ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature former Junior Featherweight and Junior Lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) and Junior Welterweight Jesus Pabon (17-2,11 KOs) in the 10-round main event on March 2. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Hollywood, Fla., and will include aerial views from the Goodyear blimp. The card is presented by Acquinity Sports..
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Westin Diplomat to describe the action for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Lindsay Casinelli in the studio on ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights). Both shows will feature interviews with Welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather and Junior Middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto from their Los Angeles press conference. ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates will also provide an update from the U.S. National Team tournament and interview No. 1 Lightweight seed Jose Ramirez as he attempts to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Brooklyn N.Y.’s Guzman is coming off a November first-round knockout win over Florencio Castellano. Guzman earned his nickname early in his career going 21-0 with 17 knockouts in his first six years as a professional fighter. “When I first started, I was knocking all these guys out and people said I looked like Mike Tyson in the ring when he was angry,” Guzman said. “One of my friends, always called me ‘Pequeno Tyson,’ and it stuck with me ever since.”
Pabon of Puerto Rico will look to rebound after a second-round knockout loss to Francisco Castro.
Friday’s co-feature will pit Welterweights Ed “The Lion” Paredes (29-3-1, 19 KOs) against Manuel “Pirry” Leyva (21-4, 12 KOs). Paredes, the hometown favorite from Hollywood, is coming off a third-round knockout win over Michael Lozada. Mexico’s Leyva, the younger brother of former Mini-Flyweight titlist Roberto Leyva, is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win over Jose Alonso.
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