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WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS LIGHTWEIGHT Jamaine Ortiz, left, returns to the ring for the third time since August and faces his toughest test to date when he battles 17-fight veteran Derrick Murray of Saint Louis on the undercard of CES Boxing’s season finale Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The year-end 25th anniversary celebration streams live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes of Marshfield, Mass., returns in the co-main event against Ontario’s Natasha Spence.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT KENDRICK BALL Jr. of Massachusetts returns to Twin River Casino for the fifth time this year on Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 when he faces New Jersey’s Alshamar Johnson on the undercard of CES Boxing’s season finale.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Dec. 5th, 2017) — Wednesday’s press conference / weigh-in is the final scheduled media event prior to CES Boxing’s Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 fight card at Twin River Casino. The official start time Thursday is 7 p.m. ET. Doors open at 6. The FIGHTNIGHT LIVE stream on Facebook begins at 8.
Wednesday‘s weigh-in is open to the public. The main event Thursday features Khiary Gray (14-3, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., facing Greg Jackson (8-4-1, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa., for the vacant New England Interim Welterweight Title.
Thursday’s event features nine bouts, in addition to a historic retrospect of CES’ quarter century of combat sports excellence, plus the induction of longtime Rhode Island sportscaster Ken Bell into the prestigious CES Ring of Honor. This week’s “Thursday Night Fights” showcase is also presented in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Toys For Tots. All fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to a family in need during the holiday season.
Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Starring in the eight-round co-main event, Marshfield, Mass., welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (18-4-2, 1 KO) faces Ontario’s Natasha Spence (8-3-1, 6 KOs), a two-time world-title challenger. Lopes has won eight of nine bouts, including her long-awaited return to Twin River in April when she defeated Mexico’s Paty Ramirez by unanimous decision.
Providence, R.I., fan favorite Anthony Marsella Jr. (6-0, 3 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line in a six-round lightweight bout against Mexican challenger Oscar Eduardo Quezada (7-4, 4 KOs). Marsella blasted 30-fight vet Israel Rojas in September via fourth-round knockout following a hard-fought win over Texan Abraham Torres in June in which he rounded from his first career knockdown to earn the victory on the scorecards.
Facing his toughest test to date, unbeaten Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (6-0, 4 KOs) battles 17-fight vet Derrick Murray (13-3-1, 5 KOs) of Saint Louis in a six-round special attraction. One of New England’s hottest prospects, Ortiz is 4-0 in 2017, including a narrow victory over Canton Miller in February and an impressive third-round knockout win over previously-unbeaten Glenn Mitchell in April.
Also representing Worcester, middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (8-0-2, 5 KOs) faces Vineland, N.J., native Alshamar Johnson (1-1-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout and super middleweight prospect Bobby Harris III (1-0) makes his Twin River debut in a four-round bout against Amadeu Cristiano, an accomplished Muay Thai fighter from Sao Paolo, Brazil making his professional boxing debut.
The always-ready Ball Jr. fights for the 11th time since turning pro in May of 2016, an unmatched stretch of productivity for the 6-foot-2, 25-year-old middleweight. He’s won his last four since fighting to a draw with regional rival David Wilson in 2016, defeating opponents with a combined record of 14-2-3.
Providence lightweight Michael Valentin (2-0, 1 KO) returns for the third time since debuting in June, this time facing Efren Nunez of Fall River, Mass., in Nunez’s four-round pro debut. Fighting at Twin River for the first time, super middleweight Jarel Pemberton (1-0) of Boston, the son of regional icon “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, battles Rene Nazare (0-1) of Woburn, Mass., in a four-round bout.
The 26-year-old Pemberton, a former lance corporal for the U.S. Marines who served two tours in Afghanistan, debuted for CES in August with a win over Nathan Schulte. Valentin, the youngest fighter on the card at the age of 18, defeated New Bedford, Mass., native Henry Garcia by unanimous decision in June.
The elder Pemberton joins a handful of CES legends attending next Thursday’s event in celebration of promoter Jimmy Burchfield Sr. and CES’ 25th anniversary, among them former cruiserweight world-title challenger Matt Godfrey of Providence, former five-time women’s world champion Jaime Clampitt of Warwick, R.I., the legendary “Sucra” Ray Oliveria of Fall River, Mass., and former welterweight standout Kippy Diggs of Hyannis, Mass., a two-time regional champion. The “Sandman” won 29 fights, 24 by knockout, in a brilliant, 12-year career.
14-3, 11 KOs
8-4-1, 2 KOs
Final press conference / weigh-in for CES Boxing’s Thursday, Dec. 7th, 2017 event at Twin River Casino.
Wicked Good Bar & Grill
Twin River Casino
100 Twin River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865
Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 2017
3:30 p.m. ET.