Heavyweights Mansour and Dawejko Headline ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates
The May 8 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature veteran heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs) and up-and- coming Joey “The Tank” Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, May 9, at 3 p.m. The card is presented by Peltz Boxing.
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham will provide the latest boxing news and information. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for Noche de Combates on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will co-anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will provide live interviews and reports for both shows.
In his last fight, New Jersey’s Mansour scored a seventh-round knockout win over Fred Kassi, while Philadelphia’s Dawejko is looking to continue his winning ways following a first-round knockout win over Enobong Umohette.
“My style, I know how to adjust to whatever is going on in the ring – ring generalship, power, speed,” Mansour said. “I can really do it all. When I’m in the ring, I feel like I can do anything.”
Added Dawejko, “I guess you could say I’m a boxer-puncher, or a puncher-boxer. I could do it all.”
Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit veteran middleweight DeCarlo “3mendo” Perez (13-3-1, 5 KOs) against Jesse “The Beast” Nicklow (24-5-3, 8 KOs). In his last fight, DeCarlo, who hails from New Jersey, scored a fifth-round TKO win over Tyrone Brunson, while Maryland’s Nicklow is looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata.