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Boxing returns to Rhode Island Oct. 7

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 27, 2011) – For the first time in almost a year, Rhode Island’s hub for combat sports, the famed Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, will host live professional boxing as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., presents “Rhode Warriors” on Friday, October 7th, 2011.

The best and brightest in New England will return to the scene of many of Rhode Island’s greatest fights, including super middleweight Vladine Biosse (11-1, 6 KOs) of Providence, R.I., unbeaten middleweight Thomas Falowo (4-0, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., and the long-awaited return of Providence’s Richard “Bobo The Bull” Starnino (9-5-2, 2 KOs), who’ll step into the ring for the first time since 2009.

“In order for us to bring boxing back to its home at the beautiful Twin River Event Center, we needed to do it big, and this show is absolutely huge,” Burchfield said. “This is what you get when you mix New England’s limitless future with its storied past.

“But make no mistake about it – these fighters aren’t just part of New England lore; they’re knocking at the doorstep of worldwide dominance and we’re proud to have some of the best fighters in the world on this show as we make our long-awaited return to Rhode Island. This is boxing at its finest. This is what our loyal fans deserve, and we’re proud to deliver a dynamite show.”

“Rhode Warriors” features 10 action-packed bouts, starring Biosse in the eight-round main event against Montgomery, Ala., southpaw John Mackey (13-6-2, 6 KOs). A dangerous veteran, Mackey handed unbeaten Donald Orr his first loss by majority decision in June of 2010 and followed that with a knockout victory over George Rivera, who was 11-5 at the time. One of the few blemishes on Mackey’s record is a unanimous-decision loss to former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) title contender Tarvis Simms in March.

For Biosse, the reigning New England super middleweight champion, this will be his first fight since suffering his first professional loss at the hands of unbeaten Denis Grachev via fourth-round knockout in May, snapping a streak of two consecutive wins for the former University of Rhode Island football star in 2011.

“After three or four rounds, I’m usually just warming up. This time, after three rounds I was done and he was hitting me with everything he wanted to hit me with,” Biosse said.

“This loss humbled me and gave me even more hunger to go get it. I understand there’s so much to accomplish and that I haven’t even gotten there yet. I feel eager to get back in there, get back to work and get back to the pace I had going.”


Starnino, a longtime fan-favorite at Twin River, will battle Reynaldo Rodriguez (5-2-1, 2 KOs) of Woonsocket, R.I., in a six-round super middleweight bout. Starnino hasn’t fought since a controversial, yet exciting, majority-decision loss to Joey McCreedy for the then-vacant Eastern Boxing Association (EBA) super middleweight title in February of 2009, while Rodriguez is coming off a hard-fought majority draw against Keith Kozlin.

Along with Falowo, rising prospect Johnathan Vazquez (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of New Bedford, Mass., will put his unbeaten record on the line against dangerous welterweight Bryan Abraham (4-7, 4 KOs) of Schenectady, N.Y., in a six-round showdown. Abraham pulled off a major upset in April with a first-round knockout win over previously-unbeaten Dominic DeSanto and recently went six rounds in a unanimous-decision loss to undefeated Issouf Kinda in July. Searching for his fifth knockout in as many tries, Falowo will face Schenectady’s Luis Hernandez, who will be making his professional debut, in a four-round bout.

“Rhode Warriors” will also feature the return of Warwick, R.I., super middleweight Benny “The Boss” Costantino (6-0, 6 KOs), fighting for the first time since 2001, against Winter Haven, Fla., veteran Odias Dumezil (3-6, 1 KO), who now trains in Cranston, R.I. Lightweight Agustine Maurus (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Lawrence, Mass., who fought Vazquez to a draw in July, will battle newcomer Christian Rivera of Gloucester in a four-round intrastate bout; Kevin Cobbs (1-0, 1 KO) of Burlington, Vt., will face Bakari (0-2) of Bridgeport, Conn., in a four-round light heavyweight bout and fellow light heavyweight Alex Amparo (1-0, 1 KO) of Providence will take on Nicholas Lavin (2-1, 2 KOs) of Shelton, Conn., in a four-round bout.

Red-hot prospect Chris Chatman (9-1-1, 4 KOs) of San Diego, Calif., who battled former U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade of Providence at Twin River in October of 2009 in a controversial loss, will take part in a special six-round light middleweight attraction, while bantamweight Shelito Vincent of Providence will make her debut against veteran Karen Dulin (2-9, 1 KO) of Mystic, Conn., in a four-round bout.

Tickets for “Rhode Warriors” are $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) 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 “Rhode Warriors.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)


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