname and what he expects in his fight with Maraon.  “My style is similar to Manny Pacquiao – that’s why I’m ‘Baby Pacquiao,” he said.  But I feel like I’m a little more organized with my punches, have better technique and better fighting ability. I think Maraon is a great fighter. He’s very strong and technically very sound. But I feel that he’s a one-way fighter, always looking for the knockout. He hasn’t really fought my caliber, so the knockouts have come easy. I consider myself a great fighter, as well – it will be two good fighters facing each other on June 14th, and I’ll be prepared.”

Maraon also comes into tomorrow night’s fight with another win under his belt.  He defeated Ernest Marquez thanks to a third-round KO against Marquez. Maraon’s trainer, Nonito Donaire, Sr., spoke on his behalf, telling reporters about what he believes to be Maraon’s edge over Payano.  “He’s quick and fast. He’s strong – Jundy [Maraon] doesn’t hit like a bantam, he hits hard,” Donaire said.  “I watched video of Payano. He’s good, but he doesn’t have the punching power like Jundy. I think this is going to be a good fight. Payano is not just like ‘any opponent’ – he’s a good fighter, too.”

Along with tomorrow night’s main event, viewers will also be treated to a ten-round co-feature that will pit Junior Featherweights Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (24 – 1 – 2, 16 KOs) and Jorge “King” Diaz (12 – 1, 10  KOs) against one another.  Vincente won his most recent fight in a second-round KO win over Aneudy Mesa.  Diaz also comes into tomorrow’s fight with some momentum.  His most recent fight resulted in a sixth-round unanimous decision win for him over Victor Sanchez.

Friday Night Fights still has a pair of fights left on its schedule.  That pair is noted below.

Upcoming Schedule:


Date Time (ET) Main Event Location   Networks
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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