Payne-Rainwater for Mass. title in “Expressway Jam 2”

WOBURN, Mass. (October 20, 2005) – The long-awaited rematch between Worcester cruiserweights Roy “House of” Payne (19-12-4, 6 KOs) and John “House of Rain” Rainwater (10-11-3, 3 KOs) headlines Expressway Jam 2, presented by NER Promotions, November 19 at Freeport Hall (IBEW) in Dorchester (MA).

Payne-Rainwater will be the eight-round main event for the vacant Massachusetts State Cruiserweight Championship. They fought 8 1/2 years ago when Payne won a four-round decision. Rainwater captured the Mass. State cruiserweight title in 1998 by defeating Tim Flamos.

“New England boxing fans have been looking forward to Payne-Rainwater II for years,” NER Promotions president Rick Brutti said. “It’s finally going to happen November 19 and it’ll be for a belt. We’re also happy to have some of this area’s most promising prospects and two future stars, Benitez and Cordova.”

The scheduled six round co-feature has former World Junior Olympic champion Marvin “Much Too Much” Cordova (5-0, 4 KOs), from Colorado, against Connecticut welterweight Shakha Moore (9-10-3, 1 KO).

Slated to fight on the undercard, in separate bouts, are 2004 U.S. Olympian Roberto Benitez (2-0, 1 KO), a super bantamweight from Brooklyn, undefeated Irish heavyweight James Clancy (4-0, 1 KO), from Dorchester via Clare (IRE); Lowell light heavyweight Joey McCreedy (1-0, 1 KO) and junior welterweight Sean Eklund (0-2), and South Boston middleweight Matt Ryan in his pro debut. All fighters and bouts are subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $50.00 (ringside) and $30.00 (general admission). Tickets may be ordered by going to, calling NER (781.932.1190) and will be on sale at the doors the night of the show. Doors open at 6 pm., first bout at 7:30 pm.

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