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MIDDLEWEIGHT GREG MCCOY (right) of New Haven, Conn., returns to the ring for the first time since October when he faces unbeaten Worcester, Mass., prospect Khiary Gray-Pitts on Friday, April 3, 2015 at Twin River Casino in a four-round bout on the undercard of “The Revival,” presented by CES Boxing. McCoy is no stranger to Twin River, having beaten the previously undefeated Keith Kozlin at the same venue in 2010.
LINCOLN, R.I. (March 25th, 2015) — “The Revival” is just 10 days away and the official countdown has begun in anticipation of what could be the biggest fight of the year in women’s boxing.
Undefeated Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) world super bantamweight champion Shelly Vincent (13-0, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I., puts her title — and her perfect record — on the line Friday, April 3rd, 2015 at Twin River Casino against three-time world-title challenger Christina Ruiz (7-7-3, 4 KOs) of San Antonio in the 10-round main event. As an added bonus, the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) 122-pound world title will also be on the line.
Tickets are priced at $40.00, $100.00 and $125.00 and available for purchase online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
The card features seven bouts, including the six-round co-feature between undefeated Providence super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. (13-0, 4 KOs) and well-traveled Jersey City vet Chris Chatman (12-4-1, 5 KOs), a fan-favorite at Twin River since his Rhode Island debut six yeas ago against former Olympian Demetrius Andrade.
This will be Chatman’s fifth fight at Twin River, where he’s 3-1 lifetime with wins over Rahman Yusubov, Thomas Falowo and Grady Brewer. Camacho is on his second comeback, which began in November with a unanimous decision win over veteran Paul Gonsalves, his first fight in three years.
Regional standouts Joe Wilson Jr. (3-1) of Hartford, Conn., and unbeaten Nick DeLomba (6-0) of Cranston, R.I., square off in a six-round super welterweight special attraction, a fight dubbed as “Fists of Fury” via social media. Wilson Jr. returns to Twin River for the first time since beating Saul Almeida in his professional debut in 2013 while DeLomba hopes to keep his unbeaten record intact in his first fight of 2015 and fifth in the last 13 months.
“The Revival” also features two new additions to the undercard as New Haven, Conn., middleweight Greg McCoy (3-4-1, 1 KO) and Providence super welterweight Luis Felix (0-4) look to upend two unbeaten New England prospects in separate four-round bouts. McCoy battles Khiary Gray-Pitts (5-0, 3 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., while Felix faces New Bedford, Mass., up-and-comer Ray Oliveira Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs) in a four-rounder.
McCoy rose to prominence in 2010 with upset wins over Keith Kozlin and Reynaldo Rodriguez and returned to the ring in October for the first time in three years while Felix is searching for his first win under popular Rhode Island-based boxing coach Victor Fagnant, who is also DeLomba’s head trainer.
Cruiserweight Jean Pierre Augustin (4-0, 2 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., makes his CES and Twin River debut in a four-round bout against veteran Solomon Maye (1-4, 1 KO) of New Haven. Augustin is fighting under the guidance of his new trainer, five-time world champ Vinny Paz, whom he met last year during filming of the Chad Verdi-produced Paz biopic Bleed For This. Verdi also manages Augustin, who plays Gilbert Dele in the upcoming film. The undercard of “The Revival” also features a four-round junior welterweight bout between unbeaten Worcester, Mass., native Freddy Sanchez (3-0, 2 KOs) and Briam Granado (1-0, 1 KO) of New Bedford, Mass.
Vincent-Ruiz promises to be a Fight of the Year candidate, similar to Vincent’s back-and-forth win over Jackie Trivilino in November. The 29-year-old, 5-foot-3 Ruiz has stood toe-to-toe with elite competition in several weight classes, including current UBF bantamweight champion Tyrieshia Douglas, International Boxing Federation (IBF) title-challenger Jennifer Han, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight world champion Kaliesha West and 33-fight veteran Alicia Ashley, a former World Boxing Council (WBC) title-holder in the super bantamweight division.
Two years after challenging Ashley for the then-vacant WBC 122-pound world title, Ruiz defeated Christina Fuentes by unanimous decision to capture the vacant International Female Boxers Association (IFBA) world super bantamweight title, her first victory in three title bouts. She’s faced six undefeated fighters over the span of four and a half years with two notable wins during that stretch, including a knockout victory over previously unbeaten Emily Klinefelter in 2011 and a unanimous decision win over Jennifer Scott in 2010.
Ruiz also fought WBC No. 7 ranked super bantamweight Celina Salazar twice, earning a draw in their rematch in 2010, and faced former WBO lightweight champ Amanda Serrano, now ranked No. 2 in the world, in just her second pro fight.
“The Revival” features 16 fighters representing three New England states and eight different cities. For more information visit www.cesboxing.com, follow @CESBOXING on Twitter and Instagram and “like” the official CES Boxing Facebook fan page.