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CES MEDIA ALERT

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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Friday, April 28th, 2017

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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.

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CES MEDIA ALERT
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 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.
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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Contacts:
Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or michael@cesboxing.com.
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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.

Twin River Casino, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction. Formerly known as Lincoln Park, the renovated facility offers 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 108 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, award winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub, as well as live comedy & karaoke every weekend at Rhodehouse Live. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston. 

BEVERLY, Mass. (April 15th, 2017)Pedro Gonzalez found himself in a familiar position Saturday at the North Shore Music Theatre, hands raised in victory, again ready to make his climb toward the top of the featherweight division.

Now it’s up to the Gloucester, Mass. native to assert himself among the elite in the northeast.

Fighting for the first time since he won at “CES MMA 35” 12 months ago in Beverly, Gonzalez (12-5, 11 submissions) defeated Brazilian Bruno Dias (19-10) by guillotine submission at the 2-minute, 41-second mark of the second round in the main event of “CES MMA 43.”

After last year’s victory over Andres Jeudi, Gonzalez was supposed to face Matt Bessette for the then vacant CES MMA World Featherweight Title, but injuries derailed his shot at the crown. Bessette went on to win the belt, which he will defend next month at “CES MMA 44.”

Is Gonzalez next in line? After Saturday’s performance, he’s certainly back in the conversion. Dias dominated the opening round, keeping Gonzalez under wraps while trying to lock in a rear-naked choke. Gonzalez survived and finished with a flurry at the end, taking the momentum with him into the second round. Dias had control early in the second, but Gonzalez reversed position and locked in the guillotine, forcing Dias to tap.

The co-feature saw Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (7-1) bounce back from his first career loss with a masterful performance against Matt Lozano (8-5) of Lancaster, Pa., earning the unanimous decision by a 30-27 score on all three cards. DiSciullo’s slick boxing and fancy footwork dictated the pace as the hard-charging bantamweight opened two cuts on Lozano in the opening round and controlled the bout from start to finish.

Coming off a 7-second win in his last fight, a CES MMA record, Quincy, Mass., light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (7-2, 5 KOs) made quick of the overmatched James Dysard (0-2), tossing his opponent to the canvas in the opening seconds and scoring the knockout at the 39-second mark.

Making his first appearance with CES MMA since 2014, Fayetteville, N.C., vet Andrew Osborne (7-10-1), who now lives and trains in North Providence, R.I., upset previously unbeaten lightweight Connor Barry (3-1) by unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three scorecards. Osborne tossed Barry to the canvas early and often in the opening round and fought back in the third to control the fight on the ground and earn the victory.

Middleweight Justin Sumter (3-1, 3 KOs) scored his third career knockout win in his CES MMA debut in the opening bout of the main card, forcing Providence native Abe Pitrowski (6-3) to tap to strikes at 1:56 of the opening round, pummeling the overmatched Pitrowski, who returned the cage for the first time since 2014. (more…)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 7th, 2017) – In an era where highly publicized fights don’t always live up to the hype, Friday’s World Boxing Council USNBC Welterweight Championship between Jimmy Williams and Nick DeLomba delivered as promised.

 

Williams (13-0-1) kept his perfect record intact in a thrilling, back-and-forth romp with DeLomba (11-2), defeating the Cranston, R.I., by unanimous decision, 98-91, 97-92, 97-92 at Twin River Casino to take home the coveted green belt, handing DeLomba only the second loss of his career.

 

The New Haven, Conn., native Williams, fighting at Twin River for just the second time in his career, came out firing, sending DeLomba crashing to the canvas in the closing seconds of the opening round with a vicious overhand right.

 

Williams, the aggressor from the opening bell, continued to press the pace in the second and third, preventing DeLomba from using his patented angles and circling the ring as he’s accustomed to doing. As the pace slowed a bit in the middle rounds, DeLomba found his second wind, but Williams fought back with a strong sixth and again had DeLomba on the ropes late in the fight before a spirited back-and-forth in the 10th brought the crowd to his feet.

 

The co-feature delivered an equal crowd-pleaser as Portland, Maine junior middleweight Casey Kramlich (7-0-1) also remained unbeaten, handing New Bedford, Mass., vet Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-1) his first career loss via majority decision, 56-56, 57-56, 57-56.

 

The durable Kramlich survived a second round knockdown courtesy of a left hook by Oliveira and won the final three rounds on two of three scorecards and scored a 10-8 round in the sixth on the other card after a dominating final three minutes that earned him the win.

 

In a stunning finish, Springfield, Mass., lightweight Zach Ramsey (8-0, 2 KOs) captured the vacant New England Lightweight Championship with a fourth-round knockout win over the previously unbeaten Divante Jones (9-1) of Augusta, Ga., just the second knockout of Ramsey’s career.

 

The two circled one another for three rounds until Ramsey unleashed in the fourth, cracked Jones with a pair of right hands that sent both fighters tumbling to the canvas, with Ramsey correctly rewarded for the knockdown. Once Jones made it to his feet, the new-look Ramsey continued to apply the pressure, catching Jones defenseless with two overhand rights followed by a left uppercut that forced Joey Lupino to stop the fight at the 58-second mark.

 

Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (2-1, 2 KOs) again looked impressive in his third fight at Twin River, stopping Arturo Lopes (1-1) of nearby Marshfield at 2:03 of the opening round for his second consecutive first round knock win since February.

 

Lopes, who hadn’t fought since making his pro debut in Plymouth in 2009, looked rusty at the beginning and hit the canvas early courtesy of an overhand right. Lopes shook it off and fought back, even driving Bates into the ropes on two occasions, but the Taunton vet weathered the onslaught and eventually connected with a pair of left hooks flush to the jaw, forcing referee Danny Schiavone to step in and stop the bout. (more…)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 6th, 2017) – Listed below are weights for the participants on tomorrow’s CES Boxing professional fight card scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Twin River Casino.

Doors open at 6 and the first bout begins at 7. Cranston, R.I., vet Nick DeLomba (11-1, 2 KOs) faces Jimmy Williams (12-0-1, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., in the 10-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC Welterweight Title.

The event airs live in its entirety on FITE TV Pay Per View for $14.99 beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. Fight fans can stream the event live on their television by downloading the FITE app free from iTunes or Google Play and using the instant stream-to-TV function for full-screen viewing, or watch online from any device at www.fite.tv. The FITE app also works with any Wi-Fi connected TV, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Replays will be available for those unable to watch live.

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.

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NICK DELOMBA

Cranston, R.I.

11-1, 2 KOs

142

JIMMY WILLIAMS

New Haven, Conn.

12-0-1, 5 KOs

143 ½

RAY OLIVEIRA JR.

New Bedford, Mass.

7-0, 1 KO

154

CASEY KRAMLICH

Portland, Maine

6-0-1, 3 KOs

151 ½

ZACK RAMSEY

Springfield, Mass.

7-1, 3 KOs

136

JAMAINE ORTIZ

Worcester, Mass.

3-0, 2 KOs

135

GLENN MITCHELL

Steubenville, Ohio

2-0, 2 KOs

132

ALEKSANDRA MAGDZIAK LOPES

Marshfield, Mass.

16-4-2, 1 KO

146 ½

PATY RAMIREZ

Aguascalientes, Mexico

11-3, 5 KOs

144 ½

KENDRICK BALL JR.

Worcester, Mass.

5-0-2, 4 KOs

166

ZACHARY CHRISTY

Providence, R.I.

1-0-1

166

KHIRY TODD

Lynn, Mass.

2-0, 2 KOs

146

ADRIANO MORAES

Coconut Creek, Fla.

Pro debut

142

ARTURO LOPES

Marshfield, Mass.

1-0, 1 KO

142

MARQUS BATES

Taunton, Mass.

1-1, 1 KO

142

CRISTOBAL MARRERO

New London, Conn.

3-0, 2 KOs

140

SIDNEY MACCOW

New York, N.Y.

4-4, 3 KOs

141

JONATHAN FIGUEROA

Hartford, Conn.

2-0, 1 KO

141

MIGUEL ORTIZ

Springfield, Mass.

1-0, 1 KO

141

RICKY DELOSSANTOS

Providence, R.I.

Pro debut

126

PHILIP DAVIS

Worcester, Mass.

Pro debut

128

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Contacts:

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.

 

Michael Parente
Director of Boxing Operations

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 28th, 2017) — CES Boxing and FITE TV announced Tuesday a partnership to stream the Friday, April 7th, 2017 World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC Welterweight Championship between Nick DeLomba and Jimmy Williams live on Pay Per View beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

Fight fans can stream the event live on their television for $14.99 by downloading the FITE app free from iTunes or Google Play and using the instant stream-to-TV function for full-screen viewing, or watch online from any device at www.fite.tv. The FITE app also works with any Wi-Fi connected TV, iOS and Android devices, as well as streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast and more. Replays will be available for those unable to watch live.

 

Through its partnership with MP & Silva, FITE TV is the exclusive digital PPV provider for DeLomba-Williams. The April 7th card features 11 bouts from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., headlined by the highly anticipated main event showdown between regional rivals DeLomba (11-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and the undefeated Williams (12-0-1, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with CES Boxing and to be the exclusive digital PPV provider for DeLomba-Williams,” said FITE TV CEO Kosta Jordanov. “CES is one of the most established boxing promotions in the U.S., and has been putting on some of the best fights for years, so we’re excited to share this great card with our fans all around the world.”

Since fighting to a draw against Greg Jackson in 2013, Williams has won his last eight, including dazzling knockouts against Christian Lao and Eddie Caminero and a hard-fought unanimous decision win over veteran Manny Woods at Twin River in May.

“Come April 7th, you’re going to see the best of Jimmy Williams. I’m focused. I’m ready. I’m in great shape,” he said. “I know Nick comes to fight. This is a huge fight. The best fight the best. I respect him, but when that bell rings, he’ll know what time it is. April 7th, it’s on.”

The 27-year-old DeLomba has won his last three bouts since suffering his first and only loss in 2015, defeating Freddy Sanchez, Oscar Bonilla and southpaw Amos Cowart. DeLomba and Williams fight for the vacant USNBC belt, a stepping-stone for nine former and / or current world champions, including Paul Williams, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Lamont Peterson, and Adrien Broner.

“I respect everything he said. I don’t have to say much, but if you haven’t seen me fight, April 7th, come see what all the noise is about. You’re going to see the best Nick,” DeLomba said. “This the real belt. This is the real deal. It’s the green money belt. This is what all these fighters here want to fight for.”

April 7th also features an eight-round female welterweight showdown between Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (16-4-2, 1 KO) of Marshfield, Mass., and Mexican challenger Paty Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs), plus a six-round lightweight bout between Springfield, Mass., vet Zack Ramsey (7-1, 3 KOs) and unbeaten Augusta, Ga., native Divante Jones (9-0, 6 KOs). Unbeaten New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr.

(7-0, 1 KO) faces his toughest test to date in the six-round co-feature bout against Portland, Maine native Casey Kramlich (6-0-1, 3 KOs).

Worcester, Mass., lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (3-0, 2 KOs) battles Glenn Mitchell (2-0, 2 KOs) of Steubenville, Ohio, and Junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., returns to face Springfield, Mass., vet Miguel Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO), both in four-round bouts. Worcester super middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (5-0-2, 4 KOs) puts his unbeaten record on the line against Rhode Islander and U.S. Air Force vet Zachary Christy (1-0-1) in a six-round bout.

Joining Aleksandra Lopes on April 7th is her stepson, Arturo Lopes (1-0), who ends an eight-year layoff in his return bout against Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (1-1, 1 KO). Lynn, Mass., welterweight Khiry Todd (2-0, 2 KOs) battles Philadelphia’s Vincent Floyd (2-2-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout and junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (3-0, 2 KOs) of New London, Conn., by way of Worcester, returns in a four-round bout against New York’s Sidney Maccow (4-4, 3 KOs). The Lopeses fight April 7th in honor of the late Manny Lopes, a former CES standout who passed away in December and will be inducted into the CES Ring of Honor.

Junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., returns to Twin River to face Springfield’s Miguel Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round showdown between two rising New England prospects and amateur standouts Ricky Delossantos of Providence, R.I., and Philip Davis of Worcester make their professional debuts against one another in a four-round super featherweight bout.

The April 7th card features 22 fighters with a combined record of 105-16-8. Thirteen of those 22 enter with undefeated records. CES Boxing is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, continuing a tradition of excellence anchored by legendary fight veterans Peter Manfredo Jr., “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, Scott Pemberton and five-time world champion Vinny Paz.

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Friday, March 24th, 2017

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MASSACHUSETTS FEATHERWEIGHT PEDRO Gonzalez celebrates his win over Andres Jeudi at “CES MMA 35” in Beverly, Mass., in April of 2016. Gonzalez and CES MMA return to the historic North Shore Music Theatre on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 for “CES MMA 43,” featuring Gonzalez in a main event showdown against Brazilian Bruno Dias of Woburn, Mass. “CES MMA 43” premiers eight days following “CES MMA 42” in Rhode Island on April 8th. CES MMA debuted at the NSMT last year with a sold-out pro-am show featuring 10 bouts.

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BEVERLY, Mass. (March 24th, 2017) — One year following a sold-out Massachusetts debut at the North Shore Music Theatre, CES MMA returns to Beverly, Mass., to continue its reign as the preeminent mixed martial arts promotion in the northeast.

MMA’s most prolific promotion returns with “CES MMA 43,” scheduled for Saturday, April 15th, 2017, just eight days following its “CES MMA 42” showcase in Rhode Island.

Similar to its North Shore debut in 2016, CES MMA will feature a mix of professionals and amateurs on the “CES MMA 43” card, a tremendous opportunity for the region’s up-and-coming future stars. Unbeaten bantamweight Marquis Brewster earned a promotional contract with CES MMA by winning his amateur finale a year ago at “CES MMA 35” and is now 2-0 since June.

Tickets for “CES MMA 43” are priced at $45.00, $55.00 and $100.00 (VIP) and are available online at http://www.cesmma.com, http://www.nsmt.org, or http://www.cagetix.com/ces or by phone at 978-232-7200 or 401-724-2253/2254. Doors open at 6 p.m. ET and the first bout begins at 7. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Headlining “CES MMA 43” is featherweight Pedro Gonzalez (11-5) of Gloucester, Mass., who faces Brazilian Bruno Dias (19-9) of Woburn, Mass., in a three-round bout. The 30-year-old Dias makes his long-awaited United States debut in MMA while Gonzalez returns for the first time since CES MMA debuted in Beverly last year when he defeated Andres Jeudi by submission in the main event.

Gonzalez carries a four-fight win streak into his April 15th bout against Dias, but recent injuries have derailed his progress. Gonzalez was scheduled to face regional standout Matt Bessette on AXS TV for the then-vacant CES MMA World Featherweight Title at “CES MMA 37” in August, but was forced to withdraw in late July due to injury.

Bessette went on to defeat Joe Pingitore to capture the title and successfully defended it at “CES MMA 41” 11 months later. A win over Dias at “CES MMA 43” could put Gonzalez back into the conversation among elite 145-pounders and set the stage for the long-awaited showdown with Bessette sometime in 2017.

Another familiar face in the North Shore region of Massachusetts, bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (6-1, 2 KOs) of nearby Somerville returns to face former Bellator and CES MMA vet Matt Lozano (8-4, 1 KO) of Lancaster, Pa. Lozano debuted with the promotion at “CES MMA 34,” earning an impressive unanimous decision win over Johnny Campbell.

DiSciullo stole the show at “CES MMA 35” in Beverly last year with a knockout win over Jake Constant, finishing his opponent with a thunderous slam to the canvas. The Somerville native looks to rebound from his first career loss at “CES MMA 38” against David Garcia.

Boston lightweight Lewis Corapi (8-3, 3 KOs), whose scheduled bout a year ago at “CES MMA 35” fell through hours before the first bell, makes his long-awaited North Shore debut April 15th against Vince McGuinness (5-6, 1 KO) of Tampa, Fla. Corapi rebounded from his loss to Julian Lane at “CES MMA 36” with a win in November and aims for back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013.

The “CES MMA 43” main card also features unbeaten Massachusetts lightweight Connor Barry (3-0) of Holbrook making his third CES MMA appearance in a three-round bout against three-time CES MMA vet Andrew Osborne (7-10-1, 3 KOs) of Fayetteville, N.C.

Quincy, Mass., light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (6-2, 4 KOs) returns following his record-setting 7-second knockout win over Hector Sanchez at “CES MMA 41” and Myrtle Beach middleweight Justin Sumter (2-1) makes his CES MMA debut in a separate three-round bout.

“CES MMA 43” concludes an impressive stretch of three events in 15 days for CES, which includes CES Boxing’s second show of 2017 on April 7th at Twin River Casino.

Kicking off the spring tripleheader is “CES MMA 42” on AXS TV, featuring reigning CES MMA World Welterweight Champion Chris Curtis (14-5, 5 KOs) of Ohio defending his title against Lawrence, Mass., vet Wilfredo Santiago (7-3, 6 KOs).

Tickets for “CES MMA 42” are priced at $40.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at http://www.cesboxing.com, http://www.twinriver.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://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.

“CES MMA 42” also features the return of fan-favorite Luis Felix (14-9, 5 KOs) of Providence, R.I., who faces Hot Springs, Ark., vet Dawond Pickney (10-6, 7 KOs), and Fall River, Mass., native Josh LaBerge (11-5, 5 KOs), who steps up to face 10-time CES MMA vet Saul Almeida (18-8, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass.

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

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Contacts:

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

Mike Ceceri, North Shore Music Theatre, (978) 232-7200 or mceceri@nsmt.org.
Julie Arvedon Knowlton, North Shore Music Theatre, (617) 401-6518 or julieprcasting@gmail.com.

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REIGNING CES MMA Welterweight World Champion Chris Curtis celebrated his win over Gil de Freitas to capture the then-vacant title at “CES MMA 32” in January of 2016. Curtis returns to the CES MMA cage on Friday, March 31st, 2017 for the first time since April when he defends his title against hard-hitting Lawrence, Mass., native Wilfredo Santiago in the five-round main event of “CES MMA 42” live from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., on AXS TV Fights. Santiago recently scored a first-round knockout win over Chuck O’Neil while Curtis has won four of his last five as he appears for his third appearance with CES MMA. The Curtis-Santiago main event is one of seven televised bouts on March 31st. 

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Curtis returns to defend world title against hard-hitting Santiago in televised main event of CES MMA 42

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PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND lightweight contender Luis Felix ends his 14-month layoff on Friday, March 31st, 2017 on the main card of “CES MMA 42” at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 14th, 2017) — “The Action Man” returns to Twin River Casino later this month to defend his world title against a heavy-handed underdog capable of stealing the belt and, perhaps, the nickname.

Ohio’s Chris Curtis (14-5, 5 KOs), the reigning CES MMA World Welterweight Champion, faces the one-punch knockout power of Lawrence, Mass., vet Wilfredo Santiago (7-3, 6 KOs) on Friday, March 31st, 2017 in the five-round main event of “CES MMA 42” live from Twin River on AXS TV Fights, one of seven televised bouts on the main card.

“CES MMA 42” kicks off a busy three-week stretch for the most prolific combat sports promotion in the northeast. The schedule continues April 7th in Rhode Island with CES Boxing’s second fight card of the year, followed by CES MMA’s long-awaited return to Beverly, Mass., with “CES MMA 43” at the North Shore Music Theatre.

“CES MMA 42” airs live on AXS TV’s AXS TV Fights beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Doors open at 6 and the preliminary card begins at 7.

Tickets for “CES MMA 42” 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.

Curtis makes his second title defense since capturing the belt in January of 2016 with a win over Gil de Freitas while Santiago hopes to build off his devastating 41-second knockout against Chuck O’Neil at “CES MMA 39” in Plymouth, Santiago’s fourth consecutive victory over a span of two and a half years, three of which have come by knockout.

“CES MMA 42” also features the return of fan-favorite Luis Felix (14-9, 5 KOs) of Providence, R.I., who faces Hot Springs, Ark., vet Dawond Pickney (10-6, 7 KOs) in his first fight since suffering a knee injury against Ryan Sanders that forced him to verbally tap at “CES MMA 32.”

The two were supposed to fight a second time at “CES MMA 36” with Felix’s lightweight title on the line, but the Providence native suffered another setback, delaying his long-awaited return to the cage. His 14-month layoff finally ends on March 31st against the upset-minded Pickney, who recently faced seven-time Bellator vet Treston Thomison at Bellator 166. (more…)

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RHODE ISLAND NATIVE Nick DeLomba (left), seen here in his 2016 bout against Oscar Bonilla, faces undefeated Jimmy Williams of Connecticut in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing’s April 7th card at Twin River Casino for the vacant WBC USNBC Welterweight Title.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 6th, 2017) — The best and brightest welterweights in the northeast battle for the opportunity of a lifetime next month at Twin River Casino.

With bragging rights already up for grabs, Nick DeLomba (11-1, 2 KOs) of Cranston, R.I., and Jimmy Williams (12-0-1, 5 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., now fight for the vacant World Boxing Council United States National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) Welterweight Title in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing’s upcoming Friday, April 7th, 2017 show, a recent twist added by CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr., whose 11-fight card next month continues the promotion’s year-long 25th anniversary celebration.

“This fight didn’t need any additional buzz, but it’s only fitting that after 25 years of building champions throughout the world we crown another worthy contender April 7th at the premier venue for boxing in New England,” Burchfield Sr. said.

“We’ve watched Nick DeLomba and Jimmy Williams grow tremendously through the years. They debuted with us four years ago and have been a part of our family every since. We’ve been there through the ups and downs. Now it’s time they put their records and reputations on the line in the biggest fight of their careers with the prestigious green belt up for grabs.

“There are ‘promoters’ everywhere and shows on every corner of the globe, but only few can present promising young fighters with an opportunity to take their careers to the next level. Our relationship with the WBC spans decades, and it’s an honor to bring one of boxing’s most renowned championships back to New England.

“No one is more deserving of this opportunity than Nick DeLomba and Jimmy Williams.”

Tickets for April 7th 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.

CES Boxing and the World Boxing Council (WBC) have worked hand-in-hand throughout the years to provide up-and-coming fighters with championship opportunities. Twelve years ago, CES hosted the first USNBC title bout in any weight class when Providence’s Joey Spina captured the inaugural super middleweight crown with a win over Carl Daniels at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Two months later, fellow Providence native Matt Godfrey defeated Willie Herring to win the first USNBC Cruiserweight Title.

Since 2005, nine current or former USNBC title-holders have gone on to win world titles: Paul Williams, Mario Rodriguez, Mauricio Herrera, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Bermane Stivern, Lamont Peterson, Adrien Broner, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and reigning WBC World Light Flyweight Champion Ganigan Lopez. Twenty-eight others have gone on to fight for a major world championship; current USNBC Junior Welterweight Champion Charles Hatley becomes the 29th Saturday when he faces WBC World Champion Jermell Charlo.

Additionally, each of the five current USNBC title-holders are ranked among the top 40 in the world in their respective weight class: cruiserweight champ Robert Hall (38th), light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (8th), middleweight Andrew Hernandez (28th), super lightweight Ivan Baranchyk (29th) and bantamweight Alexis Santiago (21st).

The USNBC title is a proven path to championship glory for up-and-coming fighters and will provide either DeLomba or Williams with a chance to achieve worldwide notoriety in the welterweight division.

The 27-year-old DeLomba has won his last three bouts since suffering his first and only loss in 2015, defeating Freddy Sanchez, Oscar Bonilla and southpaw Amos Cowart. Williams, 30, originally from Plainfield, N.J., has only one blemish on his record, a draw against Greg Jackson in 2013. He’s won his last eight, including dazzling knockouts against Christian Lao and Eddie Caminero and a hard-fought unanimous decision win over veteran Manny Woods at Twin River in May.

April 7th will also be an emotional night for the Lopes family of Marshfield, Mass., as former welterweight world-title challenger Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (16-4-2, 1 KO) and stepson Arturo Lopes (1-0) fight together on the same card for the first time in eight years in memory of the late Manny Lopes, a former CES standout who passed away in December and will subsequently be inducted into the CES Ring of Honor.

Magdziak Lopes faces Mexican challenger Paty Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs) in an eight-round bout while Arturo Lopes battles Taunton, Mass., junior welterweight Marqus Bates (1-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout.

The April 7th co-feature is a battle of unbeatens as New Bedford, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-0, 1 KO) faces his toughest test to date in a six-round bout against Portland, Maine native Casey Kramlich (6-0-1, 3 KOs) in Kramlich’s Twin River debut. Springfield, Mass., vet Zack Ramsey (7-1, 3 KOs) also returns to battle unbeaten Augusta, Ga., native Divante Jones (9-0, 6 KOs) in a six-round bout for the New England Lightweight Title in another potential Fight of the Night candidate.

Worcester, Mass., lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (3-0, 2 KOs), fresh off a hard-fought win over unbeaten Canton Miller in February, faces another undefeated challenger in a four-round bout against Glenn Mitchell (2-0, 2 KOs) of Steubenville, Ohio, and Lynn, Mass., welterweight Khiry Todd (2-0, 2 KOs) battles Philadelphia’s Vincent Floyd (1-2-1) in a four-round bout. Junior welterweight Jonathan Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO) of Hartford, Conn., returns to Twin River to face Springfield’s Miguel Ortiz (1-0, 1 KO) in a four-round showdown between two rising New England prospects and amateur standouts Ricky Delossantos of Providence, R.I., and Philip Davis of Worcester make their professional debuts against one another in a four-round super featherweight bout.

Two additional unbeaten prospects return April 7th; New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (3-0, 2 KOs) and Worcester middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (5-0-2, 4 KOs) return in separate four-round bouts. Marrero pitched a four-round shutout against veteran Isaiah Robinson in his last bout in December while Ball Jr. made quick work of Patrick Leal 29 seconds into the opening round of their scheduled four-round middleweight bout in February.

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

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Contacts:

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

Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8532 or kward@twinriver.com.

 

Twin River Casino, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction. Formerly known as Lincoln Park, the renovated facility offers 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 108 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, award winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub, as well as live comedy & karaoke every weekend at Rhodehouse Live. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 27th, 2017) – Six months after winning the title in a thrilling come-from-behind win, reigning CES MMA Featherweight World Champion Matt Bessette defended his title Friday with a knockout win 32 seconds into the third round of a scheduled five-round bout against challenger Kevin Croom in the main event of “CES MMA 41” on AXS TV from Twin River Casino.

Croom (17-8) was effective early in the clinch, landing short, right uppercuts and knees to the body, but Bessette (21-7, 6 KOs), the No. 1-ranked featherweight in the northeast, countered with a knee to the ribcage, momentarily staggering Croom. The reigning champion and Stafford, Conn., native began to find his distance toward the end of the round, countering Croom with clean shots upstairs to the body and opened the second round with more of the same, bloodying Croom’s nose in the opening seconds.

As the second round continued, Bessette began to pick Croom apart, a stark contrast to his title bout in 2016 against Joe Pingitore in which he used his ground game to counter Pingitore’s flurries. A vicious, three-punch combo in the closing moments temporarily stopped Croom in his tracks, but the challenger kept coming forward, displaying a tremendous chin and will to compete as Bessette kept unloading.

The cageside physician examined Croom between rounds and allowed the fight to continue, but Croom couldn’t sustain much more damage. Bessette picked up right where he left off in the second and continued to unload on Croom until a head kick sent the challenger into the cage, prompting referee Kevin MacDonald to mercifully stop the bout.

The upset of the night belonged to Virginia’s Keith Bell (8-9-1, 5 KOs), who stunned Massachusetts’ heavyweight Tyler King (12-5) via first-round knockout at the 1:38 mark.

The two traded barbs via social media prior to the bout, leading to a heated opening round at Twin River. King, who took the fight on two weeks’ notice when Juliano Coutinho suffered an injury, tried to dictate the pace, but got caught with a counter right to the chin while delivering a short kick and crashed to the canvas. Bell pounced and delivered a series of hammerfists before MacDonald stopped the bout. The loss snapped King’s three-fight win streak.

In what might’ve been the Fight of the Night, East Providence, R.I., bantamweight Dinis Paiva (9-6) continued his successful comeback tour with a hard-earned 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 unanimous decision win over New Mexico’s Jordan Espinosa (9-5).

Espinosa came out swinging early, but tried to control the pace by circling the cage over the final two rounds. Paiva picked his spots, cut off the cage effectively and landed effective counterstrikes to earn the narrow victory, his second since returning to the cage in November following a 13-month layoff.

Also on the main card, Stoughton, Mass., vet Pat Walsh (10-2) made history in the first sanctioned cruiserweight bout in Rhode Island history by submitting New Hampshire’s Kevin Haley (6-4) via guillotine 23 seconds into the second round. Walsh dominated on the ground in the opening round, attempting several submissions, but Haley survived until his opponent locked in a quick guillotine at the start of the second.

Coming off a stunning knockout loss in his last bout, Providence, R.I., heavyweight Greg Rebello (21-7, 13 KOs) punished Minnesota vet Danyelle Williams (8-6-1) in the opening bout of the main card, stopping Williams via strikes at 2:59.

Rebello, as promised, applied pressure and came out swinging, landing at will early in the bout and used his footwork to sidestep Williams as he tried to charge at Rebello and landed counterpunches to keep his opponent at bay. When Williams got momentarily blinded in his right eye courtesy of the overhand rights by Rebello, the Providence native kept charging and eventually knocked Williams to the canvas before finishing him off with a series of unanswered strikes. Rebello now boasts 21 wins, 13 by knockout.

New Britain, Conn., flyweight Carlos Candelario (5-0) continued his impressive climb on the AXS TV Fights main card, submitting Miami’s Miguel Restrepo (4-3) via rear-naked choke at 2:11 of the second round. The unbeaten Candelario, making his fourth appearance with CES MMA, took over with his dominant ground game to sink in the chokehold midway through the second round.

Continuing his climb back to the top of the bantamweight division, former CES MMA world title challenger Kody Nordby (8-4) earned his seventh career submission win Friday, finishing Illinois’ vet David Garcia (4-3-1) via guillotine choke at 4:20 of the second round. Nordby took some time to get used to his taller opponent, but landed a flurry of strikes early in the second before slamming Garcia to the canvas. Nordby then used his wrestling background to wear down Garcia before locking in the 10-finger guillotine for his second consecutive win.

Mike Rodriguez set a new CES MMA record and Kris Moutinho nearly followed as the two highlighted Friday’s preliminary card with lightning-fast knockouts.

Rodriguez (6-2, 4 KOs), fighting out of Quincy, Mass., set a new CES MMA record with the fastest knockout in the promotion’s history, stopping Woonsocket, R.I., light heavyweight Hector Sanchez (3-14) just seven seconds into the opening round.

Sanchez, who actually owned the record for the fastest knockout entering Friday, got caught with a kick to the chest right from the opening bell and took a barrage of right hands while lying on his back before referee Dan Miriaglotta stepped in and stopped the bout.

Fighting in the final preliminary bout of the evening, Moutinho (3-0, 1 KO), the Milford, Mass., bantamweight, caught Ohio’s Jason Rine (0-2) with a knee to the chin, finishing his opponent just 10 seconds into the opening, three seconds shy of tying Rodriguez’s record.

In the opening preliminary bout, Framingham, Mass., flyweight Maria Rivera (1-0, 1 KO) earned the win in her professional debut, stopping Sarah Click (1-2) of Bourne, Mass., at 2:40 of the opening round. Rivera caught Click with an overhand right late in the round, sending Click to the canvas, and finished the bout with unanswered strikes, forcing Miragliotta to wave it off.

Also in the flyweight division, Bellingham, Mass., native David Baxter (4-1) earned his second consecutive win, submitting Pawtucket, R.I., vet Dan Cormier (4-7) via triangle choke at 1:42 of the second round in his third appearance with CES MMA.

Milford, Mass., bantamweight Richie Santiago (3-0) kept his perfect record intact on the preliminary card as Ohio vet Raymond Yanez (4-9) was forced to tap due to injury 42 seconds into the second forth. Yanez dislocated his left shoulder on a takedown early in the round and verbally tapped as Santiago rained down with unanswered elbows. Santiago is now 3-0 under the promotional guidance of CES MMA.

Fresh off a submission win at “CES MMA 39” in November, Stoughton, Mass., lightweight Connor Barry (2-0) earned a split-decision win over tough New Jersey veteran Travis Foster (0-3), 29-27, 28-29, 29-28. Foster showed off his strength throughout the match, twice slamming Barry to the canvas, but Barry was more consistent with his strikes and maintained the edge on the ground for his second pro win in as many bouts.

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Contacts:

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

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