SALEM, NH (September 29, 2015)- “Irish” Micky Ward, whose inspirational story was immortalized in the 2010 Academy-Award winning film “The Fighter”, will celebrate his 50th birthday as part of a stellar night of thrilling live boxing featuring the New England Heavyweight Championship at Rockingham Park Saturday.
Ward, who fought three times in New Hampshire on his rise to the WBU Light Heavyweight championship, will be feted with proclamations from Governor Maggie Hassan, to be delivered by State Senate President Chuck Morse, and New Hampshire Boxing Commission Chairman Bobby Stephen, who will be seated at ringside.
Saturday has been declared the official “Micky Ward Day” in New Hampshire.
“Honoring Micky Ward on his birthday is so special. Every boxing fan who has ever seen Micky in the ring knows just how special he is. This is yet another piece of the life of Micky Ward that in some way helps to complete a boxing career that was never void of a 100 percent effort. Micky fought on ESPN thirty-one times and I can honestly say that Saturday night will be very, very special and anyone who has ever had the privilege to be at one of Micky’s fights should be at The Rock to be part of a great tribute to a great man,” said boxing promoter Al Valenti.
The night of exciting boxing action, presented by Big Six Entertainment, is highlighted by the main event featuring the highly-anticipated return to the ring of Lawrence, MA’s Alexis Santos (13-1, 13 KOs) in a battle with Rhode Island’s Arthur Saribekian (23-7-1) for the vacant New England Heavyweight belt.
Santos, a rising star until his knee was blown out in his last fight and caused the only mark in his loss column 14 months ago, needed surgery and over a year of intense rehabilitation to make it back. He still has never been beaten by an opponent, technically.
International Boxing Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger, who was the third man in the ring on July 13, 2001 at the Hampton Beach Casino when Ward defeated Emanuel Augustus by unanimous decision in the bout would be judged the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year for 2001, returns to New Hampshire to referee the New England Heavyweight Championship.
The evenly-matched and highly-competitive under card features some of the region’s best professional talent with boxers battling in different weight divisions.
Doors to the Rockingham Park Sports Club open at 6 PM and the first fight will get underway at 7 PM. Tickets are $35, $45 and $75 for ringside seating, and parking at the racetrack is free.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 617-312-5059, and more information may be found at facebook.com/groups/bigsixentertainment. Tickets are also available for cash-only purchase at Rockingham Park.
Fans are invited to meet the fighters and get autographs and photos at the weigh-in on Friday, October 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Stumble Inn (603-432-3210) on 20 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, NH. The Corona Ring Girls will be there as part of the special promotion, which includes ticket giveaways to the fights.
The card, subject to change, is:
8 rounds New England Heavyweight Championship
Alexis Santos Lawrence, MA
14-1, 13 KO’s
Arthur Saribekian Cranston, RI
23-7-1, 18 KO’s
6 rounds light middleweight 154 lbs
4 rounds light heavyweight 180 lbs
4 rounds bantamweight 118 lbs
6 rounds middleweight 160 lbs
Jay Kelly vs. Jesus Cintron
Dorchester, MA Springfield, MA
4 rounds heavyweight
O’Jayland Brown vs. Bobby Favors
Sacramento, CA Cincinnati, OH
6 rounds light middleweight 154 lbs
Antonio Chaves Fernandez vs. Robert Hunt
Brockton, MA Hyannis, MA ###