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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-12-2018

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PAWTUCKET – In just 13 months, Ricky Delossantos has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming super feather- weight boxers in the region. It took the former Tolman High basketball and baseball standout that little time to put together a 5-0 record, and that mark includes his first career knockout, a third-round stoppage of Efren Nunez of New Bedford on Feb. 23, and a convinc- ing four-round unanimous-decision victory in his last fight on May 11 over James Early of Washington, D.C. Delossantos, who has fought all his fights at the Twin River Event Center, has impressed local fight fans with his performances. He's also impressed the folks at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., because earlier last month, he was one of CES's four fighters who was re-signed by the promotional com- pany to a long-term deal. And that's not all. CES is giv- ing Delossantos an opportunity to step in the ring for his first six- round fight on Friday in the latest installment of the 2018 Twin River Fight Series at the Lincoln casino. Delossantos will oppose Jose Ortiz (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Jersey City, N.J. Delossantos, a 2017 graduate of Tolman who began his pro career at the age of 27, talked about his good fortune last Thursday afternoon and expressed how thrilled he was to earn a new contract with CES. "It feels good," he said. "I know I have a promoter on my side that's willing to help me move my career to the next level. At the beginning of my career, I really had to prove myself because I only had 13 ama- teur fights. I took what (CES) gave me and I did as well as I could." A couple of Delossantos' most memorable moments of 2017 were his unanimous-decision victories over two Massachusetts fighters, Philip Davis and Jonathan Perez, and of course, he kicked off this year with his stoppage of Nunez, which saw Delossantos deliver a barrage of unanswered punches that forced the fight to be halted with 37 seconds left in the third round. "That kid was a tough kid," added Delossantos. "He kept coming, but I went right to the gameplan. I worked the body and I broke him down, and I was surprised they stopped the fight because he was tough. He wouldn't go down." Next up for Delossantos is his first six-round test against a tough opponent who has just one loss in his last five fights and experience in fighting six-rounders, but the Pawtucket fighter is ready for the challenge. "Every fight I fought that went four rounds, after the fourth (round), I felt I could have eas- ily went another two rounds," he added. "We'll see what happens come Fight Night. I've been train- ing pretty much the same regiment. I do my strength and condition- ing about three days a week at American Muscle Corps on Branch Ave. I run in the morning six days a week, I do hot yoga, and I train six days a week as well in my box- ing gym, so I'm busy all the time." Delossantos, who trains at 401 Boxing in Cranston, also praised his trainer, Orlando Valles, "who's been with me since day one, about seven years now," two family mem- bers who work his corner and help with his training, his uncle, Jose Castro, and his father, Rolando Delossantos, and another trainer, Jose Santos, who heads 401 Boxing and also works in his corner. Delosantos will be one of a hand- ful of Rhode Island boxers who will appear on Friday's card, and the list includes Smithfield super light- weight Anthony Marsella Jr., who will take a 9-0 (4 KOs) mark into his six-round battle with Brandon Berry (13-3-2, 8 KOs) of West Forks, Maine. In the eight-round main event, Cranston super lightweight Nick DeLomba (13-2, 3 KOs), who also re-signed with CES last month, will fight for the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All-America championship, as he battles Chris Singleton (18-5-2, 8 KOs) of Baton Rouge, La. 16 SPORTS & RECREATION SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION Delossantos eyes first six-round test Former Tolman athlete fights New Jersey boxer in super featherweight bout Friday at Twin River Event Center By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com RICKY DELOSSANTOS will fight on the under- card of Friday's boxing event at the Twin River Event Center and take on Jose Ortiz of Jersey City, N.J. In just 13 months as a pro fighter, Delossantos has posted a 5-0 record. Blackstone Valley Prep 5K Run/Walk takes place Sept. 30 at Slater Park PAWTUCKET – The 6th annual Blackstone Valley Prep 5K Run/ Walk and Kids' PRIDE Fun Run will return to Slater Park on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9:15 p.m. All proceeds from the 3.1-mile race will benefit BVP's athletic programs. Strollers and leashed dogs are wel- come. The fee to participate is $20 for runners and walkers and $10 for the fun run, which will start at 9 a.m. and is open to children in the 4th grade and younger. Health and wellness activities will also take place from 8:45 to 11 a.m. Visit www.blackstonevalleyprep.org to sign up online or contact Bridget Gadoury at 401-601-8840 for more information. Continues on next page

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