In celebration of New York’s Puerto Rican Day, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from New York City June 10 when former NABO junior welterweight titlist Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) and undefeated welterweight knockout artist Thomas “El Frances” Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) are featured in co-main events. The action will begin at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com and 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN Deportes.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Roseland Ballroom describing the action. Studio host Jeremy Schaap will present all the latest boxing news and highlights.
Friday’s telecast will also feature interviews from the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s induction weekend in Canastota N.Y. and with current WBA Super Welterweight Champ Miguel Cotto.The card is presented by DiBella Entertainment Inc. /Gary Shaw Promotions.
Puerto Rico’s Galarza will meet fellow countryman Irving “Chuma” Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs). Galarza rebounded in his last fight with a fourth-round TKO over Ilido Julio, after losing a 10-round decision against Brad Soloman in his previous fight. After the Soloman fight ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote, “This was an excellent match on paper, because it was between undefeated prospects with different styles. Galarza, a standout amateur, is an aggressive fighter who likes to mix it up and use his outstanding power to end fights early.”
Galarza’s Cutman Jose Bonilla said, “He’s training really hard for this fight. After the loss against Solomon, he wants his name to sound again like one of the best prospects not just from the island, but in boxing. He wants to impress.”
Puerto Rico’s Dulorme will meet Washington, D.C.’s Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs). Dulorme has won his last 10 fights by knockout-all within the first two rounds, and is coming off a second-round TKO over Harrison Cuello. After that fight Rafael wrote, “Dulorme remains untested, but he has the look of a possible star. He has charisma, good size for his division, tremendous speed and obvious power. Dulorme scored a flash knockdown in the second round before authoring a devastating one-punch knockout. A few seconds after the first knockdown, Dulorme connected with a picture-perfect left hand that knocked out Cuello cold. The punch landed with such authority that it was audible in the arena in a way that sounded different than most other knockout punches. In this early stage of his pro career he’s definitely a kid to keep an eye on.”