On Thursday night, ESPN2 will present a special Thursday night, off-season edition of their Friday Night Fights series, with Raymundo Beltran facing Ji-Hoon Kim in the main event.
Raymundo Beltran and Ji-Hoon Kim look to get into the world title hunt with an ESPN2 main event on Thursday night, part of the TV run-up to Saturday night's Pacquiao-Marquez IV card.
Beltran will face Kim at the Mirage in Las Vegas in a 12-round lightweight main event. The show starts at 10:00 pm EST.
Beltran (26-6, 17 KO) weighed in at 134 pounds for the fight, while Kim (24-7, 18 KO) came in at the division limit of 135 pounds. The NABF title, held by Beltran currently, is on the line, and the winner has a shot to move into serious contention for a WBC lightweight title shot eventually. That belt is now held by Adrien Broner, so it's unlikely, but if Broner were to vacate for whatever reason, it's not bad to be highly-ranked in such an event. Either way, Beltran and Kim need the win tonight to even consider any title shot out there.
In the televised co-feature, Jesse Magdaleno (12-0, 9 KO) will face Jonathan Arrellano (13-1-1, 3 KO) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. Magdaleno weighed in at 122½, with Arrellano at 122.
BLH will have live coverage of Beltran vs Kim and Magdaleno vs Arrellano tonight.