- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Getting to see bonus fights is always a good thing for boxing fans and that will be the case with this week’s edition of “Friday Night Fights.”
While the first card promoted by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions will feature a pair of title bouts on the ESPN2 telecast (9 p.m. ET), two additional 10-round preliminary bouts will be streamed live beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com, the network announced on Wednesday.
The bonus fights will be welterweight Ed Paredes (33-3-1, 22 KOs) against Noe Bolanos (25-7-1, 16 KOs) and a junior lightweight Alexi Collado (16-0, 15 KOs) taking on Hugo Partida (18-4-2, 14 KOs).
On the televised portion of the card from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez (21-2, 11 KOs) makes the first defense of the belt he won in March when he faces Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, Claudio Marrero (14-0, 11 KOs) and Jesus Cuellar (22-1, 18 KOs) square off for a vacant interim featherweight belt.