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Miranda vs Chilemba: Live Results and Round-By-Round Coverage of Friday Night Fights

Tonight's Friday Night Fights is a triple-header with an intriguing crossroads main event.
Tonight's Friday Night Fights is a triple-header with an intriguing crossroads main event.
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tonight's edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights is live at 10 p.m. EST on ESPN2 and ESPN3, with a triple-header headlined by a light heavyweight crossroads bout.

In the main event, former middleweight contender Edison Miranda (35-6, 30 KO) is back in the ring in a 10-round bout against late replacement opponent Isaac Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KO). It's a good fight for Chilemba, a 24-year-old South African with some real potential, who is replacing Yordanis Despaigne in this fight, meant to be a rematch of a controversial FNF main event last year, after Despaigne pulled out about two weeks ago, following a loss in December to Cornelius White.

Miranda, 31, is still a pretty entertaining fighter who talks some good trash, but at light heavyweight he's small and doesn't have the same power he used to have as a middleweight. This was even a problem at super middleweight for the limited Colombian brawler. If Chilemba beats Miranda, it's a step forward. But if Chilemba isn't good enough to turn into a contender, Miranda could let us know tonight, win or lose.

Miranda vs Chilemba is set for 10 rounds.

On the undercard, a pair of lightweight prospects have been matched in an eight-rounder. Cuba's Rances Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KO) will face Hylon Williams Jr (15-0, 3 KO). Barthelemy, 25, isn't one of the hyped Cubans, but as always they get a lot of TV slots because they're inexpensive and have a backstory to talk about. Williams, 21, is a decent prospect but little more -- he has no punching power whatsoever, which will always limit him, and he's not an incredible stylist or anything, either. It's a win-and-come-back fight for both.

The middle bout on the card will be a heavyweight contest between Russia's Magomed Abdusalamov (12-0, 12 KO) and another Cuban, Pedro Rodriguez (8-0, 6 KO). Rodriguez, 31, has thus far beaten a handful of scrubs. Abdusalamov, 30, hasn't faced elite competition either, but he does have a win over Rich Power, whose name sounds better than his fighting looks.

Join us tonight for live coverage of all three bouts from Texas Station in Las Vegas.

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