Boxcino 2014 Champions Monroe Jr., Petrov on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates January 16

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Boxcino 2014 Champions Monroe Jr., Petrov on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates January 16

***Update 1/16/14: Boxcino 2014 middleweight finalist Brandon Adams (14-1, 9 KOs) will face Lekan Byfield (6-5-2, 1 KO) in tonight’s eight-round middleweight co-feature. Tonight’s previously scheduled matchup between Petr Petrov and Hank Lundy has been canceled due to Lundy missing weight. All other bouts remain the same.

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Boxcino 2015 Fighters and Matchups to be Announced on Friday’s Telecast

In anticipation of this year’s Boxcino 2015 tournament, the January 16 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature Boxcino 2014 middleweight champion Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) and Boxcino 2014 lightweight champion Petr “El Zar” Petrov (35-4-2, 16 KOs) in co-main events. Monroe will square off in a 10-round bout against veteran Bryan “The Warrior” Vera (23-8, 14 KOs), while Petrov will meet lightweight contender “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round match. Friday’s show from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Saturday, January 17, at 8 p.m. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions.

Commentators: Todd and Teddy 1-16
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas  describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will provide the latest boxing news and information. 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. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.

Boxcino 2015 Fighters and Matchups to be Announced on Telecast:  
Fighters and matchups for this year’s Boxcino 2015 tournament—featuring fighters in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions — will be announced during this week’s Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates telecasts (boxers are paired and the brackets created by random drawing).

Co-Main Events:
Rochester N.Y.’s Monroe Jr., the son of former middleweight contender Willie Monroe, has won his last eight fights, including his last—a 10-round unanimous decision win over Brandon Adams to win the Boxcino 2014 middleweight belt. Vera, who hails from Texas, enters Friday’s fight with wins over former junior middleweight titlists Sergio Mora and Sergey Dzinziruk.

Pertov, who scored an eighth-round TKO victory over Fernando Carcamo in his last fight to win the Boxcino 2014 lightweight belt, is looking to score another victory when he faces Philadelphia’s Lundy, who has wins over lightweight titlist Richar Abril and former lightweight titlist David Diaz.

Opening Fight:
Fridays show will open with a four-round matchup between Welterweights Greg Jackson (3-1-1, 1 KO) of N.J. and Maryland’s Cornelius Whitlock (3-1-2, 2 KOs).

Upcoming Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Jan 16 9 p.m. Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1, 6 KOs) vs. Brian Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) — 10 rounds, Middleweights; Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 7 KOs) vs. Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) – 10 rounds, Lightweights Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 30 9 p.m. Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) vs. Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) —10 rounds, Lightweights Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 6 9 p.m. Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) — 12 rounds, IBF World Middleweight Title Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Miss. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 13 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Quarterfinals- Junior Middleweight Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 20 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Quarterfinals- Heavyweight Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona N.Y. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates Social Media:

  • Follow ESPN Friday Night Fights on Twitter @ESPNFNF or like it on Facebook.
  • Score the fights round-by-round with the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App,” an application on the ESPN FNF Facebook page that allows viewers to score the fight round-by-round.
  • Follow ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates on Twitter @ESPNBoxeo.
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