Friday Night Fights Open Thread

Guillermo Rigondeaux is hoping to get his career off to a fast start. via

Tonight on Friday Night Fights, on 10pm on ESPN 2, Bredis Prescott faces off against Miguez Vasquez, a late replacement for Ray Narh.  Erislandy Lara will take on Darnell Boone, his toughest competition to date.  In addition, Cuban prospects Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yordanis Despaigne are scheduled to be on the bill, although Paddy promoter Gary Hyde has been trying to enjoin him from doing so, and I didn't hear word on whether he was successful.  

I apologize for not posting much this week.  Things have been crazy at work.  Since I missed it, I'll combine my fight schedule thread with this one.

Elsewhere this weekend:

Friday, July 17

Telemundo, 11:35 p.m., Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Cecilio Santos

Saturday, July 18

ITV, 3p.m. Eastern, 10-0 Danny McIntosh faces 16-0 Nathan Cleverly for the Commonwealth Light Heavyweight title.  Tyson Fury is also on the undercard.

Sky Sports, 4:00 p.m. Eastern,  Amir Khan vs. Andriy Kotelnik, Enzo Maccaranelli vs Denis Lebedev, and Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook in British-level fights.  Shame this one didn't at least make its way onto a US pay per view on a slow boxing weekend.  Khan clearly has the speed advantage, but Kotelnik is a decent fighter, and he's a legitimate 140 pounder, wherreas Khan has had major chin issues at 135 before.  On the undercard, Enzo Maccarinelli takes on Denis Lebedev, and Kevin Mitchell and Kell Brook take on British-level fighters., 8:00 p.m. ($4.99), Tyrese Hendrix vs. Robbie Cannon, among others.  Fernando Guererro was originally slated to face Antwun Echols on the card, but with that fight cancelled, the card is a shell of what it was.

Azteca Amercia, 11:00 p.m., Tomas Rojas vs. Everardo Morales.  The successor to Solo Boxeo is officially a bust.

Elsewhere in the world...

  • Martin Castillo attempts to continue his comeback against some no-name.  Castillo's career essentially ended due to cuts.  He was getting badly cut in every fight towards the end.   He had surgery to shave down some bone on his face, but it didn't help.  A year or so later, he's trying to soldier on again.
  • Hiroyuki Enoki, who recently lost to Chris John and drew with Takahiro Aoh, faces 12-1 Ryol Li Lee.
  • My favorite heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer keeps plugging away against Marcus Dickerson.  He hasn't stepped it up yet, but his one televised fight has told us he has a lot left to learn anyway. 
  • Deontay Wilder and Adrien Broner fight on a card in Cincinatti tonight.  Their opponents are still listed as TBA, which is a good sign.
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