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News: Joseph Perez; Wadi Camacho; Argentinean Condors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 13, 2012) – The lineup is set for this fall’s most highly-anticipated boxing event, and, as always, there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer title bouts or good old-fashioned grudge matches.

Titles and bragging rights will be on the line Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports presents, “Closing Statement,” the finale of its popular 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series at Twin River Casino.

The eight-round main event features a bit of regional flair as Joseph “Chip” Perez (9-1, 3 KOs) of East Hartford, Conn., the newest addition to CES’ roster, battles Hartford’s Chazz “Magnificent” McDowell (6-2, 1 KO), by way of Yonkers, N.Y., for the vacant New England Junior Lightweight title. The McDowell-Perez showdown is one of 10 fights on the card, which also includes two long-awaited rematches.

Tickets for “Closing Statement ” are $40.00, $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.

A press conference and pep rally to launch the official kickoff for “Closing Statement” will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Flare West Restaurant, located at 335 Wakefield Street in West Warwick, R.I. This event is open to the public.

“The junior lightweight division in this region is incredible competitive and I applaud both Chip and Chazz for being willing to step up to the table and face one another,” Burchfield said. “This fight will have you on the edge of your seat. You’re going to catch a rare glimpse of two old-school warriors who leave everything in the ring and know how to put on a show for the fans.

“This is what boxing needs. This is what the sport lacks in so many other weight classes. For these two to put their records on the line with no questions asked speaks volumes about their will and determination. I’m honored to have them on this show.”

The 25-year-old Perez has won four consecutive fights since his only loss in April of 2011, including a thrilling slugfest against dangerous Johnny Frazier in July. The two exchanged blows throughout the night, with Perez knocking out Frazier at the closing bell of the fourth round for his first knockout since 2010. McDowell, who splits time between New York and Connecticut, is looking to bounce back from a close, unanimous decision loss to undefeated super featherweight prospect Emanuel Gonzalez in July.

“Closing Statement” also features two, four-round rematches, the first between Providence, R.I., super middleweight Alex Amparo (4-0, 2 KOs) and Nick Lavin (2-3, 2 KOs) of Shelton, Conn., who will face another again almost one year to the date of their first showdown in October of 2011, a fight Amparo won by majority decision, 39-37, 38-37, 38-38, at Twin River.

Also, Providence female bantamweight Shelito Vincent (4-0) will face Ivana Coleman (0-1) of Slidell, La., for the second time in four months. Vincent won the first bout convincingly, sweeping all four rounds on each of the scorecards in July to earn a unanimous-decision win.

Sparks will fly in the heavyweight division when hard-hitting Alex Santos (6-0, 5 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., puts his undefeated record on the line against Providence’s Josh Harris (8-6-1, 6 KOs). The show also features two additional regional battles as former The Contender reality television star Rich Gingras (11-3, 7 KOs) of Attleboro, Mass., returns to face Providence’s Richard “Bobo The Bull” Starnino (9-9-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round light heavyweight bout and newcomers Jon Smith of Cranston, R.I., a former three-time New England Golden Gloves champion, and Dinis Paiva Jr. of East Providence, R.I., who has five professional mixed martial arts fights under his belt, square off in a four-round welterweight bout.

“The Vermont Bully” Kevin Cobbs (5-0, 1 KO) of Burlington, Vt., will look to keep his perfect record intact when he faces tough veteran Alexander Mancera (8-4-1, 5 KOs) of Queens, N.Y., in a four-round light heavyweight bout and middleweight Thomas Falowo (7-1, 5 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., will battle Ontario, Canada veteran Michael Walchuk (9-6, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Woonsocket, R.I., middleweight Joey Gardner (8-5-1, 1 KO) will also be featured on the undercard in a separate bout.

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

Wadi Camacho: Yeah Buddy, Tell Conquest And Dickinson I’m Coming For Their Titles

Last Saturday night, at the Matchroom Sport promoted ‘London Calling’ event at Alexandra Palace, rising Cruiserweight star Wadi ‘Machoman’ Camacho conclusively beat Andy Ingram in a battle of the undefeated prospects.

Right from the opening bell it was the Canning Town 27 year old that dominated the proceedings, with supremely effective use of his long southpaw jab combined with some big powerful body shots.

It was these big hooks to the body that ultimately lead to Ingram’s demise, after just two minutes and fourty one seconds of the second round.

With his record now standing at five wins out of five, three coming by way of stoppage, it should come as no surprise that his promoter, Eddie Hearn, has decided it’s time to line up a Southern Area title fight for the ‘Machoman’ for this coming December.

On his return to his home training base, the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, earlier today Camacho spoke briefly about Saturday’s fight.

“Yeah I won my fight just like I said, I used my jab effectively and big shots obviously, it was good stuff.

The first time I see him, wow man the guys kinda big like, really good physique, but I just said Wadi, I was just talking to myself, Wadi just keep working the jab and eventually everything comes along really nice.

I come out and started using my jab, I could see that he was keeping a really high guard, so I start to throw some big shots to the body. Eventually he started to drop his hands so I started whipping in the big hooks to the head.

It was a good start for me, it was fantastic.

The support was fantastic, I really loved it, as soon as I finished my fight I went and said thank you to everyone.

Just keep coming you all, you’ll see some great stuff from me. Team Camacho all the way and we use the favourite words – Yeah Buddy!”

The Barcelona, Spain born East Londoner then went on to speak about his future plans.

“My promoter, Eddie Hearn, said to my manager Bryan Lawrence that on December 15th he would like me to fight for the Southern Area title.

That’s going to be lined up but he would like me to get another fight before then, either another six or eight rounder and then move on to the title I really want.

Everyone out there, if you have any titles you better be watching out for me because I’m going to be coming with big bombs and take them away from you”

Fly high with the Argentinean Condors

Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 September 2012 – Demonstrating once more its worldwide appeal, World Series of Boxing is delighted to welcome this season another new Franchise, coming from the eighth biggest country in the world. Hernán Salvo, General Manager of the Argentinean Condors, presents you the very first South-American WSB Franchise.

First of all, welcome to the World Series of Boxing…

Thank you so much. It is an honour for us to take part in this competition. We are also proud to open a window on the South American Continent. We want to show the world our spirit and our boxing.

Can you tell us more about your Franchise’s name: the Condors? Where does your logo come from and what was the thinking behind?

The condor is one of our national icons. The idea was to use a symbol that would represent us towards the world. After several weeks, discussing and observing the different options we had, we concluded that the condor was without any doubt the best choice. In South America, it is considered as a cultural and natural heritage.

We tried to have a combination in our logo. Having a condor mixed with our national colours and obviously a pair of boxing gloves. The condor is a strong bird, also a symbol of freedom.

How are the preparations going?

As simple as it is: hard. And it gets harder the closer we get to the beginning of the season. We are now in the process of selection of the squad, amateur and pro boxers included. Fortunately we have the support of our National Olympic Committee and our Sports Secretary, the place where the team will have its training facilities.

What about the squad. Have you already signed some big names?

We had some very positive conversations with boxers who took part in the last Olympic era. We explained them all benefits you can get from WSB, and they seem convinced. We will reveal these names by the end of the month.

Usually in Argentina, after the Olympic Games, all the boxers from the National Team turn pro. This time was an exception. Boxers are ready to stay in the National Team for another 4-years cycle knowing that they will be better protected and have more opportunities to get experience. This is the proof that this new era for AIBA will revolutionise boxing forever.

Can you reveal in which cities you will be fighting in Argentina?

Our first option will obviously be Buenos Aires. But we might also go to Mendoza and Cordoba, which are two Argentinean provinces with deep devotion and history in boxing.

Do you have a model of development in the league?

We tried to look for the best of the first two seasons, but it is easy to say that some teams are much more experienced than us. We have full confidence in our Olympic boxers and the actual pro ones. When you start your career here in Argentina, you are looking for being World Champion in pro boxing. Therefore all of our boxers have understood that WSB will give them an amazing amount of experience. AIBA is now offering a complete pathway for a boxing career and am convinced that good performances in WSB this season, will help our boxers in APB too.

What are your objectives for this season?

That’s a tricky question… I first hope that we will start the competition without any major problem. As General Manager, I will give my very best so the team is in the best possible conditions. But I know that sometimes you learn from your mistakes. So time will give us a clear idea where we go.

Your arrival in the AIBA Family includes the birth of a WSB Franchise, but also the commitment of the Argentinean Boxing Association to launch the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) in the country as well…

When President Wu came to Argentina at the beginning of May to sign the WSB agreement, media were all excited about APB. I have the feeling that APB will succeed not only in Argentina, but in the whole world. As I said before, our boxers declined offers from other pro-boxing organizations because they understood APB will offer transparency in all ways – for example with the rankings -, fights between the best boxers, correct records and careers. It will finally respect all boxing fans around the world.