Figueroa Faces Johnson In Battle Of Unbeatens
CES Boxing's star-studded professional and amateur boxing
showcase Saturday, Oct. 20th, 2018 at Foxwood Resort
Casino's famed Fox Theatre just added another huge fight to
its already-stacked lineup.
Joining teammate Edwin Soto from the Boxing In Faith Gym in
New Haven, Conn., undefeated super middleweight and fellow
New Haven resident Elvis Figueroa steps up to face "Lethal"
Leemont Johnson of Pittsburgh in a six-round battle of
The 27-year-old Johnson (6-0, 4 KOs) has been on an
incredible role since making his professional in February of
2017. The combined record of his last three opponents at the
time of the opening bell was 10-2, including a win over 6-2
Eric Govan in November followed by an impressive
fourth-round knockout win over unbeaten Jeremy Lane in May.
Oct. 20th is his first fight in the northeast.
The fan-favorite Figueroa is no stranger to the Foxwoods
audience. He made his Fox Theatre on June 2nd, outworking
the game Leandro Silva in an unanimous decision win. He
compiled an impressive amateur record before turning pro,
including a showdown with former United States Light
Heavyweight Champion Jonathan Esquivel at the 2016 U.S.
Olympic Trials in Reno.
In the main event, New Haven's Jimmy Williams (15-1-1, 5
KOs) faces dangerous Bronx, N.Y., veteran Enver Halili
(10-1, 3 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout while Soto
(13-2-2, 5 KOs) returns in the eight-round co-feature
against super welterweight Anthony Lenk (15-5, 7 KOs) of
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Williams returns to Foxwoods for the sixth time in his
career and headlines for the first time since August of
2017. Following his first career loss in Nevada in April,
Williams rebounded with a win over Colorado's Christian
Aguirre in June, dominating the fight from start to finish
en route to a 60-53 unanimous decision win on all three
On Oct. 20th, he faces a tall task against the slick,
elusive Halili, who returns to the ring for the first time
in 11 months. Halili scored his biggest win in June of 2017
when he outclassed previously unbeaten welterweight Wesley
Tucker over the course of eight rounds to score the
unanimous decision victory, and recently competed for the
WBC FECARBOX title against Raymond Serrano in November.
Soto continues his resurgence Oct. 20th in a long-awaited
showdown against Lenk, who makes his New England fresh off a
tryout with the recently-relaunched The Contender reality
Soto also fought on the June 2nd event in the main event
against New York's Salim Larbi, which ended with Soto
earning a split decision win, 75-74, 76-74, 74-76, after
picking himself up from the canvas in the opening round and
scoring a knockdown of his own in the sixth to turn the
fight in his favor.
Since returning to the ring in October of 2017 following a
two-year layoff, Soto has won his last three fights,
including a knockout win over regional rival Ray Oliveira
Jr. in February.
Lenk boasts a loaded resume featuring bouts against the
region's top 154-pounders, among them Mark DeLuca, Steven
Martinez, Hector Vazquez and Ricardo Williams Jr., who have
a combined record of 84-9. Promoted by Evander Holyfield's
Real Deal Boxing, the 30-year-old Lenk was born in
California and fought primarily out west at the beginning of
his career, earning wins over contenders Boyd Henry,
Fernando Rodriguez and Alberto Herrera during an impressive,
three-fight win streak between 2011 and 2012.
The Oct. 20th card features several hotly-contested regional
rivalries, starting with what could be the showstopper in
the welterweight division between unbeaten Derrick Whitley
Jr. (4-0) of Springfield, Mass., and rising prospect Sharad
Collier (1-0) of Hartford, Conn., who won his professional
debut in June. The two put their unbeaten records on the
line in a special six-round showcase as Whitley aims for his
fifth win in 18 months while Collier steps up to face the
27-year-old right-hander in just his second pro fight.
Also in the welterweight division, Marqus Bates (4-2, 3 KOs)
of Taunton, Mass., makes his Foxwoods debut in six-round
bout against Carlos Hernandez (3-2-1, 2 KOs) of Bridgeport,
Conn. Bates recently pieced together his most complete
performance to date, punishing Springfield's Mohammad Allam
en route to a third-round knockout in May, and has now won
back-to-back bouts. Hernandez steps into the ring for the
first time in six years, but has won three of his last four,
with the lone blemish a draw against veteran Josh Beeman in
Fan-favoriteMarcia Agripino (2-1-1) of nearby Ledyard is
back for the second time since June and will fight her first
six-round fight against the dangerous Stephanie Essensa
(3-1-1) of Alberta, Canada. Agripino earned her first win
since 2013 back in June when she defeated Kay Hansen of
California via majority decision in a back-and-forth
slugfest. Essensa, who also boasts a 2-1 record in mixed
martial arts, has won two of her last three in boxing,
including a big win over Mexican challenger Jacqueline
Coutino earlier this month.
Providence, R.I., lightweight Nicky DeQuattro (3-1, 1 KO)
makes his second Foxwoods appearance in a four-round bout
against Muay Thai pro Geoffrey Then of Danbury, who steps
inside the boxing ring for the first time, and Springfield
lightweight Calixto Cruz makes his professional debut in a
four-round bout against Providence's Joseph Santana.
Fighting in a separate four-round bout, decorated Bridgeport
standout Jacob Marrero makes his professional debut
following an amateur career in which he finished 58-7.