ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will close out the 2011 season from Hammond, Ind. on August 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs) and Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-12, 16 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event. The card is presented by Banner Promotions/HITZ Boxing.

Joe Tessitore and Andre Ward, Ring Magazine’s No.1 ranked super-middleweight, will be ringside at the Horseshoe Casino describing the action, while studio host Brian Kenny will present the latest boxing news. Ward, a 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, who will meet Carl Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic in late October, is sitting in for Teddy Atlas who is in Russia training Alexander Povetkin.

Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Providence RI., is coming off a second-round knockout win over Omar Bell. After the fight ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote, “It was business as usual as he (Andrade) dominated the first round and then ended it in the second. He caught Bell with a left hand to the body and Bell went down. Although he didn’t look too hurt, Bell got to a knee and took the full count from the referee at 1 minute, 31 seconds.”

Lawton Okla.’s Brewer, 2006 winner of The Contender, is coming off a June fourth-round TKO win over previously undefeated Fernando Guerrero.

After the fight Rafael wrote, “Brewer took care of another highly touted youngster in shocking fashion. He pounded Guerrero with clean right hands and uppercuts, finally sending him falling through the ropes onto the ring apron for a knockdown. Guerrero made it to his feet, but he was done. As soon as the fight resumed, Brewer was all over him again. He continued to pound him with body shots and uppercuts until Guerrero finally slumped forward and fell to the mat. A stunning finish that ranks up there with any of the biggest upsets of the year.”

 

Friday’s card will also feature former lightweight titlist David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and “Hammerin’ ” Hank Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Chicago’s Diaz, is coming off a 10-round majority decision win over Rob Frankel, while Philadelphia’s Lundy is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Patrick Lopez.

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-brownsugar :

this the second most anticipated fight on my "Must Watch List" with Mayweather vs Ortiz being number #1. Froch can walk it like he talks it...he's not just a gas bag who makes bogus claims... and he's also highly adaptive and competitive. Ward is the very epitome of resolve and the personification of "Iron Will". No matter if it turns out to be an chess match or a brawl for it all, I just gotta see this fight. But hey! Lundy vs Diaz will surely not disappoint either.


-the Roast :

Speaking of supermiddles, I read elsewhere that Glenn Johnson will fight Lucien Bute in Canada for short money just for the opprotunity. Thats why we call him the Road Warrior!


-brownsugar :

two man enter one man leave... yeah that's Glencloffe Johnson for ya!


-brownsugar :

it was good hearing Wards voice during the commentary,... Vince Von seems like a natural as well behind the mike.... the Lundy Diaz fight was a wild brawl with a surprizing one punch KO finish, Andrade made sure he wasn't going to be another victim of Grady "the Ambush" Brewer in safe and methodical win... put me to sleep, but the kid is smooth as silk when he wants to be and he's chocked full of athletic skills, he needs to build up on his boxing basics though,... that athleticism won't last forever.


-ali :

it was good hearing Wards voice during the commentary,... Vince Von seems like a natural as well behind the mike.... the Lundy Diaz fight was a wild brawl with a surprizing one punch KO finish, Andrade made sure he wasn't going to be another victim of Grady "the Ambush" Brewer in safe and methodical win... put me to sleep, but the kid is smooth as silk when he wants to be and he's chocked full of athletic skills, he needs to build up on his boxing basics though,... that athleticism won't last forever.
Your right b-sug...he need to work on the basics like a motherfu#$#....if not once he moves up he will be exposed...also andre ward did a hellva job after boxing he will have a job waiting on him calling fights


-brownsugar :

yeah ali,.. I thought Ward sounded as good as Skully when he used to announce... great job. I thought Andrade was a middleweight... he looks like one... I think he's ready for Danny Jacobs right now.


-the Roast :

Yeah that second fight was a snoozer but Lundy-Diaz did not disapoint. Diaz goes out on his shield like a true warrior. You gotta love the super slo-mo replay. Diaz is a good guy. I see him at the Chicago Golden Gloves every year. I hope he has saved his money. Time to hang up the gloves.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

I thought Diaz might have dislocated his knee because of the awkward way he fell when he was knocked out. Lundy has good skills, but has me scratching my head for some reason. Something is missing with him, but I can't really put a finger on it. Andrade took care of business like I predicted and Fernando Guerrero is probably kicking himself for being suckered into a brawl instead of boxing from the outside. I would like to see Andrade use his jab more effectively. He primarily used it as a range finder and wasn't snapping it out or using it to set up his offense. Once the kid learns how to fight tall behind the jab, he is going to be a terror in the jr. middleweight/middleweight division. He is 6'1with a long reach and fast hands. I agree B-Sug, Andrade needs to continue sharpening his skills, but he is already more skilled than Paul Williams!


-brownsugar :

Guerrero was winning easily until he stopped to trade.