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News: Orlando Cruz; Jason Estrada, Baltimore Boxing



Ortlando Cruz, who just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man” fights, Jorge Pazos on Friday, October 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center.

Orlando arrived in Kissimmee today and worked out at the Kissimmee Boxing Gym.

“Nothing has changed for me in the ring. I still want to win. I still want to knock Jorge Pazos out and I still want to become world champion,” said Cruz.

“I am very happy with the decision I have made. I just hope people respect me for that. I am a boxer. And that is my private life. Ninety-Five percent of the response has been positive, and it’s been great.”

Fellow Puerto Rican boxers Juanma Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr will be in attendance on fight night providing support.

‘Big Things’ card featuring Olympians Estrada & Alfonso Nov. 10 in Providence

“Big Things” features a pair of highly-decorated heavyweights, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (19-4, 5 KOs) and 2008 Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso in his pro debut, on November 10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

Longtime Providence favorite Estrada faces veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (38-20-1, 23 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Estrada has won his last three fights against Alex Gonzales, Dominique Alexander and Joseph Rabotte. Brown has been against former world champion Hasim Rahman, world title challenger Mariusz Wach, and former Russian titlist Andrey Fedosov.

“We’re very happy to cap our first year as a promotional company with the ‘Big Things’ card on November 10th,” Big Six Entertainments president Artie DePinho said. “We’ve brought back entertaining, competitive boxing to Providence. Jason is getting closer and closer to a big fight. He’s making some noise in the heavyweight division. Jason has developed into a more complete fighter, showing improved power that complements his great boxing skills. Alfonso’s pro debut, the return of top prospect Toka Kahn-Clary, and an undercard made up of fan favorites complete a solid top-to-bottom card.”

The 25-year-old Alfonso is a 6′ 4″, 220-pound 2007 & 2008 Cuban National champion, who captured gold medals at the 2008 AIBA World Cup and 2009 Pan-American Games. He fights an opponent to be determined soon in a four-rounder.

Also fighting on the “Big Things” card against opponents to be determined are Top Ranked-signed Pawtucket (RI) lightweight Clary (2-0, 2 KOs), a 2010 National Golden Gloves champion, in a four-round bout, as well as unbeaten Pawtucket (RI) welterweight Diego Periera (7-0-1, 2 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.

Scheduled to fight on the undercard in four-round bouts are Providence welterweight Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-11-3, 2 KOs) vs. Robert Hunt (0-2), of Hyannis (MA), Hyannis heavyweight Jesse Barbosa (4-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. TBA, Hyannis light heavyweight Paul Gonsalves (4-2, 3 KOs), of Harwich (MA), vs. Ahmad Mickens (1-2-1), former Irish National amateur champion Michael McLaughlin (2-1-1), fighting out of Boston, vs. TBA, Providence middleweights Kevin Harrison and Pubilo Pena make their pro debuts against each other, and Springfield super middleweight Reinaldo Graceski (2-0) vs. Michael Mitchell (0-1).

Tickets, reasonably priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling Big Six Boston at 1.617.312.5059, Big Six Providence at 1.401.241.3490 (RI), going on line at www.bigsixentertainment, com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Rhode Island Convention Center box office.

Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Baltimore Boxing Donates Tickets to Perry Hall HS Students!

Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions is proud to announce that they’ve donated a first row VIP table to students from Perry Hall High School for this Saturday’s “Bully Beatdown” fight card at the Du Burns Arena.

On August 27, tragedy struck at Perry Hall when 15-year-old sophomore Robert Gladden Jr. opened fire inside the cafeteria, wounding a special needs student before being subdued by two teachers. Gladden Jr., who reportedly did not have a specific target, was bullied by classmates and had 11 guns at his nearby home.

“When I first heard about the Perry Hall shooting, I was sick to my stomach,” stated Smith, who also donated to the American Breast Cancer Foundation and American Red Cross Gala of Central Maryland earlier this year. “I have a daughter that goes to school in the Baltimore area and it scares me knowing that she could’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bullying in our schools is a serious issue and the victims need to know that there is help out there because we need to avoid issues like this at all costs. The anti-bullying movement is more important now than ever before and I want to do whatever I can to make a difference!”

All of the guests from Perry Hall will be seated ringside for a special evening of Olympic-style boxing and anti-bullying awareness. All “Bully Beatdown” attendees are going to receive informal pamphlets about stopping bullying and a number of local pro fighters will speak to the crowd about the issue throughout the evening.

Advanced general admission tickets for $20, floor seating at $30 and VIP seats for $50 are available by calling 410-375-9175 or logging onto BaltimoreBoxing.com. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeuvres and half priced drinks from 7-8 pm.

VIP ticketholders also have exclusive access to meet and greet five-time world champion and boxing great Vinny Paz, the event’s special guest attendee. Paz, who participated many of the most exciting fights in boxing history, defeated the likes of Hall of Famer Roberto Duran (twice), Lloyd Honeyghan, Gilbert Dele, Greg Haugen and Dana Rosenblatt among others.

Headlining the card is a three round East Coast Middleweight Championship matchup between surging star and former University of Oklahoma wrestling standout Jerome Featherstone of Baltimore and Keith Samuels.

In supporting bouts, junior welterweight Alex Livichuzhca meets Jose Cabb for Baltimore bragging rights. Former Penn State Boxing captain AJ Williams meets Bobby Sha of York, PA in a middleweight contest. Former Detroit Tigers prospect Ryan Roberson of Silver Spring, MD makes his debut against Mike Lloyd in a heavyweight contest and a number of other local are scheduled to fight on the card.

Doors for “Bully Beatdown” open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is scheduled for 8:15.