ZHANG ZHILEI'S DEBUT OPPONENT REVEALED
Press Release: This Friday night, ESPN2's Friday Night Fights broadcast coems from Fallon, NV (just outside of Reno) at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on the Mexico's Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the ten-round main event. In the chief support, Hungarian teenager Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will make a tough US debut when he faces Jason Escalera (14-2-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup. Opening up the broadcast will be the pro debut of China's 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight bout against Curtis Lee Tate (7-4, 6 KOs).
Also seeing action on the card will be Joel Diaz Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) challenging Kevin Aguilar (8-1-1, 2 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight matchup. The 22-year-old Diaz, a training stable-mate of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, is fresh off of a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Canada's Tyler Asselstine (14-1) on ShoBox in May of this year.
Undefeated middleweight Eduardo Alicea (7-0) is scheduled to compete against fellow undefeated Kirk Huff (3-0) in a six rounder. Trained by Robert Garcia and promoted by DBE and Rumble Time Promotions, Alicea is a former Junior Olympics National champion and #1-rated US amateur.
Rounding out the card will be a battle for bragging rights when hometown favorite Oscar Vasquez (6-1) squares off against fellow Nevada-native Sergio Lopez (2-1-1) in a six-round flyweight matchup.
ESPN will begin live coverage at 9p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN.
The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Let's Get It On Promotions, in association with Rumble Time Promotions, King Sports, Jean Pascal Promotions, Dynasty Boxing and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (775) 423-4556 or by visiting the Fallon Convention Center or NAS Fallon MWR. You can also purchase tickets by emailing email@example.com.