CES press conference & weigh in

PROVIDENCE (June 16, 2005) – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) tonight conducted the final press conference and official weigh in at the Hi Hat Lounge for tomorrow night’s (Friday, June 17) “Providence’s Prime Time Fights” in The All-New Theatre at the Dunkin’ Donuts Theatre in Down City Providence..

CN8, The Comcast Network and CES have an agreement to broadcast six boxing shows during the next 12 months, commencing “Providence Prime Time Fights” which will air on CN8, SUNDAY, June 19 9 PM/ET. CN8’s Ed Berliner will provide blow-by-blow commentary for all of the six New England boxing shows. Former five-time world champion Vinny Paz will serve as color analyst. The CES package is part of CN8’s Primetime Fights series, a monthly show featuring New England and Mid-Atlantic boxing events.

CES recently entered into an agreement with the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center to promote boxing shows in downtown Providence. CES’ overall series, however, will emanate from sites throughout

New England and be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on CN8, The Comcast Network and Cox Sports.

Tomorrow evening’s show will be headlined by a 10-round USNBC super middleweight championship match between Providence’s Joey “KO Kid” Spina (15-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 15 by the NABF, and former WBA champion Carl Daniels (49-6-1, 31 KOs), of St. Louis.

In his first eight-round co-feature, undefeated Providence cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (7-0, 5 KOs), already rated No. 15 by the NABF, steps up in class to take on former NABO cruiserweight champion Jermell “The Truth” Barnes. 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (2-0, 1 KO) faces Demetrice King (7-7, 5 KOs) in a four-round Special Heavyweight Attraction.

Tickets, priced at $62 (reserved ringside), are on sale at the box office (Friday). For more information call CES’ corporate headquarters at 401.724.2253/2254 or go on line to

The entire show is dedicated to the memory of fallen Providence police officer Sgt. Detective James Allen. Donations for his two children’s educational fund will be accepted at the show. Ten dollars from any ticket purchased by a police officer or firefighter will go directly into the fund.

“The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., finalist in the recent The Contenders reality show, will be in the house and honored.

Fighter Quotes

Joey Spina: “I’ve watched a lot of Carl Daniels’ tapes. He’s very experienced and coming to fight. I’m training in Vegas with the best (fighters) in the world. This fight means a lot to me. It’ll set me up where I need to be. They call me the ‘KO Kid,’ somebody always gets knocked out.”

Carl Daniels: “I’ll do my talking tomorrow night.”

Matt Godfrey: “Seven fights and I’m making my first co-feature in front of 30-40 million on television. It’s a chance to showcase my talents. I want to thank the Barnes camp for taking this fight when nobody else in the world would. I will win tomorrow.”

Jason Estrada: “I’m just happy to get my opportunity to fight in Providence. It’s been a long time coming. It’s going to be a good night of boxing.”

Demetrice King: “I’m ready to fight. May the best man win; it takes a lot of spirit for any man to get in the ring.”

Fighter Weights

Joey Spina, Providence RI 167 lbs. 167lbs. Carl Daniels, St. Louis, MO
Matt Godfrey, Providence, RI 204 lbs. 202 lbs. Jermell Barnes, Rochester, NY
Jaime Clampitt, Narragansett, RI 142 lbs. 142 lbs. Leora Jackson, Memphis, TN
Les Ralston, Buffalo, NY 163 lbs. 160.5 lbs. Shawn Williams, Columbus, OH
Jason Estrada, Providence, RI 248 lbs. 260.5 lbs. Demetrice King, Flint, MI
Missy Fiorentino, Cranston, RI 126 lbs. 130 lbs. Lisa Lewis, Fresno, CA
Matt Remillard, Manchester, CT 126 lbs. 126 lbs. Yamin Mohammad, W. Carrolton, OH
Eddie Soto, Pawtucket, RI 138.5 lbs. 143.5 lbs. Jorge Hernandez, Miami, FL

Article posted on 16.06.2005

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