KOVALEV-WHITE HEADLINES NBC SPORTS TRIPLE--HEADER IN JUNE
Bryant Jennings-Andrey Fedosov is heavyweight co-feature
Press Release: When NBC Sports Network Fight Night returns to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA on Friday, June 14th, it will feature a triple-header with all three headliners in "must win" fights that are critical for their career advancement.
Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1 with 18 KOs), has built momentum in the last year with showy knockouts over Gabriel Campillo, Lionell Thompson and Darnell Boone. A slip-up in June 14th's IBF elimination bout against Cornelius "Da Beast" White (21-1 with 16 KOs) of Houston, TX would derail his momentum and force his career backwards.
Philadelphian Bryant Jennings (16-0 with 8 KOs) also needs to win in Bethlehem. Bryant is coming off a breakthrough year that saw him emerge as a bona fide heavyweight contender. Jennings fought and won five times in 2012, but June 14th will be his first start of this year. Jennings will face Andrey Fedosov (24-2 with 19 KOs), a Russian heavyweight now living and fighting out of Hollywood, CA, in a ten-round bout.
Fedosov has won three in a row and is aching to breakthrough, much like Jennings did last year. If he can topple Bryant next month, he certainly will get the attention he desires.
Welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-1, 12 KOs), will also have his back against the wall on June 14th. Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, returns to the ring for the first time since suffering his first professional loss. Last September, Cruz dropped a split decision to Antwone Smith in the same Bethlehem ring. To complicate things, Cruz' return was delayed due to surgery to repair a hernia last winter. Now 100% healthy, Ronald will be raring to go on fight night.
Facing Cruz will be the hard-hitting, Bronx-based Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs) of Ghana. Narh is a battle-tested pro who brings more experience, a higher knockout percentage, and a height advantage into the bout.
This jam-packed triple header will be the 4th edition of NBC Sports Network Fight Night in 2013 and will begin at 8PM ET. By the looks of the stakes in each bout, it might be the best so far.