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FNF preview: Tony Harrison vs. Antwone Smith

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The March 6 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will feature undefeated up-and-coming junior middleweight Tony “Superbad” Harrison (19-0, 16 KOs) and veteran “The Truth” Antwone Smith (23-5-1, 12 KOs) in the 10-round junior middleweight main event.

Friday’s show will air live at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and is presented by Warriors Boxing. The fights will take place at the famed MGM Grand in Las Vegas which is the site of this weekend’s debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series headlined by Adrien Broner vs. John Molina and Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero.

Main Event:

The undefeated Harrison, who is from Detroit, is coming off a first-round TKO win over Tyrone Brunson.

“He’s (Smith) a tough opponent,” Harrison said. “He’s fought contenders and champions…It’s my time. It’s time to put Detroit back in the position that it once was in and it starts with this, to give us the recognition we deserve…This is the one for everybody who’s never seen Tony Harrison fight. This is the one to watch.”

Smith, of Miami, is looking to get back to his winning ways after a second-round KO loss to Jermall Charlo.

“I’m sure he’s (Harrison) probably going to blitz early, because he usually knocks everybody out in the first or second round,” Smith said. “He’s only been eight rounds one time. After I get out of the blitz, I plan to do steady work. I know what 10 rounds feels like.”


Friday’s 10-round co-feature will pit undefeated middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (8-0, 8 KOs) against Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (28-4-1, 26 KOs). In his last bout, New York’s Khytrov scored a third-round KO win over previously undefeated Maurice Louishomme, while Puerto Rico’s Melendez is looking to rebound from a majority decision loss to Javier Francisco Maciel.

Additional Fights:

Friday’s show will also include an eight-round bout between undefeated junior middleweights Erickson Lubin (9-0, 6 KOs) and Kenneth Council (8-0, 6 KOs) and a six-round middleweight bout between undefeated Caleb Plant (6-0, 4 KOs) and Daniel Henry (2-2-2, 0 KOs).