Toka Kahn-Clary vs. Pedro Pablo Torres this Friday, July 12th in Las Vegas
PROVIDENCE (July 9, 2013) – Undefeated Providence super featherweight prospect Toka “T Nice” Kahn-Clary (5-0, 4 KOs) returns to ring Friday night for his first scheduled six-round bout.
The 21-year-old native of Liberia faces newly-crowned Texas State lightweight champion Pedro Pablo Torres (7-5-2, 5 KOs) on the non-televised portion of the Top Rank-promoted ESPN Friday Night Fights card at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.
In his last fight this past April, Kahn-Clary dropped Gadiel Andaluz (4-5-1, 2 KOs) three times in the opening round en route to a victory by technical knockout at the 1:32 mark.
“This fight means a lot to me,” Kahn-Clary said. “It’s my understanding that this guy is going to give me rounds. I’m looking forward to that because I haven’t fought a lot of rounds as a pro (12). I’ve been sparring a lot of hard rounds, especially with Thomas (Falowo, 10-1 middleweight with 7 KOs), who keeps coming forward throwing punches. I feel great; I’m in top shape, already on weight.
“I’m looking forward to fighting again in Las Vegas. This is a big opportunity that a lot of fighters don’t get. (Kahn-Clary won a four-round decision over Jesus Garza on December 6, 2012 at The Mirage in Las Vegas.) Hopefully, I’ll keep going out there and keep winning.”
Kahn-Clary’s promoter, Bob Arum’s Top Rank, has kept him active with this already his seventh professional fight since turning pro only a year ago. He had one “no contest” last October due to a cut over his eye from an unintentional head butt.
“He’s won all of his four-round fights – five plus the ‘no contest’ – and it’s time for him to move up to a six-rounder,” Toka-Kahn’s head trainer Peter Manfredo, Sr. explained. “He has steadily improved and looked good sparring 6-8 rounds. We can’t keep him back. It’s time! Toka is the most dedicated and disciplined fighter I’ve ever trained. At this stage, he’s the best fighter I’ve ever trained, including my son (Peter Manfredo, Jr.), Edwin Rodriguez, Jessie Brinkley and Ossie Duran.
“There’s no video available on his opponent, but he’s Mexican and they all come forward. Toka has to control the fight with his jab; everything comes off his jab. He’s worked nicely with angles and needs to continue sitting on his punches, going to the body, and taking advantage when his opponent’s off balance with strong counter punching like he did so well in his last fight.”
Kahn-Clary was a standout amateur who captured a gold medal at the 2010 U.S. National Golden Gloves Tournament. He fights out of the new Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness gym in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Ellis brothers return home July 27 for fight in Boston
BOSTON (July 9, 2013) — Two of New England’s most decorated amateur boxers of the past decade – Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) and “Speedy” Rashidi Ellis – return home to fight as professional boxers for the first time on Saturday night, July 27 (special start time of 5 p.m. ET), at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy) in downtown Boston.
“The Roxy Homecoming Celebration, headlined by an eight-round light heavyweight bout between Irag War veteran Chris Traietti (13-3, 9 KOs), of Quincy (MA), and Kansas City-invader Dion Stanley (11-5, 7 KOs), is being presented by Big Six Entertainment in association with Cappiello Promotions.
The Ellis brothers are from nearby Lynn, Massachusetts. Ronald, 23, is an undefeated super middleweight prospect who has already fought in Puerto Rico, Texas, California, Virginia and New York. A 2012 National Golden Gloves champion, Ellis now trains in Oxnard, California, under the guidance of former world champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year, Robert Garcia. Ellis meets an opponent to be determined in a six-round bout.
Ronald’s younger brother, 20-year-old welterweight Rashidi, will be making his pro debut in a four-round fight versus former New England title challenger “Steamin'” Josh Beeman (4-12-4, 2 KOs), fighting out of Providence. Rashisi, who was the 2012 National PAL (Police Athletic League) champion, is trained by Alex Rivera from the Somerville Boxing Club.
“We are excited about having the opportunity to work with Akeem and Rashidi,” Big Six Entertainment president Artie DePinho said. “They are both decorated amateurs and extremely talented boxers. Our plan is to showcase the Ellis brothers as we continue to promote shows in Boston and throughout New England. They are both must see fighters who both bring the ‘wow factor’ into the ring.”
Unbeaten Boston welterweight Gabriel Duluc (8-0, 1 KO) faces an opponent to be determined in a six-round fight.
Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in four-round matches is Somerville (MA) super middleweight Jimmy Cappiello (4-3, 1 KO) vs. Pubilo Pena (0-1), of Providence; Irish middleweight John “Buncrana Banger” Hutchinson (3-0-1, 1 KO), now fighting out of Boston, vs. pro-debuting Pedro Gonsales, of Gloucester (MA); Stoughton (MA) light heavyweight Michael Weisberg (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. John Downey (0-2), of Hull (MA); Boston welterweight Greg “The Villain” Vendetti (3-0, 2 KOs) vs. Jose Angel Ortiz (4-12-1, 1 KO), of Springfield (MA); Boston middleweight Matt Phinney making his pro debut vs. Worcester’s Jason Bakanowski (0-1), and a pair Springfield light welterweights, pro-debuting Jose Rodriguez and veteranNoel Garcia (2-18-2, 1 KO).
All fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, reasonably priced at $40.00, $50.00 and $75.00, and are available to purchase by calling 1.617.312.5059.
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