Official weights for Halquist Productions, “Battle at the Boat 111” at the Emerald Queens Casino, Tacoma Washington.
Main Event and Co-Feature
Light Heavyweights– Mike Gavronski (171.5) vs. Quinton Rankin (173)
Welterweight Contest– Andres Reyes (147) vs. Will Hughes (144.5)
Light Heavyweights– Richard Vansiclen (177) vs. Justin Milani (176.5)
Super Middleweights– Jacob Ikaika Martin (163) vs. Erik Cronkhite (162)
Super Welterweights– Jesse Barich (152) vs. Kevin Torres (152)
Super Lightweights– Niko McFarland (139.5) vs. Shae Green (140)
MASHANTUCKET, CT (June 2, 2017) – All the boxers made weight today for tomorrow’s (Sat., June 3)
Broadway Boxing event to be held in Fox Theater, at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT,
The popular Broadway Boxing series is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House,
will showcase some of New England’s top fighters.
Main Event – Lightweights — (8)
Matt Remillard (24-1, 13 KOs), Manchester, CT 135 lbs.
Fatiou Fassinou (27-5-3, 14 KOs), Cotonou, Benin 133 lbs.
Female Super Lightweights (6)
(L) Jennifer Salinas (19-4, 5 KOs), Providence, RI 135 lbs.
(R) Marquita Lee (3-4), Novato, CA 132 lbs.
Ruslan Shamalov (4-0, 3 KOs), Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia 233 lbs.
George Arias (6-0, 3 KOs), Bronx, NY by way of Dominican Republic 230 lbs
Myquan Williams (6-0, 4 KOs), East Hartford, CT 146 lbs.
Ariel Vasquez (13-17-2, 9 KOs), Managua, Nicaragua 147 lbs
Super Welterweights (4)
Khiry Todd (4-0, 4 KOs), Lynn, MA 149 lbs.
Nicolas Sarouna (12-8-1, 9 KOs), Lome, Togo 148 lbs.
Radzhab Butaev (5-0, 4 KOs), Brooklyn, NY by way of Russia 153 lbs.
Abraham Alvarez (20-10-1, 11 KOs), El Rosario, Mexico 159 lbs.
(L) Luis Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), Peekskill, NY by way of Cuba 194 lbs.
(R) Felipe Romero (19-13-1, 13 KOs), San Diego, CA by way of Mexico 195 lbs.
Super Welterweights (4)
Jose Roman (3-0, 3 KOs), Bayamon, Puerto Rico 149 lbs.
William Hill (2-2), Detroit, MI 148 lbs.
MASHANTUCKET, NY (June 2, 2017) – The next installment of the popular DiBella Entertainment-promoted Broadway Boxing series, scheduled for tomorrow night (June 3) in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, will have a special meaning for three Connecticut-based participants: comebacking lightweight Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, rising welterweight prospect Mykquan Williams, and their head trainer Paul Cichon.
The Broadway Boxing series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. The June 3rd card will feature some of New England’s best fighters. Remillard is matched against former WBC International Silver super bantamweight champion Fatiou Fassinou (27-5-3, 14 KOs), of Benin, in an eight-round lightweight match that has been elevated to the card’s main event with the cancellation of the Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent vs. Jerri “Fists of Fury” Stitzes fight.
The 30-year-oldRemillard (24-1, 13 KOs), of Manchester, CT, and East Hartford’s 19-year-old Williams (6-0, 4 KOs) have taken much different routes to get where they’re currently at in their respective lives. Both train out of Manchester (CT) ROCS (Ring of Champions Society) boxing gym, which Cichon owns and operates.
Remillard is a former WBC Youth, WBC-USNBC, NABF and NABO featherweight champion, whose lone pro loss was in March 2011 to undefeated rising star Mikey Garcia, the reigning WBC world lightweight champion. Remillard was inactive after that fight due to serving a five-year prison sentence.
Williams’ father was murdered when Mykquan, who will graduate from high school soon after Saturday’s fight, was just a week old, and 10 years later his house was burned to the ground.
Remillard and Williams fought on the same card in Worcester, MA, on April 1, with Matt taking an eight-round unanimous decision against Augustine Mauras, who recently took 2012 Olympic gold medalist Faziddin Gaibnazorov the complete eight-round distance in a loss by decision, while Williams stopped Mexican Israel Rojas in the opening round.
The common denominator for Remillard and Williams is Cichon, who is one of the best and most respected boxing trainers in New England, despite him not having any boxing background to speak of when he first started working corners.
“I know they fought together in Worcester,” Cichon explained, “but this is going to be special because Matt will be fighting in his home state for the first time in six years, and Mykey competes in his first six-round fight. I’m in the best place of my life right now. I had a horrible childhood and when I grew into a man, instead of being bitter, I decided to try to help kids so they wouldn’t grow up like me. I’m not getting rich off Matt, Mykey or my gym, but I’m glad I’m doing what I am for these kids. I didn’t know anything about this game when I started but I helped Matt get to No. 2 in the world and Mykey is a five-time national champion. I’m extremely proud of that, especially having no boxing background. I tried boxing in the Golden Gloves for a year, but went back to the streets. I studied hard and was a quick learner from guys like Johnny Duke.
“Matt came to my gym for the first time when he was 13. I wouldn’t let him do anything except sweep the floor and clean out the spit buckets for the first three weeks, until he finally said, ‘please’. (Retired boxer) Addy Irizarry brought Mykey to my gym when he was seven years old. At 11, he was carrying Matt’s belts into the ring for his fights. They have a big brother/little brother relationship growing now. During sparring sessions, Mykey is faster and sharper, but Matt’s more experienced and that’s making Mykey better. Mykey was as pleased as I was to have Matt back at ROCS. They’re different, personality-wise, but good people. Matt is more reserved and Mykey’s an extrovert.”
“Paul’s like a second father to me,” Remillard said. “We’ve been through thick and thin together. He was there through the worst time in my life. We’re best friends; he’d never stab me in the back and it’s good to have him in my corner.
“It’s getting to be like a brotherly relationship between Mykey and me. We’re still getting to know one another and the vibes in the gym have been getting stronger. I was away and it was like his gym when I came back, but he welcomed me with open arms. I try to help him out in the gym and guide him with my experience. We’re family at ROCS.
“I’m excited about this event. Foxwoods is an awesome venue to have a fight. I’ve always been comfortable fighting there. I’m blessed that DiBella Entertainment is giving me this opportunity to showcase my talents on such a tremendous card.”
Stepping up to six rounds for the first time in his young career, Williams will square off with Nicaraguan welterweight Ariel Vasquez (12-17-2, 9 KOs).
“Paul is a father figure to me as well,” said Williams. “He helps me a lot, in and out of the ring. My Aunt Addy introduced me to him. I met him 11 years ago and our bond has kept getting stronger. I wasn’t looking for a father figure, it just happened.
“I met Matt when I was 11, but we didn’t have a relationship back then. I was so young and quiet, while he was a pro boxer. There was no connection other than me carrying his belts into the ring. We’re both older now and I understand boxing much better. Since he came back, we have developed a good relationship. Matt has a lot more experience, he gives me advice and I learn from him. As soon as Paul asked me if I was okay with Matt coming back to our gym, I said yes because I knew that it would be good for both of us.
“This event on Saturday is going to be special for me and Matt. He’ll be fighting at home after a long layoff, and I’m excited to be in my first six-rounder. When we first met, he was a pro boxer and I was seven years old and didn’t know anything. Now, we’re fighting on the same card at home. It’s crazy!”
Other top New Englanders in action includes Lynn, MA welterweight prospect Khiry “TNT” Todd (4-0, 4 KOs), a 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, who takes on battle-tested Togo fighter Nicolas Sarouna (12-8-1, 9 KOs) in a four-round match, in addition to Providence lightweight Jennifer “The Bolivian Queen” Salinas (19-4, 5 KOs) against Marquita Lee (3-4), of Novato, CA. Salinas, who recently challenged for the IBF female super featherweight world championship, is a former UBF world super featherweight champion.
In the six-round co-featured bout, unbeaten New York-based heavyweights will collide in their toughest tests to date as Russian Ruslan Shamalov (4-0, 3 KOs) faces George Arias (6-0, 3 KOs).
Russian amateur prodigy Radzhab “The Python” Butaev (5-0, 4 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by Vadim Kornilov, will be showcased against Mexico’s Abraham Alvarez (22-10-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Decorated Cuban amateur Luis “El Leon” Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, NY, will meet veteran Mexican cruiserweight Felipe “El Indio” Romero (19-13-1, 13 KOs), fighting out of San Diego, in a six-round clash. Garcia is a former world junior championship gold medalist, while Romero was a WBC FECOMBOX cruiserweight and super middleweight champion.
In his US debut, Puerto Rican welterweight Jose Roman (3-0, 3 KOs) will take on William Hill (2-2), of Detroit, in a four-round welterweight fight. Roman was a three-time member of the Dominican Republic National boxing team.
The first three star names have signed up for the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series. IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Murat Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs), WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (22-0, 18 KOs) as well as former IBF / WBC champion & IBF top-ranked challenger Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) will all participate in the revolutionary global knock-out tournament, with five more elite fighters to be confirmed shortly. The winner will receive the GREATEST prize in boxing, the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Boasting a combined record of 99 wins and 3 losses along with 72 KOs, Gassiev, Briedis and Wlodarczyk can´t wait to get in on and write history.
“It is an honor to be in the World Boxing Super Series,“ said Gassiev, who holds the IBF title. “This is the best fighting the best. I have never lost a fight, I am the IBF champion and I look forward to winning the other belts as well to cement my position as the best fighter in the division!“
WBC Champion Briedis is also thrilled to participate. “This is the Champions League of boxing and I am going to prove that I am the world´s best cruiserweight,” he said. “The competition will be tough, but to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
Wlodarczyk, the former IBF & WBC Champion who now occupies the number one spot in the IBF rankings, is equally confident of success. “I will stamp my authority on the division by beating the best cruiserweights out there and winning the World Boxing Super Series,” he stated. “There is a reason the winner gets the Muhammad Ali Trophy. He was the Greatest of all time, and the winner of this tournament has the right to call himself the greatest cruiserweight of our time.”
Saturday will mark the first anniversary of Muhammad Ali´s death. Roberto Dalmiglio, Comosa´s Head of Management Board, paid tribute to the GREATEST of all time. “Nobody will ever forget what Ali has achieved,” he said. “He was the GREATEST of all time because he defeated the best opponents out there. The World Boxing Super Series is all about the best fighting the best, and that is why we named the trophy after him.”
With three high-profile signings confirmed and many more to come, the stage is set for an exciting tournament. “The quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy has officially begun and we are thrilled to welcome two unbeaten world champions and a top-ranked challenger, who is a former champion, to the World Boxing Super Series,” Dalmiglio said. “They have accepted the ultimate challenge to determine the best cruiserweight in the world.”
Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series will feature the cruiserweights and super-middleweight divisions. In each weight class, eight top fighters will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. There will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), which makes for a total of 14 high-class fights. “We have received a massive amount of applications for both divisions,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa`s Chief Boxing Officer. “The best fighters are lining up to be in the tournament. Just like the fans, they love the format and the fact that there will only be one man standing at the end.”
Richard Schaefer, Comosa`s Chairman of the Americas, added: “We promised you the biggest names and champions in the divisions and here we are delivering. More names will follow shortly. We simply can’t wait to get the action started!”
The quarter-final pairings will be determined during the Draft Gala in Monaco in early July. In each weight class, the four top-seeded boxers (which will be determined by the Comosa Board) will select their quarter-final opponents from the four unseeded boxers. Once the pairings are set, the exact fight dates and venues will be announced.
WORCESTER, Mass. (June 1, 2017) – Popular heavyweight Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis takes on Laura “Lady Ram” Ramsey for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) World title, on Saturday night, June 10, in the eight-round “New England’s Future 3” co-feature at the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.
PARK CITY, Kansas (June 1, 2017) – Wichita-native Nico Hernandez (1-0, 1 KO), a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, is on a mission to establish his home as a real “fight town” like world champion Terence Crawford has done in Omaha, Nebraska.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 1st, 2017) — While the main event championship showdown between reigning title-holder Greg Vendetti and challenger Khiary Gray next week at Twin River Casino promises to deliver fireworks in the junior middleweight division, the undercard of CES Boxing’s Friday, June 9th, 2017Pay Per View showcase could steal the spotlight.
Next Friday’s 10-fight card, promoted in association with Boston-based promotion Murphys Boxing, features three of the region’s busiest, most successful fighters facing their toughest test to date in front of an expected worldwide PPV audience on FITE TV.
Among the most noteworthy preliminary bouts is a six-round junior middleweight rematch between battle-tested New Bedford, Mass., vet Ray Oliveira Jr. (7-1, 1 KO) and the dangerous Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., who face one another for the second time just four months following their epic duel in February.
Oliveira, then 6-0, won by majority decision with judges Glenn Feldman and Don Trella scoring the bout in favor of Oliveira. Clark Sammartino had it a draw, 57-57.
The hard-hitting Rivera, who dabbled in mixed martial arts as an amateur before making the full-time switch to boxing, credit Oliveira for his durability, but felt he should’ve gotten the nod the first time around.
“I was the one landing all the punches,” Rivera said. “I felt like I outboxed him, I connected the most punches and most of the punches I landed were big, clean punches.
“He just managed to take the power.”
While Oliveira lost his last bout, another majority decision, this time to Maine’s Casey Kramlich, Rivera enters next Friday fresh off an exciting knockout win over New Yorker Marcus Beckford, courtesy of a thunderous, right uppercut in the fourth round that caught Beckford square on the chin and sent the 12-fight vet crashing to the canvas.
Next week’s rematch with Oliveira, like most of Oliveira’s fights, promises toe-to-toe action with both sides likely grabbing the momentum from one another at various points throughout the night.
“I made him miss a lot the first time and the punches he hit me with were mostly to my arms as I blocked 80 percent of them,” Rivera said. “Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good, aggressive fighter and he sure as hell comes to fight just like I do. At the end of the day, it was an awesome fight and I learned a lot from it. The rematch will be a must-watch fight.”
Staying true to his word, Oliveira continues to move forward, even on the heels of a tough loss in April. The son of New Bedford legend “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, the 26-year-old junior middleweight prospect has carved his own path as one of the tougher challengers in his weight class; next Friday will be his fifth fight in the last 11 months against opponents with a combined record of 16-2-1. He expects more of the same June 9th.
“As I’ve told people before, I’m not a big fan of rematches. It isn’t in my best interest to fight the same people over and over, but, once again, he called me out,” Oliveira said. “He wanted the first fight and now he wants the rematch.
“He feels the decision was unjust, but I completely won that fight. Last time, I was a little impatient. I really wanted the knockout. I was a little mad I got called out by someone with a lesser record, so I wanted to knock him out and prove a point. It didn’t happen. I was going for it too much. That’s why it didn’t come.
“This time, I’ll relax more and take my time. If I’m a little more patient and put my punched together, I can probably get the knockout. I like Jose. We talked afer the first fight. He’s a hard-working kid, but this is business. Next Friday, I’m going to take care of business. This is nothing I haven’t seen before.”
Perhaps the only fighter in New England busier than Oliveira, middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (6-0-2, 5 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., returns next Friday for the third time in 2017 and the ninth time since turning pro 13 months ago in a six-round showdown against fellow undefeated middleweight and Bloomfield, N.J., policeman Godson Noel (6-0-1, 4 KOs).
Eight weeks ago, Ball earned his second consecutive win and fifth career knockout when he stopped the game Zachary Christy, a decorated U.S. Air Force vet and Rhode Island native, in the fifth round of a scheduled six-round fight.
Despite Ball’s eight-inch height advantage, the fight was still up for grabs down the stretch; the shorter Christy closed the gap by fighting effectively on the inside and led on one scorecard entering the fifth, but Ball — a notorious slow starter — turned up the intensity following a pep talk from his father, Kendrick Ball, between rounds and finished Christy with a trio of left hooks upstairs, scoring the knockout at the 1:19 mark.
The 24-year-old Ball faces an undefeated opponent for the fourth time next week with Noel looking to rebound from the only blemish on his record, a draw against 43-fight vet Antonio Fernandes in May of 2016.
Also making his climb as one of New England’s most watched fighters of 2017, Providence, R.I., lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs) returns to action next Friday in the first six-round fight of his promising career when he faces Dallas vet Abraham Torres (3-1, 1 KO).
Marsella fights for the first time since February when he scored a dominant, unanimous decision win over 16-fight vet Francisco Medel. The resilient Torres has rebounded nicely from a loss in his pro debut with three consecutive wins, including victories over the unbeaten Antonio Castillo in February of 2016. He returned a year later, battling to a draw with undefeated Edward Vasquez in Dallas, a fight he nearly ended in the opening round courtesy of a staggering right hand, but the outcome was later changed to a no contest, keeping Torres’ win streak alive.
“Stepping into my first six-round fight,” Marsella said, “my opponent is on a win streak that I’m putting to an end June 9th.”
Torres’ team remains confident; the popular, 28-year-old lightweight has a strong following in his hometown and a reputation as a hard-working, come-forward fighter. Torres’ trainer and manager, Julio DeLeon, warned the Marsella camp, “They picked the wrong fight.”
Stacking the deck even further, CES Boxing and Murphys Boxing teamed to bring Twin River fight fans a dynamic main event and co-feature for next Friday’s PPV extravaganza. Gray (14-2, 11 KOs), promoted by CES, and Vendetti (14-2-1, 10 KOs), promoted by Murphys founder Ken Casey, the founder of Celtic punk band the Dropkick Murphys, have been on one another’s radar for the past year and a half, a rivalry that intensified when Vendetti captured the vacant New England Junior Middleweight Title in May of 2016.
Eleven months later, the two 154-pound contenders face one another in next week’s eight-round main event with both Vendetti’s title and 10-fight win streak on the line.
Rounding out the June 9th doubleheader, Murphys prospect Mark DeLuca (18-0, 12 KOs) of Whitman, Mass., puts his unbeaten record on the line against the dangerous Chris Chatman (14-6-1, 5 KOs) of Chicago in the eight-round co-feature. Chatman has become a New England fan-favorite in recent years with wins over regional standouts Thomas Falowo and Vladine Biosse and makes his ninth Twin River Casino appearance next Friday and fifth in a row since April of 2015.
In another hotly-contested regional showdown, New London, Conn., junior welterweight Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 2 KOs) faces fellow unbeaten Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) of Springfield, Mass., in a four-round bout. Both fought in April with Marrero edging Sidney Maccow by majority decision and Ortiz upending previously unbeaten prospect Jonathan Figueroa on the scorecards by unanimous decision.
The June 9th card also features the Rhode Island and Twin River debut of CES’ newest protégé, 6-foot-5 Italian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (10-1, 8 KOs) of Norfolk, Va. The 29-year-old Cusumano will face Wilmington, Del., native Dan Biddle (9-6, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout. Providence, R.I., super featherweight Michael Valentin makes his professional debut in a separate four-round bout against Kevin De Freitas of Somerville, Mass., who also makes his debut.
Salem, Mass., junior welterweight Matt Doherty (6-3-1, 4 KOs), fresh off a big knockout win over Julio Perez in February, faces Providence’s Cido Hoff (1-1-1) in a four-round bout, and Pawtucket, R.I, featherweight Ricky Delossantos (1-0) battles Orange, N.J., native Malcolm Simms (0-0-1), also in a four-round bout.
LEADING super-middleweight contenders Darryl Williams and Mark Heffron have begun training under British boxing legend Ricky Hatton at his gym in Hyde, Greater Manchester.
The unbeaten pair both have fights on the horizon and believe The Hitman is the right trainer to take them to the next level.
Londoner Williams, 15-0 (6 KOs), is preparing to defend his English title in a rematch with Jahmaine Smyle at the Copper Box Arena on July 8, while Heffron, 15-0 (13 KOs) will square off with Bartlomiej Grafka at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse three weeks earlier on June 17.
“I’m over the moon that two of the best super-middles have chosen to join my gym and I think it says a lot about the work myself, Mike Jackson and Blain Younis have been doing with our lads over the past couple of years,” Hatton said.
“Darryl is a really exciting boxer and his first fight with Smyle is probably the British fight of the year so far. Everyone knows how much I liked a tear up during my career, but I’ll be aiming to add a few more subtleties to his game.
“As for Mark, what more do you need to say about him than ‘pure power’. He’s had a bit of a stop-start career, but he’s really on it now and anyone who can put away 13 of 15 opponents has to set pulses racing.
“I also train Jake Haigh and Chris Blaney so the gym is brimming with talent at middleweight and super-middleweight and I think the sparring sessions alone are going to be something else.”