Tonight's season finale of Friday Night Fights is a nice-looking double-header from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, and though the fights are just mere minutes away from me (well, 45 minutes), I'll be in tonight for the TV party that is our weekly Friday Night Fights live thread.
The show starts at 9 p.m. EDT on ESPN, and will be streaming live at ESPN3.com.
It's been a great season of Friday Night Fights, and I feel pretty sad that it's ending tonight. This season has made staying in at 9 p.m. on a Friday night more fun.
In tonight's main event, Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (13-0, 10 KO) faces veteran Grady Brewer (28-12, 16 KO) in a 10-round junior middleweight affair. It's a massive step up in class for the young Andrade, a former U.S. Olympian who hasn't visibly grown much since turning pro in 2008, but it's also hard to tell, because his opposition thus far has been pretty sad. Brewer is coming off of a big upset of Fernando Guerrero in June, and is looking to make himself one of the stars of the season with a second win in two months.
The co-feature has local favorite David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KO) against Philly's Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KO) in a 10-round lightweight fight. Diaz is at a do or die stage of his career as far as being a potential top contender goes, and Lundy is looking to move up to that level himself.
We did a full preview this morning, for those interested in further pre-fight thoughts. Join us tonight as we say goodbye to Friday Night Fights for 2011.