CES MEDIA ALERT: Soto stuns Oliveira Jr. with second-round knockout win; Cusumano makes quick work of Latham

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 23rd, 2018) – A wild night at Twin River Casino ended with a dramatic finish and a new champion crowned in the super welterweight division.

Fighting with a heavy heart, Edwin Soto (12-2-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., stunned the Twin River crowd with a second-round knockout win over Ray Oliveira Jr. (9-2) of New Bedford, Mass., in the main event to capture the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) Canadian American Mexican Title.

Soto got Oliveira’s attention early with a series of clean lefts and then cracked Oliveira again early in the second round, causing his opponent’s knees to momentarily buckle. Smelling blood in the water, Soto closed in, backed Oliveira into the corner and bombarded him with rights and lefts upstairs until referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout 20 seconds into the round. The scheduled eight-round main event highlighted CES Boxing’s 2018 season opener, which streamed on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE.

Trained by Marilyn and Luis Rosa, whose late son, Luis Rosa Jr., was inducted into the CES Boxing Ring of Honor earlier in the night, Soto wore black trunks with “KO King Lives” embroidered on the side in memory of his former training partner. Rosa Jr., a 23-1 super bantamweight prospect from New Haven, passed away tragically in an automobile accident in January.

The win was Soto’s third in a row and second since launching his comeback following a two-year layoff in 2017. Oliveira Jr. lost for the first time since dropping a narrow decision to Casey Kramlich in April.

Facing his toughest test to date, Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (14-1, 12 KOs) continued to make it look easy, overpowering Pittsburgh’s Fred Latham (9-2-2) in Friday’s co-feature to score a first-round knockout at the 2:19 mark, his 12th consecutive win.

The heavy-handed Cusumano caught Latham early, backed him up against the ropes and just unloaded with lefts and rights until referee Steve Smoger mercifully stopped the bout. Cusumano has now won four fights under the CES Boxing banner, all by knockout.


Lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (8-0) continued his climb to the top of his weight class on the preliminary card, out-boxing Laredo, Tex., veteran Victor Rosas (9-8) to earn a 60-54 unanimous decision win on all three scorecards. Ortiz was simply too crafty and too quick for Rosas, who continued to come forward, but could not close the distance.

Providence, R.I., super lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (8-0) also remained unbeaten with a methodical, unanimous decision win over Cancun challenger Israel Villela (6-9), 60-54 on all three scorecards. Marsella Jr. scored effectively on the outside and kept his distance from Villela, who tried in vain to box on the inside, but couldn’t stay off the end of Marsella’s jab.

Fighting for the first time since 2016, “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (15-8-3) suffered a left bicep injury in the opening round despite dropping his opponent to the canvas and wound up on the losing end of a 57-56, 58-55, 56-57 split decision against Atlantic City vet Antowyan Aikens (12-4-1), who poured it in the middle rounds.

Judge Eddie Scuncio still had Biosse controlling the third and fourth rounds, but Martha Tremblay and Ken Ezzo had Aikens winning rounds two through five to pull away late. Aikens won for just the second time in six fights. Biosse last fought in May of 2016 when he dropped a split decision to Peter Manfredo Jr.


The fight of the night on the preliminary card featured Springfield, Mass., welterweight Miguel Ortiz (3-1) earning a hard-fought 40-35, 40-35, 40-35 unanimous decision win over debut Wilson Mascarenhas (0-1) of New Bedford, who fought tooth and nail after a slow start.

The seasoned Ortiz applied pressure early and dropped Mascarenhas in the second round. A stoppage seemed imminent, but Mascarenhas survived the round and suddenly began utilizing his angles, catching Ortiz with clean right hands on the way in. Though the late rounds appeared close, Ortiz still earned the shutout with the 10-8 second round included.

Making his Twin River debut, Johnston, R.I., junior welterweight Nicky DeQuattro (3-0) kept his perfect record intact with a unanimous decision win over Carlos Galindo (0-2) of Peru, 40-36 on all three scorecards.


Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (3-2) opened the preliminary card with an impressive win, defeating Latorie Woodberry (1-6) of Roanoke, Va., by unanimous decision, 40-35, 40-36, 40-36. Coming off a controversial loss to Travis Demko in September, Bates controlled this one from the opening bell, scoring a 10-8 round in the second despite not dropping his opponent.

Also in preliminary action, featherweight Ricky Delossantos (4-0, 1 KO) of Pawtucket, R.I., remained undefeated with his first career knockout win, punishing Efren Nunez (0-1) of New Bedford to earn the stoppage at 2:23 of the third round. Nunez kept pace early, but Delossantos unloaded with a serious of unanswered shots toward the end of the third, prompting referee Danny Schiavone to stop the bout.

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Ten month-old fan-friendly fight series averages 88,952 views per show, recently eclipsed 1,000,000 view milestone.



NEW YORK (Feb. 16, 2018) – Beginning next Friday, Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE serves up tripleheader action inside the squared circle. To open the weekend, the fan-friendly boxing and MMA streaming service partners once again with renowned promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. for a red-hot CES Boxing card to start the boxing year in New England. Fans from across the globe can catch all the action beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from Twin River Casino in Rhode Island on any device wherever Facebook is available.

“This is an exciting main event between two deserving championship contenders and there’s no better partner than FIGHTNIGHT LIVE to provide fight fans all around the globe a front-row seat to the action. Ray Oliveira Jr. has paid his dues though the years while other fighters in New England have had the opportunity to see their name in lights. Now he gets his shot to headline for the first time in his career while competing for his first championship,” said Burchfield, Sr.

Recently hitting the 1,000,000 views mark, Friday’s show rings the opening bell on FIGHTNIGHT LIVE’s Feb. 23-24 back-to-back-to-back Friday and Saturday shows spanning from the casinos of New England to the Boardwalk of Atlantic City.

“At this point, CES and FIGHTNIGHT LIVE are family,” said Mark Fratto, Principal of Linacre Media. “We know each other, we love working on shows with the Burchfield and CES Family and have relationships with the promoters and fighters that extend long past the bell. These are great people and great athletes and we’re excited as always to give them a platform to showcase their talent and tell their stories. What a great way to open a jam-packed weekend of Facebook fights.”

CES Boxing kicks off the 2018 Twin River Casino Fight Series on Friday, Feb. 23, with Fall River, Mass., junior middleweight Ray Oliveira Jr. (9-1, 1 KO) headlining for the first time in his career and vying for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight Canadian-American-Mexican (CAM) Championship in an eight-round showdown against New Haven, Conn., veteran Edwin Soto (11-2-2, 4 KOs), plus a six-round heavyweight co-feature between Sicilian Juiseppe Cusumano (13-1, 11 KOs) and battle-tested Pittsburgh, Pa., native Fred Latham (9-1-2, 5 KOs).

Over the first nine-plus months of programming, the numbers on the 12-show FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series have showed promise and potential for the new platform with an average of close to 90,000 fight fans tuning in per event and more than one-million fans served.


The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” from Resorts World Casino (225,000), the August CES “Super Saturday” from Foxwoods (203,000), the Sept. CES “Twin River Twinbill” from Lincoln, R.I. (157,000) all topped 150,000 views, and collectively the 12-show series saw a total of more than 21,000 total hours of Facebook video consumed by 1,067,435-plus users across all devices.


In addition to the raw viewership numbers, the fully-interactive, fan-friendly productions have seen more than 142,000 collective live post engagements (nearly 12,000 per show), including almost 97,000 “likes” or “loves,” more than 22,000 comments and almost 6,000 shares.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE broadcasts are viewed by 76 percent men, 24 percent women. The top demographic is comprised of males ages 25-34, which encompasses approximately 30.0 percent of the audience, on average.

The Sept. 9 “Real Deal Promotions: Empire State” set a new bar with 224,658 views and the Sept. 15-16 DiBella-CES doubleheader carried the series to three-quarters-of-a-million views in just over four months. The Feb. 10 Hard-Hitting Promotions “Philly Fight Night” show stands out individually with 3,421 live hours of content viewed, while the Sept. 15 DiBella card saw more than 40,000 viewer interactions including almost 39,000 “likes” or “loves.”

The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE page on Facebook has more than 80,000 fans and more than 82,000 followers. And Facebook itself has taken notice – the world’s No. 1 social network recently profiled FIGHTNIGHT LIVE on its “Success Stories” media blog, noting the series’ use of industry best practices for production and interactivity:

            Facebook FIGHTNIGHT LIVE has been delivered to fans absolutely free since its May 2017 launch courtesy of series corporate partners like Elite Heat WaterMontauk Iced Tea (montaukbev.com), Mr. Custom Made (mrcustommade.com) and BallWash (ballwash.com).

On Friday night, Feb. 23, live from live from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., fans can expect a high-impact, multi-camera streaming experience complete with graphics, animations, replays, interviews and an announce team anchored by blow-by-blow announcer Michael Woods of the TalkBox Podcast, NYFights.com and The Ring and analyst Xavier Porter of BrooklynFights.com and Notorious Boxing. To provide spectators with a fully-interactive ringside experience, commentators will ask and respond to questions from the Facebook audience throughout the broadcast.

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features professional announcers, multiple camera angles, television graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content.

More FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Winter/Spring 2018 dates will be officially announced in the coming weeks.

FIGHTNIGHT LIVE is available online at: https://www.facebook.com/ FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/

Follow all the action via social media at FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Facebook, @FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Instagram and@FIGHTNIGHTLIVE_ on Twitter, or by using the hashtag #FIGHTNIGHTLIVE. For the latest Linacre Media events and broadcast schedule, follow@LinacreMedia across all social platforms or use the tags #LinacreMediaEvents or #LinacreMediaOnTV.



For More Information, Please Contact:

Marc Abrams, Abrams Boxing

Email: phillyboxing@gmail.com

Mark Fratto, Linacre Media
Mobile: 917-698-0865
Email: mfratto@linacremedia.com

CES MEDIA ALERT: Rebello makes quick work of Wiuff to capture vacant title; Paiva dominant in co-feature win

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 2nd, 2018) Greg Rebello knew exactly what to expect from Travis Wiuff and was more than ready for it in Friday’s main event at “CES MMA 48.”


Facing a submission specialist with 97 fights under his belt, Rebello (24-8) stuffed an early takedown and pummeled Wiuff (75-22-1) with right hands to earn the stoppage 22 seconds into the opening round of their scheduled five-round title bout for the vacant CES MMA World Heavyweight Championship at Twin River Casino live on AXS TV.


During the week leading up to the fight, Rebello predicted he’d the “same old Travis” on Friday against Wiuff, who entered with 25 submission victories on his resume. As expected, Wiuff shot for the takedown, but Rebello was prepared and finished the job within seconds to earn his first world title in his second attempt at the belt.


“A lot of people don’t know I’m a good wrestler,” Rebello said. “I work hard on my takedown defense.”


Rebello has now won back-to-back fights and takes home his first CES MMA championship after coming up short in his first attempt in August of 2016 against Ashley Gooch.


Starring in the co-feature, East Providence, R.I., featherweight Dinis Paiva (11-6) absolutely dominated Arizona native Kevin Barberena (5-4), stalking down his opponent and peppering him over the course of three rounds to earn a 30-26, 30-26, 30-27 unanimous decision.


Barberena, who entered Friday on a three-fight win streak, had no answer for Paiva’s speed or footwork as he backpedaled the entire fight to avoid Paiva’s signature overhand left. Paiva nearly ended the fight in the second round when Barberena turned his back to complain of an alleged eye poke, prompting Paiva to turn up the pressure and unload with a series of rights before Barberena could regain his composure.


The third round was more of the same as Paiva continued to stalk him down while Barberena circled the cage without offering much resistance in return. Confident as ever, Paiva eventually dropped his guard and taunted Barberena as he continued to pepper him with jabs until the final bell. Paiva has now won four in a row and hasn’t lost a fight since 2015.


Fighting for the first time in seven years following two deployments to Afghanistan as a U.S. Army Sergeant, North Attleboro, Mass., lightweight Brian Marino (6-1) earned a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision win over Bronx native Jerome Mickle (3-4).


Marino came out the aggressor in the opening, landing overhand rights that sent Mickle spinning toward the cage twice, but Mickle absorbed Marino’s best and kept pressing forward in the second and third rounds. Marino held his own on the ground and maintained the upper hand in the striking department to end his long layoff with his fourth consecutive win dating back to 2010.


Peabody, Mass., bantamweight Rico DiSciullo (9-1, 4 KOs) extended his win streak to three consecutive fights with a decisive, bloody win over Colorado Springs vet Jaime Hernandez (3-2) in the opening bout of the AXS TV Fights telecast.


A knee to the forehead opened a nasty gash over Hernandez’s left eye midway through the opening round. Referee John English briefly halted the bout to allow the ringside physicians to examine the cut. The agreed to let the fight continue, but as DiSciullo began to unload on Hernandez, the cut worsened and the blood continued to flow to the point where Hernandez could no longer open his eye, forcing English to call at 3:21.


Also on the main card, New Hampshire’s Tim Caron (7-1, 5 KOs) made his CES MMA debut in grand fashion, knockout out Mississippi’s Timothy Woods (7-6) with a hard slam to the canvas at the 1:23 mark of the opening round. Caron had Woods pressed against the cage early in the round and swept the left leg for a quick, single-leg takedown. Woods landed awkwardly on the top of his head and remained motionless for several minutes after the bout before being taken out of the cage on a stretcher. Continue reading

A message from Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

Jimmy Burchfield.jpgGreetings! Classic Entertainment & Sports CEO Jimmy Burchfield Sr.


Throughout the 2017 season, we’ve reflected on our 25th anniversary in combat sports with tremendous pride in our own achievements and respect for the ever-changing sports’ landscape.


Adjusting and adapting is never easy. There are certain realities that become difficult to face over the course of time, but you can either choose to carve your own path on the sports’ winding road or fold up shop and find a purpose in life.


We chose to create our own niche. Here we are, 25 years later, as one of the leaders in a competitive industry, bringing our fans quality entertainment combined with the kind of cutting-edge technology that has also enhanced our viewers’ experience in the fast-changing multimedia digital age.


At the root of it all, nothing is more important than the product in the ring. Boxing fans are as demanding as they come and they expect quality, competitive fights. They develop rooting interests in our fighters and are granted access to the personalities and talent unseen in any other professional sport. Our athletes aren’t just boxers. They’re fathers, cousins, brothers, workers, laborers or even military veterans. Being in the ring, even for just a handful of fights, is a humbling experience and it brings our fighters much closer to our fans. CES Boxing is a family-owned company and we stress the importance of family, faith and hard work in everything we do.


Tomorrow is our season finale, our official 25th anniversary party at the beautiful Twin River Casino, a fitting stage for our 2017 exit. This venue has been the home for many of our most memorable moments and we’ll take some time tomorrow to reflect on the highlights and heroes and all the people who’ve made a difference through the years to keep the engine running behind the scenes.


Many of our fighters, both past and present, will be in attendance, from former Olympian Jason Estrada to female world champion Jaime Clampitt, plus Kippy Diggs, Matt Godfrey and Gary “Tiger” Balletto. We’ll also be joined by some of our budding MMA stars, including Gary Balletto Jr. and John Gotti III.


More importantly, we’ve put together another stacked fight card to close the year in style. One day, 25 years now, we look forward to celebrating 50 years with some of the names you’ll see in the ring on Dec. 7th, starting with Worcester’s Khiary Gray. The humble, hard-working Gray is moving down from 154 pounds to 147, a major step as he looks to revitalize his career in a new weight class. Standing in his way is the hard-nosed Greg Jackson of Philadelphia, a true champion from the City of Brotherly Love cut from the same cloth as Philadelphia’s greatest ring warriors. This main event is a classic in the making with both fighters looking to reach the pinnacle in 2018. A win tomorrow puts them on the right path.


With this being our 25th anniversary celebration, it’s only fitting we feature another epic female bout. CES Boxing has been one of the leading advocates for female boxing over the last quarter. We featured female fighters as headliners during an era in which other promoters wouldn’t give women a chance. We’re proud of the work we’ve done in this field and we’re proud to feature Marshfield’s Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, one of many pioneers in this sport, in an exciting clash with Ontario’s Natasha Spence.


Many of our fan-favorites are also back in action, including rising stars Jamaine Ortiz, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Anthony Marsella Jr., all of whom boast undefeated records. Likewise, we continue to span generations as we present the Rhode Island and Twin River debuts of Bobby Harris III and Jarel Pemberton, the sons of two former all-time greats. Jarel’s father, Scott “Sandman” Pemberton, thrilled crowds for many years under the CES Boxing banner and Bobby’s father, Bobby Harris Jr., turned heads as one of the founding fathers of boxing in Worcester.


This is a night of celebration and remembrance. We are also honoring longtime sports broadcaster Ken Bell as this year’s inductee into the CES Ring of Honor. For years, Ken sat ringside to bring our fans all the current news and information on our rising stars and helped develop otherwise unknown fighters into household names.


One thing is certain: 25 years is just the beginning, so while we honor the past tomorrow night, we also have our eyes on the future as we look to bring you another quarter century of the best in combat sports.


Much respect,





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.



– 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
C: 401.263.4990
F: 855-850-2866

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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The CES MMA & Boxing Store Is Here!

Announcing The Launch of the CES MMA & Boxing Stores


T-Shirts, Hats, Hoodies, and much more now available!


You spoke, and we listened.


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.


You’re buying brands you know and love like Under Armour, Champion, Adidas.


We put priority first so you love what you wear from CES and so that they last forever.


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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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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.


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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.



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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