Chicago’s Junior Wright will put his young, undefeated record on the line when he faces the more tested Rakhim Chakhkiev on the Russian’s home turf this Friday.
Looking to rinse the bad taste of the Erislandy Lara loss from his palette, Ishe Smith got back in the win column as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Cecil McCalla in an entertaining matchup on ESPN.
Donovan Dennis scored the KO of the night on Friday when he stopped Razvan Cojanu with a single left hand in the second round of their Boxcino Tournament semi-final at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., to advance to the heavyweight finals where he will face Andrey Fedosov, who stopped Lenroy Thomas.
Photos from ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” which featured a pair of knockouts by heavy-handed Detroit native Tony Harrison and Ukrainian Olympian Ievgen Khytrov.
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Brandon Adams will fight Alex Perez in a six-round quarterfinal bout tonight at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. The bout, along with three other bouts on the Banner Promotions/ CES Boxing card, will be televised live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Tony Luis upset previously undefeated lightweight standout Karl Dargan in the main event of an ESPN2-televised card from the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday. Luis, who scored a final-round knockdown, soundly outworked Dargan to an impressive unanimous decision victory.
A lot of Karl Dargan’s friends from the amateurs are now top-tier professionals — two of them RING champions. He intends to join them, but his next hurdle will be tonight on “Friday Night Fights” against Tony Luis.
Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. took another step toward contender status by outclassing veteran gatekeeper Bryan Vera over 10 rounds in the main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” broadcast from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
Willie Monroe Jr., a talented southpaw from Rochester who headlines “Friday Night Fights” agaisnt Bryan Vera, had plenty of career options outside of boxing but the middleweight fringe contender has always been pulled to the sport and seems poised to have a breakout year.
Despite coming off a loss, Henry Lundy remains a victory or two from receiving a title opportunity. The gritty Philly native will help his case significantly if he can defeat Petr Petrov on Friday in Verona, N.Y. The fight is a 10-round co-feature of this week’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”
Junior middleweight contender Austin Trout was dropped twice in Round 3, but battled back to win a lop-sided 10-round unanimous decision over Daniel Dawson at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. All three judges scored the bout 97-90 in favor of Trout.
Back-to-back losses forced Austin Trout to reevaluate his career and his support network but after sitting out most of 2014 the 154-pound contender is ready to begin his comeback against Daniel Dawson in the main event of the final “Friday Night Fights” broadcast of the year.
Denis Shafikov outclassed fellow Russian lightweight standout Rustam Nugaev en route to a brutal ninth-round stoppage in the “Friday Night Fights” main event from Santa Ynez, Calif. Shafikov earned another shot at IBF titleholder Miguel Vazquez with the victory.
Lightweight Rustam Nugaev will fight fellow Russian Denis Shafikov in an IBF title-elimination bout at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The bout headlines this week’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast on ESPN2.