Tonight at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, a special edition of Friday Night Fights comes to you off-season, and on a Wednesday, but it's still by brand "Friday Night Fights." In the main event, former middleweight titleholder Hassan N'dam faces contender Curtis Stevens in an IBF eliminator bout.
N'dam (30-1, 18 KO) has rattled off three wins since a five-knockdown loss to Peter Quillin in October 2012, beating Anthony Fitzgerald, Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo, and Fulgencio Zuniga. And while that's hardly murderers' row, it has gotten him here for a fight with Stevens (27-4, 20 KO), who has won two straight following a beatdown at the hands of Gennady Golovkin in November 2013. Stevens has beaten Patrick Majewski and Tureano Johnson this year, the latter a controversial stoppage in a fight Stevens was losing.
The winner of this will in theory face the winner of next Wednesday's second ESPN2 boxing special, a fight between IBF titlist Sam Soliman and faded former champ Jermain Taylor.
Tonight's show will be a triple-header. Up first will be featherweights Christopher Martin (28-3-3, 9 KO) and Miguel Marriaga (18-0, 16 KO). Martin, 28, has been up-and-down the last few years. In 2010, he upset then-unbeaten Chris Avalos, and in 2012 he drew with Teon Kennedy, but he also has losses to Jose Angel Beranza, Luis Del Valle, and Enrique Quevedo. Marriaga is a Colombian who has built a record at home against inferior competition, but on paper has power. Martin-Marriaga is set for eight rounds.
The co-feature will see Ghanaian-born welterweight prospect Fredrick Lawson (22-0, 20 KO) of Chicago take on veteran Ray Narh (26-5, 21 KO) in a 10-round bout. The 25-year-old Lawson started his American career in his last fight, a TKO-6 win in Minnesota over Mohammed Kayongo. Narh, 36, is another Ghana native, fighting out of Brooklyn since 2004. He's lost three straight to Ray Robinson, Jessie Vargas, and Chris van Heerden, and four of his last five counting his loss to Mike Alvarado in May 2011.