Photo courtesy of Will Paul

TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS WELTERWEIGHT Marqus Bates, above right, is one of several regional standouts returning to the ring Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 at Twin River Casino. Bates faces fellow Massachusetts rival Travis Demko in a four-round welterweight bout. The entire 12-fight card will stream live on Facebook and also features the return of Juiseppe Cusumano and Anthony Marsella Jr. The official weigh-in is scheduled for Friday at Twin River Casino. Jimmy Williams defends his WBC USNBC welterweight title against Juan Rodrihguez Jr. in the 10-round main event. 


Photo illustration courtesy of Michael Parente
CES BOXING IS hosting its official after party for Sept. 16th at Murphy’s Law in Rhode Island, featuring the live showing of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez PPV bout in Nevada.


New Haven, Conn.
14-0-1, 6 KOs
WBC USNBC Welterweight Champion

Union City, N.J.
13-4, 5 KOs


Final press conference / weigh-in for CES Boxing’s Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 event at Twin River Casino.


Rhodehouse (Formerly the Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club)
2nd Floor
Twin River Casino
100 Twin River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865
(401) 723-3200


Friday, Sept. 15th, 2017
3:30 p.m. ET.


Friday’s press conference / weigh-in is the final scheduled media event prior to CES Boxing’s Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017 fight card at Twin River Casino. The official start time Saturday is 5:45 p.m. ET. Doors open at 5. The entire fight card streams live on Facebook via FIGHTNIGHT LIVE.

Friday’s weigh-in is open to the public. The main event Saturday features reigning WBC USNBC welterweight champion Jimmy Williams (14-0-1, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., defending his title against challenger Juan Rodriguez Jr. (13-4, 5 KOs) of New Jersey.

Tickets are priced at $47.00, $102.00, $127.00 (VIP) and $152.00 (VIP) and can be purchased online at, or, by phone at 401-724-2253/2254 or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

The official Sept. 16th Williams-Rodriguez After Party will be held at Murphy’s Law in Pawtucket, R.I., and CES Boxing is offering an exclusive $55.00 ticket that includes general admission to the live Twin River event, plus admission to the after party for the Pay Per View showing of the highly-anticipated Gennady Golovkin-Canelo middleweight championship bout, in addition to a complimentary deluxe buffet and door prizes.

Combo tickets are available through CES Boxing and Murphy’s Law, located at 2 George Street in Pawtucket. Tickets for the after party only are available for $20.00 in advance and $30.00 the night of the event.

The Sept. 16th card also features the return of 6-foot-4 Carini, Sicily heavyweight Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (12-1, 10 KOs), who faces Oceanside, Calif., vet Matt McKinney (5-2-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout, plus Providence, R.I., lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) in his fifth Twin River appearance battling 20-fight vet Israel Rojas (12-18, 4 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico, also in a six-round bout.

Unbeaten Worcester, Mass., middleweight Kendrick Ball Jr. (7-0-2, 5 KOs) returns for the 10th time in just 16 months when he battles Durham, N.C., vet Pablo Velez Jr. (7-1-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout. Also on the undercard, Groton, Conn., bantamweight Marcia Agripino (1-0-1) ends a four-year layoff she faces New York vet Federica Bianco (2-1, 1 KO), a full time astrophysicist and research scientist at New York University.

The Sept. 16th undercard also includes several intrastate rivalries and regional showdowns, among them a four-round featherweight bout between Jonathan Perez (2-1-2, 2 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., and unbeaten Providence native Ricky Delossantos (2-0), plus a potential four-round showstopper in the welterweight division between Stoughton, Mass., native Travis Demko (4-1, 1 KO) and fellow Massachusetts native Marqus Bates (2-1, 2 KOs) of Taunton.

Super featherweight Michael Valentin (1-0, 1 KO) of Providence, who debuted with a sensational first-round knockout win in June, returns to face newcomer Henry Garcia of New Bedford in a four-round bout and Providence featherweight Phil Dudley (1-0) locks horns with Worcester’s Philip Davis (0-1), also in a four-round bout. In the cruiserweight division, Worcester’s Jake Paradise makes his professional debut against fellow newcomer Rafiel Nyakoko, also of Worcester, in a four-round showcase bout.

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Michael Parente, Classic Entertainment & Sports, (401) 263-4990 or
Mark Fratto, Linacre Media, (917) 698-0865 or
Kim Ward, Twin River Casino, (401) 475-8352 or

Twin River Casino, located in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the state’s largest gaming and entertainment venue as well as its top tourist and cultural attraction. Formerly known as Lincoln Park, the renovated facility offers 162,000 square-feet of gaming space with more than 5,000 gaming positions. The casino operates more than 4,200 video slot machines and virtual table games (including blackjack and roulette), as well as 108 live table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, a poker room and more. A great alternative to Connecticut and Massachusetts casinos, this unique gaming facility also hosts simulcasting of the best thoroughbred and greyhound racing from around the country, a 29,000+ square foot Twin River Event Center with headline entertainment, free concerts at the Lighthouse Bar, signature cocktails and premium cigars at Blackstone Cigar Bar, award winning beer and live music at the Shipyard Pub, as well as live comedy & karaoke every weekend at Rhodehouse Live. Home to the incredible Fred & Steve’s Steakhouse, you can have an award-winning steak and seafood dinner, or enjoy the exciting sports bar scene at Wicked Good Bar & Grill, as well as 18 other dining outlets. Twin River offers both smoking (1st Floor) and smoke-free (2nd Floor) casinos. Twin River Casino is situated just 10 minutes from Providence and less than an hour from Boston.

Created and produced by Linacre Media out of New York City, the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE series features multiple camera angles, graphics, replays and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. The streamed shows are available globally wherever Facebook is available. The initiative not only enables fans from around the world to tune in, but also gives up-and-coming fighters a global platform to showcase their abilities, gives promoters an accessible “broadcast” solution and gives sponsors the ability to reach a mass audience via branded content. CES Boxing and FIGHTNIGHT LIVE teamed up Aug. 26th in Connecticut and set a new Facebook record with 201,935 views across 3,336 live hours of content, with 8,224 viewer interactions including 1,133 “likes” or “loves,” 1,570 comments and 1,392 shares. Follow all the action via social media at FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Facebook, @FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE on Instagram and @FIGHTNIGHTLIVE_ on Twitter, or by using the hashtag #FIGHTNIGHTLIVE. For the latest Linacre Media events and broadcast schedule, follow @LinacreMedia across all social platforms or use the tags #LinacreMediaEvents or #LinacreMediaOnTV.