Tonight at 10pm EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, Friday Night Fights is live with a double-header in the 154-pound division. Cubans Erislandy Lara (15-0, 10 KO) and Yudel Jhonson (9-0, 6 KO) are the featured attractions, taking on Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5 KO) and Richard Gutierrez (26-5-1, 16 KO) respectively.
The fight is being held at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and is the first-ever fight card at the new resort, which opened in December. So not only do you get to see the fights tonight, but boxing in a brand-new venue for the first time.
To my great surprise, Molina is actually still the opponent for Lara. That one seemed like a really good bet for a late pull-out and replacement opponent, but Molina will be fighting tonight, for the first time since June 2009. Jhonson-Gutierrez is the fight we're far more likely to learn from, most notably how good Jhonson really might be. Gutierrez is just an opponent at this point, but a credible gatekeeper.
We'll have live coverage of both fights, plus commentary and maybe some scoring, and definitely plenty of Friday night conversation during the card, so come on by.
Whoomp! There it is!