Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Payano vs. Maraon for the WBA Interim Title on ESPN's Friday Night Fights June 14

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes step up the boxing excitement this week with a championship match as 2 undefeated Bantamweights determine who is truly the best. One thing is for sure here- there will be no draw. Only 1 fighter will walk out as the interim champion. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas are ready to call all the action. Below is the Press Release from ESPN highlighting the event. 

Undefeated Bantamweights Payano and Maraon to Meet for Vacant WBA Interim Title on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

The June 14 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature undefeated Bantamweights Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (13-0, 7 KOs) and Jundy Maraon (15-0-1, 12 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBA Interim Title. Friday’s show from Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, N.J., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. Friday’s card is promoted by Greg Cohen Productions.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN2 HD, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will provide the latest boxing news and present video highlights from last weekend’s International Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony from Canastota, N.Y. Pablo Viruega andDelvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez in the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna(@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.

Main Event:
Miami’s Payano, a 2004 and 2008 Dominican Republic Olympian, is coming off a second-round TKO win over Jhon Molina.

Payano said through an interpreter, “My style is similar to Manny Pacquiao – that’s why I’m ‘Baby Pacquiao.’ But I feel like I’m a little more organized with my punches, have better technique and better fighting ability. I think Maraon is a great fighter. He’s very strong and technically very sound. But I feel that he’s a one-way fighter, always looking for the knockout. He hasn’t really fought my caliber, so the knockouts have come easy. I consider myself a great fighter, as well – it will be two good fighters facing each other on June 14th, and I’ll be prepared.”
California’s Maraon is looking to continue his winning ways after a third-round knockout win over Ernest Marquez in his last fight.
 ”He’s quick and fast. He’s strong – Jundy [Maraon] doesn’t hit like a bantam, he hits hard,” trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. said. “I watched video of Payano. He’s good, but he doesn’t have the punching power like Jundy. I think this is going to be a good fight. Payano is not just like ‘any opponent’ – he’s a good fighter, too.”
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit Junior Featherweights Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (24-1-2, 16 KOs) of Miami against New Jersey’s Jorge “King” Diaz (17-1, 10 KOs). Vicente scored a second-round TKO win over  Aneudy Mesa in his last fight, while Diaz  will look to build momentum following a  six-round unanimous decision win over Victor Sanchez.

Upcoming Schedule:
DateTime (ET)Main EventLocation Networks
Fri., Jun 2110 p.m.Rances Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs)—12-rounds, Junior LightweightMinneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minn.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes WatchESPN
Fri., Jun 289 p.m.Grzegorz Proska (29-2, 21 KOs) vs. Sergio Mora (23-3-2, 7 KOs)—10-rounds, MiddleweightVeterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.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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