Many feelings were felt this night. After 17 years of mid-level boxing brilliance, ESPN's Friday Night Fights has finally come to an end. Let's not sugarcoat it: we've rarely seen great or even very good fighters on FNF, but the series has given us the very best of club boxing, with a few fantastic gems to remind us of the beautiful unpredictability of this sport. It's been boring sometimes, amusing sometimes, and downright awkward too, but it's always been fun, and the tradition will be missed.
Heavyweight Boxcino Final
Andrey Fedosov and Donovan Dennis didn't exactly go to war as might've been expected of two heavyweight punchers, but one definitely got the impression that either man could've gone to sleep at any moment. That ended up being the case, as a blistering overhand right from Fedosov in the 8th round caught Dennis clean on the chin and put him down like a sack of oats. Dennis had gone down and taken heavy shots earlier in the fight and shown incredible recuperative powers, but Fedosov's final punch was his most perfectly placed, and Dennis couldn't recover. Despite getting back to his feet, it was clear that Dennis' lights weren't all on, and the referee called things off.
Andrey Fedosov defeats Donovan Dennis by TKO at 0:54 of Round 8
Junior Middleweight Boxcino Final:
In a stunning upset, John Thompson IV, who entered the Boxcino tournament as a late replacement on just one days' notice, absolutely shellacked 6-to-1 favorite Brandon Adams to become the 2015 junior middleweight Boxcino champion. Adams (17-2, 13 KO) scored what felt like a predictable knockdown within the first fifteen seconds of round one, though Thompson did more than enough to win the rest of the round, earning a 10-9 on Bad Left Hook's scorecard. Upon review, the knockdown turned out to be more slip than anything, and Thompson (17-1, 6 KO) quickly showed what a true knockdown looked like by stunning Adams on a counter midway through the second round and battering him to the canvas with a series of left hooks. More vicious punches followed after the count, and one bizarre standing 8 count later, Thompson was the Boxcino champ.
John Thompson IV defeats Brandon Adams by TKO (referee stoppage) at 2:18 of Round 2
San Antonio's Angel Martinez welcomed undefeated Colombian Andres Figueroa to the US with a brutal left hook knockdown in the fifth round of an action packed six-round fight. Figueroa started strong and never let up, but ran into more and more counter punches as the fight wore on. Ultimately, he ended up trading left hooks with the superior hooker and paid the price, barely surviving the count and falling victim to a Martinez flurry just moments after.
Angel Martinez defeats Andres Figueroa by TKO (referee stoppage) at 1:09 of Round 5
Prospect Isaac Zarate (11-1-1, 1 KO) met young journeyman Fernando Fuentes (5-5, 1 KO) in the opening bout of the night (after a very brief replay of Povetkin-Perez, that is). The bout started competitive, turned into easy work for Zarate, became competitive again, seemed to turn in favor of Fuentes, and then ended up with Zarate rallying to secure his win. In other words, it was surprisingly fun stuff for a pair of fighters few have ever heard of. Good action, and a nice opener to the last ever edition of Friday Night Fights.
Isaac Zarate defeats Fernando Fuentes by Unanimous Decision (58-56 x 3)
Bad Left Hook scored it 58-56 for Zarate