Providence, R.I., female super bantamweight boxer Shelly Vincent, right, will fight for the vacant UBF world title Nov. 7th at Twin River Casino against New York's Jackie Trivilino in the 10-round main event of CES Boxing's 2014 season finale. (Photo courtesy of Kelly MacDonald)
One of the most highly-anticipated fight cards of 2014 has a little bit of something for every boxing fan, from a world title fight to the long-overdue return of an undefeated fan-favorite.
"What a fight card!" said CES president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. "This is the best of both worlds. With Vincent and Trivlino, you have two of the best in women's boxing, plus a tremendous comeback story with Angel Camacho Jr.
"You're also getting another glimpse of the rising stars of New England, the future of boxing, before we close the curtain on another successful fight season at the beautiful Twin River Casino. No real fight fan should miss this event."
"Winner Take All" is an all-ages show. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $40, $100 and $126 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Twin River Box Office or by phone at 401-724-2253/2254. Doors open at 6 and the first bout begins at 7 p.m. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
A fight more than a year in the making, Vincent-Trivilino promises to deliver non-stop action, similar to Vincent's bout against the gritty Angel Gladney in May of 2013, a fight in which both sides traded blows for eight full rounds. Trivilino (9-8-3, 1 KO), of Plattsburgh, N.Y., is an offensive-minded who comes forward, doesn't mind taking punishment in order to dish it out and will challenge anyone anywhere at any given time.
Through the years, Trivilino has faced some of the best in women's boxing, including former World Boxing Council (WBC) female super bantamweight champ Alicia Ashley, former International Women's Boxing Federation (IWBF) and Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) super featherweight world champion Ronica Jeffrey and Brooklyn's Heather Hardy, currently ranked No. 7 in the WBC.
Vincent (12-0, 1 KO), herself a former WIBA title-holder now ranked No. 4 in the WBC, is aiming for her second world championship in what will be her toughest to date. Vincent defeated Gladney for the WIBA title more than a year ago by unanimous, winning at least seven of the eight rounds on all three scorecards.
"Winner Take All" also features the return of Camacho Jr., who last fought in 2011 when he ended a three-year layoff with a win over fellow Rhode Islander Keith Kozlin and only has one fight on his resume since 2008. Burris is no pushover. The rangy, 6-foot-1 veteran will be making his third appearance at Twin River, returning for the first time since May of 2013 when he fought six hard rounds with middleweight prospect Thomas Falowo. Burris' biggest win is a knockout victory over the previously unbeatenKevin Cobbs, which remains Cobbs' only defeat in 10 pro fights.
As Burchfield noted, "Winner Take All" also features the future of New England boxing, including New Bedford, Mass., prospectsRay Oliveira Jr. and Scott Sullivan, Worcester, Mass., light middleweight Khiary Gray-Pitts (2-0, 1 KO) and undefeated welterweight Nick DeLomba of Cranston, R.I., all of whom will be featured in separate bouts, along with the Rhode Island debut of lightweight prospect Joey Tiberi Jr. of Newark, Del.
With family in Rhode Island, the Italian-American Tiberi Jr. (12-2, 6 KOs) figures to be a hit among the loyal fight fans at Twin River. He'll face the dangerous Chazz McDowell (6-5-1, 1 KO) of Yonkers, N.Y., in a six-round bout. McDowell is a familiar face in the northeast after challenging Connecticut's Chip Perez in an eight-round bout in 2012. The record of McDowell's last five opponents is 50-2-2, including the unbeaten Amos Cowart, whom McDowell fought to a draw in August of 2013. Tiberi Jr.'s rise in the lightweight division is highlighted by a 10-fight win streak between 2011 and 2014.
After winning their pro debuts in September, Oliveira Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) and Sullivan (1-0, 1 KO), both protégés of former world-title challenger Ray Oliveira Sr., are back at it on November 7th. Sullivan faces unbeaten lightweight Oscar Bonilla (2-0-1) of New Haven, Conn., while Oliveira Jr. takes on 6-foot-3 super middleweight Mike Rodriguez (0-1), an accomplished amateur from Springfield, Mass., who also debuted at Twin River last year when he faced Rhode Island's KJ Harrison-Lombardi.
"Winner Take All" also features the return of Warwick, R.I., super middleweight and Air Force veteran Zack Christy (1-0), who also debuted in September, in a four-round bout against Springfield's Pedro Joquin (0-1). Born in Rhode Island, Christy now lives and trains in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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