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LINCOLN, R.I. (March 28th, 2014)Chris Chatman couldn’t help but let his emotions get the best of him.

Shortly after beating Grady Brewer Friday night at Twin River Casino, a fight he dedicated to both his grandmother, who passed away this past week, and his late manager Mark Dion, who died from Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier this year, Chatman sat in his corner and cried uncontrollably, a welcomed display of humility for a fighter on the brink of stardom.

The hard-hitting southpaw from Jersey City took another step toward his dream of winning a world title, beating The Contender Season 2 champion by unanimous decision, 79-73, 80-72, 79-73, in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ professional boxing show, a back-and-forth war from start to finish.


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'This is my year!'


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 26th, 2014) Jesse Barboza could’ve given up on boxing a long time ago.

It’s just not in his nature, not after growing up in a family as competitive as it is athletic.

“After everything I’ve been through, I sometimes feel like I’ve had a 30-year career, but I’m only 27, and in the heavyweight division, 27 is young,” said Barboza (7-1-1, 5 KOs), a Hyannis, Mass., native and former three-time New England Golden Gloves champion now entering his fifth year as a professional boxer.

Looking to make 2014 his breakthrough year, Barboza will return to the ring Friday in a four-round bout against East Stroudsburg, Pa., veteran Glenn Thomas (1-1) at Twin River Casino.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 25th, 2014) Having already marked his territory in Rhode Island by beating hometown favorite Thomas Falowo in July, Jersey City middleweight Chris Chatman has taken his newfound allegiance to New England one step further by signing with Classic Entertainment & Sports, the region’s premier combat sports firm.

But don’t think for a second being part of a team for the first time in his career has tamed the outspoken, 5-foot-8 southpaw.

“I’m focusing my efforts on becoming a world champion,” Chatman said, “and if I have to take out their whole lineup to do it, then so be it.”

For now, Chatman (11-3-1, 5 KOs) will focus his efforts on chopping down another out-of-town challenger with ties to New England, The Contender Season 2 champion Grady Brewer (30-16, 18 KOs) of Lawton, Okla., in Friday night’s main event at Twin River Casino.

A journey within

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Nick of time


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 20th, 2014) Getting motivated to fight and actually stepping through the ropes and trading blows with an opponent has never been a problem for Cranston, R.I., welterweight Nick DeLomba.

“I’ve always had structure in the gym,” DeLomba said, “but I never had it in my life.”

With a new team in his corner, DeLomba (2-0) has finally found that much-needed balance between boxing and life outside of the gym, putting the 24-year-old welterweight on a collision-course with greatness in a region littered with talented 147-pounders.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 18th, 2014) -- The hard-hitting, always-entertaining Chris Chatman of Jersey City, N.J., will return to his second home at Twin River Casino on March 28th, 2014 when he battles The Contender alum Grady Brewer in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports' latest installment of its 2014 Twin River Boxing Series.

This will be Chatman's fourth appearance in Rhode Island; he made his Twin River debut in 2009 in a disputed loss to hometown favorite Demetrius Andrade. Since then, he's won his last two at Twin River, including an upset win over Thomas Falowo in July. 

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Love hurts


VERONA, N.Y. (March 1st, 2014) – Providence's Vladine Biosse (15-3-2) fought tooth and nail Friday night against J'Leon Love (20-0, 7 KOs) in the main event of Showtime's ShoBox: The Next Generation card at Turning Stone Casino, but wound up on the losing end of a 10th round technical knockout.

The undefeated Love battered Biosse throughout the fight, but Biosse hung tough and used his strength and determination to stay afloat despite suffering a bloody cut over his left eye in the third round. 

Biosse continued to press in the final round, but Love landed one last flurry that prompted referee Benji Estevez to stop the fight at the 45-second mark. Veteran Derek Edwards knocked out previously-unbeaten middleweight Badou Jack in the opening round of their co-feature bout. 

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"I want my title shot!"

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CLEVELAND, OH (Feb. 21st, 2014) – In his Showtime debut, Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy rose to the occasion again Friday, dominating Angelo Santana in the ShoBox: Next Generation main event by unanimous decision in their 10-round main event bout at The Wolstein Center on the Cleveland State University campus.

Moving down to 135 pounds, Lundy won, 98-91, on all three scorecards in a fight all but sealed in the ninth round when Lundy (24-3-1) sent Santana (14-2) crashing to the canvas. The win was Lundy's second in a row and first since beating Ajose Olusegun on ESPN2 in July.

The card, promoted by the legendary Don King, also featured Amir Imam's fourth-round knockout win over Jared Robinson. Lundy entered Friday's bout ranked among the Top 15 in two of boxing's major sanctioning bodies in the lightweight division and could be in the running for a shot at a world title. Stay tuned for more on Lundy's next bout. 

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Featured Fighter : Nick DeLomba, Cranston, R.I.

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A PROTEGE OF the great Gary "Tiger" Balletto, DeLomba has always done things his way, whether it's wrap his own hands, train by himself or make his professional boxing debut fighting six-round bouts instead of the customary four-rounders.

Whatever the case, DeLomba is on the fast track to stardom in the welterweight division, and he's even more dangerous heading into 2014 now that he has a new team in his corner. With turmoil in his previous training camp, DeLomba sought out the guidance of Rhode Island-based boxing coach Vig Fagnant, whom he trained with briefly as an amateur. 

Under Fagnant's guidance, DeLomba now trains, eats and lives life like a professional, and he'll be back in the ring Friday, March 28th hoping for his third win in as many fights. Keep on eye on this exciting young prospect. 


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