Super middleweights Vladine Biosse (12-1-1, 6 KOs) and Joey Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs) will battle for bragging rights in the city of Providence on May 24th when Biosse defends his New England title against the “K.O. Kid” in the eight-round main event presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
At Tuesday’s informal press gathering at the Providence Downtown Marriott, the two fighters stood toe-to-toe for the first time since signing their respective names on the dotted line.
“The city is mine,” Biosse said. “I am the super middleweight champion. I have defended the title plenty of times. Of course, I have a lot of respect for Joey for what he’s done in the game. He’s done an incredible job, but I think I’m being underestimated being the new guy in Rhode Island. Joey’s counting on his hard punching or whatever, but we all need to remember I do have a hand also, and I do knock people out.”
“I’m too big and physical strong,” Spina said. “I walk around between 215 and 220 pounds. I’ve boxed heavyweights to cruiserweights – the best in the world. Size, to me, doesn’t matter. His walk-around weight is 175. That’s just too small for me.”
Tickets for “Up For Grabs” are $35, $50, $75 and $125 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.