TKO Boxing Promotions announced today that they will host a pair of regional title fights showcasing New England area favorites in "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo Jr. and Matt "The Sharpshooter" Remillard at the Mohegan Sun Casino on January 29.
Manfredo, The Contender: Season One runner-up, will take on St. Paul native Matt "The Predator" Vanda (42-9, 22 KOs) in a 10-round NABF super middleweight title bout.
After being battered by Sakio Bika late in 2008, Manfredo (33-6, 18 KOs) righted the ship this year by scoring two wins, going the distance against Walid Smichet and Ronald Weaver. Neither win did much in terms of advancing his career, but a solid win over Vanda to pick up the NABF strap could be enough to get him back in the top-10 in the divisions rankings.
Vanda's most notable fights as of late have all resulted in losses with two coming at the hands of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, and the most recent to middleweight John Duddy back in February. Since then he has found some success as in the super middleweight division, where he earned decision victories over the unheralded Ted Muller and Phil Williams.
Both Manfredo and Vanda have found themselves knocked down a peg or two when stepping up in competition. Barring a draw, one of them will walk away from this contest with not only the NABF title but a world ranking and another shot at bigger fights against the elite of the division.
In another 10-round NABF title bout, Connecticut's own Matt "The Sharp Shooter" Remillard (20-0, 11 KOs) will have the chance to defend his belt against the Dominican-born and New Jersey based Rafael Lora in a rematch of their fight in September.
Their first bout ended in the fourth round when Lora (11-1, 5 KOs) ran into a huge right hook by Remillard, which would eventually lead referee Eddie Claudio to call a halt to the bout that in turn awarded Remillard the win as well as the vacant NABF featherweight crown.
While the Mohegan Sun Casino is no stranger to playing host to fight cards, this will be the first time they have associated themselves with TKO Boxing Promotions.
Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions “We’re thrilled to bring a world class professional boxing card to one of the premier gaming destinations in the country and we truly look forward to working with the Mohegan Sun team in making this an outstanding evening.”
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