Edwin Soto returns to Foxwoods following three-year layoff to face dangerous Salim Larbi in June 2nd pro-am headliner
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Thursday, May 24th, 2018) -- Fresh off the biggest win of his career, New Haven, Conn., junior middleweight Edwin Soto returns to his home state for the first time in more than three years to face his toughest opponent yet.
Soto (12-2-2, 5 KOs) headlines the Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 pro-am boxing event promoted by CES Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino's iconic Fox Theater in an eight-round regional showdown against 31-fight vet Salim Larbi (20-9-2, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The eight-round Soto-Larbi showcase is one of seven professional bouts on a stacked lineup also featuring the official launch of Jimmy Burchfield's USA Amateur Boxing Tournament with six exciting amateur bouts on the preliminary card.
The amateur bouts begin at with the professional main card beginning at7:30.
"This is an exciting night of amateur and professional boxing and we're proud to bring this event to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino," CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. "The young, hungry amateurs you see on June 2nd will one day grace that same stage as professionals. It's honor to help them along their paths to world championship glory.
"Between Edwin Soto, a fighter we have so much history with, Jimmy Williams and the always-entertaining Juiseppe Cusumano, our pro lineup is loaded with the area's most accomplished veterans. Every fight is a war from start to finish."
Tickets for the June 2nd event, titled "The Future Is Now," are priced at $37, $47, $77 and $157 (VIP) 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 Fox Theater Box Office.
Soto steps back into the ring for the second time in four months after shocking Ray Oliveira Jr. of
in a second-round knockout win in New Bedford, Mass.
on Feb. 23rd. Rhode Island
Oliveira Jr. entered the bout 8-1 while Soto had only fought once since 2015, but the Aguadilla, Puerto Rico native rocked Oliveira Jr. in the opening round and finished him for good in the second, punctuating the most impressive win of his career to capture the vacant WBU Canadian American Mexican title.
The Foxwoods stage is nothing new to Soto. The 27-year-old earned his third and fifth professional wins at the Fox Theater under the promotional guidance of CES Boxing and raced out to a 9-0-2 record before suffering his first career loss in October of 2013. After beating Shakha Moore in an intrastate showdown in 2015, Soto took two years off to refocus and returned triumphantly in October of 2017 with a win over Anthony Everett in
, the 31-year-old
Larbi has faced the best of the best in the junior middleweight division. The
record of his last four opponents is an impressive 60-1, including 2012 Olympic
silver medalist Esquiva Falcao and Nord,
France 's Mark
DeLuca. The well-traveled 5-foot-10 junior middleweight now fights out of Boston under the promotional guidance of Ronson Frank's
Uprising Promotions. Over the past six years, Larbi has fought in New
France , Algeria ,
Canada and the
Germany . United States
Also returning June 2nd, New Haven's Jimmy Williams (14-1-1, 5 KOs) faces Jose Antonio Abreu (13-4, 8 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in a six-round junior middleweight bout and Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (15-1, 13 KOs) put his 13-fight win streak on the line in a six-round bout against Michigan's Robert Simms (6-2, 3 KOs).
Cusumano extended his streak May 11thin
, surviving an
early scare against southpaw Bernardo Marquez before earning the win
via fourth-round knockout. The hard-hitting heavyweight has knocked out each of
his last nine opponents, including a first-round knockout win over Robert
Dunton in his Foxwoods debut in August. The heavy-handed Simms recently
chopped down Curtis Head in Dearborn, who entered their bout 4-1, and
went toe-to-toe with former two-time international champion Alexey
Zubov and 6-foot-5 Rhode Island
heavyweight Craig Lewis. Detroit
Williams is back home after facing Marquis Taylor in
in April. He is 4-0 lifetime at Foxwoods and 12-0 fighting in the state of Nevada .
June 2ndis his first fight at Foxwoods since a controversial no-contest
against Issouf Kinda in August of 2017. Abreu made his Connecticut
debut in July of 2016 against veteran Jake Giuriceo and recently
faced former world kickboxing champion Enriko Gogokhia and former
international title-holder Madiyar Ashkeyev. His last three opponents
boast a combined record of 35-0, including current WBA international
champion Kerman Lejarraga. U.S.
Foxwoods also welcomes back unbeaten
middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (9-0-2, 6 Worcester, Mass. KOs),
who faces undefeated 23-year-old prospect Alexis Gaytan (3-0, 2 KOs)
in a six-round showcase. Ball fought outside of Weslaco, Tex. for the first and only time in his career in
July of 2016 in a draw against Rhode
Island 's David
Wilson. The always-busy Ball Jr. returns for the first time since December
after opening his pro career with 11 bouts in 19 months. Connecticut
Female bantamweight Marcia Agripino (1-1-1), born in raised in nearby Ledyard, ends a five-year drought at Foxwoods when she faces California's Kailyn Hansen (0-1) in a four-round bout. Agripino's first and only bout at the Fox Theater in November of 2013 ended in a draw against Michelle Cook. A certified surgical technologist at
+ Lawrence in Memorial
Hospital , Agripino returned to the ring for the first
time in four years in September against New Yorker Federica
Bianco in New
London . Rhode Island
Making his CES Boxing and Foxwoods debut, New Haven super middleweight Elvis Figueroa (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Leandro Da Silva (1-1, 1 KO) of Sao Paolo, Brazil in a four-round bout. An eight-time UFC vet with 27 professional MMA fights under his belt, Da Silva earned a landmark victory in May 11th in
, knocking out Jake Paradise of Rhode
for his first win as a pro boxer. This is his second appearance at Foxwoods and
first since August. Massachusetts
Figueroa trains alongside Soto at
's Boxing In Faith Gym,
owned and operated by managers Luis and Marilyn Rosa. A highly-decorated
amateur, Figueroa advanced to the finals of the 2016 Olympic Trials, where he
faced Jonathan Esquivel of New Haven ,
who is now 5-0 as a pro. Anaheim
Carlos Marrero III (0-2) of Bridgeport, Conn., also fighting for CES Boxing for the first time in his pro career, aims for his first win against Jonathan Rojas (0-1) of Queens in a four-round lightweight bout. Rojas debuted in 2017 against fellow
native Omar Bordoy. Connecticut
On the amateur portion of the fight card, 156-pounder Isaiah Mendez of Providence, R.I., faces Todd Chattelle Jr., of Pawtucket, R.I., and B&F Boxing; Noor Rahmanhy of New Bedford, Mass., and All Out Fitness battles Donald Jones Spann; and Tristan Penha of East Providence, R.I., and 401 Boxing faces Angel Martinez of New Haven and Elephant In The Room in a rematch.
Also, 12-year-old Jeffrey Nunez Perez Jr. of
and Stay Ready Gym faces Michael Guadreau of New Bedford , in a 105-pound
bout; and Kelsey Kaiser of Fall
River, Mass. , squares off against Michelle
Egan. Fighting out of the New London,
in Big Six
Boxing Academy , Christian
Figueroa takes on Golden Gloves silver medalist Felix Parrilla of
in a 126-pound bout. Chattelle Jr. is the son of former CES MMA champion Todd
Chattelle. Hamden, Conn.
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