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Spina-Oshana brawl in Providence

PROVIDENCE (August 3, 2005) - World Boxing Council USNBC super middleweight champion Joey "KO Kid" Spina (16-0, 11 KOs) makes his first title defense August 26 against dangerous challenger Anwar Oshana (23-4, 13 KOs) in the 12-round main event at the Rhode Island Convention Center in providence..

"CES' Prime Time Fights" is presented by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) in association with Mohegan Sun.

Spina, of Providence, is rated No. 34 by the WBC, as well as No. 8 by the NABC and No. 12 by the NABO. He presently lives and trains in Las Vegas with former world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

Chicago resident Oshana describes his style like Jake La Motta's. He is the former Illinois State and IBF Great Lakes Regional super middleweight champion. Three of his four career losses have been to IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy and multiple world title challengers Omar Sheika and Thomas Tate.

"By far this will be the biggest challenge of Spina's career," promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. "This is a fighter's fight. Oshana knows his career is on the line. He told me he was sorry, but he was coming to Providence to win the belt and take it back to Chicago. It's going to be a great fight with two guys standing in the middle of the ring and slugging it out. Both like to fight that way and fans love watching guys like them fight. A ring? All we need is a phone booth for these two."

In the 10 round co-feature, unbeaten Providence cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (8-
0, 5 KOs), rated No. 13 by the NABF, faces NABF 11th rated Willie Herring (13-3-3, 2 KOs) for the vacant USNBC cruiserweight championship.

In the third title fight on the August 26th card, former world champion Jaime "Hurricane" Clampitt (15-3-1, 6 KOs) squares off against Shelby "Girl" Walker (7-4-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant IWBF lightweight crown in the 10-round special attraction.

The series will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on CN8, The Comcast Network, Cox Sports and other cable outlets.

CN8, The Comcast Network will air the Aug. 26 show SUNDAY, August 28 9:00-11:00 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 serves 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 broadcast into 7.1 million homes on the East Coast.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is Providence heavyweight Jason "Big Six" Estrada (3-0, 1 KO), 2004 US Olympian, in his first six-round match; Manchester featherweight Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard (3-0, 2 KOs), two-time Everlast Under-19 National champion; Cranston super featherweight Missy "The Fury" Fiorentino (12-1, 6 KOs), Pawtucket via Puerto Rico super lightweight Eddie Soto (1-0, 1 KO).

Cox Sports will air the broadcast SUNDAY, August 28 8-10 PM/ET.

Tickets, priced at $152 (Jimmy's Platinum Club - LIMITED); $102 (Gold Ringside), $52 (reserved ringside) and $30 (general admission/reserved), are on sale now. Group sale discounts, half-priced tickets for children under 10, and VIP sponsor tables are also available. To purchase tickets call CES' corporate headquarters at 401.724.2253/2254. For additional information go on line to www.cesboxing.com. Doors open at 6 PM with the first bout slated for 7 PM.

Article posted on 03.08.2005



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