ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" Returns To Bally's Atlantic City


ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" Returns To Bally's Atlantic City

Press release: Bally's Atlantic City, in association with Main Events, will present a sensational fight card highlighted by featherweights Rocky Juarez vs. Guty Espadas and heavyweights Dominick Guinn vs. Sergei Lyakhovich. The evening of live boxing, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," will take place in Bally's Atlantic City's Main Ballroom located on the sixth floor on Friday, December 3.

Rocky Juarez (21-0, 14 KOs), in his last bout on July 17, floored Zahir Raheem in round three on his way to capturing a unanimous decision in a 12 round IBF #1 eliminator bout (W 12).  Juarez earned his first professional title on November 22, 2003, when he defeated 46-bout veteran Hector Velasquez to earn the vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight crown (W 12).  Prior to turning pro, Juarez capped off his successful amateur career by winning the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  He is currently ranked #1 by the WBC and the IBF.

Guty Espadas (38-6, 24 KOs) is coming off a win in his last fight against Ramon Perez (4-5) that took place on July 23 in Espadas' home country of Mexico.  A former champion, Espadas won the WBC featherweight world title in April 2000.  He is experienced against top opposition and has several impressive wins to his credit including current and former world champions Erik Morales (twice - KO by 3, L12), Bones Adams (W15), Luisito Espinosa (TW11), Agapito Sanchez (W10), Alfred Kotey (W10) and Jesus Salud (L10).

Heavyweight Dominick Guinn (25-1-0, 18 KOs) of Hot Springs, AR showed his dominant power in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall on June 7, 2003. Guinn sent former world title challenger Michael Grant crashing to the canvas four times en-route to earning a seventh round stoppage (TKO 7).  On September 27, 2003, Guinn defeated fellow heavyweight prospect Duncan Dokiwari to earn a unanimous decision by the scores of 96-93, 98-92 and 97-93 (W 10).  Guinn, who is ranked in the top-10 by both the IBF and the WBO, prepared for the Dec 3 bout by sparring with former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.

Sergei Lyakhovich (21-1-0, 14 KOs), Guinn's opponent, is coming off of a win against Onebo Maxime on March 17.  Lyakhovich bested Maxime in a six-round unanimous decision before a raucous crowd in Little Rock, Arkansas.  This victory upped Lyakhovich's record to 21-1, placing him in a prominent spot in the heavyweight ranks.  Prior to this win, Lyakhovich fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was able to be a part of the Lennox Lewis-Hasim Rahman rematch Pay-Per-View event.  Boxing in front of a captive, worldwide audience, Sergei dominated "Friday The 13th" Ahunanya and was awarded a unanimous decision.

Tickets for the December 3 card, "ESPN2 Friday Night Fights:  Main Events Special" at Bally's Atlantic City are priced at $50.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the first bout scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The main event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at Bally's Show Reservations desk located in the hotel lobby, by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-736-1420, or by visiting