🏆 History awaits Ortiz, Gonzalez Friday in Worcester

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FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECT IRVIN Gonzalez Jr. of Worcester returns home Friday, February 28, 2020 when he battles Yeuri Andujar for a shot at the vacant WBC World Youth Featherweight Title in the co-feature of CES Boxing’s upcoming event at The Palladium. Gonzalez is aiming to become just the fourth WBC Youth title-holder in CES Boxing history and only the second U.S.-born fighter to currently reign as Youth champion. He would join his stablemate Jamaine Ortiz, who won the lightweight title in 2019.



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Countdown continues as Ortiz, Gonzalez aim for history Friday

Final weigh-in for CES Boxing’s long-awaited Massachusetts return scheduled for Thursday

Worcester, MA (February 25, 2020) – CES Boxing’s long-awaited return to Massachusetts is just 72 hours away as hometown heroes Jamaine Ortiz and Irvin Gonzalez Jr. attempt to make history at The Palladium in downtown Worcester.

The east coast’s No. 1 promotion launches its 2020 schedule on Friday, February 28 in the heart of the Bay State live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS. Ortiz, the reigning WBC World Youth Lightweight Champion, headlines in an eight-round bout against 21-year-old Mexican challenger Luis Ronaldo Castillo(22-5, 17 KOs) while Gonzalez (13-2, 10 KOs), also of Worcester, aims for his own title in the eight-round co-main event when he battles Reading, PA, vet Yeuri Andujar (5-2, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC Youth World Featherweight Championship.

Tickets for the event are priced at $35, $45 and $85 (VIP) and are available online at CESBoxing.com or ShowClix.com, or by phone at 401-724-2253. Preliminary bouts begin at 7 p.m. ET with the main card streaming live on FIGHT PASS at 9. Subscriptions for FIGHT PASS are available online at UFCFightPass.com. CES Boxing matchmaker and publicist Michael Parente handles play-by-play alongside legendary color commentator “Sucra” Ray Oliveira.

In February of 2019, Ortiz became just the third WBC Youth champion in CES Boxing history, joining a short list that includes former pound-for-pound king Chad Dawson and featherweight title-challenger Matt Remillard. A victory Friday by Gonzalez would make him the fourth WBC Youth title-holder in promotional history and make CES Boxing the only active promotion in the world with two reigning WBC Youth World champions. Ortiz and Gonzalez would also reign as the only American-born youth title-holders among the 16 current champions.

In anticipation for Friday’s championship event, CES Boxing will host a final press conference Thursday at Lundgren Honda of Auburn. This event is open to the public.

Jamaine Ortiz
12-0, 6 KOs
Worcester, MA

Reigning WBC Youth World Lightweight Champion

Irvin Gonzalez Jr.
13-2, 10 KOs
Worcester, MA
Kendrick Ball Jr.
13-1-2, 9 KOs
Worcester, MA

Final weigh-in prior to Friday’s live  boxing event at The Palladium in Worcester.

Lundgren Honda of Auburn
163 Washington St.
Auburn, MA 01501
Thursday, February 27, 4 p.m ET.

Friday’s event ends CES Boxing’s decade-long drought in Massachusetts. The promotion last staged an event in the Bay State in January of 2010 at the venue formerly known as The Roxy (now the Royale).

Boston’s Maceo Crowder (2-4, 1 KO) made his professional debut that night and now comes full circle as he again fights under the CES Boxing banner in Massachusetts on Friday, battling Worcester super welterweight Eslih Owusu (2-0, 1 KO) in a four-round bout.

Also returning to The Palladium, fellow Worcester native Kendrick Ball Jr. (13-1-2, 9 KOs) faces Argentinian super middleweight Sergio Samuel Castellano (11-8, 7 KOs) in a six-round bout. Ball has won his last four, including three by knockout, and will fight at The Palladium for the fourth time in his last five bouts.

In a four-round battle of unbeatens, super welterweight Jalen Renaud (4-0, 1 KO) of Springfield, MA, battles Laured Stewart (3-0, 2 KOs), who was born in Guyana and now lives and trains in San Diego. Cruiserweight Jake Paradise (2-2, 2 KOs) of Worcester aims for his third consecutive win when he faces Rogerio Dionizio (0-1) of Revere, MA, in a four-round bout.

Making her Worcester debut, flyweight Marisa Belenchia (1-0) of New Haven, CT, battles Buffalo, NY native Shawna Ormsby (0-0), who makes her professional boxing debut following a highly-successful Muay Thai career, in a four-round special attraction. An accomplished amateur boxer in addition to a professional mixed martial arts fighter, Belenchia made her long-awaited professional boxing debut last summer with a win over Delaney Owen at Foxwoods. The 27-year-old Ormsby brings a stacked kickboxing and MMA record to the table February 28. She is a three-time Muay Thai champion and member of the famed Carlson Gracie Team in Longwood, FL.

Visit CESBoxing.com, Twitter.com/CESBoxing or Facebook.com/CESBoxing for more information, and follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING.


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 michael@teamces.com.
Bob Trieger, Full Court Press, 978-590-0470 or bobtfcp@hotmail.com.
Stephanie Gorman, UFC, 702-222-0854 or sgorman@ufc.com.