Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Todd Grisham to call ESPN's Friday Night Fights on June 28

Todd Grisham, the former WWE play-by-play man and sideline interviewer, has been a staple of ESPN''s Friday Night Fights now for 2 years. Him and Jonathan Coachman are never afraid to joke about their WWE days when they co-host Coach and Company on ESPN radio. Now Grisham is moving up again. Todd Grisham will call this Friday's Grzegorz Proska vs. Sergio Mora in place of Joe Tessitore on Friday Night. Teddy Atlas remains on board as the analyst. Here's the press release.

Former Jr. Middleweight Titlist Mora to Meet Former Middleweight Title Challenger Proska on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

Todd Grisham to Call Fights Ringside for First Time

The June 28 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature former Jr. Middleweight titlist Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs) and former Middleweight world title challenger Grzegorz “Super G” Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) in the 10-round Middleweight main event. Friday’s show from the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions.


Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN), filling in for Joe Tessitore, will be ringside calling his first professional boxing match  with Teddy Atlas  for ESPN2 HD, while Bernardo Osuna(@osunaespn) will anchor the studio this week. Robert Sierra, filling in fornDelvin Rodriguez, will call the fights with Pablo Viruega for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), while Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio.
Main Event:
Poland’s Proska is coming off a six-round decision win over Norbert Szekeres, while Los Angeles’ Mora, who won the reality show The Contender in 2004-05, is looking to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Brian Vera.
“I know a lot about Mora,” Proska said. “He’s a good fighter, who wins on points. He’ll be a tough fight. I’m happy to get that kind of fight.  I have a lot of respect for him. But the respect will end at the time we go to the ring. I can’t wait to fight.”
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated Middleweight Patrick Teixeira (19-0, 17 KOs) of Brazil against Florida’s “Magic” Marcus Willis (13-2-2, 3 KOs). Teixeira scored a first-round knockout win over Luis Acevedo in his last fight, while Willis is looking to build momentum following an eight-round majority decision win over James de la Rosa.
Upcoming Schedule:
DateTime (ET)Main EventLocationNetworks
Fri., July 59 p.m.Allen Green (32-4, 22 KOs) vs. Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KOs)—10-rounds, Light HeavyweightConnecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Conn.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri., July 1210 p.m.Drian Francisco (24-1-1, 19 KOs) vs. Chris Avalos (21-2, 16 KOs)—10-rounds, Super BantamweightTexas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nev.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Fri., July 1910:30 p.m.Olusegun Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs) vs. Hank Lundy (22-3-1)—10-rounds, Junior WelterweightRockingham Park, Salem, N.H.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,  WatchESPN
*Schedule subject to change
Follow ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on Twitter @ESPNFNF or like it on Facebook. Follow ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates on Twitter @ESPNBoxeo.  Also score the fights round-by-round with the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App,” an application on the ESPN FNF Facebook page that allows viewers to score the fight round-by-round.
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