By Nate Yoder
MEMPHIS, TN – ESPN Friday Night Fights will return to historic Beale Street for the 4th year in a row as Prize Fight will promote a power packed six bout card from The New Daisy Theatre. Heavyweights headline the night in a clash of former World Title challengers in the 10 round Main Event as Washington D.C.’s Tony Thompson 33-2 (21 KO’s) goes toe-to-toe with Nashville, TN’s Owen Beck 29-4 (20 KO’s). The 6’5″ southpaw Thompson is coming off an impressive 9th round stoppage of Chazz Witherspoon and looks to get himself back in line for another shot at the World Title. Thompson recently fought for a World Title as he lost on an 11th round TKO to Wladimir Klitschko in July of 2008. Conversely, Owen Beck is 4-1(2 KO’s) since his World Title loss to Nikolay Valuev and knows a win over Thompson will surely get him close to another World Title shot.
The co-feature of the night is a rare match up of young undefeated prospects. Tyrese Hendrix 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) and Henry Lundy 17-0-1 (10 KO’s) will put it all on the line as they meet for the vacant NABO Lightweight Title. The Atlanta native and southpaw Hendrix is no stranger to the Memphis boxing fans as he has fought his last three bouts at The Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS. Lundy, from the historic fight town of Philadelphia, is coming off of a tough 10 round split decision win this past January. The winner of this fight will catapult themselves as a boxer to be reckoned with in the lightweight division as well as receiving a top fifteen world ranking.
The six bout card will be rounded off by four extremely well matched bouts. Houston, TX’s Lanard Lane 11-0 (7 KO’s) meets grizzled veteran John Brown 24-17-2 (11 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ in an 8 round Jr. Welterweight bout. Also, 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. 8-0 (5 KO’s) of Capitol Heights, MD puts his undefeated record on the line against the always tough Carlos Diaz of Dorado, Puerto Rico in a 6 round Featherweight match up. Further, Taureano Johnson 1-0 (1 KO), a member of the 2008 Bahamian Olympic Team, will do battle with Ryan Bianchini in a 4 round Middleweight clash. In addition, on the card is Memphis, TN’s Marlon Lewis 1-1 (1 KO) boxing Chris Gray 1-0 (1 KO) of Batesville, AR in a 4 round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Doors open at 6:00 PM for this tremendous night of live boxing and the first bout will start at 7:00 PM. The ESPN television broadcast will begin at 8:00 PM. All tickets are priced unbelievably low at $15 and seating is first come first serve.
For more information on April 16th’s ESPN Friday Night Fights or to set up boxer interviews please call Nate Yoder at (618) 979-6735. To purchase tickets call The New Daisy Theatre at (901) 486-2385.