Rances Barthelemy faces Arash Usmanee in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights, making its season premiere from Miami.
Friday Night Fights is back tonight at 10 pm EST on ESPN2 (but blacked out on ESPN3.com, unfortunately), with Rances Barthelemy facing Arash Usmanee in a 12-round super featherweight main event. The fight is an IBF eliminator for the No. 2 spot in their rankings.
Barthelemy (17-0, 11 KO) is a 26-year-old Cuban nicknamed "Kid Blast," standing 5'11", which is of course pretty massive for the 130-pound ranks. He showed good skills in a win last year over then-unbeaten prospect Hylon Williams Jr, and has won two more fights since then.
Usmanee (20-0, 10 KO) is traveling to Miami from Montreal. Born in Afghanistan, the 30-year-old has put together a series of solid wins leading to this step-up fight.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight prospect Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0-1, 13 KO) will look to get back in the win column after a draw against Sergiy Dzinziruk, facing Philadelphia's Derek Ennis (23-3-1, 13 KO). There was drama on the scales yesterday, but not for the 23-year-old Gonzalez, who badly missed weight against Dzinziruk. This time, it was Ennis, 32, who was well over, weighing in at 161 pounds for the 154-pound contracted fight. The bout is going ahead anyway. Ennis hasn't fought since October 2011.
Join us tonight for live coverage!