Chris Arreola is back in just 11 days on Friday Night Fights. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Friday Night Fights schedule has undergone some recent changes, and today, another one has been announced.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola (31-2, 27 KO) will return quickly after Saturday night's win on the May 27 edition of FNF, against veteran Kendrick Releford (22-14-2, 10 KO). If you question the bad opponent, then hold your horses just a bit. This is very short notice and the fight is replacing a canceled bout between Josesito Lopez and Steve Upsher Chambers. The show will take place in Reno.
It will be a heavyweight doubleheader from Goossen Tutor now, as Tony Thompson (35-2, 23 KO) faces Maurice Harris (24-14-2, 10 KO). My hope would be that the winners face off down the line. They've had some beef in the past, and the fight would be a great test of Arreola's comeback.
The rest of the current FNF schedule, since it's changed so much since we last did a big "let's preview the coming FNF schedule" feature, is after the jump.
May 20, Joel Julio vs Anges Adjaho: Adjaho replaces late pull-out Antwone Smith. Sadam Ali is on the undercard.
June 3, Yudel Jhonson vs Jose Miguel Torres: Cuba's Jhonson stole the show from fellow junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara on March 25 (well, Carlos Molina stole the show overall). Torres is a Colombian who, in great Colombian fighter tradition, loses when he fights someone who isn't a walkover.
June 10, Kenny Galarza vs Irving Garcia: Galarza (14-1, 14 KO) lost to Brad Solomon last year but is generally exciting, and flawed. Garcia has lost three straight and is just 1-3-2 in his last six, but he's a decent test for Galarza here, and can brawl it out pretty well. Also, Puerto Rican power puncher Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KO) takes a step up against DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (37-17-1, 22 KO). Dulorme's last fight was a nasty knockout of Harrison Cuello.
June 17, Fernando Guerrero vs Michael Medina
BLH favorite Guerrero (21-0, 16 KO) seems like he might be staying busy more than anything, waiting for a title shot. This time he travels to Austin to face Medina (24-3-2, 19 KO).
June 24, John Molina vs Robert Frankel
Molina hasn't fought in almost a year, but supposedly returns before this on May 28 in Arizona. Frankel (28-10-1, 5 KO) gave David Diaz some problems in January.
July 15, Pawel Wolak vs Delvin Rodriguez
Long-rumored, but finally made when Paul Williams turned down Pawel Wolak for a July 9 fight on HBO.