Boxcino is back again tonight with four first-round matchups in the heavyweight tournament.
Boxcino is back once again this evening on ESPN Friday Night Fights, as the heavyweights take the stage from Verona, New York’s Turning Stone Resort and Casino, with four quarterfinal tournament matchups in place, all set for six rounds.
One late development for the show is that Jason “Big Six” Estrada, a 2004 Olympian who has become an also-ran professional, has subbed in for Mario Heredia, who failed his pre-fight medical exam.
Estrada (20-5, 6 KO) has faced the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Tomasz Adamek in his career, and while the 34-year-old has never been a contender, he does have by far the most and best experience of anyone in the field. He’ll face 29-year-old Lenroy Thomas (18-3, 9 KO) of Jamaica in the first round.
Donovan Dennis (10-1, 8 KO) will take on unbeaten Steve Vukosa (10-0, 4 KO) in another quarterfinal matchup. Dennis, 27, lost to Nat Heaven in a memorable one-round heavyweight brawl last April on Friday Night Fights, while Vukosa, 38, actually beat Estrada last July in his hometown of Boston.
27-year-old Romanian giant Razvan Cojanu (12-1, 7 KO) will face Hawaiian-born southpaw Tex Trismegistus (10-0, 4 KO), a 26-year-old southpaw also known as Ed Fountain. Trismegistus also has novice pro MMA experience.
Veteran Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 20 KO) will take on Nat Heaven (9-1, 7 KO) in the final first round bout. Fedosov, 28, has similar credentials to Estrada, without quite the same high-level experience. His most notable fight is probably a loss to Bryant Jennings in 2013, stopped after six rounds. Heaven, 29, followed up his aforementioned win over Dennis with a TKO-1 loss to journeyman Stacy Frazier in July, his last fight.