This Friday night, world-class boxing returns to Fallon, NV, when this week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights/ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates heads to Churchill County Fairgrounds, just outside of Reno. Headlining the card will be top-rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13KO’s) taking on the hard-hitting and dangerous Mexican Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13KO’s) in the 10-round main event.
In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13KO’s) will be looking to make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow knockout artist Jason Escalera (14-2-1, 12KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.
Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction when he squares off against Curtis Lee Tate (7-4, 6KO’s).
Also seeing action on the card will be highly regarded undefeated prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (16-0, 12KO’s) challenging the once-beaten Kevin Aguilar (8-1-1, 2KO’s) in an eight-round super featherweight matchup. The 22-year-old Diaz, a training stable-mate of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, is as good a young prospect as there is in boxing and is fresh off of his exciting and dominant 10-round unanimous decision victory over Canadian prospect Tyler Asselstine (14-1) on ShoBox in May of this year. Look for another impressive performance out of the DBE/Jean Pascal Promotions-promoted Diaz on Friday night.
Undefeated middleweight prospect Eduardo Alicea (7-0, 3KO’s) is also scheduled to appear on the card when he competes against fellow undefeated Kirk Huff (3-0, 1KO) in a six-round middleweight matchup. Trained by Robert Garcia and promoted by DBE and Rumble Time Promotions, Alicea, the former Junior Olympics National champion and #1-rated US amateur, has continued to impress with each outing and is already 3-0 in 2014.
Rounding out the card will be a battle for bragging rights when hometown favorite Oscar Vasquez (6-1, 1KO) squares off against fellow Nevada-native Sergio Lopez (2-1-1) in a six-round flyweight matchup.
ESPN will begin live coverage at 9p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Let’s Get It On Promotions, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, King Sports, Jean Pascal Promotions, Dynasty Boxing and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Tickets are currently on sale and are priced at an extremely affordable $27 ringside and $12 general admission. Special VIP tables are also available for purchase at $500 each. The VIP tables accommodate seating for eight guests at ringside and include a complimentary bucket of beer, executive suite restrooms, cocktail service, a dedicated full service bar, food station and a Fallon Fights souvenir for each guest. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (775) 423-4556 or by visiting the Fallon Convention Center or NAS Fallon MWR. You can also purchase tickets by emailing email@example.com.