It was only five weeks ago when we saw the debut of ESPN's Boxcino tournaments, with the lightweights kicking it off with impressive action on February 21. Tonight, the tournament continues with the semifinal round.
Tonight, we'll see Tennessee's Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KO) take on Russia's Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KO). Coming out of the first round, Petrov, 31, looked like the potential favorite to win the tournament, but the way this tournament is set up, things can change in a hurry. The 29-year-old Rudd beat Yakubu Amidu in a bit of an upset in the tournament's first bout, which went into a sudden death round to break a draw.
The other semifinal matchup pits FNF regular Miguel "Silky Smooth" Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KO) of Cleveland and Mexico's Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KO). Carcamo had the most impressive power display of the opening round, stopping previously unbeaten Samuel Neequaye in two rounds, and the 23-year-old is by far the youngest of the remaining competitors.
Both bouts are set for eight rounds, and the action will begin at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN -- not ESPN2, as ESPN is picking up more shows from this point forward.