ESPN Friday Night Fights will return to Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on February 1 headlined by an IBF junior middleweight title eliminator between Windy City fan favorite and perennial contender “King” Carlos Molina (20-5-2, 6 KOs) and two division and five-time world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-7, 11 KOs). Molina is currently world ranked #4 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC while Spinks is ranked #12 by the IBF.
Also featured is a ten round welterweight clash between Mexican boxing legend and two-time former world champion Jose Luis Castillo (64-11-1, 55 KOs) and Antwone “The Truth” Smith (22-4-1, 12 KOs). In a special attraction eight round clash, fast rising Polish heavyweight prospect Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (12-0, 9 KOs) will battle “Merciless” Mike Mollo 20-3-1, 12 KOs).
Additionally, in separate bouts will be local favorites; middleweight contender Donovan “Da Bomb” George (23-3-1, 20 KOs), highly regarded and undefeated super middleweight prospect Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (8-0, 5 KOs) and popular welterweight newcomer Jimmy Murphy (1-0,1 KO).