Tonight's Friday Night Fights is live from the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, which has become a great new host to boxing this year, with a significant main event in the 140-pound division and a nice co-feature at light heavyweight in a make-or-break bout for both of the fighters.
The main event is an IBF eliminator between Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KO) and Victor Cayo (26-1, 18 KO). Peterson has been to the big dance before, losing to Timothy Bradley and battling Victor Ortiz to a draw in his two biggest fights. He's proven to be a competitive fighter on the big stage, but some of the business decisions made since the Ortiz fight in December have definitely been questionable. Peterson turned down $300,000 to fight Amir Khan (which lead to Khan vs McCloskey in April), and now finds himself fighting for low five figures on Friday Night Fights, hoping to get a shot at Khan, who picked up the IBF belt from Zab Judah last Saturday.
Cayo has been in one really big fight, taking on and losing to Marcos Maidana in March 2010. His best win came over Julio Diaz on Friday Night Fights in July 2009, and now he returns to the program to try to claim another career-best victory.
The co-feature pits Edison Miranda (34-5, 29 KO) and Cuban Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KO) in a fight that will eliminate one of them from any serious contention at light heavyweight. Miranda has moved up from middleweight and super middleweight in search of another major fight, while Despaigne is coming off of a loss to top prospect Ismayl Sillakh on FNF on March 4.
ESPN2 and ESPN3.com have the fights starting at 9 p.m. EDT tonight, and we'll be here with round-by-round coverage of both fights. Join us!