A press conference was held on Wednesday afternoon for this week’s ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. Although cordial, both main event fighters, Demetrius Hopkins and Mike Arnaoutis, clearly displayed a readiness for battle ahead of their welterweight showdown. Also present was sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero, pro debuting welterweight Eric Mendez and flyweight Austreberto Juarez.
The Hopkins/Arnaoutis bout headlines a ten bout action packed card that is chiefly supported by an eight round junior welterweight bout between undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras and Puerto Rico’s Eric Cruz.
Other terrific young prospects featured on the card include junior welterweight Joseph Elegele, pro debuting featherweight Gabino Saenz, Las Vegas based welterweight Michael Finney, Filipino super bantamweight Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr. and featherweight Alex Jimenez of Perris, CA.
Starting at $29, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com. phone 800-745-3000) or the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office (909-244-5600). A five dollar discount is available for students, military, police and fire personnel in addition to seniors for tickets purchased in advance with ID at the box office. (One ticket per ID.)
The Citizens Business Bank Arena is located at 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario, California. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm.