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March 16, 2013

Rob Soucy@ringside

Peter Manfredo W10 Walter Wright... In the main event at Twin River Casino in Rhode Island, Peter Manfredo Jr. improved to 39-7 with 20 KOs) with a workmanlike effort that outpointed a game Walter Wright. The fight began with Manfredo boxing behind a good jab and occasional right hand to clearly take the first round. In round two, Wright had what would turn out to be his best round as he peppered Manfredo with a few good combinations that left a welt under Manfredo’s right eye. In the third round, Manfredo landed some hard left hooks but did more damage to Wright’s right eye with what appeared to be an unintentional head butt. The middle rounds saw Manfredo much busier and landing the cleaner shots as Wright’s eye began to close. By round eight, Wright was way behind but the Seattle native landed some clean left hooks and punched in combinations to take the round. The ninth and tenth rounds were pretty close but Manfredo pressed the action and was busier. Wright fell to 14-4 with 7 KOs but credit him with putting on a great show despite having taken the fight on only two week’s notice as a replacement for Joey Spina.  After the fight, Wright complained about repeated head butts and stated that Manfredo had no pop on his punches. scored the fight 98-92 for Manfredo, who Manfredo must make a career decision as to what level of fight he wants going forward.

UNDERCARD RESULTS (from press release)... 

Facing his former sparring partner and protégé of former world heavyweight champion John Ruiz, Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Thomas Falowo (9-1, 7 KOs) delivered a win over Julio Garcia (6-4) of Boston (Rincon, Puerto Rico), stopping Garcia after five brutal rounds. With his face bloodied, Garcia did not answer the bell for the sixth and final round. 
Two intra-city rivals squared off in the co-feature as Joe Gardner (11-5-1) and Reynaldo Rodriguez (6-6-1) battled until the final bell of their six-round super middleweight bout. The crafty Garnder kept his distance despite Rodriguez’s attempts to turn the fight into a brawl. Rodriguez picked up the pace in the later rounds, but Gardner ultimately out-worked and out-boxed his opponent to score a 58-56 unanimous-decision win on all three scorecards.
Looking to bounce back from the first loss of his career, Burlington, Vt., light heavyweight Kevin Cobbs (7-1) came through swimmingly in a 39-36, 37-38, 39-36 split-decision win over hard-hitting Harwich, Mass., native Paul Gonsalves (4-3). Once he found his rhythm, Cobbs maintained a steady pace and scored a knockdown in the third round to help seal the victory. 
The night began with a back-and-forth female bantamweight bout as Noemi Bosques (1-0-1) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Brooklyn’s Vanessa Greco (1-2-2) fought to a majority draw over four rounds. Bosques, who now lives and trains in Providence, R.I., won 39-37 on one of the judge’s scorecards, but the other two judges scored it 38-38. 

In the welterweight division, 19-year-old Patryk Szymanski (6-0) of North Bergen, N.J. (Wroclaw, Poland), kept his perfect record intact with a hard-fought 60-54, 59-57, 58-56 win over Brockton, Massachusett's Antonio Chaves Fernandes (2-9-2). 

Warwick, R.I., veteran Benny Costantino (7-3) was forced to quit with 13 seconds remaining in the second round of his scheduled four-round super middleweight bout against Emmanuel Medina (3-3-1) after suffering a knee injury. Medina was credited with a second-round technical knockout, the third knockout victory of his career. source for undercard results: CES press release

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