'FNF' season debut to crown new featherweight champ

The winner of the IBF featherweight title bout between Valdemir Pereira and Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym still is not the best matchup in the weight class.

Originally Published: January 20, 2006
By Joe Tessitore | Special to ESPN.com

Did you hear the one about the Thai rice farmer and the Brazilian ice cream vendor who went to the casino? This isn't a bad joke. It's the start to a new year of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights."

Undefeated contender Valdemir Pereira is taking on former world title challenger Fahprakorb Rakkiatgym at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Friday night (ESPN2, 8 ET). The Thai featherweight clearly isn't on Vanna White's wish list for famous names to letter turn, but he is on the list of favorite names ...

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