News broke early Thursday that Andre Dirrell would no longer be in action in the April 12 edition of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights, which takes place in Shelton, Wash. Dirrell was slated to face tough gatekeeper Ossie Duran but was pulled from the card according to ESPN.com.
That isn’t the only change that has been made. The middleweight bout between Brandon Gonzales and Will Rosinsky is now off the card as well. Goossen-Tutor Promotions matchmaker Tom Brown indicated to RingTV that Gonzales pulled a hamstring and had to be removed from the card.
Taking the main event slot is a featherweight ten-round bout between former 122-pound titleholder Rico Ramos, of East Los Angeles, and Oscar Gonzalez, of Mexico.
Both fighters are coming off losses. Ramos (21-2, 11 KOs) last appeared in January, losing a decision to unbeaten Ronny Rios in his featherweight debut. Gonzalez (20-2, 14 KOs) lost in an upset to Raul Hirales in Las Vegas on the eve of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 by unanimous decision. The bout serves as a crossroads bout with the winner finding himself back in the mix and the loser perhaps relegated to opponent status.
Brown also confirmed the co-featured bout, which will match Philadelphia super middleweight Farah Ennis against the well-traveled and durable Francisco Sierra, of Mexico, in a ten-round bout.
Ennis (20-1, 12 KOs) hasn’t seen much TV exposure, with most of his bouts coming on the online pay-per-view site GoFightLive. Sierra (25-7-1, 22 KOs) is coming off a couple of losses to Marco Antonio Periban and George Groves, who were both unbeaten when Sierra fought them.
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