The July 20 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature two top contenders — Ring Magazine’s No.8 ranked Junior Lightweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (29-1, 19 KOs) and undefeated Junior Lightweight Cesar “Saba” Vazquez (25-0, 16 KOs) in the 10-round Junior Lightweight main event. Friday’s card, presented by Banner Promotions, will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Laughlin, Nev.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 at the Edgewater Casino describing the action, while studio host Bernardo Osuna will present all 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.
On ESPN2 and ESPN3, Danny Garcia’s upset win last week over former Super Light Welterweight titlist Amir Khan will be reviewed. In addition, Friday’s show will present highlights from this week’s Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez press conference and discuss the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr- Sergio Martinez press tour.
Mexico’s Burgos, a former Featherweight title challenger, has won his last four fights including a February 10-round unanimous decision on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights over former Featherweight titlist Cristobal Cruz.
After that fight, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael wrote: “The Friday Night Fights main event was a good one in which both fighters had their moments. The 5-foot-10 Burgos, who seemed to tower over the 5-6 Cruz, dropped him to his knees in the sixth round with a left uppercut. Cruz, who suffered a cut over his left in the sixth round, surprised Burgos in the ninth round when he knocked him down with a stiff straight left hand. The knockdowns negated each other and Burgos had done enough to outpoint Cruz.”
Mexico’s Vazquez is coming off a third-round knockout win over Carlos Medellin. Vazquez said of Friday’s fight, “I know that Burgos is a good fighter. It’s a huge honor for being known with the best boxers of my division. Don’t miss out – this fight will be a war.”
Friday’s co-feature will pit Welterweights Aron “The Killer” Martinez (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Los Angeles against Prenice “The Greatness” Brewer (16-2-1, 6 KOs) of Cleveland. Martinez, who has won his last nine fights, is coming off a seventh-round knockout over Joshua Marks, while Cleveland’s Brewer will look to rebound from a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Ronald Cruz.