CES Boxing celebrates 25th anniversary Dec. 7th


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WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS NATIVE Khiary Gray, right, returns to the ring for the first time since June and begins his push in the 147-pound division when he battles veteran Philadelphia welterweight Greg Jackson in the main event of CES Boxing’s season finale Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The year-end 25th anniversary celebration streams live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes of Marshfield, Mass., returns in the co-main event against Ontario’s Natasha Spence.

Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 2017
Gray, Lopes headline stacked fight card as CES Boxing celebrates iconic 25th anniversary in season finale

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WELTERWEIGHT ALEKSANDRA MAGDZIAK Lopes of Massachusetts returns to Twin River Casino for the first time since April when she faces Natasha Spence on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 in the co-main event of CES Boxing’s season finale.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 28th, 2017) — Twenty-five years of blood, sweat and tears, non-stop action and all the pageantry of combat sports comes together for one magical night Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 at Twin River Casino.

CES Boxing caps its year-long 25th anniversary celebration with next Thursday’s season finale, a special mid-week installment of the 2017 Twin River Casino Fight Series.

The event features nine bouts, in addition to a historic retrospect of CES’ quarter century of combat sports excellence, plus the induction of longtime Rhode Island sportscaster Ken Bell into the prestigious CES Ring of Honor. Next week’s “Thursday Night Fights” showcase is also presented in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots. All fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a family in need during the holiday season.

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, 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 card airs live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE, CES’ third event of the year on the fan-friendly streaming platform. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET and the first fight begins at 7.


Welterweight prospect Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., headlines the fight card in an eight-round bout against Philadelphia’s Greg Jackson (8-4-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant New England Interim 147-pound Title.

Forced to withdraw from his showdown with Juan Rodriguez in September due to injury, Gray fights next Thursday for the first time since June in his welterweight debut after campaigning his entire career at 154 pounds.

“I’m a dangerous man right now,” Gray said. “I’ve got respect for Jackson, don’t get me wrong, but I’m putting everything on the line for this fight. I’m coming to hurt. I’m coming for the respect I deserve.”

The 29-year-old Jackson, a winner over Phillip Lars in his last bout in October, returns to New England for the first time since battling reigning WBC USNBC champion Jimmy Williams to a draw in 2013.

“I breathe, eat and shit this. I don’t play,” Jackson said. “Everything else is secondary. I’m hungry. I’m real hungry.

“I’m not going to let anyone minimize me or my talent at all. However I’ve got to kick in the door is how I’ve got to kick in the door. Eventually, it’s going to come. God makes you wait until the time it’s right. This is very big for me. This is something Khiary may think is big for him, but it’s even bigger for me.”

Starring in the eight-round co-main event, Marshfield, Mass., welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (18-4-2, 1 KO) faces Ontario’s Natasha Spence (8-3-1, 6 KOs), a two-time world-title challenger. Lopes has won eight of nine bouts, including her long-awaited return to Twin River in April when she defeated Mexico’s Paty Ramirez by unanimous decision.

Hard-hitting Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (13-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of Danville, Va., makes his fourth appearance of 2017 in a six-round bout against Indianapolis’ Brandon Johnson (6-3, 3 KOs) and Providence, R.I., fan favorite Anthony Marsella Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line in a six-round lightweight bout against Mexican challenger Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-4, 4 KOs).

Marsella blasted 30-fight vet Israel Rojas in September via fourth-round knockout following a hard-fought win over Texan Abraham Torres in June in which he rounded from his first career knockdown to earn the victory on the scorecards.

Following in the footsteps of his idol, heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano, who fought 28 times in Rhode Island during his Hall of Fame career, Cusumano returns to Twin River for the third time this season in search of another knockout victory. The 6-foot-4 heavyweight has won 11 in a row, including seven by knockout.

Facing his toughest test to date, unbeaten Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) battles 17-fight vet Derrick Murray (13-3-1, 5 KOs) of Saint Louis in a six-round special attraction. One of New England’s hottest prospects, Ortiz is 4-0 in 2017, including a narrow victory over Canton Miller in February and an impressive third-round knockout win over previously-unbeaten Glenn Mitchell in April.

Also representing Worcester, middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (8-0-2, 5 KOs) faces Vineland, N.J., native Alshamar Johnson (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout and super middleweight prospect Bobby Harris III (1-0) makes his Twin River debut in a four-round bout against Amadeu Cristiano, an accomplished Muay Thai fighter from Sao Paolo, Brazil making his professional boxing debut.

The always-ready Ball Jr. fights for the 11th time since turning pro in May of 2016, an unmatched stretch of productivity for the 6-foot-2, 25-year-old middleweight. He’s won his last four since fighting to a draw with regional rival David Wilson in 2016, defeating opponents with a combined record of 14-2-3.

Providence lightweight Michael Valentin (2-0, 1 KO) returns for the third time since debuting in June, this time facing Efren Nunez of Fall River, Mass., in Nunez’s four-round pro debut. Fighting at Twin River for the first time, super middleweight Jarel Pemberton (1-0) of Boston, the son of regional icon “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, battles Rene Nazare (0-1) of Woburn, Mass., in a four-round bout.

The 26-year-old Pemberton, a former lance corporal for the U.S. Marines who served two tours in Afghanistan, debuted for CES in August with a win over Nathan Schulte. Valentin, the youngest fighter on the card at the age of 18, defeated New Bedford, Mass., native Henry Garcia by unanimous decision in June.

The elder Pemberton joins a handful of CES legends attending next Thursday’s event in celebration of promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and CES’ 25th anniversary, among them former cruiserweight world-title challenger Matt Godfrey of Providence, former five-time women’s world champion Jaime Clampitt of Warwick, R.I., the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveria of Fall River, Mass., and former welterweight standout Kippy Diggs of Hyannis, Mass., a two-time regional champion. The “Sandman” won 29 fights, 24 by knockout, in a brilliant, 12-year career.

CES Boxing will also unveil its greatest, most memorable fights of all-time in a special showcase throughout the event, highlighting 25 years as the region’s most influential combat sports promotion.

A former boxing judge and referee and owner of the iconic Classic Restaurant, Burchfield became more heavily involved with the sport after watching Vinny Paz, a fellow Rhode Island native and eventual five-time champion, win the National Sports Festival on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Burchfield promoted his first event in 1992 at the Rocky Point Palladium in Warwick, headlined by Oliveira defeating Tomas Rodriguez in the 10-round main event. CES Boxing continued to build champions well into the 21st century; its rich history includes the development of former U.S. Olympian and Providence native Jason Estrada, plus Rhode Island legends Gary Balletto and Peter Manfredo Jr., both of whom rose to fame on The Contender reality television series.

Through the years, Burchfield earned several noteworthy awards, among them the NABF Promoter of the Year, in addition to his 2011 induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. Burchfield also promoted Oliveira’s epic 2001 showdown against Ben Tackie at Foxwoods Resort Casino, which set a modern-day CompuBox record for most punches thrown, and guided hard-hitting Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach to the top of the division, culminating in a world-title showdown against Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.

Years later, Burchfield brought Godfrey to Germany to face WBO world cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and guided Philadelphia’s Hank Lundy to No. 1 in the world in the 135-pound division before an eventual championship bout against pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford at Madison Square Garden.


CES MEDIA ALERT: Rebello returns to winning ways in CES MMA 47 main event; Santiago, Andrews stay hot with victories

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 17th, 2017) – Rhode Island’s knockout king never looked better.

Providence’s own Greg Rebello (23-8, 14 KOs) made his triumphant return to the Ocean State Friday night at Twin River Casino, headlining “CES MMA 47” on AXS TV with a thrilling, first-round knockout win over Derrick Brown (7-5).

Back home for the first time since fighting on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July, the hard-hitting Rebello made quick work of Brown, landing a slick left cross followed by a hard overhand right to floor the South Carolina native.

Rebello immediately pounced on his fallen opponent and landed a series of unanswered strikes before referee John English waved it off at the 1-minute, 22-second mark. Brown’s corner debated the stoppage, but Rebello appeared poised to inflict more damage until the referee jumped in.

“It wasn’t going to get any better for him,” Rebello said. “It was only going to get worse.”

Rebello has now won seven of his last nine with 14 career victories coming by knockout.

Red-hot lightweight Nate Andrews (12-1) of East Providence, R.I., kept his win streak alive in the co-feature, submitting 27-fight vet Tyler Combs (14-14) of Miamisburg, Ohio at 2:25 of the opening round.

Andrews took control with a single-leg takedown early in the round, softened Combs with a series of elbows, then took his back to sink in the choke, forcing Combs to tap. Since losing to Gemiyale Adkins in 2014, Andrews has won six consecutive bouts as he campaigns for a potential world title bout in the lightweight division in 2018.

Coming off the biggest win of his career at “CES MMA 45,” unbeaten Milford, Mass., bantamweight Richie Santiago (6-0) topped it Friday with an impressive submission victory over the dangerous Tashawn Mack (6-2) of Lansing, Mich., at 3:05 of the opening round.

Mack appeared to have Santiago locked in a triangle early, but Santiago escaped, worked in some ground and pound and eventually took Mack’s back to sink in the standing guillotine choke. Rallying from behind has become Santiago’s preferred method of victory in recent fights; he looked battered and bruised in his August bout against Miguel Restrepo, but rebounded from the brink of the defeat to choke out Restrepo in the second round.

Now 6-0, Santiago campaigned for a world title shot in 2018 and called for a bout against fellow unbeaten bantamweight Carlos Candelario of Connecticut, who recently improved to 7-0 following a win in Nevada on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

“Where’s Carlos? “Santiago said. “I’m trying to knock this kid out.”

Fighting for the second time since August, Providence native John Douma (2-0, 1 KO) dusted unbeaten Gastonia, N.C., native Mark Trader (2-1) via knockout 2:02 in the opening round.

Douma landed a hard right midway through the round that buckled Trader’s knees and sent him staggering toward the cage. Douma quickly pounced and caught him with two more rights, followed by a hard 1-2 combination that forced referee John English to wave it off as Trader sat perched against the cage. The Providence native ends 2017 unbeaten following his debut win over Jason Rine at “CES MMA 45” and has now won five in a row, including amateurs.

Flyweight Jose Lugo (1-0) of Woonsocket, R.I., kicked off the AXS TV Fights telecast with an emotional win in his professional debut, submitting Michael Taylor (1-1) of Cortland, N.Y., via rear-naked choke at 3:33 of the opening round.

Lugo controlled the fight from the opening bell, scoring the early takedown despite absorbing a pair of right hands from Taylor on the way in. Lugo eventually took Taylor’s back, locked in the choke and forced his opponent to tap. A tearful Lugo celebrated with a salute to his fans, an impressive victory of a game opponent in Taylor, who had just come off a win of his own in his professional debut at “CES MMA 46” last month.

Making his third appearance with CES MMA, bantamweight David Garcia (5-4) of La Grange, Ill., submitted Kris Moutinho (4-2) of Milford at 3:07 of the opening round via guillotine. The brewing rivalry between the two, which began with an intense stare down at the weigh-in and continued when Moutinho refused to shake hands before the opening bell, ended when Moutinho lost control on the ground and gave up his neck, handing Garcia his third career submission victory.

Moutinho appeared to have control when he picked up Garcia, slung him over his shoulder and carried away him around the cage before slamming him on his back. Garcia kept his composure and clipped Moutinho with an elbow, causing a hematoma to swell up on the back of his head.

The two jostled for position on the ground and Garcia sunk in the choke as Mountinho tried to wrap him up around the waist, earning his first win since September of 2016 when he upset the previously unbeaten Rico DiSciullo at “CES MMA 38.”

In the opening preliminary bout, Fall River, Mass., light heavyweight Yorgan DeCastro (1-0, 1 KO) made quick work of Plattsburgh, N.Y., vet James Dysard (0-3) scoring a quick takedown and pummeling Dysard with unanswered strikes until referee Kevin Mulhall mercifully stopped the bout 39 seconds into the opening round.

Making his professional debut in the lightweight division, Tyler Hamilton (1-0) was equally efficient, submitting game veteran Montoyia Swilling (0-6) of Watertown, N.Y., via D’Arce choke 46 seconds into the opening round. The fight ended as soon as Swilling hit the canvas with Hamilton locking in the submission and forcing his opponent to tap within seconds. Continue reading



PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 16th, 2017) – Listed below are weights for “CES MMA 47,” scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17th, 2017 at Twin River Casino.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET and the first preliminary bout begins at 7. The nationally televised main card on AXS TV Fights begins at 9.

Tickets for “CES MMA 47” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.cagetix.com/ces by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Visit www.cesmma.com, www.twitter.com/cesmma or www.facebook.com/cesmma for more information, or follow CES MMA on Instagram at @CESMMA.


Cranston, R.I.

22-8, 13 KOs



Myrtle Beach, S.C.

7-4, 2 KOs



East Providence, R.I.

11-1, 5 KOs



Miamisburg, Ohio

14-13, 8 KOs



Milford, Mass.

5-0, 1 KO



Lansing, Mich.

6-1, 1 KO



Providence, R.I.




Gastonia, N.C.




Milford, Mass.

4-1, 1 KO



La Grange, Ill.

4-3, 2 KOs



Woonsocket, R.I.

Pro debut



Syracuse, N.Y.

1-0, 1 KO



New London, Conn.

Pro debut



Watertown, N.Y.




Fall River, Mass.,

Pro debut



Plattsburgh, N.Y.



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Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

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CES MEDIA ALERT: Howard returns to CES MMA in dominant fashion; Gotti III impresses in pro debut win on preliminary card


Howard returns to CES MMA in dominant fashion; Gotti III impresses in pro debut win on preliminary card

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 27th, 2017) – The submission specialist never found his groove, and “Doomsday” coasted to another victory in his long-awaited return to CES MMA.

Boston native and 14-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veteran John Howard (25-13) Claremont Roger Carroll (16-15) of Claremont on all three scorecards, 30-27, 30-26, 30-27 Friday in the main event of “CES MMA 46” from Twin River Casino on AXS TV, his first win since last June and his first with CES MMA since 2013.

“Doomsday” breezed through the CES MMA circuit from 2012 to 2013 to earn a second stint with the UFC, which lasted seven fights before he returned to New England’s No. 1 promotion Friday to face the dangerous Carroll, who had submitted 15 opponents entering the weekend.

Howard came out aggressive, landing three- and four-punch combos to stop Carroll dead in his tracks, and even turned the tables on the notorious submission specialist with a pair of takedowns in the opening round. Howard stuffed Carroll’s attempt at a single-leg takedown in the second and continued to wear him down with effective ground-and-pound, which carried over for the final two rounds en route to an easy win for “Doomsday.”

Howard, the promotion’s first world champion back in 2012, remained unbeaten with CES MMA in six tries.

Stealing the spotlight in what might’ve been the fight of the year, never mind the fight of the night, welterweight Gary Balletto Jr. (5-1) of Cranston, R.I., aced the toughest test of his young career, submitting the dangerous Sharif Jones (3-3) of Philadelphia via rear naked choke at 3:17 of the third and final round.

Balletto Jr. nearly finished the fight with a knee bar in the closing seconds of the opening round, but the clock ran out, allowing Jones a reprieve. The Philly vet struck back in the second, peppering Balletto Jr. for the majority of the round. He continued the pace in the third until Balletto Jr. caught him with a knee to the face during a clinch against the cage. With Jones reeling, Balletto Jr. continued to punish Jones with knees before he sunk to the canvas, allowing Balletto Jr. to lock in the choke and earn the submission.

Balletto Jr. has now won five in a row since losing his pro debut, including all three bouts in 2017.

The most electrifying knockout of the night belonged to the red-hot Dinis Paiva (10-6, 6 KOs) of East Providence, R.I., who stopped the game Brandon Seyler (7-6-1) of Erie, Pa., at 3:08 of the second round with a strong, overhand left in his 16th career fight with CES MMA.

Paiva, who is campaigning for a world-title shot in the bantamweight division, dropped Seyler twice in the second round with the left hand before Seyler went down for good with one more left down the pipe, prompting referee John English to stop the fight. Paiva has now won three in a row since losing to Kody Nordby at “CES MMA 31.”

Brewer, Maine lightweight Jonathan Lemke (7-8) earned his second victory of 2017 and enacted a bit of revenge with an upset win over Fall River, Mass., native Josh LaBerge (11-7), earning a 29-28 decision on all three scorecards in a rematch of their 2016 bout at CES MMA 36.

Lemke controlled the pace early with effective leg kicks to keep LaBerge at bay and maintained the edge with intuitive counterpunching, unafraid to exchange blows with LaBerge in the center of the cage. After a feeling-out process for both fighters in the opening round, the final 10 minutes turned into a brawl with Lemke and LaBerge trading leather at will.

The win for Lemke was his second in eight months, which in includes a victory in Maine in February, while LaBerge has dropped his last two. LaBerge earned the win over Lemke via second-round knockout when the two fought in June of 2016 at Twin River.

Middleweight Justin Sumter (5-1) of Springfield, Mass., won his fifth consecutive fight, submitting veteran Shedrick Goodridge (6-10) of Rahway, N.J., via rear naked choke at the 1:56 mark of the opening round to kick off the AXS TV main card. Sumter has now won all three of his bouts under the CES MMA banner IN 2017, including a unanimous decision win over Brian Sparrow at CES MMA 44 in May.

Securing his second win in a row, Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (8-1) made quick work of Saint Peters, Mo., native Seth Bassler (3-6) with a Peruvian necktie submission at 2:59 of the opening round. DiSciullo caught Bassler with a 1-2 combination and quickly sunk in the choke when his opponent lowered his head.

Making his professional debut Friday in front of a raucous, pro-Gotti crowd, welterweight John Gotti III stole the show on the preliminary card. Gotti III (1-0) forced his opponent, Vermont native Johnny Adams (0-2), to verbally tap due to excessive strikes at the 3:50 mark of the opening round of their scheduled three-round welterweight bout.

The Oyster Bay, N.Y., native scored an early takedown and eventually cracked Adams’ defense, landing a series of right hands from the full mount position late in the round that left Adams bloodied and bruised before he tapped with just over a minute remaining in the round.

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CES Gear is now available online, on-demand. You don’t have to wait until events to purchase, and our selection is larger than ever now. We have dozens of styles — including t-shirts, hats, hoodies, backpacks, and more — and gear for women & children as well, so the whole family can be part of Team CES.


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






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 www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com, www.ticketmaster.com or www.cagetix.com/ces 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.

Visit www.cesmma.com, www.twitter.com/cesmma or www.facebook.com/cesmma for more information, or follow CES MMA on Instagram at @CESMMA.

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Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@teamces.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.

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.

CES MEDIA ALERT: Three-City Regional media tour kicks off Monday as CES boxing winds down summer schedule with two huge events

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 www.cesboxing.com, www.foxwoods.com, or www.ticketmaster.com, 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 www.foxwoods.com, 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 www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, 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. Continue reading

Gray makes long-awaited welterweight debut Sept. 16th

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 www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, 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.
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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 decision.in 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.
Twitter: @KONightBoxing

CES MEDIA ALERT Vendetti defeats Gray in epic main event to retain New England Junior Middleweight Championship

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.


– CES –


Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

Michael Weber, (727) 424-9938 or michael.weber@flipps.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.





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 www.fite.tv 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 www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com, www.murphysboxing.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Visit www.cesboxing.com, www.twitter.com/cesboxing or www.facebook.com/cesboxing for more information, or follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING.


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.



– CES –


Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

Michael Weber, (727) 424-9938 or michael.weber@flipps.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.

A message from Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

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. Continue reading

Bessette stops Trujillo to retain CES MMA world title


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.

– CES –


Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or kward@twinriver.com.


Michael Parente

CES Boxing matchmaker / publicist
CES MMA publicist
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