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Friday Night Fights returns January 3, first month schedule of fights released

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2014 FNF Season to Include 26 Telecasts, Early Schedule Released:

ESPN Friday Night Fights will return for its 17th season Friday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. with a 12-round IBF title bout between Junior Lightweight titlist Argenis Méndez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and undefeated Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs). The 10-round co-feature will include up and coming  Middleweight contender Caleb Truax (23-1, 4 KOs). 

The first of 2014’s 26 telecasts, from the Target Center in Minneapolis, is co-promoted by former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and his promotional company Iron Mike Productions. Tyson made his promotional debut in August to close out the 2013 Friday Night Fights season in a night that featured Méndez in the world title main event.

“We are eagerly anticipating the upcoming season of Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates,” said Brian Kweder, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions. “We start the season just as we finished last season with a world title fight co-promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions. The biggest change for 2014 is that we are assigning dates to promoters with as much advance notice as possible to allow for even better fights and bigger crowds.  We’ve partnered with a group of promoters who have always delivered in the past and are committed to upping the ante even further for 2014. Having a world title fight and names like Kendall Holt, Zsolt Erdei and Arash Usmanee early this season show that the strategy is already paying dividends.”

New Technology:

Friday Night Fights telecasts will include alternate point of view cameras mounted in different locations capturing the atmosphere of the venues and fights. Friday Night Fights will also feature more live audio during fights to give viewers more access to the fighters and trainers.


Every Friday Night Fights telecast will continue to implement an ultra slo-mo camera, providing some of the most dramatic and amazing replays of a fight’s biggest punches.

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday Night Fights will total 26 dates in 2014. Here’s the early schedule:

DateTime (ET)Main EventLocationNetworks
Fri, Jan 39 p.m.Argenis Méndez (21-2-1, 11 KOs)  vs. Rances Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) —12-rounds, IBF Junior Lightweight TitleTarget Center, Minneapolis, Minn.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 109 p.m.Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) vs. Juan Antonio Rodríguez (25-4, 23 KOs) — Junior LightweightsEmerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Tacoma Wash.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 249 p.m.Javier Molina (14-1, 6 KOs) vs. Kendall Holt (28-6, 16 KOs) —10-rounds, Junior WelterweightsLittle Creek Casino, Shelton Wash.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 319 p.m.Zsolt Erdei (33-1, 18 KOs) vs. Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24 KOs) —10-rounds, Light HeavyweightsCodey Arena, West Orange, N.J.ESPN2, ESPN Deportes+, WatchESPN
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