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Ortiz, Gonzalez Jr. team up to headline Worcester
City’s most decorated fighters make long-awaited homecoming February 28 at The Palladium
on UFC FIGHT PASS®
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
Tickets for the event are priced at $35, $45 and $85 (VIP) and are available online at
CESBoxing.com or ShowClix.com. Preliminary bouts begin at 7 p.m. ET with the main
card streaming live on UFC FIGHT PASS®. Subscriptions for FIGHT PASS are available
online at UFCFightPass.com.
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
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.
Visit CESBoxing.com, Twitter.com/CESBoxing or Facebook.com/CESBoxing for more
information, and follow CES Boxing on Instagram at @CESBOXING.
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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