Angel "Toro" Hernandez, a 36-year-old fighter based in Chicago, will fight prospect Demetrius Andrade in the main event of "Friday Night Fights" this Friday in Connecticut.
Mike Mazzulli, the director of the Mohegan Tribe athletic department, told NYFightBlog this morning that Hernandez got the thumbs-up to fight Andrade, and that he expects it to be a good scrap. ESPN brass then signed off on the Hernandez-Andrade fight.
The 30-10 boxer has lost his past three, so his participation in the junior middleweight contest wasn't necessarily a slam dunk. Derek Ennis had the gig first, but he fell ill with a fever and pulled out early Tuesday. Terrance Cauthen verbally agreed to the fight, his promoter told us, but then didn't sign a contract Tuesday afternoon.
"I think this is a better fight than Cauthen," Mazzulli said. He said Hernandez looked solid in his May 2010 fight at Mohegan before being stopped by Peter Manfredo Jr. in the 10th round.
"This is a real step up for Andrade," Mazzulli said, in the belief that Hernandez will be a tougher out than Grady Brewer, who lost to Andrade, a 23-year-old Rhode Islander, last August.