Ex Boxing Champ Cory Spinks vs. Top-Ranked Carlos Molina - ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
By Special to Doghouse Boxing (Jan 30, 2013)
The February 1 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature two top Junior Middleweight contenders --The Ring Magazine’s no. 7, ESPN.com’s no. 8 ranked Junior Middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs) and
former Junior Middleweight titlist and former undisputed Welterweight
Champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs) — in the
12-round main event. Friday’s show will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app. The card will also air live on ESPN Deportes+, the new digital extension of ESPN Deportes, and will air tape delayed on ESPN Deportes at 2 a.m. The card from Chicago is promoted by Eight Count Promotions.
Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the UIC Center describing the action for ESPN2 HD, while studio host Todd Grisham will present all the latest boxing news and look back at the best of Friday Night Fights from the month of January. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio. Bi-lingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will present live interviews and reports for both shows.
Molina is coming off an August 10-round unanimous decision win over
Damian Frias. After the fight, ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote: “Frias
proved to be no match for a better all-around fighter in Molina, who
pitched a clean shutout. Molina was better in every facet of the fight.
He jabbed Frias well, worked the body and went upstairs. It was all
Molina, all the time. He showed his full arsenal and stayed sharp,
awaiting the day he gets a title shot -- one that he richly deserves.”
said of Friday’s fight, “Spinks knows how to box, he knows how to
fight. He's been around boxing forever, since he was a kid. I've just
got to pressure him and work his body. I need to attack.”
is looking to rebound from a June seventh-round knockout loss to
Cornelius Bundrage. Spinks, son of former Heavyweight Champion Leon
Spinks, enters Friday’s fight experienced, having fought former and
current titlists Bundrage, Verno Phillips, Jermain Taylor, Roman
Karmazin and Zab Judah. Manager Scott Hirsch said, “Molina is a very
good fighter. Molina outhustles people, outworks them, and Cory knows
that he's got to up his work rate and just not get outhustled and
co-feature will pit former Lightweight titlist Jose Luis “El Temible”
Castillo (64-11-1, 55 KOs), against “The Truth” Antwone Smith (22-4-1,
12 KOs) in a 10-round Welterweight bout. Castillo is coming off a
ninth-round TKO win over Ivan Popoca, while Smith is coming off one of
his career-best wins, a 10-round unanimous decision over previously
undefeated Ronal Cruz.
Additional Bout Exclusively on ESPN3:
card will also include an eight-round bout between undefeated
Heavyweight Artur Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs) and Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs).
The card will be carried exclusively at 11 p.m. on ESPN3, ESPN’s
live multi-screen sports network, that delivers thousands of
global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com,
on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on
Xbox LIVE to Gold level members.
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.
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