Godfrey vs Batcheldor Sept. 15 in Hartford

PROVIDENCE (July 25, 2006) – Three regional titles will be on the line September 15 when world cruiserweight prospects Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (12-0, 7 KOs), NABA & WBC Continental USNBC champion, and WBC Continental Americas title-holder “Danny Boy” Batchelder (24-2-1, 11 KOs) headline a Classic Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (CES) promoted card in Hartford, Connecticut..

Godfrey, 25, is coming off of a stunning first-round knockout of previously unbeaten Shaun George (11-0-2) on ESPN Wednesday Night Fights (May 10) at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The Providence native is rated No. 14 by the WBA and No. 16 by the WBC.

Batchelder, 29, upset former IBF cruiserweight champion “King” Arthur Williams in 2005. His last outing was a 10-round loss by decision June 9 as a late replacement against 24-1 Brian Minto. Batchelder is rated No. 13 by the WBC.

CES promoter Jimmy Burchfield has guaranteed an exciting top-to-bottom card to support the 12-round Godfrey-Batchelder main event, including the return of Hartford hero Israel “Pito” Cardona (35-6, 27 KOs), former USBA & NABF lightweight and IBO light welterweight champion. Cardona, who hasn’t fought in his Hartford hometown in 10 years, started his comeback bid March 17 after being inactive for more than four years with a first-round TKO of Bobby McAndrews. “Pito” has defeated, among the more notables, Ivan Robinson, Golden Johnson, Jeff Mayweather and Sam Girard.

More details will soon be available. Call CES or go to

Article posted on 26.07.2006

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