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The ESPN Friday Night Fights Thread

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Made this thread on ESB, thought I might as well bring it over to this neck of the woods.

Hopefully now that it's undergoing a Renaissance here I can turn it into what I intended it to be initially rather than what it turned into(which was the thread being bumped about once a week with 2/3 people watching the card live making sporadic posts regarding it). If we're looking for more writing to be on the front page we can do previews*, reviews, etc. Perhaps we could even look back on old ESPN classics? Who knows, it's a crazy show where anything can go.
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On ESPN America at 3am for UK/Irish viewers tonight.

Main Event: Vernon Paris vs Manny Perez

Miami's Paris enters Friday's fight with big fight experience having fought three-time Junior Welterweight and Welterweight titlist Zab Judah. In his last fight Paris scored a third-round TKO win over Guy Pucker.

"I've started working with my new coach, Herman Caicedo, and have been preparing for this fight ever since my last fight," Paris said. "My new coach is good. He's teaching me to keep my hands up. The plan - what I'm going to do in the ring - that's all coming together. I'm feeling real good about it."

Denver's Perez has won three of his last four fights including a 10-round split decision over Jose Miguel Cotto (Miguel Cotto's brother) and a 10-round unanimous decision over Edgar Santana. Perez enters Friday's fight following a seven-round unanimous decision win over Bernardo Guereca.

"I know Paris is very, very tough, and I anticipate a tough fight," Perez said. "Those are the fights I like. I've said it before - you don't become the best without fighting the best. You have to fight and beat the best. I'm working on my jab a lot now, and just want to show more variety in my shots this fight. I want to show better angles, and a better variety of right hands. I want to apply the right kind of pressure and just break him down. I'm looking forward to putting on a great performance."

Co-Feature: Cornelius Lock vs Lonnie Smith

Friday's 10-round co-feature will pit Featherweights Cornelius "Lighting" Lock (20-6-1, 13 KOs) against "El ***** Mexicano Lightning" Lonnie Smith (14-4-3, 10 KOs). Lock scored a second-round TKO win over Damon Antoine in his last fight, while Smith is coming off a seventh-round technical draw against Michael Perez.
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it is. Lock vs Smith...
"Guppy" Smith fought for the UBO title.

How good is that organization? Well judge by yourself by their official rankings:hey
Paris allowing himself to be outworked on the inside...
Perez has creampuffs for fists. think he should win this fight though...
Those glasses John Thompson on Showbox is wearing:lol:
Andrey Klimov vs John Molina Jr. 10 round lightweight bout.

fights could be late, college baseball...
underway with ennis vs hanshaw supermiddleweights

where did they find hanshaw? thought he was gone...
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