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Friday Night Fights (1998- Present)

Updated on February 11, 2016

The FNF Crew

The FNF team from left to right. Bernardo Osuna, Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and Todd Grisham. What a great team of boxing guys.
The FNF team from left to right. Bernardo Osuna, Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and Todd Grisham. What a great team of boxing guys. | Source
Max Kellerman (Pictured), along with Brian Kenney were the original studio hosts of the show. The duo used to take questions fro the fans.
Max Kellerman (Pictured), along with Brian Kenney were the original studio hosts of the show. The duo used to take questions fro the fans. | Source
Brian Kenney was one of the first host of FNF and he did great in the studio portion. He always stated his opinions.
Brian Kenney was one of the first host of FNF and he did great in the studio portion. He always stated his opinions. | Source

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Best Friday Night Fights Bouts

This Hub is referring to ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Friday Night Fights has anywhere from two to three undercard fights and then a main event. Sometimes the undercard fight is a great bout and sometimes they are complete duds. Same goes with the main events. Every once in a while a fight exceeds expectations and below are are two that stand out on the series. These guys weren't champions but they exhibited heart and will of champions during their give and take matches.

2001: Mickey Ward W10 Emanuel Burton: Burton was knocked to the canvas in round 9 from a ferocious left hook to the body. The bout was give and take throughout with both men trading hooks and uppercuts to the head and body in every single round. Neither boxer took a step back and they fired big shots in combination rather often. The fight was unanimous for Irish Mickey Ward but it was razor close.

2011: Delvin Rodriguez D10 Pawel Wolak: Both men traded shots because Wolak made to a fight. Rodriguez started out boxing but before long he was forced into a brawl with Walak. Eventually Rodriguez made Wolak's Eye look as grotesque as Hasim Rahman's did against Evander Holyfield. Well, Almost. Rodriguez won the last couple rounds but he lost several of the early stanzas.

Also, Friday Night Fights featured many astonishing knockouts and outrageous judges decisions which of course led to Teddy Atlas going ballistic. Most of the top knockouts on the show have come from novices or little known prizefighters but they sure produced some tantalizing moments regardless. I loved the emotion that Teddy Atlas would show when judges rendered an insane decision.

* I would love to hear what your favorite FNF fight or knockout is. Please share your thoughts at the bottom of this article in the comments capsule.



Teddy Atlas

Teddy Atlas is a highly respected boxing trainer and a top notch commentator for ESPN. Atlas gets very emotional about the sport and speaks his mind at all times.
Teddy Atlas is a highly respected boxing trainer and a top notch commentator for ESPN. Atlas gets very emotional about the sport and speaks his mind at all times. | Source

Fantastic Fights!

Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak engaged in a memorable brawl in 2011.
Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak engaged in a memorable brawl in 2011. | Source
Emanuel Burton and Mickey Ward fought a fight of the year type battle in 2001.
Emanuel Burton and Mickey Ward fought a fight of the year type battle in 2001. | Source

The Studio

Max Kellerman and Brian Kenney started out giving news about boxing in between bouts. Eventually, Kellerman left and went to HBO. To fill the void a weekly guest host who was usually a boxer or former boxer co-hosted with Kenney. This was wildly popular as guests such as Buster Douglas and Sugar Shane Mosley appeared in the studio. After Brian Kenney left the show, The studio hosts has been split between Barnardo Osuna and Todd Grisham.

This is the only weekly boxing show that shows weigh ins and press conference clips of upcoming bouts as well as reviews of past bouts from PPV. The studio segment of the show has interviews with people in the boxing world including Dan Rafael who appears on the series by Skype.

Teddy & Joe

Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore are a wonderful team mainly because the smooth voiced Tessitore sets them up and the passionate and knowledgable Atlas knocks them out. Joe Tessitore has a great speaking voice and calls the action smoothly. Teddy is the expert and he calls it how he sees it. He has been known to confront referrers, judges and even commission members to grill them on camera.

Top Boxers Who Fought on FNF

Andre Berto
Zab Judah
Arturo Gatti
Hasim Rahman
Mickey Ward
Corey Spinks
Antonio Margarito
Jean Pascal
James Kirkland
 
Jose Luis Castillo
 
Ten of the top champions and contenders to box on Friday Night Fights on ESPN2.

Warriors of The Ring

Brian Vera has been a regular on Friday Night Fights and win or lose he always put on a great show.
Brian Vera has been a regular on Friday Night Fights and win or lose he always put on a great show. | Source
Arturo Gatti, seen on left fighting Ivan Robinson, fought on the Boxing series and he always had fans cheering him on.
Arturo Gatti, seen on left fighting Ivan Robinson, fought on the Boxing series and he always had fans cheering him on.

Teddy's Fight Plan

Besides commentating for the fights of the evening he also demonstrates a fight game plan for each of the main event fighters. If your a trainer or a true lover of the sport then this educational piece done by Teddy Atlas is a thing of beauty to see week after week. It teaches you many aspects of boxing that may be foreign to you until he points it out. Atlas is a masternatnexposing flaws in fighters.

Atlas does the Fight Plan all over the place. Sometimes at ringside or in the ring live. Sometimes it's done ore recorded at locations in the city the matches are taking place. Sometimes he has a special guest such as 50 Cent playing his opponent during the demonstration of the plan.

On another note he is closer to Howard Cosell than Larry Merchant as far as getting in your face and not letting up. As a matter of fact Atlas is in a league of his own.

Final Thoughts.....

I love the show mainly because it's the only weekly boxing show on cable television. One improvement to me would be to bring back guest hosts that are present and former boxers. Having said that It is nice that sometimes boxers are ringside guest during a bout. And although I'm a huge boxing fan and must say they could improve the main events. The show is overall of good quality but sometimes the main event is iffy.

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Friday Night Fights Greatest Knockouts

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