PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 8th, 2016) – Providence’sKeenan Raymond, a late addition to “CES MMA 32” at Twin River Casino, earned a knockout win over Cortland, N.Y., welterweight Ryan Todd to highlight Friday’s preliminary card.
Raymond (3-2, 1 KO) clipped Todd (0-1) with a left hook and followed with a knee to the chin, sending his opponent tumbling to the canvas. As Raymond moved in for the kill, referee Kevin MacDonaldwisely stopped the bout at the 58-second mark of the second round.
Also on the prelim card, Centereach, N.Y., featherweight Mak Kelleher (1-2) earned his first win as a pro in his third try, rallying to beat South Boston’s James Murrin (3-4) in a bloody three-round war. Murrin came out strong in the opening round and nearly finished the fight in the second with a series of hammerfists, but Kelleher dominated the third, opening a cut on Murrin’s forehead that left both fighters a bloody mess. Kelleher earned the unanimous decision, 29-28, on all three scorecards.
Flyweight Devin Baxter (2-0) of Bellingham, Mass., also scored a win on the preliminary card and remained unbeaten by submitting Joshua Ricci (0-1) of Whitesville, N.Y., via rear naked choke at 3:02 of the third round. In a battle of unbeaten, Syracuse, N.Y., flyweight Luay Ashkar (2-0) outlasted Nick Iaciofano (2-1) of Providence to earn a 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 unanimous decision win.
Middleweight Pat McCrohan (2-0) of Beverly, Mass., rallied to keep his unbeaten record intact in the final bout of the prelims, winning the last two rounds over Boston’s Mike Rodriguez (2-1) to earn a 29-28 unanimous decision on all three scorecards.
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