Tuesday, February 7, 2012
"Friday Night Fights" main event in flux
By Michael Woods
Two people will be fighting in the main event of "Friday Night Fights" on Friday at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. We know as of Tuesday night that Terrance Cauthen, who stepped in for Derek Ennis on super-short notice, because the Philly boxer came down with a high fever, will not be one of the participants.
At least, we think we know. Cauthen's promoter Nedal Abuhumoud told ESPN New York that the New Jersey resident Cauthen "backed out" out of a scrap against 15-0 Demetrius Andrade, a 23-year-old junior middleweight who repped the US in the 2008 Olympics.
The 35-year-old southpaw Cauthen, who won bronze for the US at the 1996 Olympics, sports a 36-7 record. Abuhumoud told us that he went to Cauthen's house in Willingboro, NJ this afternoon to get him to sign the fight contract, after he verbally agreed to taking the gig on the Star Boxing card. "They wouldn't open the door," he said. The promoter said that Cauthen's car was in front of the house, so he believes he was present. He also said Cauthen isn't picking up the phone to answer the promoter's calls.
Abuhumoud told us he called Star Boxing matchmaker Ron Katz to apprise him of the situation. Katz, he said, gave him some more time to get Cauthen into the fold, but indicated he'd find another alternative if Cauthen didn't come to the table.
ESPN New York called Cauthen to get his side, and left a voice mail. We reached out to Katz and Star Boxing chief Joe DeGuardia for an update, as well.
That leaves Rhode Islander Andrade with no dance partner for the ESPN2 dance. Stay tuned for the continuing saga of the disappearing main event...