DeLomba Faces Unbeaten Moylette
For 140-Pound Supremacy
Junior welterweight bragging rights are on the line Friday,
Sept. 14th, 2018 at Twin River Casino as CES Boxing and
Murphys Boxing team up to bring New England fight fans one
of this year's most highly-anticipated main-event showdowns.
Reigning UBF All-America champion and Rhode Island's own
Nick DeLomba (13-2, 3 KOs) returns to the Twin River Event
Center for the first time in more than a year to face
undefeated Irish junior welterweight and two-time amateur
gold medalist Ray Moylette (11-0, 4 KOs) in the eight-round
headliner of CES Boxing's latest installment of the 2018
Twin River Casino Fight Series.
The event, promoted in associated with Ken Casey's Murphys
Boxing, also features the return of unbeaten Providence
junior welterweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (9-0, 4 KOs) and
hard-hitting Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (16-2,
14 KOs), plus the debut of several new faces fighting in
Rhode Island for the first time.
The 28-year-old DeLomba, a Cranston native, returns to Twin
River and CES Boxing for the first time since of April of
2017 when he battled New Haven's Jimmy Williams for the
then-vacant WBC USNBC Welterweight Title.
Under the tutelage of R.I. ring legend Gary "Tiger" Balletto,
DeLomba debuted in 2013 in unorthodox fashion with a
six-round bout against Maine's Jimmy Smith. He began his
career with eight consecutive wins before suffering his
first career loss in September of 2015 to New Yorker Gledwin
The resilient DeLomba resurfaced in 2016 with critical wins
over New England rivalsFreddy Sanchez and Oscar Bonilla,
then upset former Golden Gloves champion Amos Cowart in a
dominant, eight-round unanimous decision win later that
year. DeLomba has won back-to-back fights since facing
Williams, including another signature win overLouis Cruz for
the then-vacant UBF title. He's won five of six overall
heading into next month's showdown with the highly-decorated
Moylette and is now reunited with his original promoter,
Jimmy Burchfield Sr. The two sides ironed out a new
promotional agreement this past spring to bring the Rhode
Island native back to CES Boxing.
Born in the Irish village of Islandeady, Moylette is coached
by renowned trainer Paschal Collins, the brother of former
two-time WBO champion Steve Collins, who also works with
Irish middleweight star Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan.
As an amateur, Moylette won gold medals at the World Youth
Amatuer Boxing Championships in Mexico and the European
Amateur Boxing Championships in Turkey before signing with
Murphys Boxing and the United Kingdom-based Assassin
Promotions. After winning his professional debut in London
in March of 2017, Moylette made his United States debut at
the House of Blues in Boston two weeks later, beating
Maine's Matt Probin by unanimous decision.
Moylette has fought on U.S. soil seven times, most recently
in June, and also boasts wins over Salem's Matt Doherty and
64-fight vet Michael Clark, whom he stopped inside of two
Marsella Jr. also finds himself in a hotly-contested
regional showdown as he faces Maine's Brandon Berry (13-3-2,
8 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight showcase. Marsella
Jr. survived his toughest test to date in May against
Ricardo Maldonado, scoring a late knockdown to secure the
win, while Berry enters September fresh off a win over
Francisco Medel last month.
Unbeaten Pawtucket, R.I., featherweight Ricky Delossantos
(5-0, 1 KO) returns to face Jersey City vet Jose Ortiz
(3-3-2, 1 KO) in a six-round bout and New England rivals
Phil Dudley (1-1) of Warwick, R.I., and Worcester, Mass.,
native Ranse Andino (1-0) square off in a four-round
Fighting at Twin River for the first time since joining the
CES Boxing roster in the spring, Everett, Mass., lightweight
Shayna Foppiano (1-0, 1 KO) battles Sarah Click (0-1) of
Buzzards Bay in a four-round bout.
One of six fighters making his professional debut on the
undercard, newly-acquired 6-foot-10 Nigerian heavyweight
Raphael Akpejiori of Miami, a former college basketball and
football player at the University of Miami, faces Omar
Acosta (1-1, 1 KO) of Amarillo, Texas in a four-round
Also debuting, Fall River, Mass., junior welterweight Kris
Jacobs battles Andy Aiello (1-1) of nearby Bridgewater and
junior middleweights Victor Reynoso of Providence and
Maurilio Alava of Ecuador make their professional debuts
against one another in a four-round bout. Accomplished
amateur Nicholas Briggs of Worcester makes his professional
debut against fellow newcomer Jacob Wright of Decatur, Ala.,
in a four-round junior welterweight bout.
Cusumano returns fresh off his knockout win over James Price
in July. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has now won 14 of his
last 15 bouts, including 12 by knockout, six of which have
occurred in the first round. He made short work of the
6-foot-8 Price, finishing at 1:40 of the opening round.