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Wednesday, Oct. 18th, 2017




Gotti III debuts Oct. 27th at Twin River Casino in first step toward building his own legacy through MMA CES MMA 46


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 18th, 2017) — When he used to rummage through his father’s boxing memorabilia as a child, or sit next to him on the couch years later watching mixed martial arts, John Gotti III had no idea he’d one day step through those cage doors himself, alone, face-to-face with every fighter’s biggest adversary.

The idea, at first, was to find a way to make up for lost time with his father after the elder Gotti returned home from prison in 2004, so the two would watch all the big fights together and even attend live shows in New Jersey, just a stone’s throw from their home in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Only 11 years old at the time, Gotti III took an immediate liking to the raw, unfiltered drama of mixed martial arts — combat in its purest form, as he calls it.

Following a successful, three-year trial run on the New York amateur circuit, the 24-year-old Gotti III makes his long-awaited professional debut Friday, Oct. 27th, 2017 on the preliminary card of “CES MMA 46” at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., joining forces with the hottest promotion in the northeast.

Tickets for “CES MMA 46” are priced at $40.00, $55..00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at,, or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

His father, John A. Gotti — nicknamed “Junior” — never envisioned his own son fighting professionally, but has since cast aside any reservations knowing this is more than just a passing interest for Gotti III, who has changed his life both in and out of the gym in anticipation of what he hopes is a long, successful career in a sport often unforgiving for young, up-and-comers.

“I think now as I have chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest,” Gotti III said. “I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result.

“What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”

Gotti III takes his pride in his craft. He doesn’t drink or smoke. He’s not a partier. He briefly boxed as a child, but eventually segued into more traditional team sports before falling in love with MMA. He even tried a stint at bodybuilding, walking around at a heavily-muscled 250 pounds before settling into a more comfortable lifestyle in the welterweight division, where he’ll face Johnny Adams (0-1) of Rutland, Vt., on the 27th.

Naturally, Gotti III faces more than just the opponent standing across from him once the bell rings. He’s a naturally-gifted 24-year-old amateur standout about to enter his prime while looking to carve his own legacy under the shadow of the Gotti name.

There’s a certain pressure that comes with such a distinction — not to mention the fact Oct. 27th is the birthdate of his late grandfather, John Gotti, which is part of the reason he chose to fight on this date — but Gotti III is polished, wise beyond his years, and has cautiously climbed the ladder in anticipation of this day, from working more on his jiu-jitsu in recent months to hiring a strength coach. His last amateur fight was in February, so this will be the first time he steps back into the cage in six months with the hope that all the extra preparation and attention to detail will pay dividends on the 27th.

“I’m excited to be doing something I love,” Gotti III said. “For me to possibly move forward and see what I’m capable of achieving, I need to be tested by the likes of Adams.”

Choosing CES MMA as the destination for his first pro fight made perfect sense for Gotti III. The promotion is in its fourth year with AXS TV as its broadcast partner (the main card of “CES MMA 46” airs on the network beginning at 9 p.m. ET on the 27th) and has a reputation for paving a path to the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) for several prominent fighters, among them Rob Font, Andre Soukhamthath and Charles Rosa.

“I know several fighters who had fought for them and they said they were good guys to work with and they put on a great show,” Gotti III said. “It was a natural.”

The main event of “CES MMA 46” features the return of former CES MMA Middleweight World Champion “Doomsday” John Howard (24-13, 9 KOs) of Boston, who faces submission specialist Roger Carroll (16-14) of Claremont, N.C.

“CES MMA 46” also features the return of rising welterweight prospect Gary Balletto Jr. (4-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., who battles Philadelphia’s Sharif Jones (3-2, 1 KO), plus the return of East Providence, R.I., bantamweight Dinis Paiva (9-6, 5 KOs), who faces Pennsylvania vet Brandon Seyler (7-5, 1 KO), both of whom will be fighting on the televised main card.

Also on the main card, lightweight Josh LaBerge (11-6, 5 KOs) of Fall River, Mass., returns to face Jonathan Lemke (6-8, 5 KOs) of Auburn, Maine, and bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (7-1, 3 KOs) of Peabody, Mass., faces Justin King (6-5) of Lawrence, Ind.. Justin Sumter (3-1, 2 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., returns in a lightweight bout against Rahway, N.J., vet Shedrick Goodridge (6-9, 2 KOs).

Also returning Oct. 27th, Providence featherweight Marquis Brewster (3-0) battles Raymond Yanez (4-11, 1 KO) of Marion, Ohio, on the preliminary, where joining featherweight Pat McCrohan (2-1, 1 KO) of Berkley, Mass., who faces Buck Pineau (1-3) of Ashland, Maine. New Bedford bantamweight Jessie Pires makes his professional debut in the prelims against Syracuse, N.Y., newcomer Michael Taylor.

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AXS TV is a television network dedicated to providing the best in music programming and festivals, comedy performances, current events and mixed martial arts promotions. AXS TV is a partnership between founder Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. “AXS TV Fights” presents more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with more than 40 world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 14th, 2017) — With two major-league events scheduled over the next five weeks, the region’s leading combat sports promotion, CES Boxing, kicks off a three-city press tour Monday to launch the final countdown to its summer of 2017 extravaganza.


The tour begins Monday, Aug. 14th in Connecticut at Filomena’s Café at 262 Boston Post Road in Waterford, the first of two press conference / pep rallies to promote CES Boxing’s upcoming Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017live boxing event at Foxwoods Resort Casino.


CES Boxing returns to Connecticut on Tuesday, Aug. 15th with its second press event at The Powerhouse Gym at 31 Bernhard Road in North Haven, followed by a stop in Worcester, Mass., on Wednesday, Aug. 16th at Lock 50 at 50 Water Street to formally announce CES Boxing’s highly-anticipated Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017fight card at Twin River Casino.


All three press conference / pep rallies are open to the public and begin approximately at 6 p.m. ET.


The Aug. 26th live event at Foxwoods’ The Premier Ballroom is unique in that all fans purchasing a ticket receive free entry next door at the Grand Theater to view the long-awaited Floyd MayweatherConor McGregor Pay Per View showdown in Nevada on closed-circuit television.


The live event features a 10-round main event between reigning World Boxing Council U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) Welterweight Champion Jimmy Williams (13-0-1, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., and Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs).


Tickets are priced at $55, $90, $155 and $325 and can be purchased online at,, or, by phone at 401-724-2253 or 800-200-2882 or at the Grand Theater Box Office. All $55, $90 and $155 tickets offer buyers a reserved ticket to the Mayweather-McGregor PPV. A $325 ticket purchase includes preferred seating. All bouts are subject to change.


The full eight-fight card begins at 6 ET. Fans purchasing PPV-only tickets can do so online at, by phone at 800-282-2882 or through any Ticketmaster location.


The Sept. 16th event at Twin River Casino features the return of Worcester’s Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 KOs), who makes his welterweight debut live on FITE Pay Per View against dangerous Union City, N.J., vet Juan Rodriguez Jr. (13-4, 5 KOs) in the eight-round main event.


Tickets for the 12-fight Twin River card are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change. The entire event also airs live in its entirety on FITE TV Pay Per View for $14.99 beginning at 7 ET / 4 PT.


CES Boxing’s upcoming events are a continuation of the promotion’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration.


On Aug. 26th, both Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs) and standout Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (4-0, 3 KOs) make their Foxwoods’ debuts in separate bouts.


The Foxwoods undercard also includes a six-round junior welterweight showdown between unbeatens Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs) of New London, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO), plus a cruiserweight showdown between Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., and eight-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Leandro Silva of Sao Paolo, Brazil, an intriguing, four-round crossover bout following in the footsteps of Mayweather-McGregor.


Aug. 26th also features a four-round middleweight bout between Hartford’s Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and North Carolina vet Corwin Farmer (1-1), a four-round welterweight bout between Hartford newcomer Jeff Gonzalez and Boston’s Daniel Amaro (1-3), plus the professional debut of super middleweight Jarel Pemberton of Boston, the son of former world-title challenger “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, in a four-round bout against Nathan Schulte (0-2) of Woburn, Mass.


Fighting on Sept. 16th, New Bedford, Mass., vet Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-1, 1 KO) faces Meriden, Conn., native David Wilson (5-1-1, 1 KO), plus undefeated Providence, R.I., lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) makes his highly-anticipated return to Twin River along with Worcester’s Ortiz, both in separate bouts. (more…)

Friday, Aug. 4th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Will Paul

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS WELTERWEIGHT Khiary Gray, seen above right in his last 154-pound bout against reigning New England champion Greg Vendetti in June, makes his debut at 147 against New Jersey veteran Juan Rodriguez Jr. on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 at Twin River Casino. The entire 12-fight card will air live on FITE Pay Per View. Gray is looking to rebound from a loss to Vendetti in June and make his presence in the welterweight division. Other bouts include Ray Oliveira Jr. battling David Wilson, plus the return of Anthony Marsella Jr. and Juiseppe Cusumano.

Friday, Aug. 4th, 2017
Gray enters welterweight division with tough opening test against hard-hitting Rodriguez Jr. Sept. 16th

Photo courtesy of Will Paul

UNDEFEATED MIDDLEWEIGHT PROSPECT Kendrick Ball Jr. of Worcester, Mass., returns for his 10th pro fight Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 when he faces 7-1 North Carolina vet Pablo Velez Jr. in a six-round bout at Twin River Casino.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 4th, 2017) — After establishing his presence as one of the top junior middleweights in the region, Worcester, Mass., slugger Khiary Gray is ready to test his skills at 147 pounds with a major statement in his opening bout.

The hard-hitting Gray (14-3, 11 KOs) makes his welterweight debut Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 live on FITE Pay Per View at Twin River Casino against dangerous Union City, N.J., vet Juan Rodriguez Jr. (13-4, 5 KOs) in the eight-round main event of CES Boxing’s fourth installment of the 2017 Twin River Fight Series.

The Gray-Rodriguez main event headlines a stacked 12-fight card that also features a junior middleweight battle between New Bedford, Mass., vet Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-1, 1 KO) and unbeaten Meriden, Conn., native David Wilson (5-0-1, 1 KO), plus the highly-anticipated return of undefeated Providence, R.I., lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) and 6-foot-4 Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs).

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The entire 12-fight card also airs live in its entirety on FITE TV Pay Per View for $14.99 beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2

Saturday, July 29 * The Queen Mary * Long Beach, CA
July 29 on CBS Sports Network, live from The Queen Mary

LONG BEACH. Calif. (July 13, 2017) – Undefeated featherweight prospect Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams will headline the “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” card, on July 29, to air (10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT) on CBS Sports Network, live from The Queen Mary’s outdoor venue in Long Beach, California.  
Presented by Black Tree, “KO Night Boxing: Rumble on the Water 2” is promoted by Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with KO Night Boxing LLC and Roc Nation Sports.
Williams (11-0, 4 KOs) faces Angel “El Gato” Luna (11-3-1, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with Black Tree, Roy Englebrecht Promotions, Roc Nation Sports and The Queen Mary for another great ‘Knockout Night Boxing’ event,” KO Night Boxing president John Andersen said. “Tramaine Williams is one of the hottest prospects in boxing and we’re excited to have him fight on another ‘KO Night Boxing’ show.”

After a sizzling start to his pro career, the New Haven, Conn. Native was inactive for nearly two years (2-13-2015) due to out-of-the-ring issues, but bounced back strong in January 2016, signing a promotional contract with Roc Nation Sports.

In his first fight under the Roc Nation Sports banner, Williams dominated Eduardo Garza (6-1) en route to an eight-round unanimous the CBS Sports Network co-featured event in Wichita, Kansas last March.

Williams first began boxing at the age of nine, accumulating an impressive record of 97-10 over his amateur career. During that span, he was a ten-time national amateur champion, a two-time Ringside World champion and a four-time Silver Gloves champion. He also was a PAL National Junior Golden Gloves champion.

Luna, fighting out of the Dominican Republic, is a proven upset specialist having defeated then unbeaten (15-0-1, 11 KOs) Jose Lopez, on June 6, 2015 at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, by way of a six-round unanimous decision. Lopez is currently the reigning WBO International super featherweight champion.
Former amateur boxing prodigy, undefeated Brooklyn light heavyweight prospect Junior “The Young God” Younon, Jr. (12-0, 9 KOs), will face an opponent to be determined in the eight-round co-featured event. Also fighting under the Roc Nation banner, the 21-year-old Younan, Jr. complied a sterling 90-5 amateur record, highlighted by his three-time Ringside World and three-time National PAL championship performances.
A pair of California heavyweights square off in the in the six-round CBSSN opener as Rodney Hernandez (10-5-2, 2 KOs), of Modesto, meets Los Angeles’ Jonnie Rice (6-2-1, 4 KOs), a former Winthrop College (SC) basketball player.
Fighting on the undercard in four-round matches are Los Angeles featherweight Sergio “El Nino” Quiroz (3-0) vs. Lupe Arroyo (2-0), of Huntington Beach (CA), Whittier (CA) lightweight George Acosta (2-0), and pro-debuting welterweights Eric Gomez, of Santa Ana (CA), and Long Beach’s Raul Calderon.
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
All tickets are priced at $60.00 and on sale to purchase by calling 949.760.3131.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. PT with the opening bout scheduled at 6:30 p.m. PT.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 9th, 2017) – Nicknamed “The Villian,” hard-nosed Stoneham, Mass., junior middleweight Greg Vendetti made a lasting impression in his first career bout at Twin River Casino on Friday, defeating Khiary Gray by majority decision to retain his New England Championship in a scintillating main event.


Vendetti (15-2-1) out-worked Gray (14-3) over eight rounds, bulldozing his way to the inside and landing looping, overhand rights while also working the body effectively for the majority of the fight. Gray, who found himself circling the ring most of the night, landed sporadically in exchanges, but could not match Vendetti’s workload on the inside; “The Villian,” fighting in front of a heavy crowd of hometown fans from Stoneham, earned a 76-76, 77-75, 78-74 decision over the Worcester, Mass., native Gray, his 11th consecutive win since signing with Boston-based promotion Murphys Boxing.


Gray has now lost three of his last four bouts, including a back-and-forth eight-round battle with Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington in February. In a fight both sides have yearned for over the past year and a half, Gray and Vendetti delivered, fighting aggressively for eight hard rounds, even taunting each other at times with following close exchanges at the bell.


Friday’s event, promoted by CES Boxing in association with Murphys Boxing, featured eight exciting bouts live on FITE TV Pay Per View, including a back-and-forth co-feature war between Whitman, Mass., junior middleweight Mark DeLuca (19-0) and Chicago’s Chris Chatman (14-7-1) with DeLuca earning a 78-73 decision on all three scorecards. Chatman hit the canvas in the sixth and still earned a split of the final two rounds on two of the scorecards, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap against DeLuca, who was the busier of the two fighters in the early rounds and built a sizeable lead heading into the stretch run.


Returning to Twin River for the first time since April, Providence, R.I., lightweight and fan favorite Anthony Marsella Jr. (5-0) faced adversity in his scheduled six-round bout against Texas native Abraham Torres (3-2), rising from the canvas in the fourth round courtesy of a flash knockdown and turning on the pressure in the fifth and six to earn a 58-55, 58-55, 57-56 unanimous decision win to keep his perfect record intact.


The knockdown occurred as the two exchanged a close furry in the center of the ring, with Torres getting the edge with a short right upstairs. Marsella continued to mix it up with his opponent in the fifth and sixth, but also boxed more effectively on angles, dodging Torres’ punches and scoring from a distance to keep Torres off balance.


Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), making his Twin River and CES debut, impressed his first-time viewers with a devastating knockout win over Delaware’s Dan Biddle (9-6), sending Biddle to the canvas three times with body blows in the second round, forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the bout at the 2:36 mark.


Facing the toughest test of his career – and facing am undefeated opponent for the third time since turning pro – Worcester, Mass., middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (7-0-2) earned a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Bloomfield, N.J., vet Godson Noel (6-1-1), 58-56, 58-56, 59-55. Ball was the aggressor for the entire fight, boxing effectively off the ropes, utilizing his angles while doubling up with quick uppercuts on the inside and short hooks. Noel landed in short bunches, but Ball was busier throughout and landed the cleaner, more impactful blows.


Making his professional debut, Providence, R.I., super featherweight Michael Valentin (1-0, 1 KO) dazzled the crowd with an impressive, 55-second knockout win over debut challenger Kevin De Freitas (0-1) of Somerville, Mass. Valentin, debuting at the age of 18, took his time to feel out his opponent in the opening seconds, then unloaded with a flurry along the ropes that sent De Freitas down and out.


Also on the undercard, Salem, Mass., junior welterweight Matt Doherty (7-3-1) narrowly defeated Providence’s Cido Hoff (1-2-1) by majority decision, 39-37, 39-37, 38-38. Judges Steve Weisfeld and Martha Tremblay scored it in favor of Doherty while Ken Ezzo had it even at 38 apiece. Doherty has now won three in a row, including a big knockout win over Julio Perez in February.


Fighting for the second time since making his debut in April, Providence featherweight Ricky Delossantos ran his record to 2-0 with an impressive 39-36, 38-37, 38-37 unanimous decision win over tough New Jersey native Malcolm Simms (0-1-1). Fresh off a win over Phil Davis two months ago, Delossantos sent Simms crashing to the canvas with an overhand right in the second round and controlled the final two rounds to earn his second win in as many fights.


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 8th, 2017) – Listed below are weights of all the participants for tomorrow’s professional boxing card at Twin River Casino, promoted by CES Boxing in association with Murphys Boxing.

Reigning New England Junior Middleweight Champion Greg Vendetti (14-2-1, 10 KOs) of Stoneham, Mass., defends his title against challenger Khiary Gray (14-2, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., in the eight-round main event while unbeaten Whitman, Mass., junior middleweight Mark DeLuca (18-0, 12 KOs) battles Chicago’s Chris Chatman (14-6-1, 5 KOs) in the eight-round co-main event.

Scheduled bouts between Ray Oliveira Jr. and Jose Rivera and Miguel Ortiz and Cristobal Marrero have been postponed due to injury. The entire care is available on Pay Per View via for $14.99 beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at,, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

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Stoneham, Mass.

14-2-1, 10 KOs



Worcester, Mass.,

14-2, 11 KOs



Whitman, Mass.

18-0, 12 KOs



Chicago, Ill.

14-6-1, 5 KOs



Providence, R.I.

4-0, 2 KOs



Dallas, Tex.

3-1, 1 KO



Richmond, Va.

10-1, 8 KOs



Wilmington, Del.

9-6, 5 KOs



Worcester, Mass.

6-0-2, 5 KOs



Newark, N.J.

6-0-1, 4 KOs



Providence, R.I.

Pro debut



Somerville, Mass.

Pro debut



Providence, R.I.




Salem, Mass.

6-3-1, 4 KOs



Providence, R.I.




Newark, N.J.



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Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or

Michael Weber, (727) 424-9938 or

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or

Greetings! Classic Entertainment & Sports CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

There’s nothing like a night at the fights, from the action in the ring, the fanfare throughout the arena, even the people-watching between bouts. Even as we enjoy a tremendous NBA Finals series this week, featuring two exceptional teams loaded with star talent, the allure and enticement of a great prizefighter stands alone as the most intriguing draw in the sporting world.Jimmy Burchfield Sr

Boxing’s greatest fighters have always made an impact both in and out of the ring, whether it was the polarizing Muhammad Ali and what he stood for during a time of conflicting religious and political beliefs, or Floyd Mayweather, who has forever changed the way many view the sport as the wealthiest, most talked-about fighter of this generation.

On any given night, that next great superstar could be stepping through the ropes. In our endless quest to bring you the most entertaining, evenly-matched fights at CES Boxing, we also aim to showcase the sport’s future.

Tomorrow night at Twin River Casino, we return our next installment of the 2017 Twin River Fight Series, a continuance of our year-long 25th anniversary celebration. We have a stacked lineup on tap for Friday’s event. Worcester’s own Khiary Gray, undoubtedly one of the region’s most popular up-and-coming fighters of this new generation, aims to recapture championship glory when he faces Stoneham’s reigning New England Junior Middleweight Champion Greg Vendetti, part of our collaboration with Boston-based promoter Murphys Boxing.

Also fighting in front of our loyal Twin River fans for the first time as a pro is New England’s best-kept secret, Mark DeLuca, an affable, hard-hitting junior middleweight from Whitman who sports an 18-0 record as he prepares to face arguably the toughest challenge of his career against the venerable Chris Chatman, who makes his ninth appearance here in Rhode Island as an unlikely fan-favorite.

While those two fights alone could carry most cards, Friday’s event features depth unlike any fight card in New England in recent years. Many fighters will be making their first appearance in New England’s mecca for pro boxing, including one of our most exciting proteges, 6-foot-7 Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano, who’s poised to take the division by storm, beginning Friday in his Rhode Island debut.

American fight fans have always had a love-hate relationship with heavyweight boxing. The lack of a genuine, homegrown talent or charismatic ambassador for the sport during the Vladimir Klitschko-Vitaly Klitschko reign of dominance forced many to turn a blind eye to boxing’s most prestigious division.

With Anthony Joshua’s scintillating knockout win over the elder Klitschko earlier this year, the heavyweight division is once again up for grabs. It’s a great time to be a heavyweight prospect right now and Cusumano has all the tools; with a 10-1 record, eight wins coming by way of knockout, he has the punching power and footwork to give fight fans their money’s worth, plus a million-dollar smile and positive attitude that will remind many old-school New England fight fans of the great Rocky Marciano, the last great Italian heavyweight to embrace the sport in a way like no other.

Marciano fought in Rhode Island 28 days in his pro career, which ended at a perfect 49-0. Tomorrow will be the first of many for Cusumano, who promised to be the next fan-favorite to step through those ropes. (more…)


Bessette bloodies Trujillo to retain world title; Rebello, Walo score impressive wins on main card

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 12th, 2017) – Reigning CES MMA World Featherweight Champion Matt Bessette retained his title for the second time Friday night in the main event of “CES MMA 44” at Twin River Casino in a thrilling back-and-forth war on AXS TV Fights.

Facing tough Texan Rey Trujillo (22-19), who replaced original challenger Jeremy Spoon on just two weeks’ notice, Bessette (22-7, 7 KOs) brought the crown back to his hometown of Stafford, Conn., after ringside physician Peter DeBlasio stopped the bout at the end of the second round due to a nasty cut over Trujillo’s right eye.

Bessette nearly finished Trujillo early in the second courtesy of a short right hook that sent the challenger crumbling to the canvas, but Trujillo made it back to his feet and continue to press the action until Bessette landed a clean kick upstairs that opened the cut. Trujillo survived a barrage of uppercuts at the bell, but the cut continued to bleed, prompting DeBlasio and referee Kevin MacDonald to waive it off.

Bessette has now won seven in a row, including two title defenses since capturing the vacant world title last August.

Providence heavyweight Greg Rebello (22-7) earned his first submission win since 2012, forcing Colorado vet Kevin Ray Sears (6-4) to tap via d’arce choke with only 13 seconds to go in the third and final round of Friday’s co-feature.

Rebello, who’s now won two in a row, dominated from start to finish, peppering Sears upstairs and to the body, nearly finishing him in the second round with a series of hammerfists. Sears survived the third and weathered another onslaught midway through the third before Rebello sunk in the submission in the closing seconds.

Making his long-awaited Rhode Island homecoming, Providence flyweight Sean Soriano (10-5, 5 KOs) secured a much-needed win over New York vet Jacob Bohn (5-3), forcing his opponent to verbally submit at the 3:21 mark of the second round due to unanswered leg kicks.

Released from the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) following three defeats, Soriano fought in Rhode Island on Friday for the first time in five years and looked sharp as ever, weakening Bohn with repeated leg kicks to set up a series of combinations upstairs. Soriano dominated the opening round and continued the onslaught in the second, eventually forcing Bohn to call it quits. The win was Soriano’s first since November of 2015, snapping a two-fight losing streak.

The red-hot Manny Walo (12-2) of Jersey City, N.J., won his fifth consecutive bout in a wild, back-and-forth slugfest with former UFC vet Jon Manley (9-4) of East Hampton, Mass., earning a 30-27 unanimous decision victory on all three scorecards. Manley tried to circle the perimeter and fight on the outside, but Walo – making his second appearance with CES MMA – cut him off effectively and consistently landed the cleaner blows during close exchanges. Walo has not lost since getting stopped by Chuck O’Neil at “CES MMA 27” in 2015.

Making his Rhode Island debut, West Haven, Conn., middleweight Justin Sumter (4-1) picked up the pace over the final two rounds and cruised to a unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Brian Sparrow (2-1) of Sandwich, Mass., 30-27 on all three scorecards.

Sparrow was active in the opening round, repeatedly attempting takedowns, but Sumter defended them all and began landing at will with effective strikes in the second and third, peppering Sparrow as his opponent continued to attempt unsuccessful takedowns.

Fighting for the second time in 2017, undefeated New Britain, Conn., bantamweight Carlos Candelario (6-0, 2 KOs) kept his perfect record intact, stopping last-minute fill-in Timothy Wheeler (2-3) of Harlem with a barrage of unanswered strikes at the 1:12 mark of the opening round. Candelario has won four times in the last 11 months and is now 5-0 under the guidance of CES MMA.

After scoring quick knockout wins in his previous two bouts, Quincy, Mass., light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (7-2, 5 KOs) found himself in a battle with New Jersey vet Alex Hooben (5-3) before securing the win in the closing seconds of the opening round. Hooben tried to exert his well, pressing Rodriguez against the cage in an attempt to wear him down in the opening minutes, but Rodriguez kept his composure and ultimately gained control on the ground, finishing Hooben with a barrage of unanswered elbows and punches at the 4:46 mark.

Rodriguez has now won his last three fights and needed only 46 seconds combined in his previous two bouts, including a 39-second knockout win over James Dysard at “CES MMA 43” in April.

Philadelphia welterweight Paul Sims (1-0) earned a victory in his pro debut in the finale of the preliminary card, defeating Pawtucket, R.I., vet Toby Oden (2-2) by unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27. Oden came out strong and nearly sunk in a guillotine choke in the opening round, but Sims survived and eventually wore out his opponent, using his size and strength to control the fight on the ground.

Female flyweights Kerri Kenneson (1-0) of Hooksett, N.H., and Maryland native Jennifer Norris (3-1) went toe-to-toe for three rounds with Kenneson earning the clear victory by unanimous decision, 30-27, across the board. Kenneson scored takedowns in each of the first two rounds and dominated the action on the ground, also opening a cut under Norris’ right eye with a clean elbow in the second. The third round featured more striking with Kenneson as the aggressor, landing the cleaner, more damaging blows.

Brazilian middleweight Reginaldo Felix (1-2), now fighting of Framingham, Mass., earned his first win as a pro in his U.S. debut, knockout out fellow Framingham vet Adam Quitt (1-5) with a huge overhand right 15 seconds into the opening round.

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REIGNING CES MMA World Featherweight Champion Matt Bessette, right, returns to defend his title for the second time on Friday, May 12th, 2017 in the main event of “CES MMA 44” on AXS TV at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., when he faces challenger Jeremy Spoon of Oklahoma. Bessette recently dispatched of Kevin Croom (above) in his first title defense and now aims for his 22nd win as a pro in the five-round main event, one of six fights scheduled for the televised AXS TV main card. Spoon, a veteran of 23 pro fights, has earned submissions in 12 of his 20 victories.

Friday, April 28th, 2017
Bessette returns to Twin River to defend title against Spoon in main event of CES MMA 44 on AXS TV

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PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND heavyweight contender Greg Rebello returns to the cage Friday, May 12th, 2017 aiming for his second consecutive win when he faces Colorado heavyweight Kevin Ray Sears on the televised main card of “CES MMA 44” at Twin River Casino.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 28th, 2017) — CES MMA has upped the ante for its upcoming AXS TV showcase, featuring the return of World Featherweight Champion Matt Bessette, plus an intriguing welterweight bout between two rising prospects vying for their own shot at the title.

Bessette (21-7, 6 KOs), the widely-popular, reigning title-holder in the 145-pound division from Stafford, Conn., headlines “CES MMA 44” live on AXS TV Fights on Friday, May 12th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in a five-round title defense against Oklahoma’s Jeremy Spoon (20-3, 1 KO), Bessette’s second defense since capturing the title in August.
While Bessette’s loyal social media army continues to lobby for his promotion to MMA’s biggest stage, the 32-year-old simply keeps winning fights – six in a row, to be exact – in dominant fashion, including his systematic breakdown of Kevin Croom in January at “CES MMA 41” in which Bessette battered and bruised his opponent en route to a third-round TKO win.
The six-time CES MMA and nine-time Bellator vet now faces the dangerous Spoon, himself a four-time Bellator vet with 12 of his 20 pro wins coming by submission. The 32-year-old Spoon competed in the Seasons 6 and 7 Bellator Featherweight Tournaments, where he fought two-time champion Daniel Straus and Season 8 finalist Mike Richman, and recently defeated two-time Bellator vet Josh Tyler by unanimous decision.
The Bessette-Spoon main event title bout is one of six televised fights on the AXS TV main card, which begins 9 p.m. ET, with the preliminary fight card beginning at 7.
Tickets for “CES MMA 44” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at,, or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Also on the main card, Woonsocket, R.I., native and three-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Sean Soriano (9-5, 4 KOs) makes his long-awaited homecoming in a featherweight bout against New Yorker Jacob Bohn (5-2, 1 KO), Soriano’s first fight in Rhode Island since his CES MMA debut in 2012 when he knocked out Lee Metcalf at “CES MMA 9.”
As an added bonus, fellow Woonsocket native and Blackzillians teammate, UFC bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath, will also return to his home state to work Soriano’s corner against Bohn. The two have combined for 15 CES MMA appearances, including Soriano’s last bout inside the CES cage at “CES MMA 38” on AXS TV against UFC vet Levan Makashvili.
“CES MMA 44” also features the return of Providence heavyweight Greg Rebello (21-7, 13 KOs), looking to continue his climb back to the top of the division in a scheduled three-round bout against Colorado’s Kevin Ray Sears (6-3, 3 KOs).
Welterweights Jon Manley (9-3) of Adams, Mass., and Manny Walo (11-2, 2 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., clash in a CES MMA title eliminator with the winner facing reigning world champion Chris Curtis.
Manley, a standout on Season 16 of The Ultimate Fighter, makes his third CES MMA appearance and first since 2015 while Walo returns hoping to earn a second shot at the CES MMA World Welterweight Title following a stunning, 11-second knockout loss to then champion Chuck O’Neil in his first opportunity at “CES MMA 27.” Manley has won his last four, including two appearances with World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and eight of nine overall.
The reigning champion Curtis, now 15-5 overall, recently defended his title at “CES MMA 42,” stopping challenger Wilfredo Santiago via second-round knockout on AXS TV.
Light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (6-2, 4 KOs) of Quincy, Mass., who has made quick work of his last two opponents in a combined 46 seconds, jumps right back in on the main card “CES MMA 44” against New Jersey’s Alec Hooben (5-2, 1 KO) and undefeated flyweight Carlos Candelario (5-0, 1 KO) of New Britain, Conn., faces Grand Rapid, Mich., native Shawn Mack (6-2, 1 KO).
Rodriguez set a new CES MMA record with his 7-second knockout win over Hector Sanchez in January and pummeled James Dysard in just 39 seconds at “CES MMA 43,” earning him his third appearance on AXS TV Fights on May 12th. Candelario, a rising star in the flyweight division, makes his fifth appearance with CES MMA after submitting Miguel Restrepo in January.
The preliminary card features the return of three-time CES MMA vet Toby Oden (2-1, 1 KO) of Milford, Mass., making his first appearance since 2015 plus two exciting female bouts. Oden faces Paul Sims of Philadelphia, who makes his professional debut. Oden last fought at “CES MMA 29,” scoring a first-round knockout win over Wayne Alhquist.
Also on the preliminary card, undefeated female flyweight Maria Rivera (2-0, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass., returns for the third time since January in a three-round bout against New Haven, Conn., pre debut Marisa Messer-Belenchia while renowned bantamweight prospect Kerri Kenneson of Hooksett, N.H., debut against unbeaten Jennifer Norris (3-0, 1 KO) of Baltimore.
Milford, Conn., middleweight Justin Sumter (3-1, 2 KOs), who earned an impressive first-round knockout win in his CES MMA debut at “CES MMA 43” in Massachusetts, returns to face unbeaten Sandwich, Mass., native Brian Sparrow (2-0), who makes his second appearance with CES MMA in his first fight since 2013.
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