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CES kicks off fall season next month with action-packed card at Twin River

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 24, 2011) – Next month’s back-to-school party at the Twin River Casino is shaping up to be an early candidate for mixed martial arts’ fight card of the fall as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., continues to put together another stacked lineup.

“Road To Glory,” scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I., will feature the highly-anticipated main event between Providence light heavyweight Greg Rebello (12-3, 6 KOs) and rising star Cody Lightfoot (6-1, 4 KOs) of Somersworth, N.H., in addition to 10 undercard bouts featuring the best up-and-coming talent from the northeast region.

“What a way to end the summer!” Burchfield said. “On Sept. 9, we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of our mixed martial arts division, and we continue to get better with each show. Our brand speaks for itself. This is, without question, the fight card of the year, and we’re anticipating another sold-out crowd at the beautiful Twin River Event Center to celebrate not only the beginning of fall, but also the continued success of New England mixed martial arts.

“I’d put these fighters in the cage against anyone in the world, and you will see why on Sept. 9.”

The co-main event in the lightweight (155-pound) division features two familiar faces as Mike Medrano (9-8) of Toms River, N.J., squares off against John Ortolani (5-3, 4 KOs) of Billerica, Mass.; who also stars as a professional lacrosse player for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL). Medrano is known for his victory over Providence’s Mike Campbell in September of 2009, followed by his subsequent loss in the rematch on Feb. 25. Medrano recently beat Al Buck via second-round submission on July 23, snapping a three-fight losing streak. Ortolani has faced some of the best on the local circuit, including Lincoln’s Jeff Anderson and former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) competitor Dan Lauzon of Boston.

Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd Chattelle (8-6, 7 KOs) – one of two new additions to the CES roster, which now also includes featherweight Saul Almeida – will face veteran Elias Rivera (5-6, 1 KO), who founded the Team Dog Pound Full Contact Team gym in Meriden, Conn., and has more than 30 years of experience in mixed martial arts. This will be Chattelle’s third fight for CES, but his first as an official member of the roster as he aims for his third consecutive win.

The “Road To Glory” undercard also features a marquee showdown between two of the hardest hitters in mixed martial arts as middleweight Steve Skrzat (4-4, 4 KOs) of Burrillville, R.I., faces the dangerous Scott Rehm (5-5, 5 KOs) of Brookline, Mass. The two fighters have combined to win all nine of their fights by knockout; both are also in search of their first victory since 2010.

In the welterweight (170-pound) division, James “The American Outlaw” Boran (5-0, 1 KO) of Framingham, Mass., will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran John Manley (6-1) of Ludlow, Mass. Manley rebounded from his first career loss against Dennis Olson by cruising to a unanimous-decision win over Jason Trzewieczynski on April 8 at Twin River.

Evan Parker (3-2) of Leominster will face Mike Marchioni (5-1) of Marshfield in an intrastate featherweight bout between two Massachusetts rivals; lightweight Dinis Paiva Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) of East Providence, R.I. – trained by Ocean State pioneer Mat Santos – will face unbeaten Jimmy Collins (3-0) of Waltham, Mass.; and Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., will face middleweight Francisco Ferreira (2-0) of Pawtucket.

The undercard also features the professional debuts of Central Falls, R.I., middleweight David Versailles, Framingham flyweight Chris Conception and lightweight John DeRusha of South Shore Sport Fighting in Rockland, Mass. DeRusha will face Brendan Rooney (1-0) of Milford, Conn.; Conception will battle Chris Cole (2-1) of America’s Best Defense in North Attleboro, Mass.; and Versailles will fight Fran Collins (1-0) of Worcester, Mass.

Tickets for “Road To Glory” are $35.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00 and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Road To Glory.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)

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