Top-flight boxing is back this Friday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, as hard-hitting prospect and Detroit native Tony Harrison steps into the ring on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."
Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) squares off with Mexico's Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight fight (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET).
The bout marks a quick return for Harrison, who just five weeks ago knocked out Antwone Smith in Las Vegas, in a fight that also aired on ESPN2.
Harrison, 24, who trained under Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward before his 2012 death, has a very promising future. In addition to his unblemished record, he has knocked out his past nine opponents before the fourth round.
Munguia, nicknamed "Gravedigger" because of his day job at the Panteon de Dolores cemetery in Mexico City, is a 36-year-old veteran who turned pro in 2008. He has managed a respectable list of achievements with victories over Antonio Pitalua, Samuel Vargas, Luis Grajeda and his biggest win, last October, over fellow Mexican Edgar Ortega.
In his last bout in February, Munguia lost by split-decision in Pittsburgh against Cuban Yudel Jhonson in an eight-round fight.
Harrison is the undisputed favorite entering Friday's fight, with advantages in most categories. He's taller, has a longer reach, lands more punches and hits harder. He likes to land power punches with his right hand, even though he can do damage with his left hook, too.
However, Munguia is a southpaw who can take a licking and keep on ticking. He's aggressive and pressures his opponents throughout, although his lack of discipline and unorthodox style may prove futile against a fighter as lethal as Harrison. Regardless, his direct style and constant desire to trade blows guarantees this fight will be explosive for as long as it lasts.
In the co-main event, a pair of unbeatens will face off in an eight-round junior lightweight bout when Ryan Kielczewski (22-0, 6 KOs), of Quincy, Massachusetts, meets Mexico's Danny Aquino (16-0, 10 KOs).