Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia and Chris â€˜The San Diego Kidâ€™ Martin are heading to Las Vegas today to battle on a Top Rank promoted ESPN Friday Night Fights card at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino on January 13.
â€œIâ€™ve wanted to fight on ESPN for such a long time,â€ said Kennedy, a world-ranked super bantamweight. â€œI have seen Martin on a lot of video so I know what heâ€™s all about.â€
Kennedy and Martin are scheduled for 10 rounds. Kennedy has a record of 17-1-1, 7 KOs. Martin is 23-1-2, 6 KOs.
Martin said he â€œgot the lowdown on Kennedyâ€ when he went to Tijuana and sparred with Alejandro Lopez. Lopez decisioned Kennedy in a 12 round bout last year in Atlantic City, N.J. â€œI know Kennedy doesnâ€™t like a lot of pressure,â€ Martin said. â€œHeâ€™ll see a lot of that on Friday night.â€
Jesse Magadeno, the fiery unbeaten super bantamweight from Las Vegas, will open the fight card against Shawn Nichol of Colorado at 5 pm local time. Gabino Saenz, a very popular unbeaten super bantamweight from Indio, Ca., will take on Gil Garcia of Houston. Local fighters Anthony Lenk and Angel Flores are also on the fight card.
At 6 pm local time, the ESPN telecast will open with rugged unbeaten Yordenis Ugas of Miami taking on Esteban Almariz of Harlingen, Texas.
The fighters will weigh in 5 pm Thursday at the HRH Lounge inside of the Hard Rock.
Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 are at the Hard Rock Box Office, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000