- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Many of the cards on the Main Events promoted "Fight Night" series on NBC Sports Net feature prospects who do not make it onto the telecast. But now many of those heretofore unseen bouts -- unless you are inside the arena -- can be seen.
Four- and six-round fighters will get the chance to have their fights televised nationally on a new "Fight Night" spin-off series called "Fight Night Future Stars". It will be a one-hour show that will highlight the performances of developing undercard fighters on the main "Fight Night" cards.
"'Fight Night' has provided a launching pad for many of the young men who appeared on our programs in 2012," Main Events promoter Kathy Duva said. "Gabriel Rosado and Zab Judah enhanced their careers through the 'Fight Night' series and are now scheduled for world title bouts in the first quarter of 2013. The addition of 'Future Stars' will simply create more opportunities for the many talented fighters who have yet to gain national television exposure."
The first "Fight Night Future Stars" telecast will feature taped bouts from Saturday's "Fight Night" card, which takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. That card is headlined by the Gabriel Campillo-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight bout. The date and time for the "Future Stars" airing will be announced soon.
"Boxing fans will now get the chance to see up-and-coming talent through our 'Fight Night Future Stars' telecasts," said Jon Miller of NBC Sports. "Up until now, the only way to watch the development of this kind of talent was to attend the live fights. Now, the most promising young performers will get the chance to showcase their talents to a national audience."