Monday, November 18, 2019


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Fight week is here, which means we’re just a few days from the official weigh-in and, more importantly, fight night at Twin River Casino Hotel.

Join us Friday at Twin River’s Miracle Bar for the official weigh-in and final press conference. Friday’s weigh-in is open to the public. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. ET with an official scale time of 5.

Saturday’s event begins at a special start time of 6 p.m. ET in the Event Center with the first of six preliminary bouts.

Download Saturday’s official bout sheet here and be sure to stay tuned throughout the week on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for more news and notes as we inch closer to the must-see boxing event of 2019!

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Limited tickets are available for Peter Manfredo Jr.’s return to the ring Saturday night at Twin River Casino Hotel. There are two ways to get yours: Visit our website at or

“The Pride of Providence” ends a three-year layoff this weekend in the main event of CES Boxing’s fourth event of the year at Twin River in a 10-round light heavyweight bout against “The Romantic Redneck” Melvin Russell of Kentucky.

The former IBO middleweight world champion is 7-0-1 lifetime at Twin River since the casino opened its doors in 2007, including wins over Rayco Saunders in 2012 and regional rival Rich Gingras in 2013.


Unbeaten super featherweight Joshua Orta makes his Twin River and CES Boxing debut Saturday in a six-round special attraction against undefeated Michael Valentin in what could be the fight of the night.

Our newest team member Andre Griffith (Twitter: @CrazyOne373), the man behind most of CES Boxing’s recent video masterpieces, is hard at work profiling both fighters for our newest series, “Behind The Ropes.”

In this three-part series, Griffith follows both fighters as they prepare for the challenge of their lives. Episode 1 debuted on YouTube two weeks ago and Episode 2 just dropped last week. Stay tuned this week for the finale and get a new perspective on what it takes to be a professional boxer!

Illustration by Mike Bickings


Saturday’s championship boxing extravaganza, which streams live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, is all over the news. Storylines are abound as the region’s No. 1 promotion wraps returns to Twin River for the fourth time in 2019.

Remember Gary “Tiger” Balletto? The tradition continues November 23 as his son, Gary Balletto III, transitions from MMA and makes his long-awaited pro boxing debut in a four-round bout against Luis Iniguez of Washington. ABC 6 caught up with Balletto for a look at his preparation for Saturday’s bout. 

Elsewhere, checked in with Orta’s camp in Springfield and has the scoop as Manfredo Jr. responds to former foe Sergio Mora, who last week suggested he’d fight “The Pride of Providence” a third time following their back-to-back bouts in 2005.

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The legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, a winner of 47 fights in his pro career, will provide color commentary Saturday night alongside CES Boxing matchmaker and publicist Michael Parente live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.

The first preliminary bout Saturday begins at 6 p.m. ET and FIGHT PASS goes live two hours later beginning at 8. In order to catch the action, sign up for your subscription today at This is the second of three events promoted by CES Boxing on the world’s largest streaming platform to close out 2019

The promotion returns December 7 in Connecticut for its season finale, also on FIGHT PASS. Stay tuned to this week for some major fight announcements!


CES Boxing promoted its first event in 1992 headlined by future Champion Sucra Ray Oliveira. Over the years, CES has earned the reputation as the Heart and Soul of boxing with a rich history that includes the development of former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada, plus Vinny Paz and Rhode Island legends Gary Balletto and Peter Manfredo Jr., both of whom rose to fame on The Contender reality television series. Through the years, Jimmy Burchfield Sr has earned several noteworthy awards, among them the NABF Promoter of the Year, and 2011 inductee into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.


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Twin River Casino Hotel, located in Lincoln, RI, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction, offering 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 119 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, and award-winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston.

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