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MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Continues Tomorrow, Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. ET with Two Title Fights

truTV and Top Rank will exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series on Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. ET from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.  The new boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will feature two title fights this week headlined by Top 10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) from Passaic, N.J., and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs).  Tapia will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against Michel Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) from France, with Monaghan defending his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title against Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs) from Brazil.  Following is additional information, including profile features, on the boxers.

Main Event: 10-Round Bout for the NABO Junior Middleweight Championship

                    Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (champ)                                  Michel Soro
                               23-1-0, 15 KOs                      vs.                      25-1-1, 15 KOs
                            Age: 25 (12/11/89)                                          Age: 27 (10/30/87)
                              Born: Passaic, NJ                                           Born: Cte D’Ivoire
                            Resides: Passaic, NJ                                      Resides: Rhne, France
                                 Height: 5’11”                                                 Height: 5’10½”
                                  Reach: 73”                                                         Reach: -

10 -Round Bout for the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Championship

                         “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (champ)                             Cleiton Conceicao
                                     23-0-0, 15 KOs                      vs.                      20-6-2, 16 KOs
                                  Age: 33 (8/21/81)                                            Age: 35 (11/1/79)
                                   Born: Mineola, NY                                          Born: Bahia, Brazil
                               Resides: Long Beach, NY                                Resides: Sao Paulo, Brazil
                                     Height: 5’11”                                                   Height: 5’10”
                                      Reach: 72½”                                                       Reach: -

The network’s presentation will feature the continued and first-ever domestic use of “Spidercam” technology for a live boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage of this newseries.  “Spidercam” will provide definitive views of the action throughout the series by operating on a four-point system of cables from designated points beyond the corners of the boxing ring. The suspended camera has the ability to provide compelling 360-degree angles of the action including the ability to move in three dimensions – left/right, forward/backward and up/down, and will first be used in Friday’s main event.

Commentators for the event will include Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini (analyst and 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee; former NABF and WBA lightweight champion) and Crystina Poncher (reporter).  Closed captioning in Spanish will also be available.

Following this Friday’s action from New Jersey, the third week of the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV series will be live from Phoenix, AZ on Friday, May 15, at 10 p.m.

As part of its entitlement sponsorship of the boxing series on truTV, MetroPCS will receive camera-visible center ring and corner pad brand placement for each fight, as well as inclusion in all promotional messaging across truTV and other Turner Broadcasting networks. 

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Media contacts:

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / nate.smeltz@turner.com

Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / samantha.graham@turner.com

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / kevin.flaherty@hbo.com

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.byrne@hbo.com

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com

Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com   

Ricardo Jimenez (Hispanic Media), Top Rank:  (909) 615-3436 / ricardoej@aol.com   

Media credentials:   

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