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Ajose ready to battle Lundy this Friday, July 19th

The July 19 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature two top Junior Welterweights—Olusegun “The Gun” Ajose (31-1, 14 KOs) and “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-3-1, 11 KOs) — in the 10-round main event. Friday’s show from Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes+ and will air at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment.

Watch Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore preview Friday’s main event

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action for ESPN3 and ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham (@GrishamESPN) will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. Delvin Rodriguez, will call the fights with Pablo Viruega for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), while Leopoldo Gonzalez and Claudia Trejos will anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna (@osunaespn) will present live interviews and reports for both shows.

Main Event:

New York’s Ajose, a 2000 Olympian for Nigeria, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Rynell Griffin in his last fight. Philadelphia’s Lundy has defeated former Lightweight titlist David Diaz and current Lightweight titlist Richar Abril, but is looking to get back to his winning ways following back-to-back losses to Viktor Postol and Ray Beltran.

“Coming off two consecutive loses, Lundy is in danger of becoming irrelevant,” Atlas said. “He will need his good speed and great urgency to beat a bigger, more physical Ajose. That’s the tough news for Lundy. The good news for the fans of Friday Night Fights is that both these experienced fighters are not hard to find—they will be right in front of each other all night and that should make it a good night of fights.”

Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated Junior Lightweights Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (16-0, 3 KOs) of Massachusetts against Puerto Rico’s Miguel “Mikito” Soto (10-0, 10 KOs). Kielczewski scored an eight-round unanimous decision win over Gil Garcia his last fight, while Soto is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over John Wampash.

Upcoming Schedule:


Time (ET)

Main Event



Fri., July 26

9 p.m.

Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KOs) vs. Yakubu Amidu (18-4-1, 16 KOs)—12 rounds, Junior Lightweight

Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Fri., Aug 2

9 p.m.

Javier Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) vs. Luis Franco (11-1, 7 KOs)—10 rounds, Featherweights

Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Okla.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Fri., Aug 9

10 p.m.

Rustam Nugaev (24-6-1, 14 KOs) vs. José Hernández (14-6-1, 6 KOs)—10 rounds, Lightweights

Morongo Casino, Cabazon, Calif.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

Fri., Aug 16

9 p.m.

Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs) vs. Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs)—12 rounds, Light Heavyweights

U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

*Schedule subject to change

Follow ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on Twitter @ESPNFNF or like it on Facebook. Follow ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates on Twitter @ESPNBoxeo. Also score the fights round-by-round with the “Live Friday Night Fights Facebook Voting App,” an application on the ESPN FNF Facebook page that allows viewers to score the fight round-by-round.

AIBA EC awards 2015 World Championships to the city of Doha

Jeju, Korea, July 17th 2013 – On Day Two of its 2013-2014 Meeting, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Executive Committee (EC) awarded the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships to the city of Doha (Qatar).

Doha faced stiff opposition in the form of a rival bid committee representing the city of Bangkok (Thailand). Fully supported by His Excellency, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), the Doha delegation had travelled to Jeju with representatives from the QOC and the Qatar Boxing Federation.

“On behalf of the AIBA Executive Committee, I would like to congratulate the city of Doha for the impressive proposal they have put together”, expressed Dr Wu. “The presentation we received today really confirmed the motivation the city and the entire country show in delivering the best AIBA World Boxing Championships ever. It is very exciting for AIBA to explore new horizons and we are looking forward to visit Doha in 2015. The AIBA EC also thanks the city of Bangkok and the representatives from the Thailand Boxing Association who presented us a very good bid”.

“We are delighted with the trust and confidence of the AIBA Executive Committee”, said Mr. Yousif Al Kazim, Secretary General of the QBF. “We have no doubt that the AIBA World Boxing Championships Doha 2015 will be one of the best in the history of the sport and that new standards will be set in this brand new region for AIBA. The AIBA EC Members know that we will not let them down! I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to His Excellency, Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, QOC Secretary General, for his full support and his guidance in this successful bid”.

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