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August 25, 2014


Press Release: The 13th annual Fight To Educate (FTE) Pro-Am boxing event has been scheduled for Thursday night, September 18th at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. This year's attending boxing legends include former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo (50-7-2, 21 KOs), heavyweight contenders Chuck "Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner (25-14-2, 17 KOs) and Earnie "The Acorn" Shavers (74-14-1, 68 KOs), and two-time WBA heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs). The main event has not been finalized but will likely include junior middleweight Chris Giilbert (11-1, 9 KOs)

Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Matrix Aerospace, is a unique charity event that combines a love of boxing with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need who without fundraisers like this could be 'down for the count.' During the past 12 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $750,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.

"We are extremely excited about the forthcoming 13th annual FTE extravaganza," FTE Chairperson Stephen Singer said. "In addition to hosting such iconic boxing legends such as Vito Anteofermo, Chuck Wepner, Earnie Shavers and John Ruiz at the event, our card promises an incredible night of heart-pounding action. This year's recipient charities include New Horizons, our food pantry and soup kitchen, the SEE Science Center and the Bobby Stephen Foundation for Education."

Gilbert, who fights out of Windsor, Vermont, will be fighting in the Fight To Educate for the fourth time. He is scheduled to face an opponent to be determined in the eight-round main event.

In the six-round co-feature, Portland, Maine's undefeated middleweight Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour (9-0, 4 KOs) will face TBA.

Also scheduled to fight is unbeaten Whitman, Mass. middleweight Mark "The Italian Bazooka" DeLuca (10-0, 7 KOs) vs. Zain Shah (5-3, 3 KOs), of Centreville, Virginia, and popular West Forks, Maine junior welterweight Brandon "The Cannon" Berry (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Fred Mandrachia (0-2), of Plymouth, Mass. in a "no one's 0 has got to go " match-up.

Two amateur matches featuring local boxers will open the live action. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Proceeds from the 13h annual Fight To Educate will benefit SEE Science Center (, The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education (, and New Horizons for New Hampshire.

Tickets are available to purchase at the Verizon Wireless Arena Box office, by going online at

The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. ET, doors for boxing open at 7:30 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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