Originally written on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 10/22/14

Mike Dallas Jr. and Miguel Gonzalez are set to do battle in the main event of tonight's edition of Friday Night Fights. The venue is the new College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, and Joe Tessitore is joined by Teddy Atlas as usual. Teddy likes the match-up, mentioning that Dallas has lost two fights in a row and should be desperate, while Gonzalez is the stronger guy but has some lingering injury issues.

Former WWE announcer Todd Grisham is in the studio tonight, filling in for Bernardo Osuna. He teases a look at the Dereck Chisora slap of Vitali Klitschko and tomorrow's showdown between Paul Williams and Nobuhiro Ishida.

Our first live fight almost fell apart because former Olympian Shawn Estrada had so much trouble making weight. His original contract called for him to come in at 172 pounds, but his management renegotiated terms for his opponent Terrance Woods to come in at 177 because Texas allows for a 15-pound buffer. As it turns out, Estrada needed all of it, weighing in at 196 yesterday, then making a second effort later and tipping the scales at 192. Estrada has been rehabbing a torn meniscus, but this is still 20-plus pounds more than he has weighed for a pro fight thus far.

Atlas says that Estrada looks like a cruiserweight in against a middleweight. This one is scheduled for eight rounds, and you wonder if Woods might be able to survive an early onslaught to tire Estrada out late. Perhaps not, as Woods is forced to cover up for almost the entire last minute of Round 2 with no answer for a barrage of Estrada punches.

Woods is still around after four rounds. Atlas thinks he is waiting for Estrada to wear out, but even then, his best case scenario would seem to be surviving until the final bell, not actually winning. He and Tessitore compare Estrada to a pre-weight loss Chris Arreola. That's not a compliment, in case you were wondering.

With a minute left in Round 6, Estrada lands an uppercut and a straight right that shake Woods up. He tries to fire back with a left hand, but Woods is in full turtle mode for the rest of the frame. Yet he's still around for Round 8, and he is giving it his all to make it to the final bell. He's got to hold on as he eats a big shot with about 90 seconds to go. Atlas and Tessitore would like to see this one stopped as Estrada continues to strafe him down the stretch. Woods does hang in there without too much further peril, and we'll go to the scorecards.


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