The May 15 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentadopor Corona Extra will feature undefeated, up-and-coming lightweight Reynaldo “El Maestro” Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) and veteran Monty Meza-Clay (36-4, 22 KOs) in the 10-round main event.
Friday’s show from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise Friday’s fights on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. The card is presented by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment.
Joe Tessitore will be ringside with analyst Teddy Atlas describing the action for ESPN2, while studio host Todd Grisham will be on-site providing the latest boxing news and information. Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights for Noche de Combates on both ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes+, while Leopoldo González and Claudia Trejos will co-anchor the studio. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will provide live interviews and reports for both shows.
In his last fight, Puerto Rico’s Ojeda scored a unanimous decision win over Sergio Villanueva, while Pennsylvania’s Meza-Clay is looking to rebound from a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Rod Salka.
“Monty Meza-Clay is an offensive fighter that throws a lot of punches,” Ojeda said. “He comes all the way forward, that’s his main goal. He’s a person that really talks a lot inside the ring to get the other fighter confused. But we’re ready. We’re ready to go all the way.”
Added Meza-Clay, “I have the same approach for every fight. I just impose my will on him; let him try to figure me out. I’m going to be me – I’m going to stick to my game plan. There’s nothing different other than – ring the bell, let’s fight! You hit me, I hit you back!”
Friday’s eight-round co-feature will pit undefeated up-and-coming jr. featherweight Luis “KO King” Rosa (19-0, 9 KOs) against veteran Jonathan “Popeye” Perez (33-10, 1 NC, 27 KOs). In his last fight, Rosa, who hails from Connecticut, scored a second-round TKO win over Ernesto Guerrero, while Colombia’s Perez is looking to get back to his winning ways following a TKO loss to Horatio Garcia