Press Release: On September 14th, at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino, local favortie Nick DeLomba (13-2, 3 KOs) faces Irish junior welterweight Ray Moylette (11-0, 4 KOs) in the eight-round headliner of a CES Boxing event. Also featured is the return of Providence's Anthony Marsella Jr. (9-0, 4 KOs) who faces Maine's Brandon Berry (13-3-2, 8 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight showcase.
Tickets are available online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, by phone at 401-724-2253, or at the Twin River Casino Players Club. Showtime is 7 p.m. ET and doors open at 6. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
The 28-year-old DeLomba, a Cranston native, returns to Twin River and CES Boxing for the first time since of April of 2017 when he lost to Jimmy Williams. Under the tutelage of R.I. ring legend Gary "Tiger" Balletto, DeLomba debuted in 2013 in unorthodox fashion with a six-round bout against Maine's Jimmy Smith. He began his career with eight consecutive wins before suffering his first career loss in September of 2015 to New Yorker Gledwin Ortiz.
The resilient DeLomba resurfaced in 2016 with critical wins over New England rivals Freddy Sanchez and Oscar Bonilla, then upset former Golden Gloves champion Amos Cowart in a dominant, eight-round unanimous decision win later that year. DeLomba has won back-to-back fights since facing Williams, including a win over Louis Cruz. He is now reunited with his original promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr. The two sides ironed out a new promotional agreement this past spring to bring the Rhode Island native back to CES Boxing.
Born in the Irish village of Islandeady, Moylette is coached by renowned trainer Paschal Collins, the brother of former two-time WBO champion Steve Collins, who also works with Irish middleweight Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan. As an amateur, Moylette won gold medals at the World Youth Amatuer Boxing Championships in Mexico and the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Turkey before signing with Murphys Boxing and the United Kingdom-based Assassin Promotions. After winning his professional debut in London in March of 2017, Moylette made his United States debut at the House of Blues in Boston two weeks later, beating Maine's Matt Probin by unanimous decision.
Moylette has fought on U.S. soil seven times, most recently in June, and also boasts wins over Salem's Matt Doherty and 64-fight vet Michael Clark, whom he stopped inside of two rounds.
Marsella Jr. survived his toughest test to date in May against Ricardo Maldonado, scoring a late knockdown to secure the win, while Berry enters September fresh off a win over Francisco Medel last month.
Pawtucket, R.I., featherweight Ricky Delossantos (5-0, 1 KO) returns to face Jersey City vet Jose Ortiz (3-3-2, 1 KO) in a six-round bout.
New England rivals Phil Dudley (1-1) of Warwick, R.I., and Worcester, Mass., native Ranse Andino (1-0) square off in a four-round featherweight bout.
Fighting at Twin River for the first time since joining the CES Boxing roster in the spring, Everett, Mass., lightweight Shayna Foppiano (1-0, 1 KO) battles Sarah Click (0-1) of Buzzards Bay in a four-round bout.
One of six fighters making his professional debut on the undercard, newly-acquired 6-foot-10 Nigerian heavyweight Raphael Akpejiori of Miami, a former college basketball and football player at the University of Miami, faces Omar Acosta (1-1, 1 KO) of Amarillo, Texas in a four-round heavyweight bout.
Also debuting, Fall River, Mass., junior welterweight Kris Jacobs battles Andy Aiello (1-1) of nearby Bridgewater.
Junior middleweights Victor Reynoso of Providence and Maurilio Alava of Ecuador make their professional debuts against one another in a four-round bout.
Accomplished amateur Nicholas Briggs of Worcester makes his professional debut against fellow newcomer Jacob Wright of Decatur, Ala., in a four-round junior welterweight bout.