CES Boxing has announced two major additions to its next show, which takes place February 23rd at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Pawtucket, RI, super featherweight Ricky Delossantos (6-0, 1 KO) a former two-sport star at Rhode Island's William E. Tolman Senior High School, faces Indianapolis native and U.S. Army National Guardsman Javar Jones (7-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout, while decorated New York amateur Arnold Gonzalez makes his pro debut against Virginia's Stacey Anderson (0-4) in a four-round light welterweight bout.
on the undercard of a stacked fight card featuring three title bouts.
In bouts already announced for the show, lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (9-0, 4 KOs) faces Ricardo Quiroz (10-0, 5 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif. at l135 pounds; heavyweights Juiseppe Cusumano (17-2, 15 KOs) of Sicily and Brendan Barrett (7-1-2, 5 KOs) of Ventura, Calif., will do battle; and Marcia Agripino (3-1-1) of Ledyard, Conn., faces Amanda Pavone (6-0, 2 KOs) of Boston for the vacant New England female super bantamweight Title.
Tickets are available online at www.cesboxing.com or www.showclix.com, or by phone at 401-724-2253. The main card will stream live on the subscription-based 4K ultra high-definition platform VIVE Network TV. Visit https://tickets.vivetv.network to purchase. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Gonzalez, a two-time Golden Gloves champion who boasted a 59-9 amateur record, recently sparred 24 rounds with Manny Pacquiao as the pound-for-pound great prepared for his world-title bout against Adrien Broner. The 24-year-old Ecuadorian prospect is trained by Freddie Roach out of the Wild Card Boxing Gym in California and is managed by George Foreman III, the son of two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman.
Delossantos is a familiar face in New England. The 29-year-old debuted in April of 2017 and continues to improve with each performance. He hasn't lost a round since his second professional fight and recently blanked tough, New Jersey veteran Jose Ortiz over six rounds last September. He faces a tall order against Jones, an accomplished Army boxer who began his career with seven consecutive wins, two by knockout, and works as a surface maintenance technician for the Indiana National Guard.
The entire card is headlined by the long-awaited return of featherweight Shelly Vincent (23-2, 1 KO) of Providence, R.I., by way of New London, Conn., who faces Budapest veteran Edina Kiss (15-9, 9 KOs) in an eight-round rematch of their 2015 bout, which was won by Vincent by majority decision. Vincent fights at Twin River for the first time since 2016. She is best known for two highly-publicized but competitive losses to Heather Hardy. The rematch aired live on HBO in October, just the second female boxing bout televised by the network in 25 years.
Regional rivals collide on the undercard as Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus Bates (5-2, 3 KOs) faces Jair Ramos (5-2-2, 2 KOs) of Waterbury, Conn., in a six-round bout and 140-pound Nicholas Briggs (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester puts his unbeaten record on the line against Andy Aiello (1-1-1) of Bridgewater, Mass., in a four-round bout.
Junior middleweights Victor Reynoso (2-0, 2 KOs) and Lamont Powell (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence compete in separate four-round bouts. Reynoso battles 1-0 John Williams of Baton Rouge, La., who scored a knockout win in his pro debut in August, while Powell battles 29-year-old Kenneth Chery (1-1, 1 KO) of Montreal Quebec.
The undercard also features the return of Providence lightweight Michael "Bling Bling" Valentin (4-0, 1 KO), the 19-year-old who fights despite being born with a rare intestinal disease known as Hirschsprung's. Valentin endured bullying throughout childhood and fights wearing a colostomy bag. He returns Feb. 23rd one year to the date of his last fight and will dedicate his fifth pro bout to the memory of Seven Bridges, a 10-year-old Kentucky boy who committed suicide after being bullied for wearing a colostomy bag. Valentin faces Philadelphia's Christopher Burgos (1-3-1, 1 KO) in a four-round bout.