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Ayala, Biosse put winning streaks on the line at Foxwoods on May 6th

Ayala, Biosse put winning streaks on the line at Foxwoods on

May 6th

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 19, 2011) – On the eve of one of the most highly-anticipated horse races in the world, Classic Entertainment & Sports is unveiling its own breed of thoroughbreds.

Red-hot super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) of Providence, R.I., and middleweight Elvin Ayala (22-5, 10 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., will headline Jimmy Burchfield’s “Champion Breed” boxing event on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at the Foxwood Resort Casino’s Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn.

“Champion Breed,” which will be held on the day before the prestigious Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, features the 10-round main event between Biosse and former featherweight world champion Saul Duran (37-18-2, 30 KOs) of Mexico, and an exciting 8-round co-feature between Ayala and power-puncher George Armenta (13-6, 11 KOs) of Silverspring, Md.

“Ayala and Biosse are hot as a pistol right now,” Burchfield said. “Both fighters are coming off impressive knockout wins on national television and are ready to take the next step forward in their respective careers. What better way to kick off the illustrious Triple Crown chase than with our own breed of championship fighters?”

Biosse and Ayala fought on CES’ “Coming Attractions” show, which aired live on April 1 in front of 42 million homes on ESPN2 as part of the network’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast. Biosse opened the show with a fifth-round knockout win over Tim Connors while Ayala turned in an equally-dominant performance, stopping Woonsocket, R.I., native Joe Gardner in four rounds.

Without hesitation, both fighters are ready to step back into the ring on May 6th against much stronger opponents. Duran, who hails from the city of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, captured the International Boxing Council (IBC) super featherweight title in 1995 with a win over Wilfredo Ruiz and won the North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title a year later against Ramon Morales. He also took home the World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox lightweight title in 1998 and stopped Calvin Green in 2003 for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) light welterweight title.

Duran came within a whisker of a second world title when he fought to a draw against then-unbeaten Takanori Hatakeyama in 1999 for the World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight championship. Last year, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against former four-time world champion Hector Camacho.

Armenta put together an impressive streak between 2003 and 2004 in which he won five consecutive bouts by knockout. In his next fight, he beat former WBC Latino welterweight champion and former world-title challenger Irving Garcia by unanimous decision. Armenta has stepped up his level of competition in recent years; the combined record of his last seven opponents at the time of the bouts was 66-32-3, including unbeaten Worcester, Mass., prospect Edwin Rodriguez and undefeated United States Boxing Organization (USBO) light heavyweight champion Mark Tucker.

The undercard of “Champion Breed” stars New Haven lightweight Christian Lao (1-0, 1 KO) facing Barrington Douse of Springfield, Mass., in Douse’s professional debut; unbeaten middleweight Thomas Falowo (2-0, 2 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., taking on Tampa’s Marvin Jones (2-0, 2 KOs); and welterweight Johnathan Vazquez (3-0, 3 KOs) of New Bedford, Mass., facing Robert Hunt (0-0) of nearby Hyannis in four-round bouts.

Former NFL defensive lineman Jevon Langford (6-0, 6 KOs), who played six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, will make his long-awaited return to the heavyweight division in a four-round bout against veteran Tobias Rice (2-3, 2 KOs) of Macon, Ga. The 6-foot-3 Langford hails from Denver and is now training with Peter Manfredo Sr. at Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket.

Light heavyweight Keith Kozlin (6-2, 4 KOs) of Warwick, R.I., and New Haven middleweight Rick Dawson (3-0, 1 KO) are also on the card in separate four-round bouts.

Tickets for “Champion Breed”, priced at $40, $65 and $105, can be purchased by calling the Foxwoods box office at 800.200.2882, or online at www.foxwoods.com. For more information, visit www.cesboxing.com or www.foxwoods.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:30.

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