Former Super Lightweight Title Challenger Cayo to Meet García at Historic Hialeah Park Race Track on Special Thursday Edition of “ESPN Friday Night Fights” and “Noche de Combates”

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Former Super Lightweight Title Challenger Cayo to Meet García at Historic Hialeah Park Race Track on Special Thursday Edition of “ESPN Friday Night Fights” and “Noche de Combates”

Interviews with Chris Arreola and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The special Thursday, May 1, edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature former Super Lightweight title challenger Victor Manuel “Mermelada” Cayo (32-4, 22 KOs) and Roberto “La Amenaza” García (34-3, 22 KOs) in the 10-round Welterweight main event.

Thursday’s show, which will take place outdoors at the historic Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Fla., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights on Saturday, May 3, at 6 p.m. The card is presented by Warriors Boxing.

Commentators:  Joe and Teddy May 1
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Delvin Rodríguez and Pablo Viruega will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on ESPN Deportes, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio.

Friday’s show on ESPN2 will include Atlas’ interview with Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola as he prepares to meet Bermane Stiverne for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Friday’s show will also include an interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he prepares for his Welterweight title fight against Marcos Maidana on Saturday, May 3.

Main Event:
The Dominican Republic’s Cayo, who fought current titleholder Marcos Maidana for the WBA Welterweight title in 2010, is coming off a first-round knockout win over Ricardo Veras. García, who hails from Texas, has won his last six fights, including a 10-round split-decision win over Norberto González in his last bout which aired on Friday Night Fights back in February.

“I know Victor Cayo is a good fighter. He’s tough, comes forward. I saw his fight with Maidana – it was a good fight, a tough fight while it lasted,” García’s advisor, Julio Marines said. “He’s a good veteran fighter who’s going to test Roberto, but I believe Roberto stops him in six rounds. I think Roberto is too strong for him. He’s ready to go.”

Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated Middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla” González (17-0-1, 14 KOs), against Rogelio “Porky” Medina (32-5, 26 KOs). In his last outing, showcased on ESPN3, Puerto Rico’s González scored a fifth-round TKO win over Jaison Palomeque, while Mexico’s Medina is looking to continue his winning ways following a first-round knockout win over Fortino Lugo.

ESPN Boxing Next Week:
ESPN will exclusively televise the 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Championship fight and rematch between top-rated contenders Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) live on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. The fight from the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates and will be presented by Corona Extra. The fight will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Xbox and Roku via WatchESPN. Read more on ESPN MediaZone.

Upcoming ESPN Boxing Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Thu, May 1  9 p.m. Roberto García (34-3, 22 KOs) vs. Victor Manuel Cayo (32-4, 22 KOs)—10 rounds, Welterweights
Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Fla. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Sat, May 10 8 p.m. WBC World Heavyweight Championship: Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)—12 rounds USC Galen Center,
Los Angeles
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, May 16 9 p.m. Delvin Rodríguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) vs. Joachim Alcine (35-7-1, 21 KOs)—10 rounds, Jr. Middleweight   TBD ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, May 23 9 p.m. Boxcino 2014 Finals:

Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) vs. Fernando Cárcamo (17-5, 13 KOs)—10 rounds, Lightweights

Brandon Adams (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (17-1, 6 KOs)—10 rounds, Middleweights 

Turning Stone Casino,  Verona, NY ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

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