ESPN’s Friday Night Fights returns this weekend with a show headlined by a bout between a pair of Junior Welterweights. Olusegun “The Gun” Ajose (31 – 1, 14 KOs) will face off against “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (22 – 3 – 1, 11 KOs) in a ten-round main event. The fight will be broadcast live from Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. There is a scheduling change for this week’s fight. This week’s main event will be broadcast live at 9pm EST on ESPN3 and at 10:30pm on ESPN Deportes+. ESPN Deportes will carry Friday’s fights on Saturday, July 20th at 7pm EST.
Ajose represented his home nation of Nigeria at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He currently lives in New York. He won his most recent fight—an eight-round bout against Rynell Griffin—in a unanimous win. Lundey is looking to get his winning ways back after dropping his last two fights against Viktor Postol and Ray Beltran. Friday Night Fights co-host Teddy Atlas shared his thoughts on Lundy in this week’s fight and what viewers and fans can expect from both men. “Coming off two consecutive losses, Lundy is in danger of becoming irrelevant,” Atlas said. “He will need his good speed and great urgency to beat a bigger, more physical Ajose. That’s the tough news for Lundy. The good news for the fans of Friday Night Fights is that both these experienced fights are not hard to find—they will be right in front of each other all night and that should make it a good night of fights.”
Along with the main event, viewers and fans will also be treated to an eight-round co-feature, pitting a pair of undefeated Junior Lightweights against one another. Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (16 – 0, 3 KOs) will take on Miguel “Mikito” Soto (10 – 0, 10 KOs). Kielczewski comes into this week’s fight on the heels of an eight-round unanimous decision win over Gil Garcia. Soto also looks to keep his winning ways after winning his last fight, a fourth-round TKO over John Wampash. The current slate of matches on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is available below.
|Date||Time (ET)||Main Event||Location||Networks|
|Fri., July 26||9 p.m.||Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Yakubu Amidu (18-4-1, 16 KOs)—12 rounds, Junior Lightweight||Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, Calif.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Fri., Aug 2||9 p.m.||Javier Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs)—10 rounds, Featherweights||Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Okla.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|Fri., Aug 9||10 p.m.||Rustam Nugaev (24-6-1, 14 KOs) vs. José Hernández (14-6-1, 6 KOs)—10 rounds, Lightweights||Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif.||ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN|
|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|
*Schedule subject to change
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This week’s card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and presented by Corona Extra.
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