By Mark Vaz
Derek Silveira 147 vs. Shahka Moore 146
*For the New England welterweight title
Bill Traft 168 vs. Luis Felix 165
Ricky Kielczewski 169 vs. Brandon Chagnon 147
Michael McLaughlin 146 vs. Noel Garcia 148
Simeon Dunwell 146 vs. William Correa 146
Carlos Candelario, Jr 139 vs. Antonio Chavez-Fernandes 145
Promoter: Granite Chin Promotions Presents
Event: MAYhem in Dorchester
Doors open at 6:30 and first bout is at 7:30pm
Tickets available at the box office
Venue: Dorchester Armory, Dorchester, ME
Continuing on his mission to provide quality pro boxing to Massachusetts fans, Boston promoter and active pro boxer Chris Traietti is presenting tonight’s “MAYhem in Dorchester” card at the Dorchester National Guard Armory 70 Victory Road in Dorchester. Traietti successfully ran three shows in 2011 and is looking forward to doing the same in 2012.
The main event will feature New England welterweight champion Derek Silveira (6-0, 2 KOs) defending his title in an 8 round bout against the veteran Shahka Moore (11-17-3, 2 KOs) of Norwalk, CT. Moore, seeing this as an excellent opportunity to breath new life into his career has been preparing for this bout for three months. “I’ve never trained so hard in my life,” said Moore. “My main criticism has always been my inconsistency. I fight in short spurts and tend to take too much time off during rounds. For this fight, I plan to continue to work from bell to bell.”
For Silveira, fighting out of Salem, MA, he feels that he’s continued to show improvement and knows that if his winning streak continues through 2012, he could move into bigger fights next year. “I really want to get to 17, 18-0 by next year. I have the style and charisma to fight on Showtime, ESPN, and HBO once my skills develop to that level.”
The main supporting bout pits prospect Simeon Dunwell (10-1, 2 KOs) against hard-hitting William Correa (8-5, 8 KOs) in a welterweight bout. The winner is promised a shot at the victor of the Silveira-Moore main event. Correa, inactive for a year, has relocated to the Boston area and has turned his training regiment around, and swears off accepting short-notice fight. He has had over two months to prepare for this bout and sees himself de-railing the popular Dunwell.
Former Irish amateur champion Michael McLaughlin makes his US debut facing veteran Noel Garcia at 140 pounds. McLaughlin, 1-0-1 as a pro and a veteran of 90 amateur bouts will need his experience to deal with the always tough Garcia, a veteran of 20 pro fights.
Local favorite Ricky Kielczewski (2-0, 2 KOs) returns to the ring after a seven year absence against Brandon Chagnon of Methuen, MA.
Popular amateur Billy Traft finally makes the transition to the professional ranks after a long amateur career. Traft, a Boston police officer and one of the nicest guys you could meet, will step in against New England MMA champ Luis Felix of Providence, who owns a victory over Ultimate Fighter star Joey Proctor. Guess how he beat Proctor? Outboxed him and knocked him out. Traiettii and matchmaker Mark Vaz are looking forward to a very interesting scrap in this one, with both fighters bringing a great following of fans.
Carlos Candelario of Lawrence, MA, 1-0, faces tough journeyman Antonio Chavez-Fernandes of Providence, RI.
Traiettii will not box tonight as originally scheduled but he will focus on the production and quality of the event.
“I am doing back-to-back shows, with pros May 19 and amateurs May 20 in the afternoon, so I decided it would be better to be a promoter on this one instead of fighting,” said the 10-3 light-heavyweight who has also staged 6 amateur boxing events last year.
Tickets are priced from $25 to $50 and are available at the door. There will be an cash bar, and plenty of free parking. For information call 617 645 3177