Demetrius Andrade faces Angel Hernandez tonight in Connecticut, with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Friday Night Fights main event. (Photo by Ed Diller/Star Boxing)
Friday Night Fights is live tonight at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and ESPN3, with a main event that has aroused a lot of suspicion.
In that 10-round junior middleweight fight, former Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade will face 36-year-old Angel Hernandez of Chicago. Andrade (15-0, 10 KO) is considered a blue chip prospect, while Hernandez (30-10, 17 KO) is just a veteran club scrapper, and in some ways a good opponent considering he came in as the third guy scheduled for the fight on two days' notice. The original opponent was Derek Ennis, who bailed due to illness, and he was replaced by Terrance Cauthen, who then canceled to take a fight next Friday on ShoBox against Thomas Dulorme, which eventually went to Aris Ambriz instead.
As we noted in the weigh-in report yesterday, Hernandez's former promoters at Boxing 360 claim that he's in no condition to fight, that he slurs his speech, and he shouldn't be in the ring.
Gabriel Montoya of MaxBoxing put together a very in-depth report on this today, which I recommend reading before the fight (you've got time). There is far more than just an uneasy air about tonight's main event -- it's downright uncomfortable.
The co-feature will see Raymond "Tito" Serrano (17-0, 8 KO) face Kenny Abril (11-4-1, 6 KO) in a fight between junior welterweight and welterweight. Abril was a bit heavy at yesterday's weigh-in. To be perfectly frank, this is not a good Friday Night Fights show on paper, and I wouldn't blame anyone for skipping tonight's show.