Tonight at a late start time of 11 pm EST on ESPN2, Friday Night Fights is back with a pair of very interesting prospects in against solid veteran foes, as Kronk fighter Tony Harrison faces Antwone Smith in the main event, and Ievgen Khytrov takes on power punching Jorge Melendez in the co-feature.
Harrison (19-0, 16 KO) is a Detroit native who has been flashing early knockout power against some durable guys lately, stopping Grady Brewer in the second round and Bronco McKart in the first last year, ending his 2014 campaign at 3-0 with a December win over Tyrone Brunson, which came at 1:02 of the opening round.
Harrison, 24, has been somewhat on the radar since going pro in 2011, thanks to his work at Kronk with the legendary Emanuel Steward. He's made some nice improvements over the last couple of years and has emerged as a serious prospect to watch at 154 pounds.
Smith (23-5-1, 12 KO) is well-known to second-level boxing TV fans, as he's featured on FNF and ShoBox numerous times in the last. The 28-year-old last fought in August 2013, getting smashed by Jermall Charlo in the second round, a fight where Smith, originally a welterweight, missed the 154-pound limit by nearly six pounds. Before that, he had won back-to-back outings against Ronald Cruz and Jose Luis Castillo.
Khytrov (8-0, 8 KO) has decimated his opposition thus far, and now the 26-year-old Ukrainian middleweight takes on Melendez (28-4-1, 26 KO), a very limited but powerful opponent. Melendez, a 26-year-old Puerto Rican, has gone 2-2 in his last four fights, beating Jamaal Davis and Richard Gutierrez between losses to Nick Brinson and Javier Maciel.
Connor Ruebusch will be on the call tonight for BLH, so join him for the fights from the MGM Grand.