Friday Night Fights Preview: Jesus Gonzales vs Francisco Sierra


Tonight's ESPN Friday Night Fights is back to its normal start time of 9pm EDT with a super middleweight main event that could have some good action at the US Airway Center in Phoenix.

In that main event, hometown fighter Jesus Gonzales (26-1, 14 KO) looks to jump-start his career in a matchup with powerful Francisco Sierra (24-3, 22 KO). Gonzales, 26, was out of the ring from May 2008 until last November, and has fought once this year, beating Dhafir Smith. This is a step back up in competition for him as he looks to get in line for a title shot. As Brick said in the schedule, it's just tough to figure how good Gonzales really is these days, but he has a history of providing fun fights. His only career loss came to Jose Luis Zertuche back in 2005.

Sierra, 23, was thrashed in just over two minutes by Edison Miranda in 2009, but has upped his game and scored a one-sided beatdown upset win over Don George on ESPN airwaves in July 2010. The Mexican has serious power, and did get a draw with Dyah Davis in February (though most felt Davis deserved the W). This could be action-packed and quite a battle, or I could see Sierra bombing Gonzales early if Gonzales is still rusty, because Sierra has been active.

The co-feature pits Yaundale Evans (14-0, 10 KO) against veteran Emmanuel Lucero (26-6-1, 14 KO) in a 130-pound bout. Evans, 22, is a Cleveland native nicknamed "Money Shot" (yes, seriously) whose last two fights have been abroad. He fought in Indonesia on the John vs Yordan card in April, then a month later made the trip to Russia with Roy Jones Jr's traveling, uh, "all-stars" and won a fight there, too. Lucero has been torched in most of his step-up fights, including a 2003 loss to Manny Pacquiao in Lucero's only shot at a major title.

Bad Left Hook will have live coverage tonight starting at 9pm.

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