On September 3, 2010 Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports will return to their home base for the next installment of their 2010 Twin River Event Center series when they present “Labor Daze.” In the main event, former URI football player Vladine Biosse (7-0, 4 KO), who is coming off a great nationally televised victory over “Irish” Joey McCreedy, will make his first main event appearance as he defends his New England Super Middleweight title in an 8 round bout against an opponent to be named.
The opportunity to headline a CES is surely a sign that the company holds Biosse in high regard (as well they should), and if his victory over McCreedy is any indication, Vladine has merely scratched the surface of his potential. “CES is constantly developing talent and reloading its stable.” CES president Jimmy Burchfield said. “This show will be the first punch landed for the Labor Day weekend. Fights fans attending ‘Labor Daze’ will have an opportunity to watch some of tomorrow’s stars. Vladine is headed to greatness. We believe he has all of the needed skills and intangibles to capture a world title in the future. Many of the other local fighters are going to make a lot of noise in this business, too.”
Frankly I disagree with Burchfield when he says that “many of the other local fighters are going to make a lot of noise in this business too.” However, he is the promoter so he has to say things like that. Outside of Biosse there isn’t a guy on the “Labor Daze” card who I would expect to ever make waves on a national scale, though these things often take time to develop.
In a pair of 4-round bouts, Fall River (MA) super welterweight Dustin Reinhold (2-1, 2 KOs) faces Providence’s pro-debuting Rameil Shelton, of Providence, while Woonsocket (RI) super middleweight Joe Gardner (5-1-1, 1 KO) faces New Bedford’s (MA) Eric Pinarreta (2-4, 2 KOs).
Also on the undercard in 4-round bouts are unbeaten Providence super lightweight Jesus Caro (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Bryan Abraham (2-3-2, 2 KOs), of Schenectady, NY; New Bedford (MA) super lightweight Jonathan Vasquez (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Ryan Batt (0-1), of Lockport, NY; Providence firefighter and cruiserweight Eric Estrada (1-0, 1 KO); Barnstable (MA) heavyweight Jesse Barboza (3-1, 3 KOs) and Holyoke (MA) lightweight Pablo Rivera and Providence super welterweight James Smith in their pro debuts. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Don’t let my cynicism prevent you from enjoying a night of quality fights. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from CES it’s that often times the least appealing (or important) fight on the card, usually winds up stealing the show. Biosse is the real deal, he took the McCreedy fight on short notice and put on a spectacular, crowd pleasing performance. On top of his skill in the ring he’s a quality human being who is engaging and entertaining – the kid has the package if he can continue to build on where he is today. He is worth the price of admission, even if the rest of the show lacks the type of depth that some previous CES shows contained.
“Labor Daze” will be an interesting event on a different level as well – CES feels like a company in trouble with their boxing division. Obviously the Twin River series is a success, and the company will be able to maintain a foothold in New England based on their home venue, and the fact that there simply isn’t any competition in the area. But, with the growth of MMA in the region (hell CES has their own MMA wing now), there are a lot of venues for people to spend their fight sports dollars – and I’m not sure that CES has the boxing talent to keep the attention of people.
That being said – I’ll happily be there on the 4th and I’ll continue rooting for the long term success and viability of CES and their boxing program. The New England fight scene would be far worse without Jimmy Burchfield and for that reason alone you should all head down to Twin River and catch the show on the 4th, I promise you will at least see one fighter who is worth spending the money on.