By Mark Vaz
Braving 20 degree temperatures and a brisk southeasterly breeze, Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports spoke to members of the local press Wednesday afternoon from the steps of Plymouth Memorial Hall to announce the first in his new series of pro boxing events at the recently renovated facility.
“We have signed an exclusive deal with the management group at Memorial Hall,” stated Burchfield.
“The real driving force,” explained the amiable promoter, “was a young man named Manny Lopes.”
Lopes, a popular local super-middleweight with a pro record of 4-0-1 lives in nearby Marshfield, and has been suggesting the beautiful facility to his promoter since signing with CES in 2007.
The 1200-seat arena has been host to boxing shows over the years, including an ESPN2 Friday Night Fight in July 2005.
The March 6th “Mayflower Madness” event is headlined by an interesting match up between former Olympic alternate and contender Jason Pires (21-3) facing Louie Leija (21-9-1) of Fort Worth, TX.
Pires, a New Bedford, MA police officer is making his second ring appearance since 2003.
Also featured will be journeyman Paul Delgado (19-8-1) who began his career in southern Massachusetts. Delgado faces fellow journeyman Troy Smith (6-9-3).
The aforementioned Lopes (4-0-1) will fight an opponent to be determined.
Hot bantamweight prospect Isander Beauchamp (5-0-1) will face Elton Dharry (2-4-1), while Kali Reiss will face Alexsandra Magdziak Lopes in a female jr. middleweight bout. Mical Weisberg (1-0) from nearby Stoughton, MA will appear in a light-heavyweight four rounder.