Roberto Garcia-Norberto Gonzalez Tops "Friday Night Fights"
Junior Middleweights García and González Headline ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates ; Interviews with Pacquiao and Bradley
The February 7 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presented by Corona Extra will feature Junior Middleweights Roberto “La Amenaza” García (33-3,1 ND, 22 KOs) and “El Demonio” Norberto González (20-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Friday’s show, from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. The card is promoted by Warriors Boxing.
WatchTeddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore preview Friday’s main event
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Delvin Rodríguez and Pablo Viruega will call the fights for Noche de Combates (Fight Night) on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter BernardoOsuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
Grisham Interviews with Pacquiao and Bradley:
Grisham will interview undefeated Welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr. and Manny Pacquiao on Thursday as they prepare for their much anticipated rematch that will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both interviews will air during Friday’s show on ESPN2.
Texas’ García, who has won his last five fights, scored a six-round unanimous decision win over Larry Smith in his last outing, while Mexico’s González is looking to continue his winning ways following a 10-round unanimous decision win over Michael Oliveira.
García scored a 10-round unanimous decision over Antwone Smith in 2012 on Friday Night Fights. After that fight ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “This is the most notable victory of Garcia's career. Garcia pressured the slicker Smith and just seemed to want it more. He outhustled Smith and beat him to the punch throughout the bout to take the clear decision.”
Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated Featherweight Kamil “Szurek” Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) against former Bantamweight world title challenger Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 15 KOs). New Jersey’s Laszczyk, by way of Poland, is coming off a third-round TKO win over Laszlo Fekete, while Nicaragua’s Diaz, scored a 10-round split decision win over Roberto Marroquin in his last fight.
Friday’s show will open with a four-round bout between undefeated Welterweight Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) and Roberto Acevedo (13-12-3, 1 KO).