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by John Cardullo, sportswriter
The road to where he began to where he is now is all too familiar for many that came before him and many fails along the way, but for Pawtucket’s Ricky De Los Santos, will be one of the fighters that will be on top of the card in the upcoming outdoor boxing event that will be held at Cranston Stadium on Saturday, June 19th. The first bell will toll at noon and will last well into the evening.
Growing up in Pawtucket, De Los Santos made his way from the elementary school to Jenks Middle School and graduating from Tolman High school. De Los Santos was a star athlete at Tolman, playing both baseball and basketball. “We eventually got to play some games on the field at McCoy Stadium, which was huge for me and my teammates. It was an honor for me personally at the time.”
It was at 16 years old, he learned he was going to be a father. “I was 16, a junior in high school, when my daughter was born. That is when I knew that it was time to take life a lot more seriously! I worked hard to finish high school and continue to a secondary education graduating from New England Tech.”
After graduating New England Tech De Los Santos met professional boxer Vladine Biosse. “I watched Biosse fight at the Twin River event center, I knew after that night that boxing was what I wanted to do.” He went to Peter Manfredo’s gym in Pawtucket and began his training under Orlando Valles. Ten years later both De Los Santos and Valles are still together.
“When I decided to turn Professional, I added my Uncle Jose Castro to my team. My uncle trained the Dominican sensation Miguel Montilla. Another big part of my team is my strength and conditioning coach, Gail Bolden, who owns American Muscle Corp. in Pawtucket. Two years ago, I added another trainer to the team, Mike Veloz, who is also the trainer to Boo Boo Andrade. I try to perfect my craft from all angles to become a better fighter and the best version of myself.”
Outside the Boxing Ring De Los Santos’ life is that as a normal doting father, coaching his daughter’s travel team, the Darlington Fury, in Pawtucket, and he is a real estate agent for Keller Williams.
De Los Santos says, “I am beyond ready for this fight. I intend to put on a show and come out victorious! I hope everyone will come out and support me at the Cranston Stadium on June 19th.
About the boxing event:
Click below, to CES Boxing, for all the details.
The professionals are from noon to 4pm, amateurs from 7-9 at the Cranston Stadium on Park Avenue, Cranston. Tickets range from $54 to $250.
The fight will also be streamed on UFC Fight Pass.
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