Gray opens 2017 with title defense against Brooklyn vet Pennington

CES Boxing kicks off the 2017 Twin River Casino Fight Series next month with an old-fashioned grudge match between the Bay State and the Big Apple.

Reigning Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) Northeast Junior Middleweight Champion Khiary Gray (14-1, 11 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., defends the crown Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2017 against Brooklyn’s Courtney Pennington (9-4-1, 5 KOs) in the eight-round headliner of CES Boxing’s season opener at the Twin River Event Center.

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Results: Khiary Gray defeats Chris Chatman

With one vicious right hand to the chin, Khiary Gray erased a summer’s worth of second guesses and “what ifs” and reclaimed his throne atop New England’s crowded junior middleweight division.

“I’m back!” Gray (14-1, 11 KOs) exclaimed Friday following his sensational seventh-round knockout win over Chicago’s Chris Chatman at Twin River Casino to retain his Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International and Northeast Junior Middleweight Titles.

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Khiary Gray faces Chris Chatman on October 21

The glitz and glamour of professional boxing in its purest form is a small, all-encompassing snapshot of the sport at its best, the aura of invincibility only a small percentage of fighters are fortunate enough to experience.

What most people don’t see is what happens when a fighter at the top of the game suffers an unexpected loss, the physical and emotional stress that comes with defeat, and the inevitable fallout when friends — and sometimes family — hop off the bandwagon.

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Ian Green defeats Khiary Gray

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (July 22nd, 2016) – Previously unbeaten junior middleweight Khiary Gray suffered his first career loss Friday on the main card of ShoBox: The New Generation’s 15th anniversary fight card at Foxwoods Resort Casino, courtesy of an overhand right that no one – including Gray – saw coming.

Gray (13-1) dominated the first round and a half against New Jersey’s Ian Green (10-1, 8 KOs) until Green caught him with an overhand right that sent the Worcester, Mass., native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Gray was visibly hurt and took his time getting back to his feet. He tried to hold on for the final 20 seconds of the round, but referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stepped in and stopped it at the 2-minute, 50-second mark as Green unloaded with his opponent pressed against the ropes.

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