Thursday, January 30, 2019

Ortiz, Gonzalez Jr. team up to headline Worcester


City’s most decorated fighters make long-awaited homecoming February 28 at The Palladium


WORCESTER, MA – Championship boxing returns to the fighting city of Worcester on

Friday, February 28 as CES Boxing invades The Palladium with a star-studded lineup live

and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

Two of the sport’s brightest young stars, reigning WBC Youth World Lightweight

Champion Jamaine Ortiz and rising featherweight prospect Irvin Gonzalez Jr., both from

Worcester, headline the event and fight on the same card for the first time in their careers.

Gonzalez, now 13-2 following his 10th career knockout December 7 at Foxwoods Resort

Casino, fights for the vacant WBC Youth World Featherweight Title while Ortiz,

undefeated in 12 professional fights, puts his perfect record on the line in his long-awaited


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Coming off a big win in December, Gonzalez faces perhaps his toughest test to date

February 28 against “Pretty Boy” Chaise Nelson (10-1, 3 KOs) of Mansfield, OH. Like

Gonzalez, Nelson is a highly-decorated amateur. The 22-year-old right-hander captured

numerous titles, including a Silver Medal at the 2013 Junior Olympic National

Championships at the age of 15, and later competed among the top amateurs in the

country at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for a shot at the 2016 Summer

Olympics in Rio.

Likewise, Gonzalez, who began boxing at the age of 10, competed in the 2016 Olympic

Trials in Reno, NV, alongside his former teammate Ortiz and amassed an amateur record

of 90-15 before making his professional debut in 2016. He won his first 12 fights and

debuted on ShowBox: The Next Generation in 2018 with a lopsided win over previouslyunbeaten

Carlos Ramos.

Ortiz makes his first appearance in his hometown after fighting in Rhode Island 11 times

in 12 bouts, including his critical February win over previously-unbeaten Ricardo Quiroz

for the then vacant WBC Youth title. Like Gonzalez, Ortiz competed in the Olympic Trials

in 2016 before making his professional debut. He went 3-0 in 2019, culminating with a

win over Romain Couture in August.

Also returning to The Palladium, fellow Worcester native Kendrick Ball Jr. (13-1-2, 9

KOs) faces Argentinian super middleweight Sergio Samuel Castellano (11-8, 7 KOs) in

a six-round bout. Ball has won his last four, including three by knockout.

In a four-round battle of unbeatens, super welterweight Jalen Renaud (4-0, 1 KO) of

Springfield, MA, battles Laured Stewart (3-0, 2 KOs), originally from Guyana and now

living and training out of San Diego. Cruiserweight Jake Paradise (2-2, 2 KOs) of

Worcester aims for his third consecutive win when he faces Rogerio Dionizio (0-1) of

Revere, MA, in a four-round bout. Also fighting out of Worcester, super welterweight Eslih

Owusu (2-0) returns to the Palladium for the second time to face Boston’s Maceo

Crowder (2-4, 1 KO) in a four-round bout.

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CES Boxing promoted its first event in 1992 headlined by future Champion Sucra Ray

Oliveira. Over the years, CES has earned the reputation as the Heart and Soul of boxing

with a rich history that includes the development of former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada,

plus Vinny Paz and Rhode Island legends Gary Balletto and Peter Manfredo Jr., both of

whom rose to fame on The Contender reality television series. Through the years, Jimmy

Burchfield Sr has earned several noteworthy awards, among them the NABF Promoter

of the Year, and 2011 inductee into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame.

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