Pride & Power: Manfredo Jr. returns Saturday

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 

Manfredo Jr., Gonzalez team up for Foxwoods matinee
CES Boxing closes out 2019 with third UFC FIGHT PASS® winter showcase
Mashantucket, CT (December 4, 2019) — Fan-favorite Peter Manfredo Jr., “The Pride of Providence,” and rising featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez headline CES Boxing’s special matinee showcase Saturday afternoon at Foxwoods Resort Casino.


The event streams live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS® beginning at 2 p.m. ET as Manfredo Jr. (41-7-1, 22 KOs) returns to the ring for the second time in two weeks to face hard-hitting Colombian veteran Milton Nunez (37-22, 32 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Manfredo Jr., the star of Season 1 of the reality television series The Contender and former IBO world middleweight champion, ended a three-year layoff November 23 in Rhode Island with a first-round knockout win over Melvin Russell, his first victory since 2013.

Starring in the co-main event, Worcester, MA prospect Gonzalez (12-2, 9 KOs) returns to Foxwoods for the third time in 2019, this time in a six-round bout against Omar Ethridge (3-2-1, 3 KOs) of Greensboro, NC. Saturday’s fight is Gonzalez’s third appearance with CES Boxing and first since 2016.

Doors open at 11 a.m. ET for this special afternoon event beginning with a spectacular amateur card at noon followed by the main card at 2 live on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Tickets start at $47 and are available online at and or by phone at 401-724-2253. The UFC FIGHT PASS stream features CES Boxing publicist and matchmaker Michael Parente handling play-by-play with “Sucra” Ray Oliveira providing color commentary. UFC FIGHT PASS subscriptions are available at

In anticipation for Saturday’s season finale, CES Boxing will host a final press conference and weigh-in Friday at the Fox Theater. This event is open to the public.

Peter Manfredo Jr.
41-7, 22 KOs
Providence, RI
Former IBO world middleweight champion
Irvin Gonzalez
Worcester, MA
12-2, 9 KOs
Marcia Agripino
New London, CT
Nathan Martinez
New Britain, CT
6-0, 2 KOs
Final weigh-in and press conference prior to Saturday’s live boxing event at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater.
Fox Theater
Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd.
Mashantucket, CT 06338
Friday, December 6, 5 p.m ET. Live press conference immediately follows weigh-in.

Manfredo Jr. returns to Foxwoods on Saturday for the first time in more than a decade. He is 7-0 lifetime at the venue, beginning with a knockout win over Cornell Hester in his third professional fight in December of 2000. Four years later, Manfredo Jr. captured the NABO super welterweight title at Foxwoods, knocking out Sherwin Davis in the sixth round of their scheduled 12-round bout. In his last fight at the venue in 2007, Manfredo Jr. defeated veteran David Banks by unanimous decision live on ESPN2, a fight card highlighted by a scintillating rematch between female super lightweights Jane Couch and Jaime Clampitt.

Also highlighting the main card is a potential Fight of the Night candidate between standout featherweights Nathan Martinez (6-0, 2 KOs) and Reading, PA, veteran Yeuri Andujar (4-2, 3 KOs), who battle in a six-round bout, plus the long-awaited return of New London, CT, fan-favorite Marcia Agripino (3-2-1), who faces Massena, NY, native Michelle Cook (1-1-2) in a six-round rematch of their 2013 bout, which ended in a draw.

The 20-year-old Martinez is back for the fourth time this year following a thrilling unanimous-decision win over Steve Garagarza in Hartford in October. Andujar makes his second appearance with CES Boxing; he faced unbeaten Ricky Delossantos in August.

The Agripino-Cook rematch is six years in the making. The two fought to a draw in Cook’s professional debut. Saturday is Agripino’s fourth appearance at Foxwoods, where she is unbeaten in three fights, including wins last year against Stephanie Essensa and Kay Hansen.

In four-round bouts, super lightweight Carlos Ojeda-Perez of New Haven, CT, makes his professional debut against two-time South Carolina Golden Gloves champion DelQuan Dennis of Columbia, also in his pro debut, while Joseph Goss (1-0) of Bridgeport, CT, fights for the first since February of 2018 in a super lightweight showdown against Montreal’s Samuel Lajoie-Dery, who makes his pro debut.

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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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Michael Parente, CES Boxing, 401-263-4990 or
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