ESPN2 Studio On-Site in Verona N.Y.
Two fighters—one in the Lightweight division and one in the Middleweight—will be named Boxcino 2014 Champion and receive the Boxcino 2014 championship belt on May 23, when ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra features the finals of Boxcino 2014 sponsored by 1800 Tequila.
Friday’s show, from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions.
Blow-by-blow commentator 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 on site. 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.
Middleweight Finals Matchup: 10 Rounds
The final round of the Middleweight tournament will feature:
Brandon Adams (14-0, 9 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe Jr. (17-1, 6 KOs)
Lightweight Finals Matchup: 10 Rounds
The final round of the Lightweight tournament will feature:
Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) vs. Fernando Cárcamo (17-5, 13 KOs)
N.Y.’s Monroe, the son of former Middleweight contender Willie Monroe, is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over Vitalii Kopylenko in the semifinal round of the tournament. Prior to that, Monroe won a six-round unanimous decision over Donatas Bondas (Bondorovas) in the quarterfinals. Adams, fighting out of Los Angeles, opened the tournament with a fourth round TKO win over Daniel Edouard and is looking to stay undefeated following an eight-round split decision win over Ray Gatica in the semifinals.
Spain’s Petrov, a former Jr. Welterweight world title challenger, defeated Chris Rudd by fourth-round TKO in the semifinals. In the tournament’s opening round, Petrov won an upset over Yakubu Amidu in a fight that had to go to a seventh-round “drawbreaker” to determine the winner. Mexico’s Cárcamo, who opened the tournament with a second–round TKO win over previously undefeated 2008 Olympian Samuel Neequaye, is looking to score another victory following an eight-round majority decision win over Miguel González in the semifinals.
About Boxcino 2014:
The tournament, which started in February, is a single-elimination, two-weight class competition featuring eight fighters in the Lightweight and Middleweight divisions. Tournament details and matchups can be found on ESPN MediaZone.
ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions Brian Kweder, who oversees content strategy and acquisition for ESPN’s soccer, boxing and bowling properties, recently discussed the tournament in a Q&A on ESPN Front Row.