Khiary Gray, 154lbs, of Worcester, MA, defeated Chris Chatman, 154lbs, of Chicago, IL, with a vicious seven round knockout to return to his winning ways after a July loss to Ian Green. Chatman, pressing the action throughout the bout, presented Gray with an aggressive, pressuring opponent. Switching back and forth from orthodox to southpaw, Chatman drove Gray back to the ropes repeatedly and opened a bloody gash over Gray's left eye at the start of the seventh. Starting cautiously, Gray landed the cleaner, speedier blows as the rounds wore on and he put Chatman down in the fourth round landing a hard right with his back along the ropes. In the seventh with blood streaming from the cut over his left eye, Gray slammed a hard left-right against the face of Chris Chatman that sent him reeling back and down. Chatman started to rise only to collapse again prompting the referee to halt the bout at 1:17 of round number seven. Khiary Gray rebounds from his July defeat on ShoBox and improves to 14-1 (11) while rugged Chris Chatman falls to 14-6-1 (5).
Anthony Marsella Jr., 139lbs, of Providence, R.I. stopped Bardraiel Smith, 132lbs, of Philadelphia, PA, with a right hand at :45 seconds of round number one. Marsella is now 2-0 (1) while Smith falls to 0-2.
Irvin Gonzalez, 126lbs, of Worcester, MA, overwhelmed Cido Hoff, 125lbs, of Providence, R.I., dropping him twice in the first, staggering him in the second and hammering away at him with rights and lefts until Ref. Joey Lupino saw enough and halted the bout at 1:59 of round number 2. Gonzalez, a speedy, hard punching youngster who switches from southpaw to orthodox improved to 4-0 (4) with the win. In defeat, Cido Hoff falls to 1-1-1.
Kendrick Ball Jr., 165lbs, of Worcester, MA, defeated Rafael Valencia, lbs, of Medford, Ore. by four round unanimous decision. Ball landed the smarter, flashier punches throughout the fight while Valencia looked to smother his efforts. In the fourth Ball looked close to scoring a knockdown when he bloodied the nose of Valencia and had him absorbing punishment. At the end of four the three ringside judges all saw the bout the same at 40-36 a piece. Ball improved to 4-0-1 (3) while Valencia dropped to 3-5-1 (2).
Cristobal Marrero, 144lbs, of New London, CT, made quick work of Bruno Dias, 146lbs, of Woburn, MA, stopping him at 2:32 of round number one after a vicious body assault. Marrero improves to 2-0 (2) with the win and Dias drops to 0-2.
Jose Rivera, 168lbs, of Hartford, CT got things done quickly with a first round stoppage of BenPeak, 168lbs, of Shrewsbury, MA. Rivera caught Peak with a big right that put him flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Joey Lupino. The time was 2:34 of the first. Rivera improves to 2-0 (2) while Ben Peak makes his pro debut, now 0-1.
In the first bout of the night Jonathan Figueroa, 141lbs, of Hartford, CT won a lopsided unanimous decision over Isaiah Robinson, 147lbs, of Durham, N.C. Figueroa pushed the action throughout, working behind a busy stinging jab and a hard right hand. In the final half of round four he bloodied the nose of Robinson, slamming him with right hands in a neutral corner. When the decision is announced it's unanimous with all three judges seeing it 40-36 in favor of Figueroa who improved to 2-0 (1). Robinson's record dropped to 3-4 (2).
Undefeated junior welterweight Ortiz to face veteran Robinson Oct.
21stin first fight
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 6th, 2016) -- Undefeated
Worcester, Mass., junior welterweightJamaine
Ortizputs his perfect record
on the line at Twin River Casino later this month in a four-round bout against
Durham, N.C., vetIsaiah
for the first time since mid-July, Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) returns to face the
sturdy Robinson (3-3, 2 KOs) in one of nine fights on CES Boxing'sFriday, Oct. 21st, 2016showcase, headlined by the eight-round junior middleweight
main event between fellow Worcester nativeKhiary
Gray(13-1, 10 KOs) and
Chicago'sChris Chatman(14-5-1, 5 KOs).
decorated amateur who competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno, Nev.,
Ortiz last fought July 15thwhen
he stopped Quebec'sKimmy
St-Pierrein the third round
of their scheduled four-round bout.
20-year-old right-hander is one of five Worcester fighters on the Oct.
Gray, who defends his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast and
International Titles just three months after suffering his first career loss in
a nationally-televised bout againstIan
middleweightKendrick Ball Jr.(3-0-1, 3 KOs) aims for his fourth win
in his fifth pro fight in a four-round bout against Oregon'sRafael Valencia(3-4-1, 2 KOs) andIrvin Gonzalez Jr.(3-0, 3 KOs) returns to face
following first career defeat to defend junior middleweight titles against
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 4th, 2016) -- Three months
after suffering his first career loss on national television, Worcester, Mass.,
Grayreturns to the scene of
some of his greatest triumphs hoping to add another memorable moment to the
(13-1, 10 KOs) defends his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast
and International TitlesFriday, Oct. 21st, 2016at Twin River Casino against self-proclaimed "bad
guy"Chris Chatman(14-5-1, 5 KOs), who makes his eighth
Rhode Island appearance.
feel real good about my upcoming victory against Gray," Chatman said
matter-of-factly. "I'm not sleeping on his abilities as a fighter, but I'm
real confident in my training.
looks good, but anyone can look good against the level of competition he's
opposing. I'm sure after he fights me, he'll come out better and ready to
know he said he's bringing the pain. I respect him and what he does, but this
is a fight I knew was coming and I'm ready to get back to doing what I do and
get back into the winners' circle," Gray countered.
coming to redeem myself. The last fight was a fluke."
eight-round main event headlines a stacked nine-fight card that also features
an all-New England six-round co-feature between unbeaten junior middleweights Ray
Oliveira Jr.(5-0, 1 KO) of
New Bedford, Mass., andGerald
Schifone(3-0-1, 1 KO) of
Brockton, Mass., plus a four-round regional showdown between Providence
featherweightCido Hoff(1-0-1) and unbeaten Worcester sluggerIrvin Gonzalez Jr.(2-0, 2 KOs).