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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 10th, 2014) – Between trading punches with opponents in the ring and showing off the results of his hard work in the gym on stage, it’s been a while since Rich Gingras has taken a well-deserved break from his routine.

Twenty-two days after beating Jaime Velazquez in June for the vacant N.E. Light Heavyweight title, Gingras participated in his first bodybuilding competition, bruises and all.

A month later, he and his wife, Alyssa, competed in another fitness show in Las Vegas alongside some of the world’s elite bodybuilders. On Friday night, just 32 days since they stepped off the stage out west, Gingras will climb back into the ring and battle Joey McCreedy of Lowell, Mass., in the eight-round main event of CES Boxing’s “Title For Title” show at Twin River Casino.

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Ray of hope

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 8th, 2014) -- No one needs to explain the significance of this fight to Joey McCreedy.


Shortly after he hit the canvas three times in a loss to Sean Monaghan in April, McCreedy knew his next fight would more than likely be the biggest of his career.


"This is do or die for me," said the Lowell, Mass., native, who'll faceRich Gingras on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at Twin River Casino. "I'm almost 30 now.


"In boxing, when you get to seven, eight, sometimes nine losses, you start becoming an opponent. I'm not letting my body go through that, being a punching bag just taking fights for money and getting embarrassed. I'm training real hard for this fight. I want to get back on track to where I was before."


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 3rd, 2014) -- No less than 25 yards from where the rocket landed, narrowly missing his vehicle, Zack Christy sprinted into the burning mortuary on his army base in Afghanistan intent on saving anyone who might've survived the blast with little regard for his own safety.


"I wasn't necessarily worried about myself," he recalls. "There could've been a kid in there, out cold, bleeding. In those moments, you don't even think about it."


As a staff sergeant for the U.S. Air Force for more than 8 ½ years, Christy's never been one to shy away from danger, whether in the battlefield or in the boxing ring, the latter of which will become his second home when he begins a new career Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014 at Twin River Casino on the undercard of "Title For Title," presented by CES Boxing.



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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 24th, 2014) -- Reigning New England Light Heavyweight champion Rich Gingras will make his first title defense Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014 against Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast champ Joey McCreedy at Twin River Casino.

Both belts will be on the line in the eight-round main event. Gingras (14-41, 9 KOs), a New Hampshire native now living in Lincoln, R.I., won his title in June with a knockout win over Jaime Velazquez. McCreedy (15-7-2, 6 KOs), the Lowell, Mass., vet, won the UBF title in May of 2013 in a  majority decision win over Michael Walchuk. 

Tickets for the event go on sale next week beginning at $46. Undercard information coming soon.

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LIVERPOOL, England (July 12th, 2014) -- Providence super middleweight Vladine Biosse gave unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) International champion Callum Smith the toughest test of his career in a unanimous decision loss Saturday at Echo Arena.

The 24-year-old Smith won the bout 100-89, 99-91, 99-91 to improve to 12-0 and defend his title for the second time, but Biosse hung tough for 10 hard rounds and snapped Smith's streak of nine consecutive bouts with a knockout.

Biosse, now 15-4-2, is the first fighter to take Smith past the sixth round and the first to go the distance with the British prospect since James Tucker in 2012. Biosse has lost back-to-back fights since fighting to a draw against Rhode Island's Rich Gingras in 2013 and has not won in 14 months.


Coming attraction

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 24th, 2014) -- Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES Boxing) is proud to announce the signing of Worcester, Mass., prospect Khiary Gray-Pitts, who recently made his professional debut on CES' June 6th card at Twin River Casino.

The 21-year-old middleweight burst onto the scene with a third-round knockout win over On'rey Towns on the undercard of the Rich Gingras-Jaime Velazquez New England title fight earlier this month, just six days after fighting his final amateur bout at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Gray-Pitts joins a loaded roster that also includes former amateur standouts Thomas Falowo, Jesse Barboza, Zack Ramsey and Kevin Cobbs. In his amateur finale, Gray-Pitts defeated Ray Oliveira Jr., the son of former pro Ray Oliveira of New Bedford, Mass. 

Filthy Rich

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 6th, 2014) – As promised, Rich Gingras left no doubt in his second attempt at a regional title.

Facing the savvy veteran Jaime Velazquez of Central Falls, R.I., Friday in the main event of CES Boxing’s “Unstoppable” professional boxing card at Twin River Casino, Gingras captured the vacant New England Light Heavyweight Title via fourth-round knockout, sending Velazquez crashing to the canvas with an overhand right at the 1-minute, 41-second mark.

For Gingras (14-4-1, 9 KOs), it was sweet redemption after fighting to a draw against Providence’s Vladine Biosse last summer for the N.E. Super Middleweight Title. In the weeks leading up to the fight, Gingras promised to bring the belt home and not leave the decision in someone else’s hands.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 4th, 2014) – Not every fighter scraps the entire playbook following a loss. Some just stay the course.

So when Thomas Falowo (left) stepped back into the ring February for the first time since losing to Chris Chatman in 2013, it was as though nothing had changed. No new game plan. No major adjustments. Just the same win-at-all-costs relentless approach Falowo always brings to the table on fight night.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 4th, 2014) -- CES Boxing will team with Star Boxing and Banner Promotions Thursday to announce Providence native and WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade's upcoming title defense at the Barclays Center.

Thursday's event will be held at Twin River Casino's Wicked Good Bar & Grill and is open to the public. 


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 2nd, 2014) – For someone who’s been through every fight imaginable, there’s not much Rich Gingras can’t handle in or out of the ring.

As the Lincoln, R.I., light heavyweight prepares for his next title fight Friday night at Twin River Casino, he’s handling personal and professional battles that have made the past three and a half weeks the busiest of his life.

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Easy work


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (May 31st, 2014) -- In the main event at the Mohegan Sun Casino, world-rated contender Henry Lundy took another step toward a long-awaited world title shot Saturday by stopping the son of legendary Hall of Famer Pipino Cuevas, Gerardo Pipino Cuevas, Jr., at 2:23 of the second round.
Lundy, 138 lbs., Philadelphia, Pa., stalked Cuevas, 138 ½ lbs., Mexico City, Mexico, from the opening bell and never let him get comfortable. The win brings Lundy’s record to 25-3-1, 12 KO’s, while Cuevas falls to 17-12, 15 KO’s.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 27th, 2014) – Jimmy Williams always knew he and Christian Lao would cross paths at some point.

As professional boxers from neighboring towns in Connecticut, they’ve fought on the same card before and have even sparred against one another. They consider each other friends.

Pleasantries aside, Saturday night won’t be another run-of-the-mill sparring session when Lao and Williams step foot inside the same ring. This time, the fight counts. No headgear, no boundaries – just a throwback border war with more than state bragging rights on the line.

On Saturday, May 31st, 2014, Lao and Williams will face one another for the Connecticut Junior Middleweight State Title in the six-round co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ pro-am boxing event at Mohegan Sun Arena, a fight several years in the making since Williams turned pro in 2013.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 22nd, 2014) – The last time Rich Gingras fought for a title, he only had the belt in his grasp for a few fleeting moments due to a bizarre scorekeeping gaffe that ultimately left him empty-handed.

This time, he’d prefer to take matters into his own hands, not leave the decision up to somebody else.

“This time, I’m bringing it home,” Gingras said. “It’s not going down like that.”

The heavy-hitting Gingras (13-4-1, 8 KOs) will face veteran Jaime Velazquez (11-6-2, 2 KOs) for the vacant New England Light Heavyweight Title Friday, June 6th, 2014 in the eight-round main event of “Unstoppable,” presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports at Twin River Casino.

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Sneak preview


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 15th, 2014) – If none of the world champions with the coveted hardware are willing to bring the fight to top-ranked challenger Hank Lundy, then the flashy Philadelphia slugger will continue to force the issue.

No one in the 135- or 140-pound division has answered the call yet, but Lundy (24-3-1, 11 KOs) remains one of the busiest fighters in boxing. The 5-foot-7 lightweight, more commonly known as “Hammerin’” Hank, will return to the ring Saturday, May 31st, 2014 when he battles Mexican veteran Pipino Cuevas Jr. in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ star-studded pro-am boxing event at Mohegan Sun.

“The whole idea is to stay busy, and stay sharp,” said Lundy, who is only three months removed from a huge win over Angelo Santana in front of a worldwide audience on Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation. “That way, when I get the call to fight for a world title, I’ll be ready to fight right then and there.”

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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.

'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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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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Featured Fighter : Jesse Barboza, Hyannis, Mass.

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GROWING UP IN a family filled with great athletes, including his own brother, Andre, heavyweight prospect Jesse Barboza knew he alway had to put his best foot forward on the playing field.

Both he and his brother boxed and played football, but as they grew older, Jesse gravitated toward boxing while Andre stayed between the lines on the football field. Having come a long way since boxing with his brother in the living room of their parents' home in Hyannis, Mass., Barboza is now 8-1-1 as a professional and will return to the ring at Twin River Casino on June 6th aiming for his fifth consecutive win.

With boxing in his bloodline (his grandfather was a standout amateur), Barboza will no doubt climb to the top of his weight class and emerge as a legitimate threat to bring the heavyweight title back to the United States. 


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