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September 13, 2017


Press Release: Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, swings its doors open for boxing on Friday, September 15th for  DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing. Headlining will be a ten-round heavyweight clash of local rivals, Alexis Santos (18-1, 15 KOs) of Lawrence, MA and Ireland's Niall Kennedy (8-0, 5 KOs) who fights out of Boston. The co-feature will match Ievgen Khytrov (14-1, 12 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York against Indiana's Derrick Findley (27-21-1, 18 KOs) over eight rounds.
Fighting for the second time at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the popular 27-year-old Santos is on a five-bout winning streak, highlighted by an eight-round unanimous decision against Jesse Barboza on November 19, 2016.
Backed by the leader of Boston's famed rock group, the Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Kennedy has become a fan favorite among the city's Irish population, with knockout victories on the last two annual St. Patrick's Day cards.
Following an extraordinary amateur career, the hard-hitting Khytrov has been hotly tipped for greatness since turning professional in December 2013. A 2012 Olympian for Ukraine at the London Games, Khytrov was victorious in his first 14 bouts prior to suffering his first loss to Immanuwel Aleem on January 14, 2017, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Findley currently rides a three-bout winning streak, most recently stopping Chicago-based contender Donovan George on June 23, 2017.
In a special feature attraction women's eight-round junior lightweight battle, Shelly Vincent (19-1, 1 KO) squares off in a rematch against Angel Gladney (9-12-1, 6 KOs). Best known for her nationally televised and hotly contested grudge match with Heather Hardy in August 2016, Vincent is determined to stay in the win column against the battle-tested veteran Gladney.
Also seeing action on September 15th, Joe Williams (12-0, 8 KOs) fights in a scheduled eight-round tilt against James Ballard (9-0, 3 KOs) at cruiserweight. Williams aims to capitalize on his quick start to 2017 with two dominant victories, most recently knocking out Felipe Romero in the third round on April 22nd, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 

Ballard will also be making the third start of his 2017 campaign, winning a unanimous decision against Rayco Saunders on June 25, in Dearborn, Michigan.
Junior middleweight prospect Hurshidbek Normatov (3-0, 1 KO), born in Uzbekistan now living in Brooklyn, New York, is scheduled to compete in a scheduled six-rounder. So is Myquan Williams (7-0, 4 KOs).

Tickets can be purchased online at,, by calling 800-200-2882, or by visiting the Foxwoods box office. Foxwoods Resort Casino is located at 350 Trolley Line Boulevard, Mashantucket, Connecticut 06338. Doors will open to the Fox Theater at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bell at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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