Middleweight Contender Brian Vera to Meet Donatas Bondorovas on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
Special ESPN Airing of FNF to Include Interview with Robert Guerrero
The March 29 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature Middleweight contender Brian “The Warrior” Vera (22-6, 13 KOs) and “Donatas Bondas” Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., will air live at 9 p.m. ET in a special airing on ESPN (rather than its usual ESPN2 home). Friday’s show will also air live on ESPN Deportes and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will provide the latest boxing news and highlights. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
Both shows will include an interview with Robert Guerrero who will fight Floyd Mayweather May 4, for his Welterweight title. ESPN’s show will also include an interview with Ruslan Provodnikov, who has fought numerous times on Friday Night Fights. Provodnikov narrowly lost a 12-round unanimous decision earlier this month to Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates will also include an update on former Welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz and his progress on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Austin Texas’ Vera, a participant in the third season of The Contender, won his last two fights against former Junior Middleweight titlists Sergio Mora and Sergiy Dzinziruk.
“I’ve seen a little bit of Bondorovas,” Vera said. “I know he’s a tough kid. I don’t put too much into him, but we’re getting ready for him like we get ready for everybody. I’ve got to make sure he doesn’t go in there and do what I did to some other people.”
Chicago’s Bondorovas is looking to build momentum after scoring two second-round TKO wins over David Thomas in his last two fights.
Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated Light Heavyweight Jackson “El Demolidor” Junior (14-0, 12 KOs) against Humberto “El Don” Savigne (10-1, 7 KOs). Junior scored a first-round knockout win over 2000 U.S. Olympian Dante Craig in his last fight, while Savigne is coming off a 10-round unanimous decision win over Dhafir Smith.
Follow ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on Twitter @ESPNFNF or like it on Facebook. Follow ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates on Twitter @ESPNBoxeo. Also score the fights round-by-round with the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App,” an application on the ESPN FNF Facebook page that allows viewers to score the fight round-by-round.