The March 21 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature former Jr. Middleweight world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs) and Mario Lozano (27-4, 20 KOs) in the 10-round Jr. Middleweight main event.
Friday’s show, from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Calif., 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, March 22, at 7 p.m. The card is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
New Picture (1)Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn), filling in for 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 will call the fights with Pablo Viruega for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo González will anchor the studio. ESPN Deportes boxing analyst and Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez will join Trejos and González in studio to discuss referee Tony Weeks’ decision to stop the Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo fight in the 10th round. Cortez will also discuss the second-round stoppage between Ponce De Leon and Juan Manuel Lopez.
California’s Martirosyan, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, is looking to rebound from a 12-round split decision loss in a world title challenge to current WBO Jr. Middleweight titlist Demetrius Andrade. Mexico’s Lozano is looking to get back to his winning ways following a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Charles Hatley.
“I know Lozano is a good puncher and he’s a really good fighter,” Martirosyan said. “In this fight, you’re going to see the best Vanes you’ve ever seen.”
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit Lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (32-1, 21 KOs), brother of current IBF Junior Welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, against Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (20-4, 13 KOs). Washington D.C.’s Peterson is coming off a second-round TKO win over Dominic Salcido, while Puerto Rico’s Jiménez scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez in his last outing.
Fri, Mar 28
Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals: eight rounds each
Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) vs. Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 14 KOs)
Miguel González (23-3, 16 KOs) vs. Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KOs)
4 Bears Casino,
New Town, N.D.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 18
Semifinals: eight rounds each
Brandon Adams (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Raymond Gatica (14-2, 9 KOs)
Willie Monroe Jr. (16-1, 6 KOs) vs. Vitalii Kopylenko (22-0, 12 KOs)
Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y.
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Apr 24
Josesito López (31-6, 18 KOs) vs. Aron Martínez (19-2-1, 4 KOs)—10 rounds, Jr. Welterweights
Agua Caliente Casino, Palm Springs, Calif.
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
*Schedule subject to change
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ESPN FNF Homeward Bound Public Weigh In Thursday
“HOMEWARD BOUND” is headlined by the return of former world title challenger and Glendale, California resident Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan in a WBO Inter-Continental 10-round junior middleweight Championship bout against tough Mexican Mario “Aguila” Lozano set for this Friday, MARCH 21 at the Morongo Casino Resort Spa. The event will be televised LIVE on ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
“We’re very excited to see Vanes make his debut with us close to home and at the beautiful Morongo Casino,” said Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. “Fans on hand at the Morongo Casino and those watching on ESPN Friday Night Fights are in for an outstanding evening of entertainment and what I believe will be a statement performance by Vanes against a very tough fighter in Lozano, who has never been KO’d.”
The Official Weigh-In for “HOMEWARD BOUND” which is Open to the Public will take place on Thursday, MARCH 20 in the VIBE Night Club at the Morongo Casino Resort Spa at 2:00 p.m. PT.
Martirosyan addressed his training camp and mindset heading into his debut with Goossen Tutor Promotions and new trainer Joe Goossen. Click on the 2-minute link below.
Vanes Martirosyan talks about his new fire towards boxing
Complete Fight Card below.
About Morongo Casino Resort Spa:
Morongo (morongocasinoresort.com) is the premier gaming resort in California. Located in Cabazon, California, in the scenic Coachella Valley, Morongo is a prime getaway for residents of Orange County, Ontario, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Los Angeles. Earning the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for nine consecutive years, Morongo offers 310 well-appointed rooms and suites, a 150,000 sq. ft. casino floor, ten restaurants and lounges and continuous world-class entertainment offerings. One of the largest tribal gaming facilities in the country Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is owned and operated by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
WHAT: “HOMEWARD BOUND” ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions
WHEN: FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014
WHO: Super Welterweights-Ten Rounds
Vacant WBO Inter-Continental Junior Middleweight Title
Vanes Martirosyan, 33-1-1 (21 KO’s), Glendale, CA vs.
Mario Lozano, 28-4-0 (22 KO’s), Chihuahua, Mexico
Anthony Peterson, 32-1-0 (21 KO’s), Washington D.C. vs.
Marcos Jimenez, Dominican Republic (20-4, 13 KOs)
Junior Welterweights-Four/Six Rounds
Abel Ramos, 8-0-1 (4 KO’s), Phoenix, AZ vs.
Rodolfo Armenta, 13-12-1 (9 KO’s), Los Mochis, MX
Vatch Martirosyan, 2-0-0 (1 KO), Glendale, CA vs.
Gustavo Lopez, 0-1-1, King City, California
Razvan Cojanu, 7-1-0 (3 KO’s), Los Angeles, CA vs.
Avery Gibson, 3-4-2 (1 KO) Los Angeles, CA
Super Lightweights-Four Rounds
Kevin Watts, 4-0 (2 KO’s), Los Angeles, CA vs.
Tevin Watts, 1-0 (1 KO), Los Angeles, CA vs.
Vincente Guzman 0-3-1, Upland, CA
Manny Robles, Jr., 5-0 (2 KO’s), Los Angeles, CA vs.
WHERE: MORONGO CASINO RESORT & SPA
49500 Seminole Dr.
Cabazon, CA 92230
Doors 3:30pm, First Bell 4:30pm
LIVE TV 6:00pm (all times PT)