Tonight at 8:00 pm EDT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com, Friday Night Fights returns with a doubleheader from the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York, headlined by junior welterweights Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor in a 10-round bout, with both men looking to bounce back from losses.
Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KO) lost an HBO-televised fight to Thomas Dulorme on March 29, a disappointingly dull bout that didn't do either man any favors with fight fans, at least as far as wanting to see them back on TV. Dulorme is angling for bigger fights -- including a recent failed stab by his promoter to sneak into the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes -- while Mayfield finds himself back on the proving ground, taking on Taylor (17-2, 12 KO).
After a debatable split decision loss to Prenice Brewer in 2011, Taylor came back to stop Raymond Serrano and Victor Cayo in back-to-back fights, before losing to Chris Algieri in February of this year, a loss that looks a hell of a lot better already, even though it was certainly no shameful defeat in the first place.
Both Mayfield and Taylor are sort of higher-end FNF guys, so this is a solid main event for the series.
In the co-feature, welterweights Cletus Seldin and Bayanl Jargal are set for an eight-round fight. Seldin (13-0, 10 KO) is a 27-year-old prospect and the 383rd boxer to be nicknamed "The Hebrew Hammer." The Brooklyn fighter faces FNF regular Jargal (17-5-3, 11 KO), a 32-year-old Mongolian now living in Virginia. You may recall Jargal from past fights against Steve Upsher Chambers, Breidis Prescott, Chris Algieri, Chris Howard, or Zahir Raheem. He's lost five of his last seven and is now in stepping stone territory.