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October 17, 2013


Press Release: Irish-born boxers who have relocated to the Boston area have included Stevie Collins and Kevin McBride. A pair of relatively new Bostonians from Ireland, Michael McLaughlin and John "Bancara Banger" Hutchinson, are following in their footsteps.

Collins, of course, became a middleweight and super middleweight titlist and McBride is best known as the Irishman who knocked Mike Tyson into retirement. McLaughlin and Hutchinson may never match their countrymen's accomplishments, but they will be showcased October 26th on a special Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. / ET start) card in Canton, Massachusetts, presented by Big Six Entertainment in association with Danny Kelly Promotions.

The Irish Cultural Centre of New England, located just outside of Boston in Canton, will be hosting its first professional boxing event, headlined by unbeaten welterweight Diego Periera (8-0-1, 6 KOs), of Providence against Connecticut's Shaka Moore (11-19-3, 2 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

McLaughlin (4-0-2, 1 KO), a junior middleweight from Donegal, and middleweight Bancara's Hutchinson (4-0-2, 1 KO) will be fighting in against, respectively, Sergio Carera (0-1), of Somerville (MA), and Hyannis' (MA) Robert Hunt (0-3).

Also slated to be fighting on the undercard in four-round matches are Pembroke (MA) cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (6-1, 6 KOs) vs. Brockton's Houston Crayton (1-5), local favorite Gerard Schifone (1-0), of nearby Stoughton, vs. Somerville's pro-debuting light middleweight Lucas Cruz, Dorchester heavyweight Donnie "The Big Nasty" Palmer (1-0-1, 1 KOs) vs. Lawrence's (MA) pro-debuting Chyan Vasquez, Providence light middleweight Pubilo Pena (1-1, 1 KO) vs. Worcester's (MA) pro-debuting Wayne Harnoise, and 2012 National PAL champion "Speedy" Rashidi Ellis (2-0, 1 KO), of Lynn (MA), vs. TBA.

Tickets are available to purchase by calling 617.312.5059 or at the Irish Culture Centre. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 2:00 p.m. For more information please visit

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