MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Continues Tomorrow, Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. ET with Two Title Fights
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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.
Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / email@example.com
Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.email@example.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 / firstname.lastname@example.org