CONNECTICUT WELTERWEIGHT WILLIE Brown Jr., fresh off his debut win in September, will return to the cage Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., when he faces Pittsburgh’s Chazz Dowell on the undercard of “A November To Remember,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ MMA division. This will be CES’ second pro-am event at Foxwoods in November. The card includes seven pro bouts and four amateur bouts.
With a thrilling combination of top-rank veterans, up-and-coming pros and some of the best amateurs in the region, this is the type of event that, in a nutshell, captures the essence of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ famous “something for everyone” edict.
“A November To Remember,” coming to Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday, Nov. 15th, 2013, is the latest installment of CES’ wildly-popular mixed martial arts division, and it will be the promotion’s second pro-am card this month at Foxwoods, including its recent boxing pro-am at the beginning of November.
This time, CES will bring heavy-hitters Chuck O’Neil (11-6, 3 KOs) of Bridgewater, Mass., and popular Irish middleweight Thomas Egan (7-3, 5 KOs) of nearby Dorchester to Foxwoods’ venerable Fox Theater, adding two former Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans to an already-stacked lineup.
Egan, who starred in UFC 93 four years ago in his native Ireland, will face the always-dangerous Bombsquad veteran Harley Beekman (4-2, 2 KOs) of Amsterdam, N.Y., in a three-round bout. Looking to continue his climb back up the ladder in the welterweight division, O’Neil will tangle with Atlanta’s Chris Woodall (12-4, 5 KOs) in a three-round bout. A former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality television series, O’Neil is looking to a rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Brazilian Gil de Freitas in August.
Tickets for the event are priced at $30.00, $55.00 and $100.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling 401-724-2253/2254 or online at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com. This is an all ages show; all fights and fighters are subject to change.
The undercard of “A November To Remember” features more of the region’s top talent as North Haven, Conn., bantamweight Blair Tugman (5-3) will face Eugene Barrett (3-6) of Toledo, Ohio. Also on the card, hard-hitting heavyweight Josh Diekmann (13-5 9 KOs), fighting out of TriForce MMA and Groton, Conn., will battle Chris Guillen (13-15, 1 KO) of Fort Worth, Tex., and Providence, R.I., flyweight Dan Cormier (1-3) will face newcomer Marvin Malonado of Latham, N.Y.
One of the most impressive up-and-comers in New England, light heavyweight Willie Brown Jr. (1-0) of Meriden, Conn., will return to face Pittsburgh newcomer Chazz Dowell, and Dorchester, Mass., featherweight James Murrin will make his professional debut against fellow newcomer Douglas Monteiro, fighting out of the Dragon’s Lair in Framingham, Mass.
On the amateur side, welterweight Kyle Bochniak (3-1) of Boston’s Broadway MMA will face Travis Demko (1-0) from Wai Kru, also out of Boston, and bantamweight Mike Piacentini (0-1) of Coondog MMA in Meriden will face Dashawn Robinson (1-1) from Ultimate MMA in North Haven, Conn. The amateur undercard also features welterweight bouts between Eduardo Conde (3-0) of Team Thunder MMA in Watertown, Conn., and Jose Quinones (3-1) of New England Combat in Johnston, R.I.; and Romulado de Freitas of the Dragon’s Lair and independent fighter Angel LaBoy (0-1) of Hartford. All amateur bouts feature three five-minute rounds.