Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Rustam "The Mongoose" Nugaev vs. Jose "El Loco" Hernandez on Friday Night Fights August 9, 2013

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+ will bring you all the action live on this week's edition of Friday Night Fights. ESPN Deportes will be airing Lga Bancomer MX matches live during this time, but they will air the match Saturday evening tape delayed. Here's all the details from ESPN Media Zone.

Lightweights Nugaev and Hernandez HeadlineESPN’s Friday Night Fights

ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes Shows Include Interviews with Pacquiao and Rios
The August 9 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra  will feature Lightweights Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (24-6, 14 KOs) and Jose “El Loco” Hernandez (14-6-1, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon Calif., will air live at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN  and broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. The card is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights.Alejandro Pombo, filling in for Delvin Rodriguez, will call the fights with Pablo Viruega for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) on both ESPN Deportes+ and ESPN Deportes, while Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
Pacquiao-Rios Interviews:
Both shows will include taped interviews with Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs). Both fighters visited ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday. While at ESPN they participated in an chat, interviewed with ESPN the Magazine, appeared on First Take and more. Photos
Rios and Pacquiao will meet in a 12-round Welterweight bout Saturday, Nov. 23, at The VenetianMacao’s Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The fight will be available on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Main Event:
California’s Nugaev is coming off a fourth-round knockout win over Daniel Attah. In his previous fight he scored an eighth–round knockout win over previously undefeated Jonathan Maicelo. After that fight boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “Nugaev wound up scoring a highlight-reel upset knockout over Maicelo. Nugaev and Maicelo fought a good, competitive, toe-to-toe slugfest that came to an abrupt end when Nugaev caught Maicelo with a clean and powerful right hand that dropped him face-first before he rolled over on his back.”
Texas’ Hernandez is looking to build momentum following an eighth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Tony Luis.
“The first thing that comes to mind with this guy we’re fighting (Nugaev) is that he’s tough,” Hernandez’s trainer Richard Best said. “You can see in his fights that he tries to wear his opponents down with pressure. He’s a tall guy, and comes in forward. He’s not too technical, but we are not underestimating him.”
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated Jr. Lightweight Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (13-0, 9 KOs) against California’s Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (13-2-1, 3 KOs). Pedraza, a 2008 Olympian for Puerto Rico, scored a seventh-round TKO win over Sergio Villanueva in his last fight, while Tolmajyan  is coming off  an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jorge Maysonet Jr.
Upcoming Schedule:
DateTime (ET)Main EventLocation Networks
Fri., Aug 169 p.m.Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs)  vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)—12 rounds, Light HeavyweightsU.S. Cellular Field, ChicagoESPN2, ESPN Deportes+,WatchESPN
Fri., Aug 239 p.m.Argenis Méndez (21-2, 11 KOs) vs. Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs)—12 rounds, Jr. Lightweights Turning Stone Casino, Verona, N.Y.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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