Junior Middleweights García and González Headline ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates

The February 7 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra will feature Junior Middleweights Roberto “La Amenaza” García (33-3,1 ND, 22 KOs) and “El Demonio” Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Friday’s show, from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. The card is promoted by Warriors Boxing.

Watch Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore preview Friday’s main event

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 and Pablo Viruega will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on both ESPN Deportes and 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.

Grisham Interviews with Pacquiao and Bradley:
Grisham will interview undefeated Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on Thursday as they prepare for their much anticipated rematch that will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both interviews will air during Friday’s show on ESPN2.

Main Event:

Texas’ García, who has won his last five fights, scored a six-round unanimous decision win over Larry Smith in his last outing, while Mexico’s González is looking to continue his winning ways following a 10-round unanimous decision win over Michael Oliveira.

García scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith in 2012 on Friday Night Fights. After that fight ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “This is the most notable victory of Garcia’s career. Garcia pressured the slicker Smith and just seemed to want it more. He outhustled Smith and beat him to the punch throughout the bout to take the clear decision.”

Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated Featherweight Kamil “Szurek” Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) against former Bantamweight world title challenger Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 15 KOs). New Jersey’s Laszczyk, by way of Poland, is coming off a third-round TKO win over Laszlo Fekete, while Nicaragua’s Diaz, scored a 10-round split decision win over Roberto Marroquin in his last fight.

Additional Fight:

Friday’s show will open with a four-round bout between undefeated Welterweight Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) and Roberto Acevedo (13-12-3, 1 KO).

Upcoming Schedule:


Time (ET)

Main Event



Fri, Feb. 14

9 p.m.

Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) vs. Emanuel Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior Welterweights

Paramount Theater, Huntington, N.Y.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

Fri, Feb. 21

9 p.m.

Boxcino 2014 Lightweight Quarterfinals: six-rounds each

Chris Rudd (12-1, 8 KOs) vs. Yakubu Amidu (22-4-1, 18 KOs)

Petr Petrov (32-4-2, 15 KOs) vs. Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9 KOs)

Miguel Gonzalez (22-3, 16 KOs) vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza (21-2-2, 21 KOs)

Fernando Carcamo (15-5, 12 KOs) vs. Samuel Neequaye (21-0, 15 KOs)

Edgewater Casino, Laughlin, NV

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

Fri, Feb 28

9 p.m.

Boxcino 2014 Middleweight Quarterfinals: six-rounds each

Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs)

Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KOs) vs. Vitalii Kopylenko (22-0, 12 KOs)

Brandon Adams (12-0, 7 KOs) vs. Daniel Edouard (23-4-2, 12 KOs)

Raymond Gatica (13-1, 7 KOs) vs. Sena Agbeko (15-0, 15 KOs)

Harrah’s Horseshoe, Hammond, Ind.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

Fri, Mar. 7

9 p.m.

Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) vs. Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) —10-rounds, Lightweights

Pala Casino, Pala, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

Fri, Mar. 21

9 p.m.

Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs) vs. Luciano Cuello (33-3, 17 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior Middleweights

Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

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