By Dave Spencer
It was supposed to be the season premier of ESPN Friday Night Fights, a kick-off to a new season of televised fistic fury. What boxing fans got instead was tired reruns with the same old plotlines, the same locales and same the cast of characters. The plotline was a familiar one; a western Canadian fighter from Alberta moves to Montreal to better pursue his career and takes a huge fight in Florida against a Warriors Boxing promoted hometown fighter in front of a South Florida crowd and broadcast across North America on ESPN.
There was a definite feeling of déjà vu to Friday’s telecast in which Arash Usmanee lost a questionable to Rances Barthelemy and walked away with his first career defeat on his record and a sour taste in his mouth. It was the same taste that now retired cruiserweight Dale Brown had after a 2005 IBF cruiserweight in a blatant robbery to O’Neil Bell. Continued