News: Vinny Paz; Joe Dwyer; Michael Katsidis

PROVIDENCE (July 9, 2009) – Five-time world champion Vinny Paz will have a special book signing of his biography, “Fight Or Die: The Vinny Paz Story,” July 17th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, prior to the “Braggin’ Rights” Pro-Am boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES). Books will be available to purchase and have signed by “The Pazmanian Devil” between 5:30-7:30 PM in the entrance area of the Event Center..

“I’m excited to be doing a signing for my true fans,” Paz said. “They were behind me during my career and they’re still in my corner. My childhood friend and author of the book, Tommy Jon Caduto, will also be signing. It seemed only natural that I do this at a CES show because my promoter and dear friend, Jimmy Burchfield, has always been one of my biggest supporters. I also want to thank Twin River for hosting this and I’m always happy to be there in such a beautiful casino. I’m really looking forward to watching the fights after my signing.”

Interstate Milltown rivals, EBA New England lightweight champion Eddie “The Puerto Rican Sensation” Soto (11-0, 4 KOs), of Pawtucket (RI), and challenger Sean Eklund (6-4, 1 KO), of Lowell, throw down once again in a 6-round rematch. Eklund is trained by his uncle, “Irish” Micky Ward.

Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (13-0-1), silver medalist at the 2005 National Golden Gloves Tournament, takes on Providence’s upset-minded Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-3-3, 2 KOs), 2000 Eastern Olympic Trials champion, in the other 6-round co-main event.

CES’ latest signee, super middleweight Vladine Biosse (1-0, 1 KO), who played football at the University of Rhode Island and Dean College, has moved from the gridiron into the ring. He makes his CES debut in a 4-round fight against tough Rafael Jastrebski.

Also on the July 17 card are a pair of unbeaten local favorites, cruiserweight Jay Holland (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Billy Greenwalt, and exciting light welterweight Diego Pereira (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA, in 4-round bouts.

Six amateur bouts are scheduled, featuring some of New England’s top non-pro boxers: Tommy Duquette (Boston Boxing), Waltham (MA) vs. Steve Hollden (Balletto), Smithfield (RI), 141 lbs.; Anthony Marsella (Tillinghast), Smithfield (RI) vs. Christobal Marrero (Tomasello), Saugus (MA), 125 lbs.; Nick DeLomba (Balletto), Cranston (RI) vs. Jimmy Smith (Manfredo’s), Portland (ME), 152 lbs.; Mario Morales (Uptown Boxing), Southbridge (MA) vs. Thomas Falowo (Manfredo’s), Pawtucket (RI), 178 lbs.; George Yawo (Manfredo’s), Providence vs. Adam Medeiros (TNT Kickboxing), Fall River, 152 lbs.; Leonedra Lee (The Battle Ground), West Warwick (RI) vs. Stephanie Steeves (Winsor Boxing Club), Burlington (VT), 132 lbs.

All pro and amateur bouts and boxers are subject to change.

Rollback ticket prices for “Braggin’ Rights” are $25.00 SRO, $35.00, $65.00 ($10.00 redeemable free play at Twin River) and $100.00 ($25.00 redeemable free play at Twin River) and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at or, at Twin River’s Players Club booth at Twin River, or any TicketMaster location.

Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/ or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ for more information. Doors open at 5:30 PM/ET, first bout at 6:30 PM/ET.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Braggin’ Rights.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.)

Joe Dwyer calls the NABF the Triple A of Boxing and vows to make meaningful fights

When the highly respected Joe Dwyer was named President of the NABF on June 5, he vowed to transform the organization into a powerhouse. On Friday, July 10, the organization will present its third title fight since he took office: a cruiserweight matchup between champion Matt Godfrey, 18-1 (10 KOS), of Providence, Rhode Island, and Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk, 18-0-1 (16 KOS), of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The fight will be held at The Arena in Philadelphia and televised on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights.

Dwyer, who describes the NABF as the “Triple A of Boxing,” says the organization’s champions have worked hard to get where they so they should be no more than a few steps away from a world title fight.

“The worst thing for a fighter is to be inactive, so I’m taking a very proactive role in helping make fights for deserving boxers,” said Dwyer. “Godfrey vs. Hawk is a really good, competitive fight and the winner will step up a few notches as a credible world title challenger.

“For many current or recent world champions – such as Kelly Pavlik, Lucien Bute, Chad Dawson and Andre Berto – the NABF title served as a springboard for them,” added Dwyer. “It is important for regional titles to be meaningful, so I am determined to work with fighters, managers, promoters and television people to bring about the best fights possible when an NABF title is on the line.”

Katsidis “The Great” honoured in Greece

Michael Katsidis “the great” was formally invited to attend Greece’s annual party recently in the lead up to the announcement of his next fight. In an action packed couple of months Katsidis has flown to the Philippines to challenge current super champion Manny Pacquiao,
resigned with his long time trainer/manager Brendon Smith, and topped it all off by travelling to Larissa, the home land of his father to be honoured.

Katsidis who is extremely proud of his half Greek half Australian heritage said recently in an interview with fight news’s Craig Watt “My father’s village is by Mt. Olympus and historians believe it to be the homeland of the gods. This is a first time opportunity to travel to Greece and I believe the experience will give me strength once more.”

Katsidis is currently the mandatory WBO # 1 ranked fighter at 135 pounds, and is awaiting some big opportunities in the later part of 2009 with possible names including Hatton, Pacquiao and Marquez. Katsidis is coming off an impressive stoppage win over Mexican Jesus Chavez in April and is keen, like ancient Greek god Achilles, to continue to invade and conquer.

Article posted on 09.07.2009

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