ESPN2 card Friday in Reno |

ESPN2 card Friday in Reno

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Get set for a stellar night of thrilling knockouts and powerful punches. Downtown Reno and Duva Boxing present live ESPN2 boxing in Reno on Friday at 6 p.m. in the City Center Pavilion.

The card includes several exciting matchups, including a 12-round title bout, a pro debut and a female bout.

Be there live for the main event of the evening when 10th-rated George “Khalid” Jones of Paterson, N.J. (18-2, 13 KO’s) challenges champion Rodney Moore of Houston (17-2-2, 2 KO’s) for the NABA light heavyweight title.

Other matchups that will be televised on ESPN2 feature a title bout between heavy-hitting Las Vegas resident Samuel Peters and Latin American sensation Oscar Diaz.

Peters has compiled an impressive record of 12-0, 11 KOs and is touted by many to be the hottest young heavyweight in the division and the next heir apparent to the heavyweight throne. San Antonio native Diaz has compiled an equally impressive record of 12-0, 9 KOs and possesses the punching power and classic Mexican style that makes him a consistent crowd pleaser. Don’t miss the excitement when Peters steps into the ring to defend his NABA Heavyweight Youth Title.

The event will also feature Reno’s own Ryan Simpson in his professional boxing debut. Simpson has earned an impressive amateur record and developed a much-deserved local following after many exciting amateur bouts in the area.

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It’s Oakland vs. Sacramento, as Carol Wirth (1-0) and Valana McGee (0-1) step into the ring for the event’s female bout. And it’s Reno vs. Las Vegas when collegiate amateur star Lawrence Tam of the University of Nevada takes on rival national champion Xenon Mallari of the University of Nevada Las Vegas in a heated special attraction .

The event’s fight card is subject to change. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $55, $50, $45, $40 and $25, and can be purchased by calling 1-888-288-1833 or online at

This special engagement is brought to you by Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino, Harrah’s Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino, in association with Duva Boxing.