Friday Night Fights Report - July 31, 2009

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is the site for tonight's edition of Friday Night Fights. Julio Diaz is in tonight's main event, trying to get past unbeaten Victor Cayo.

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas discuss the youth versus experience angle of tonight's main event. Atlas says there are a lot of questions that will be answered, drawing an analogy to "Let's Make a Deal."

Brian Kenny is in the studio with "Fast" Eddie Chambers. The young heavyweight is 35-1 and seems comfortable as a guest analyst. Chambers has fought Derric Rossy, who will be in action tonight.

Our first fight is between Derric Rossy and Carl Davis Drumond at heavyweight. Rossy is 21-2 with 12 KOs, and he's a former Boston College defensive lineman. Drumond is 26-1 but has fought most of his career in Costa Rica. This is scheduled for 10 rounds.

The fight starts slowly and tentatively for both men. Rossy was a late replacement for Chazz Witherspoon, but he seemed anxious for the opportunity.

Rossy finally starts to land the right hand in Round 3. Atlas is pointing out Rossy's holes on defense, but Drumond is definitely not making him pay. Chambers likes what he's seen of Rossy's development, and it would not be a surprise if he's swept the first five rounds on the scorecards.

Drumond goes five rounds in a row landing only single digit punches, so unless something surprising happens, Rossy should cruise to a victory. Drumond shows some spark at the end of Round 8, but Rossy comes back and rocks him with an uppercut midway through the ninth.

Nothing dramatic happens down the stretch, and we go to the scorecards. The judges all score it 99-91, and Rossy wins by unanimous decision.

Back in the studio, BK goes over the latest on Arturo Gatti. Brazilian police have ruled Gatti's death a suicide and released his wife, but the boxer's family has exhumed his body and brought it back to Montreal for a second autopsy.

In other sad news, Kenny discusses the death of Vernon Forrest. The latest police info suggests that Forrest was shot in the back after confronting one of the men attempting to carjack him in Atlanta. They play back highlights of Forrest's big victories over Shane Mosley and his equally big losses to Ricardo Mayorga.

Chambers echoes the thoughts of many by saying that Forrest was a really nice guy and well-liked in his community. Atlas says Forrest had plenty of talent but was even more special because of his character.

Mosley joins the show by phone and says he was in disbelief about Vernon's death. Sugar Shane calls The Viper an all-around great guy and discusses what a tough competitor he was in the ring. In Florida, there is an in-ring moment of silence and ringing of the bell for Forrest and trainer Rudy Pena.

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