There are two live boxing events on American TV tonight, with ESPN Friday Night Fights kicking off its eight-man Boxcino tournament in the lightweight division with four fights, all slated for six rounds, and then ShoBox: The New Generation returning with a standard doubleheader.
Here's the lineup for the ESPN show, starting at 9:00 pm EST. Again, all lightweights, all six-round bouts:
Yakubu Amidu (21-4-2, 9 KO) vs Chris Rudd (12-1, 8 KO)
Fedor Papazov (14-0, 9 KO) vs Petr Petrov (32-4-2, 15 KO)
Miguel Gonzalez (22-3, 16 KO) vs Miguel Mendoza (21-2-2, 21 KO)
Fernando Carcamo (15-5, 12 KO) vs Samuel Neequaye (21-0, 15 KO)
If there's a diamond in the rough here, it's probably either Papazov or Neequaye. Amidu is a solid fighter who gave Juan Carlos Burgos hell in a draw last year on short notice, and Petrov we've seen getting smashed by Marcos Maidana in the past. "Silky Smooth" Gonzalez is a FNF regular and a decent fighter. Miguel Mendoza is powerful but limited, with loses or draws against his better opponents, including defeats against Nery Saguilan and Rey Bautista. Carcamo scored a TKO-2 win over Vicente Escobedo last September. Rudd, from Tennessee, lost his last fight to William Jackson (MD-8).
The ShoBox doubleheader starts at 10:45 pm EST, so with any luck you'll be able to go from one to the other show without missing any actual action. ShoBox likes to give profiles on their fighters before the fights, so hopefully the fights won't actually kick off until 11.
Cuban Angelo Santana (14-1, 11 KO) looks to rebound from his first career loss against Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KO) in the main event, which should be a good fight. Lundy is rarely in anything less than watchable, no matter how the fight goes. In the co-feature, junior welterweight prospects Amir Imam (12-0, 11 KO) and Jared Robinson (14-0, 6 KO) square off in a 10-round bout.