Wednesday is the official weigh-in as CES Boxing returns to Twin River Casino Hotel on Thursday, March 12, 2020, with a special edition of its long-running “Thursday Night Fights” series. Wednesday’s weigh-in is open to the public.
Thursday’s event features the return of Providence native Toka Kahn Clary (27-2, 18 KOs) in an eight-round bout against Mexican challenger Dennis Contreras (21-10-1, 19 KOs), his first fight in his home state since 2017.
The undercard features other noteworthy bouts, including perhaps another showstopper between Massachusetts rivals Ray Oliveira Jr. (8-3, 1 KO) of New Bedford and Springfield’s Derrick Whitley Jr. (6-1-1), who face one another in a special six-round welterweight attraction.
Another fight threatening to steal the show is a six-round welterweight battle between Marqus Bates (7-3, 5 KOs) of Taunton, MA and crafty Culpeper, VA, vet Roque Zapata, who returns to Twin River following a back-and-forth showdown with Bates’ stablemate Victor Reynoso in November.
Unbeaten Providence super welterweight Lamont Powell (5-0, 1 KO) returns in a six-round bout against Mexican challenger Carlos Huerta (6-5-2, 3 KOs) and fellow 154-pounder Anthony Concepcion (4-0-1, 4 KOs) of Providence puts his unbeaten record on the line in a four-round bout against 11-fight vet Martez Jackson (4-4-3, 2 KOs) of Valdosta, GA.
Next Thursday’s card also features the professional debut of Pawtucket super middleweight Hassler Chacon in a four-round bout against Brazilian Raush Manfio of Florida in addition to the return of East Providence, RI, native and decorated amateur Elijah Peixoto (2-0, 1 KO) in his third professional bout as he faces Philadelphia native Zaymar Brothers (0-1-1) in a four-round super lightweight bout. The 24-year-old Peixoto won four Southern New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur and amassed an impressive 119-27 record that also included a trip to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifiers.
Scheduled to attend:
TOKA KAHN CLARY
27-2, 18 KOs
NABA Super Featherweight Champion
21-10-1, 19 KOs
RAY OLIVEIRA JR.
New Bedford, MA
8-3, 1 KO
DERRICK WHITLEY JR.