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By Brendan Higgins, contributing writer
This past Saturday night promoter Jimmy Burchfield hit a grand slam with his presentation of Summer Heat 2023 at Mohegan Sun Arena. A capacity crowd witnessed a full line-up of professional boxing featuring a double main event headlined by Cordale Booker and Jaime Clampitt-Hayes.
CES Boxing should be proud of this one. From bell to bell each fight delivered something for everyone. From brawling to scientific boxing, the fans were rabid for the entire night. This included a full line-up of amateur fights that were every bit as exciting as the pro bouts later in the evening.
Jaime Clampitt-Hayes was victorious
In the opening contest, cruiserweight Slawomir Bondziewicz scored a second round TKO over Gabriel Costa. Jeffrey Gonzalez defeated Joe Wilson in a welterweight bout. In other action, local favorite, Mike Kimbel of Waterbury, Connecticut, beat Stephen Davis in a super lightweight fight. In the next match, Anthony Velazquez remained undefeated making short work of Mario Bustos with a first round KO. Valazquez ran his record to a very impressive 13-0. Keep your eye on this young warrior as he is beginning to make a name for himself on the national level.
The next four contests were nothing short of sensational. Super lightweight Wilson Mascarenhas electrified the crowd with his ring entrance. Then he lived up to the hype beating the previously undefeated Anthony Mora. The next fight was a 6 rounder featuring the hometown hero, Alejandro Paulino, of nearby New London, Connecticut. Paulino continued his winning ways defeating Julian Aristule of Argentina.
In the first half of the double main event, four time world champion and hall of famer Jaime Clampitt-Hayes won a hard fought victory over the capable Josefina Vega. These two battled for eight solid rounds. Vega was game but Clampitt-Hayes was too much for her opponent in the end.
In the second half of the double main event, Cordale Booker retained the WBC US welterweight title defeating Nicolas Hernandez. After knocking Hernandez to the canvas for the second time in round 7 the fight was over. Both fighters were in phenomenal physical condition for this one. Each fighter had plenty to say about the other leading up to this championship match up. During a post-fight in ring interview, Booker expressed his desire to focus on the future and his next fight.
On hand for the fights was five time world champion, Vinny Paz. The boxing legend signed autographs and took photos with fans at ringside.
You can keep up to date on all CES Boxing and MMA action by following them on all social media platforms as well as visiting their website at cesfights.com
Brendan Higgins, writer and author, RIPTA bus driver, former professional wrestler (Knuckles Nelson), and North Kingstown resident.
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Higgins is the author of “Waking Up: From the Wrestling Ring to the Yoga Mat