SALEM, NH (April 5, 2016)- “Not too many people get a second chance in life.”
Those are the words of New England Heavyweight Champion Alexis Santos as his camp tightens the final screws for his eagerly-anticipated rematch with Daniel Martz, and this time the vacant IBO International Heavyweight belt is at stake.
The 10-round main event of Big Six Entertainment’s “Heavyweight Showdown” card at Rockingham Park Saturday presents Santos (15-1-0, 13 KOs) with the chance for vindication. That one blemish on his record came when the two fought in June 2014, although Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) did not beat him per se.
Santos’ corner would not allow him to answer the bell for the fourth round because the radical knee injury, where both major ligaments were shredded and the meniscus was severely damaged, that he suffered in the first round would not allow him to courageously fight on one leg any longer. Martz was awarded the TKO.
“After my corner threw in the towel, he’s putting his shirt over his head, putting his hands over his head, and screaming at the top of his lungs,” said Santos, known as the Pride of Lawrence (MA). “I want my rematch. This is an opportunity to prove to myself that I could have beaten him, and to put a final statement on that.”
A win would propel Santos to a world ranking, a contract with a top promoter, and a potential seven figure payday down the road. As if all that weren’t enough, add in the sweet taste of revenge.
“Now it’s bigger than just redemption. This is a huge opportunity, a second opportunity at reviving my career and putting my career at a higher level,” said Santos. “Now we’re fighting for the title.”
The exciting 8-round Featherweight co-main event also packs star power as New Haven, CT native and rising star Josh Crespo (6-2-3) takes on the tough and talented Luis Orlando del Valle (20-2-0), who is represented by music mogul Jay Z’s Rock Sports Nation and also can shoot up in the rankings with a successful outing.
“I’ve got big plans but that all goes out the window if I don’t do what I have to against Crespo,” Del Valle told Philybox.com from his training camp in Puerto Rico. “Anybody who really knows boxing understands that a record doesn’t determine how good a fighter is. I’ve seen Crespo before. He’s tough and willing to take on anybody, which is evident by the fact that he’s facing me rather than a lesser opponent. I’m training like I’m the underdog since this fight is close to his hometown and I’ve got a lot on the line.”
Rising star Russell Lamour (12-2-0, 5 KOs), representing Portland, ME, will battle Borngod Washington (3-17-0) in the Middleweight division, and Jason Kelly (5-0-0), fighting out of Boston, puts his undefeated streak on the line when he takes on Portland’s Casey Kramlich (2-0-1) in a what promises to be a highly-competitive 4-round Middleweight fight.
In a 4-round tilt in the Super Middleweight division, Jaba Khositashvili, a native of the country of Georgia who now calls Philadelphia home, makes his professional debut against Greg Thomas (1-7-0), also representing the City of Brotherly Love.
Following the live main event, ticket holders will have the added bonus of the closed circuit live simulcast from Las Vegas of the much-awaited 12-round rubber match between Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in four divisions, and Tim Bradley, Jr. for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title. The Las Vegas simulcast also includes the 12-round co-main event for the WBO Super Middleweight title between Arthur Abraham (44-4) and Gilberto Ramirez (33-0).
The night of thrilling action at Rockingham Park includes tributes to Epping, NH’s Jack Sharkey, the world Heavyweight Champion during the golden age of boxing, and former WBA Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz, who also has Granite State ties.
Tickets are $35 (general admission), $45 (reserved) and $75 (ringside seating), and are available for cash-only purchase at Rockingham Park (603-898-2311 x admissions) or may be purchased by calling 860-982-2535. More information can be found at facebook.com/groups/bigsixentertainment.
Doors to the Rockingham Park Sports Club open at 6 PM and the first fight will get underway at 7:30 PM.
The weigh-in, which is free and open to the public, will be Friday, April 8 at The Stumble Inn in Londonderry, NH from 4-6 PM and the Corona Girls will be on hand for a promotion that includes ticket giveaways during the event.
The card, subject to change, is:
10-round Heavyweight: Alexis Santos (15-1-0, 13 KOs) vs. Daniel Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs)
8-round Featherweight: Luis Orlando del Valle (20-2-0, 15 KOs) vs. Josh Crespo (6-2-3, 2 KOs)
4-round Middleweight: Russell Lamour (12-2-0, 5 KOs) vs. Borngod Washington (3-17-0)
4-round Middleweight: Jason Kelly (5-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Casey Kramlich (2-0-1)
4-round Super Middleweight: Greg Thomas (1-7-0) vs. Jaba Khositashvili (0-0-0)