ESPN announces championship boxing match coming to Austin

Will Anderson

The North American Super Welterweight Championship will be decided in Austin this summer, when No. 2 contender Fernando Guerrero faces Michael Medina at the Erwin Center.

ESPN announced the main event for its June 17 card on Tuesday. The cable network’s popular Friday Night Fights program returns to Austin for the first time since 2008.

“I will take all the titles I can get, but what I’m really after is that World Championship belt,” Guerrero said. “For me, this is a must win.”

Austin boxer Jesus Chavez, a former two-time world champion, will also be honored during the event. Chavez is the only world champion in the city’s history. He now works as a trainer in Dallas.

“I know this is supposed to be honoring me and my career,” Chavez said. “But the truth is, when they hand me the microphone, it will be me thanking the great fans of Austin for all their support over the years.”