CES Boxing Ends Eight-Month Layoff Thursday Night
For the first time in more than eight months, Rhode Island’s
only professional sports franchise, CES Boxing, returns to
live action with a special Thursday night showcase.
Fan-favorites Toka Kahn-Clary, Khiry Todd, and Elijah
Peixoto highlight a five-fight card Thursday, October 29,
2020 from "The Tent" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick,
RI, live on UFC FIGHT PASS®, combat sport’s No. 1 streaming
platform. The event marks the promotion’s first since
February 28, just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic forced
a global shutdown in mid-March, which including CES Boxing’s
scheduled March 12 fight card.
With strict safety protocols in place, CES Boxing ends an
eight-month layoff Thursday with a lineup featuring several
New England household names in addition to a pair of rising
up-and-comers making their promotional debuts. There will be
no fans in attendance, but the entire event streams live on
FIGHT PASS beginning at 7 pm ET. Visit FIGHT PASS for more
information on subscription packages and how to access to
the service live on fight night.
Providence’s Kahn (27-2, 18 KOs), one of the world’s
top-rated super featherweights, fights for the first time
since August of 2019. One of several fighters affected by
the last-minute cancelation of CES Boxing’s March 12 event,
Kahn was scheduled to face Mexican challenger Dennis
Contreras, but will now put his two-fight win streak on the
line in the eight-round main event against Colombian veteran
Jonathan Perez (38-25, 30 KOs), a veteran of 63 professional
bouts with 30 knockout wins on his resume.
Kahn’s inspirational journey to the ring has been well
documented throughout his career. Born and raised in
Liberia, the southpaw moved to the United States with his
family when he was only six years old. They settled in
Philadelphia, but Kahn’s father was shot and killed shortly
thereafter. He and his sister ended up in Rhode Island, a
byproduct of the foster care system. Kahn spent years in and
out of trouble on the streets of Providence until he
discovered boxing. Several years later, he was adopted by
the family that would eventually raise him into adulthood,
Andrea Watson and Ron Clary.
Kahn’s natural ability in the ring led to a stellar amateur
career. He turned pro in 2012 at the age of 20 and won his
first 19 fights over the next four years. Thursday’s return
to the ring marks his fourth appearance with CES Boxing and
his first since 2016 when he slaughtered Mario Antonio
Macias in the second round of a scheduled eight-round bout
at Twin River Casino Hotel. He faces the reliable and
durable Perez, whom he defeated in 2015 at the StubHub
Center in California. The 5-foot-5, 33-year-old Perez is a
former WBC title challenger.
Threatening to steal the spotlight from Kahn is the Lynn,
MA, native and 29-year-old welterweight standout Todd (10-1,
8 KOs), who, fresh off signing a new promotional agreement
with CES Boxing, faces dangerous Puerto Rican challenger
Ryan Pino (8-5-2, 4 KOs) in a six-round special attraction.
Todd has won his last three fights and now steps to the
plate against the 24-year-old Pino, who boasts an impressive
win over previously-unbeaten Jose Angulo in addition to a
draw in March of 2019 against 10-0-1 challenger Chris Velez.
Like Kahn, Peixoto (2-0, 1 KO) was supposed to fight March
12 in a four-round bout against Philadelphia’s Zaymar
Brothers. The East Providence, RI, super lightweight faces
Kristopher Berberich (0-1) of Alaska in a four-round bout.
Perhaps the best-kept secret in New England, Peixoto
finished 119-27 as an amateur, including four Southern New
England Golden Gloves championships and a trip to the 2018
Olympic Trials Qualifiers.
Making their CES Boxing debuts Thursday are unbeaten
prospects Francis Hogan (2-0, 2 KOs) of Boston and James
Perella (5-0, 4 KOs) of Mansfield, MA. Hogan, a 6-foot-2,
20-year-old southpaw, challenges 17-fight veteran Charon
Spain (2-13-2, 1 KO) of Spokane, WA, in a six-round bout. A
member of the Ironworkers Union in Boston, Hogan amassed
more than 200 amateur bouts before making his pro debut with
a fourth-round knockout win over Bret Oren in March on the
undercard of the Adam Kownacki-Robert Helenius showdown at
the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Perella boasts a similar amateur pedigree. The 28-year-old
welterweight began boxing at eight years old and finished
his amateur career with a record of 120-20 in addition to
winning the U.S. Championship and the New England Golden
Gloves four times in three different weight classes. His
amateur career includes a win over fellow Massachusetts
native Rashidi Ellis, now 22-0 and one of the top
welterweight prospects in the sport. Perella originally had
no intention of turning pro, but eventually made the
transition in March of 2019, defeating Bruno Dias by
knockout in his debut. On Thursday, he faces "The Mexican
Muscle" Antonio Castillo (1-1) of Ohio, an
equally-accomplished boxer and MMA fighter who also boasts
11 wins in the cage. The bout is scheduled for four rounds.