Crossroad bouts to be featured on July 11 ESPN FNF
- Updated: July 8, 2014
This week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights will have two bouts pitting fighters at pivotal moments in their careers.
The main event will feature a 10-round battle between Tureano Johnson and Mike Gavronski.
Coming off a loss to Curtis Stevens in his last fight, Johnson (14-1, 10 KO) will be looking to erase that from everyone’s mind. He does not want this fight to go the full 10 rounds.
“I can’t let this fight go the distance,” Johnson said. “I don’t want to leave this fight in the judges hands. The goal is to throw hard shots all night and take him out. Gary Shaw said this is a big opportunity for me to get back into the mix at middleweight so I’m coming to put on a show. Everyone should be tuning in this Friday.”
Gavronski (14-0-1, 10 KO) will be the hometown fighter in Washington, but he is not taking Johnson lightly. He feels he needs to win in front of his home crowd.
“Johnson is a good fighter, but I don’t think he has the talent to beat me,” Gavronski said. “I’ll be fighting in front of my home town fans and I’m not going to let them down. I will be victorious on Friday night.”
The co-main event will see a 10-round lightweight bout between Art Hovhannisyan and Jonathan Maicelo.
“I’m at a point in my career where I can’t look back,” Hovhannisyan (17-1-2, 9 KO) said. “There is no room for error and on Friday night I’m coming to win. I will break the will of Maicelo to come out on top.”
“The time is now for me to step up my game,” Maicelo (20-1, 12 KO) said. “Shaw said the winner this fight will move on to bigger and better things, so I must win. I will do whatever it takes to get the victory.”
The ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins this Friday July 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST from the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, WA.