Chris Henry in action on ‘FNF’
THE RING's No. 10 light heavyweight contender Chris Henry (23-1, 18 knockouts) looks to extend his win streak to 3-0 against Philadelphia's heavy-handed Yusaf Mack in an ESPN2-televised main event from Salisbury, Md. Friday.
The 27-year-old Houston native has looked sharp in his two fights since dropping a competitive 12-round decision to undefeated Adrian Diaconu in the WBC titleholder's native country of Romania last year, and hopes a victory over Mack (26-2-2, 16 KOs) earns a rematch with Diaconu or a shot at one of the 175-pound division's other beltholders, such as Chad Dawson.
However, Mack won't be an easy outing. The 29-year-old slugger hits hard enough to dent the iron chin of super middleweight contedner Librado Andrade, who he had on the deck in the first round of their slugfest in October of 2007. Mack was stopped in the seventh round vs. Andrade, but he's won three in a row since, including a 10-round decision over Daniel Judah.
The “Friday Night Fights” headliner should provide enough action for hardcore fans. Henry is an aggressive boxer-puncher with considerable physical strength, but the tough Texan – who basically went from being an untested prospect to a once-beaten contender after the Diaconu fight – is not as experienced as Mack.
Mack has fought two title challengers and one former beltholder (Andrade, Randy Griffin and Alejandro Berrio), however, he went 0-2-1 versus that trio.