GARDNER GETS NEW OPPONENT FOR RHODE ISLAND CARD
Press Release: The show will go on for fan-favorite Joe Gardner this weekend following a last-minute change of plans. With Queens native Alexander Mancera forced to withdraw due to a broken nose, Gardner (11-6-1) will now face Russell Lamour (4-0) of Portland, Maine in a six-round super middleweight bout Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino. Gardner, 37, is looking to rebound from a split-decision loss to Rich Gingras in May (Gingras will be facing Providence’s Vladine Biosse in the main event Saturday with Biosse’s New England super middleweight title on the line) while Lamour is comingoff a first-round knockout win this past Friday in New Hampshire.
The 29-year-old Haitian middleweight, who will move up in weight for Saturday’s fight, flattened Aquilano Brandao on the undercard of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights show at Rockingham Park, sending Brandao to the canvas three times before the fight was stopped at the 1-minute, 46-second mark of the opening round.
Prior to making his professional debut in November, Lamour competed in the World Series of Boxing, an international competition for amateur fighters in which the participants fought on teams in five-round bouts without protective head or chest gear. The fighters were allowed to maintain their amateur status, making Lamour’s knockout win over John Downey in November his official pro debut. Lamour finished 4-4 in the World Series of Boxing.
“Injuries are part of the game, but Joe is a professional and has always been willing to adjust to the inevitabilities of boxing,” CES matchmaker Michael Parente said. “This is another evenly-matched, competitive fight. That’s what we do.”
The main event between Providence’s Biosse (15-2-1, 7 KOs) and Pawtucket’s Gingras (13-3, 8 KOs) will be for Biosse’s New England Super Middleweight Title, which he has successfully defended three times since winning it in 2010. Gingras, a former contestant on the reality television series The Contender, is aiming for his third consecutive win and his fourth in his last five fights.
Popular middleweight Thomas Falowo (10-1, 7 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., could steal the show when he faces southpaw Chris Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ over eight rounds.
The undercard also features the professional debut of Groton, Conn., female bantamweight Marcia Agripino, who will face Brooklyn’s Vanessa Greco (1-2-3). Providence super middleweight KJ Harrison-Lombardi (1-0) will make his Twin River debut against Boston’s Maceo Crowder (2-1) in a four-round bout. “Game On” will also feature the professional debut of Hartford light middleweight “Jabbin’” Joe Wilson Jr., who will battle Saul Almeida (0-2) of Framingham, Mass., in a four-round bout. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.shop.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location.