2011 to Feature More Dates, New Look, 3D
January 6, 2011
ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will return for its 13th season January 7 with the 2011 opening main event featuring undefeated Russian Provodnikov (17-0, 11 Kos) and Mauricio Herrera (15-1, 7 KOs) in a 12-round junior welterweight bout at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
More Cards; Key Locations
The January-August series will feature 31 dates in 2011 (two more than 2010) including cards originating from Dallas/Ft. Worth on Super Bowl weekend and Las Vegas on the eve of the May 7 Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley championship fight. Brian Kenny will host the studio show from Canastota, N.Y. during the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend.
Blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore, ringside analyst Teddy Atlas and studio host Brian Kenny return. All three are recipients of the prestigious Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism presented by the Boxing Writers Association of America: Atlas (2001), Kenny (2005), Tessitore (2010).
To read ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael’s 2011 Friday Night Fights preview click HERE
New Look & Sound
ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will present a new look and sound in 2011, beginning opening night January 7 with the debut of new graphics. In March, the series will unveil a new, more contemporary animation and music package. Additionally, an ultra slo-mo camera will be used on select cards providing some of the most dramatic and amazing replays of a fight’s biggest punches.
ESPN 3D will telecast its first boxing matches in 3D on Feb. 18 when it airs Friday Night Fights at 9 p.m. from the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland. The ESPN 3D and ESPN HD telecasts will be produced solely from the 3D production unit. This is the first live ESPN telecast to be produced only in 3D and aired in 3D and 2D simultaneously.
ESPN Deportes will present every ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card, with Jose Hernandez and Leopoldo Gonzalez anchoring the studio, Ricardo Ortiz and Delvin Rodriguez calling the fights, and Jaime Motta and Claudia Trejos serving as ringside reporters. ESPN Deportes’ weekly 30-minute boxing news and analysis show Golpe a Golpe will precede Viernes de Combate (“Friday Night Fights” in Spanish). It will be co-hosted by current lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and boxing expert Jorge Eduardo Sanchez.
ESPN3.com will present every ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card live, including simulcasts of every ESPN2 telecast and exclusively when delayed on ESPN2.
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