Ortiz vs. Quiroz Youth Title Showdown Feb. 23 Projects As
Biggest Fight In Twin River History
The numbers don't lie: Next weekend's showdown between
Jamaine Ortiz and Ricardo Quiroz may not only be the biggest
fight of the year at Twin River Casino Hotel, it might be
the biggest, most important bout in the venue's decade-long
Ortiz of Worcester, Mass., and Quiroz of Oxnard, Calif., put
their unbeaten records on the line Saturday, Feb. 23rd, 2019
for the vacant WBC World Youth Lightweight Championship in
one of three scheduled title bouts in next weekend's CES
Boxing season opener.
Since the Event Center opened its doors to boxing in 2017,
CES Boxing has promoted 54 events at the mecca of New
England boxing, and the eight-round world-title showcase
between Ortiz (9-0, 4 KOs) and Quiroz (10-0, 5 KOs) marks
the 27th time two undefeated fighters have faced one
Among the most notable occurrences, Philadelphia's Hank
Lundy, 10-0 at the time, battled 7-0 Esteban Almarez in
2008; a year later, reigning WBO world champion Demetrius
Andrade of Providence put his 7-0 record on the line against
soon-to-be Rhode Island fan-favorite Chris Chatman, who was
4-0 at the time; and in May of 2017 Ray Oliveira Jr., 7-0
entering the fight, faced Maine's Casey Kramlich, who
boasted an unbeaten 6-0-1 record.
Ortiz-Quiroz is a cut above.
In addition to fighting for the prestigious WBC Youth title,
the two boast more combined wins (19) than any of the
previous undefeated fighters who faced one another in Twin
River's illustrious history. There's no comparison:
Ortiz-Quiroz is worth the price of admission as two of the
sport's brightest stars in the 135-pound division battle for
the right to call themselves champion in a fight that will
undoubtedly change the career of whoever comes out on top.
"There is no bigger fight in New England than this one," CES
Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. "In our 27 years
of promoting combat sports, I haven't looked forward to a
fight as much as I'm looking forward to this one.
"Jamaine Ortiz is as talented a fighter as you'll find in
New England. No one works harder or has a brighter future.
He has a tough road ahead of him on the 23rd. Ricardo Quiroz
comes from a true fighting city in Oxnard. He trains in one
of the best gyms in the world. We know the pedigree of
fighters who claim Oxnard as their home and we know what to
expect when he steps into the ring next weekend.
"The hype is real -- the winner will have earned this title
the hard way."
The history of the WBC Youth title is well-documented, as is
CES Boxing's history at the renowned Twin River Event
Center. In its 55th event at the Lincoln, R.I., venue, the
promotion may have put together its best fight card to date.
In addition to Quiroz-Ortiz, the lineup features two more
title bouts, plus the long-awaited return of Providence
female featherweight sensation Shelly Vincent (23-2, 1 KO),
who steps into the ring at Twin River for the first time in
Vincent battles Hungary's Edina Kiss (15-9 KOs) in an
eight-round rematch of their 2015 bout, which Vincent by
majority decision. Female super bantamweights Marcia
Agripino (3-1-1) of Ledyard, Conn., and Boston's Amanda
Pavone (6-0, 2 KOs) face one another in an eight-round bout
for the vacant New England Championship and hard-hitting
heavyweight Juiseppe Cusumano (17-2, 15 KOs) battles
"Brutal" Brendan Barrett (7-1-2, 5 KOs) of Ventura, Calif.,
for the National Boxing Association (NBA) World Heavyweight
Title in an eight-round special feature.
Also on the undercard, Taunton, Mass., welterweight Marqus
Bates (5-2, 3 KOs) faces Jair Ramos (5-2-2, 2 KOs) of
Waterbury, Conn., in a six-round bout and super lightweight
Nicholas Briggs (2-0, 2 KOs) of Worcester puts his unbeaten
record on the line against Andy Aiello (1-1-1) of
Bridgewater, Mass., in a four-round bout. Unbeaten
Pawtucket, R.I., super featherweight Ricky Delossantos (6-0,
1 KO) returns in his toughest test to date against U.S. Army
National Guardsman Javar Jones (7-1, 2 KOs) of Indianapolis.
Providence junior middleweights Victor Reynoso (2-0, 2 KOs)
battles 1-0 John Williams of Baton Rouge, La., who scored a
knockout win in his pro debut in August, while fellow
unbeaten junior middleweight Lamont Powell (2-0, 1 KO) of
Providence faces 29-year-old Kenneth Chery (1-1, 1 KO) of
Montreal, Quebec. Likewise, Providence lightweight Michael
Valentin (4-0, 1 KO) returns from a one-year layoff to face
Philadelphia's Christopher Burgos (1-3-1, 1 KO) in a
four-round bout and decorated New York City amateur Arnold
Gonzalez makes his long-awaited professional debut in a
four-round super lightweight bout against Falls Church, Va.,
veteran Stacey Anderson (0-4).