Chris Arreola is back in action tonight on Friday Night Fights. (Photo by Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions)
Chris Arreola and Tony Thompson are in action tonight on Friday Night Fights, live at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.
Arreola (31-2, 27 KO) just fought on May 14, getting Nagy Aguilera out in the third round. Tonight's opponent is Kendrick Releford (22-14-2, 10 KO), a veteran from Fort Worth, Texas, who has faced the likes of Alexander Dimitrenko, DaVarryl Williams, Tye Fields, and Alexander Alexeev over the years. Releford generally loses in steps up in competition, and is the major underdog against the refocused Arreola tonight.
The co-feature has Thompson (35-2, 23 KO) facing Maurice Harris (24-14-2, 10 KO) in another heavyweight tune-up bout. Arreola and Thompson are both with Goossen Tutor and have in the past traded words. In a perfect world, they'd both win tonight and then schedule a bout with one another for later this year, but Thompson is getting in line with the IBF for a title shot, so that might not make sense to the fighter or the promoters.
We'll be here with live coverage and results, as we head into a sleepy weekend for the sport of boxing. Join us.
Note: Solo Boxeo Tecate isn't live tonight, but there will be replays of Daniel Ponce de Leon vs Cornelius Lock (May 1, 2010) and Israel Vazquez vs Rafael Marquez II (August 4, 2007).