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20 JUNE 2018

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Nelson Takes On Grajeda In Reno

This Friday night boxing returns to Fallon, NV, when ESPN Friday Night fights heads to Churchill County Fairgrounds, just outside of Reno. Headlining the card will be top-rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13KO’s) taking on the hard-hitting and dangerous Mexican Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13KO’s) in the 10-round main event.


In the co-feature, fast-rising 18-year-old phenom Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13KO’s) will be looking to make a splash in his US debut when he faces fellow knockout artist Jason Escalera (14-2-1, 12KO’s) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup.


Opening up the card will be the highly anticipated pro debut of China’s 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight special attraction when he squares off againstCurtis Lee Tate (7-4, 6KO’s).


Also seeing action on the card will be highly regarded undefeated prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (16-0, 12KO’s) challenging the once-beaten Kevin Aguilar (8-1-1, 2KO’s) in an eight-round super featherweight matchup. The 22-year-old Diaz, a training stable-mate of middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, is as good a young prospect as there is in boxing and is fresh off of his exciting and dominant 10-round unanimous decision victory over Canadian prospect Tyler Asselstine (14-1) on ShoBox in May of this year. Look for another impressive performance out of the DBE/Jean Pascal Promotions-promoted Diaz on Friday night.


Undefeated middleweight prospect Eduardo Alicea (7-0, 3KO’s) is also scheduled to appear on the card when he competes against fellow undefeated Kirk Huff (3-0, 1KO) in a six-round middleweight matchup. Trained by Robert Garcia and promoted by DBE and Rumble Time Promotions, Alicea, the former Junior Olympics National champion and #1-rated US amateur, has continued to impress with each outing and is already 3-0 in 2014.


Rounding out the card will be a battle for bragging rights when hometown favorite Oscar Vasquez(6-1, 1KO) squares off against fellow Nevada-native Sergio Lopez (2-1-1) in a six-round flyweight matchup.

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