MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Returns Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 p.m. ET

truTV and Top Rank will exclusively present MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series, Friday, Sept. 11, at 10 p.m. ET from The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  The boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will feature two 10-round bouts between Top 10 contenders.

The first match-up showcases NABO and USBA super middleweight champion and WBO world-ranked No. 6 Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (17-0, 14 KOs) from Philadelphia, defending his titles against Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-8-1, 12 KOs) from Cincinnati.  In the night’s main event, undefeated and WBO world-rated No. 2 Oscar Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico takes on IBF world-rated No. 9 Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., in a featherweight match-up.

Commentators for the event will include Bruce Beck providing play-by-play with analysts Timothy Bradley and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and reporter Crystina Poncher.  Beck is a veteran boxing play-by-play man and WNBC-TV’s lead sports anchor in New York.  Bradley is the two-time and current WBO welterweight champion and former WBO and two-time WBC junior welterweight champion.  Mancini is a 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and former NABF and WBA lightweight champion.  Poncher is a commentator and reporter for Top Rank, as well as a host, reporter and correspondent for NFL Network and

Closed captioning in Spanish will be available for the truTV telecast.

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Media contacts:

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 /
Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 /

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 /
Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 /

Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 /
Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 /  
Ricardo Jimenez (Hispanic Media), Top Rank:  (909) 615-3436 /   

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