ESPN Friday Night Fights: The end of an eraWritten by Joshua Broom
Say it ain't so!
Tonight's series finale of ESPN's Friday Night Fights marks the end of an era for one of boxing's longest running and most venerable network television shows ever.
The aforementioned program, which debuted on the staple sports powerhouse network in 1998, will come to an end tonight with the finals of the 2015 Boxcino junior middleweight and heavyweight tournaments.
In the junior middleweight tournament final, Brandon Adams (17-1, 12 KO), 25, from Los Angeles California will face 26 year old John Thompson (16-1, 5 KO) from Newark New Jersey. And in the heavyweight finals, Donovan Dennis, (12-1, 10 KO) of Davenport Iowa will take on 29 year old heavyweight favorite Andrey Fedosov, (27-3, 22 KO), fighting out of Hollywood California by way of Russia.
Throughout its years on the airwaves, ESPN's flagship boxing show has brought us two 'Fights of the Year.' In 2001, Arturo Gatti's pugilistic soul mate, "Irish' Mickey Ward, defeated the man the undisputed pound for pound king Floyd 'Money' Mayweather one referred to as his toughest opponent in the slick Emmanuel Augustus. Also, in 2011, jr middleweight contenders Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak battled to a thrilling draw.
In addition, we were treated to sensations such as Guillermo Rigondeaux, Yuriorkis Gamboa and the late, great blood-and guts-warrior Diego Corrales who cut their professional teeth on FNF's air with the duo of Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore providing top-notch commentary throughout the show's memorable run.
So tune in tonight at 10PM ET to witness the end of an era as Friday Night Fights says goodbye one final time.