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‘And they’re off!’

‘And they’re off!’

Boxing’s thoroughbreds set for epic race to the finish line

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 6, 2011) – Jimmy Burchfield’s breed of champions is locked in at the starting gate ready to kick off a spectacular sports weekend Friday night with another showcase of boxing’s rising talent.

Professional boxing returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn., tonight, May 6th, 2011, with “Champion Breed,” a pre-Kentucky Derby party starring Providence, R.I., super middleweight Vladine Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) and the pride of New Haven, Conn., Elvin Ayala (22-5-1, 10 KOs).

“Champion Breed” marks the launch of a busy sports weekend in New England – and worldwide – including playoff games for the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, along with Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, which begins horse racing’s Triple Crown chase. There are seven exciting bouts on tap for Friday’s event, including the return of former NFL star and undefeated heavyweight Jevon Langford.

Tickets for this event are priced at $40, $65 and $105 (VIP) and can now be purchased through the Foxwoods box office at 800.200.2882, or online at www.foxwoods.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7:30.

“Having been in this business for more than 30 years, it’s truly an honor to be a major part of such a tremendous weekend of sports and entertainment,” Burchfield said. “Just like the Celtics and Bruins, who continue their chase for world titles this weekend, we, too, are a franchise at Classic Entertainment & Sports, and we’re proud to bring our best and brightest to the beautiful Fox Theater for what is sure to be an outstanding night of world-class boxing.”

Tonight, Ayala and Biosse are looking to take another step in the right direction as they continue their climb to the top. The two fighters are traveling separate paths; with only 11 fights on his resume, Biosse is still in the infant stages of his journey, while Ayala is attempting to make it back to the big stage three years after battling Arthur Abraham for a world title.

Friday’s 10-round, main-event showdown against former kickboxing champion Denis Grachev (9-0-1, 5 KOs) of San Diego, Calif., represents the toughest test of Biosse’s career. Grachev recently defeated a former Olympian from the 2008 Haitian boxing team in January in his first fight in more than a year. Undefeated and unfazed, Biosse is back in the ring a month after knocking out Tim Connors at Foxwoods on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”

“Every fight is a challenge,” Biosse said. “I’m getting his best and he’s going to have to deal with my best. I feel like I get stronger and more confident with each fight. I’ve got something special in store for everyone and I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

Ayala is also taking on a tougher challenge tonight than he did back on April 1st. He, too, scored a knockout win on national television, stopping Woonsocket, R.I., native Joe Gardner after four rounds. Tonight, he faces veteran George Armenta (13-6, 11 KOs) of Silver Spring, Md., in the eight-round co-feature.

“I’m expecting a tough fight,” said Ayala, who worked with trainer Peter Manfredo Sr. in preparation for tonight’s bout, “but I’m confident in my training and conditioning and expect nothing less than to come out with a victory.”

The undercard of “Champion Breed” is loaded with fighters looking to establish their presence as household names, starting with lightweight Christian Lao (1-0, 1 KO) of New Haven, who scored an impressive knockout win in his professional debut last month at Foxwoods. Lao will face newcomer Barrington Douse of Springfield, Mass., in a four-round bout.

New Haven’s Rick Dawson (3-0, 1 KO) is already a household name thanks to his brother, former light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson, but the elder Dawson is quickly carving out his own identity and will look to stay on track tonight against Odias Dumezil (3-5, 1 KO) of Winter Haven, Fla., in a four-round middleweight bout.

Fresh off two knockout wins, Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Thomas Falowo (2-0, 2 KOs) will step back in the ring tonight in a four-round bout against Zack Thomas (1-3) of Cincinnati, and junior welterweight Johnathan Vazquez (3-0, 3 KOs) of New Bedford, Mass., will fight for the first time since November in a four-round bout against Andrew Jones (0-5-1) of Buffalo, N.Y.

Tonight’s special attraction comes in the heavyweight division as Langford returns following an eight-year layoff to face Tobias Rice (2-3, 2 KOs) of Macon, Ga., in a four-round bout. A former defensive end for Oklahoma State and the Cincinnati Bengals, Langford is the first and only professional athlete to simultaneously box and play football. He made his debut in March of 2001, six months before the start of his sixth and final season in the NFL.

“He’s not just a football player trying to box,” Burchfield said. “This man can fight.”

For more information on tonight’s show, visit www.cesboxing.com or www.foxwoods.com.

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