Undefeated Junior Middleweight Harrison to Meet Smith on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates

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Undefeated Junior Middleweight Harrison to Meet Smith on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates

The March 6 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra  and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature undefeated up-and-coming junior middleweight Tony “Superbad” Harrison (19-0, 16 KOs) and veteran “The Truth” Antwone Smith (23-5-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round junior middleweight main event. Friday’s show will air live at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. The card is presented by Warriors Boxing. The fights will take place at the famed MGM Grand  in Las Vegas which is the site of this weekend’s debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series headlined by Adrien Broner vs. John Molina and Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero.

Todd Grisham will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+. Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will anchor the ESPN Deportes studio on site and will be joined by Hall-of-Fame boxing referee and analyst Joe Cortez. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows. In addition, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael will join the ESPN2 telecast to discuss Friday’s fights and the much anticipated welterweight title unification mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Read Rafael’s full story on how Mayweather-Pacquiao was made.

Main Event:
The undefeated Harrison, who is from Detroit, is coming off a first-round TKO win over Tyrone Brunson.

“He’s (Smith) a tough opponent,” Harrison said. “He’s fought contenders and champions…It’s my time. It’s time to put Detroit back in the position that it once was in and it starts with this, to give us the recognition we deserve…This is the one for everybody who’s never seen Tony Harrison fight. This is the one to watch.”

Smith, of Miami, is looking to get back to his winning ways after a second-round KO loss to Jermall Charlo.

“I’m sure he’s (Harrison) probably going to blitz early, because he usually knocks everybody out in the first or second round,” Smith said. “He’s only been eight rounds one time. After I get out of the blitz, I plan to do steady work. I know what 10 rounds feels like.”

Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (8-0, 8 KOs) against Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (28-4-1, 26 KOs). In his last bout, New York’s Khytrov scored a third-round KO win over previously undefeated Maurice Louishomme, while Puerto Rico’s Melendez is looking to rebound from a majority decision loss to Javier Francisco Maciel.

Additional Fights:
Friday’s show will also include an eight-round bout between undefeated junior middleweights Erickson Lubin (9-0, 6 KOs) and Kenneth Council (8-0, 6 KOs) and a six-round middleweight bout between undefeated Caleb Plant (6-0, 4 KOs) and Daniel Henry (2-2-2, 0 KOs).

Upcoming Schedule: 

Date Time (ET) Main Event Location Networks
Fri, Mar 6 11 p.m. Tony Harrison (19-0, 16 KOs) vs. Antwone Smith (23-5-1, 12 KOs) — 10 rounds, Jr. Middleweights MGM Grand Ballroom, Las Vegas ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Thurs, Mar 26 9 p.m. Breidis Prescott  (27-6, 20 KOs) vs. Fredrick Lawson (23-0, 20 KOs) — 10 rounds, Welterweights Hialeah Park Racing & Casino,Hialeah, Fla. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 3 9 p.m. TBD Omega Products Center, Corona, Calif. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 10 9 p.m. Boxcino 2015 Semifinals: 8 rounds each


Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KOs) vs. Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KOs)


Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) vs. Donovan Dennis (11-1, 9 KOs)


Jr. Middleweights:

Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KOs) vs. Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KOs)


Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KOs) vs. John Thompson (15-1, 5 KOs)

Sands Hotel & Casino, Bethlehem, PA ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change
Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates Social Media:

  • Follow ESPN Friday Night Fights’ Nigel Collins on Twitter @ESPNFNF or like ESPN Friday Night Fights 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.
  • For the latest ESPN.com boxing news and analysis follow @ESPNBoxing.

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