Detroit, MI (March 30, 2007) –Light heavyweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins will be a guest analyst on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, taking the place of famed ringside analyst Teddy Atlas, who is off this week. Hopkins, who will be joined by ABC sports commentator Todd Harris, will provide play-by-play action for the fight card which features local favorite Mary Jo Sanders (23-0, 7 KOs), the IBA middleweight champion and the daughter of former Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders, against f ormer WIBF cruiserweight champion Valerie Mahfood (19-12-3, 9 KOs) for the IBA Female World Championship. The fights will take place at Wayne Hall of Cobo Center in Detroit starting at 9 p.m..
Article posted on 30.03.2007
Additionally, Laila Ali, ranked by Ring boxing magazine as the No. 1 pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, will be in-studio helping analyze the Sanders-Mahfood fight. The co-feature will match top 10-ranked Joel Julio (29-1, 27 KOs; ranked WBA #4, IBF #4, WBO #5, WBC #7) against Thomas Davis (11-3-2, 1 ND, 7 KOs).