The April 10 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature the highly anticipated semifinals of Boxcino 2015. Friday’s show from the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, Pa., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights at 10:30 p.m.
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will be on site presenting all the latest boxing news and highlights. ESPN boxing analyst Nigel Collins (@ESPNFNF) will also be there providing insight and analysis. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will co-anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
The single-elimination, two-weight class tournament featuring eight fighters in both the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions began in February on Friday Night Fights and will culminate with the finals on May 22. Friday’s semifinals will feature:
Heavyweights, eight rounds each:
Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KOs) vs. Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KOs)
Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) vs. Donovan Dennis (13-2, 1 NC, 10 KOs)
Junior Middleweights, eight rounds each:
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)
In the quarterfinal round of Boxcino 2015, California’s Fedosov scored a first-round TKO win over Nate Heaven, while Florida’s Thomas scored a seven-round TKO win over 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada. California’s Cojanu is looking to continue his winning ways following a seven-round unanimous decision win over Ed Fountain, while Dennis, of Iowa, is looking for another victory following a fourth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Steve Vukosa.
Los Angeles’ Adams, a finalist in last year’s Boxcino 2014 tournament, scored a fifth-round TKO win over Alex Perez in the Boxcino 2015 quarterfinals, while California’s Gasparyan won a six-round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Simeon Hardy. Skorokhod, of Ukraine, won by fourth-round TKO against previously undefeated Michael Moore in the quarterfinals, while Thompson won a six-round unanimous decision against Ricardo Pinell.
Boxcino 2015 Semi-finals quotes
For Immediate Release
Philadelphia (April 8, 2015)–This Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the Boxcino 2015 semifinals will take place in both the heavyweight and jr. middleweight divisions. All eight fighters have been training hard for this great opportunity that will be broadcasted live on ESPN Friday Night Fights beginning at 9 PM ET.
All Boxcino bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.
Below are quotes from all eight competitors as fight week commences.
John Thompson (15-1, 5 KO’s)-“Training has been great. Been working really hard in Virginia under Kay Koroma. I am looking forward to both the semifinals and the finals to see what kind of doors open up for me.”
Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KO’s) –” I am very confident and have once again had a very good training camp at Wild Card Boxing Gym. I have done great work with Marvin Somodio, Ernie Zavala, and my conditioning coach Jordan Feramisco! ”
Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KO’s)–“Everything is good. I am ready. I have had great sparring with Ruslan Provodnikov and Frankie Gomez. Brandon is my friend. I look at him like my brother but Friday is business. We will get in the ring and do my thing. We have a perfect game plan and ready to do my thing. This time there will be no ring rust”
Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KO’s)–“I am looking forward to fight Vito to show him how much I have grown since the last time we worked together. I am looking forward to showing the world that I have learned new tricks. ”
Donovan Dennis (11-1, 9 KO’s)–“I am ready and am better shape then my last fight. I am ready to go. I don’t know too much about Razvan other than he is a taller guy. I train for what my coaches tell me to do.”
Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KO’s) — “Everything is great. Dennis is a good fighter and I am excited to fight him. I changed some of my training and had a lot of southpaw sparring.”
Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KO’s)–“Training is going good. I am ready to go. He is a strong opponent. He is coming to fight and so am I. It will be an interesting night.”
Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KO’s)–“I am looking forward to April 10th. I will be ready to give the fans another great fight and I am looking forward to the finals!”
On the undercard, Greg Jackson (5-1-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia will take on Curtis Morton (2-4-2) of Harlem, NY in a six-round welterweight bout.
Ed Fountain (10-1, 4 KO’s) of St. Louis, MO will battle Jon Bolden (6-10-1, 5 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY in a six-round heavyweight bout.
Eric Newell (7-3-2, 5 KO’s) of Bethlehem, PA will fight Brandon Spencer (2-8-1, 1 KO) of Atlanta, GA in four-round heavyweight bout.
Ricky Nuno of Bethlehem, PA will make his pro debut against Pat Kehoe (1-1) of Reading, PA in a four-round welterweight bout.
Mike Liberto of Bethlehem, PA will make his pro debut against Darnell Hayes (0-1) of Myerstown, PA in a light heavyweight bout.
This event starts at 7pm. Ticket prices are $100, $75, $50. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 and at the box office at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center.