(L-R) - Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera and Kevin "The New England Bully" Cobbs)
WORCESTER, Mass. (January 18, 2018) - Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE) hosted a press conference last night in Worcester, Massachusetts at Beatniks to formally announce its February 10th "New England's Future 5" at The Palladium in Worcester.
Undefeated Hartford (CT) light heavyweight Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs) will headline the fifth installment of the "New England's Future" series, against Kevin "The New England Bully" Cobbs (10-2, 4 KOs), fighting out of South Boston (MA), for the vacant Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) New England title in the eight-round main event.
Worcester's two-time national amateur champion Bobby "BH3" Harris, III (2-0) meets Brazilian super middleweight Saul Almeida (0-8-1) in the four-round co-featured event, while Hartford super middleweight Jose "Rated R" Rivera (4-1, 3 KOs) meets Troy "Omar KO Artist" Artis (4-7-1 (3 KOs), of Danbury (CT) in a six-round match.
"New England's Future 5" charity choice: Luis Rosa, Jr. Scholarship Fund
For each RPR event, promoter Jose Antonio Rivera selects a charity to donate a portion of the proceeds to, and for "New England's Future 5" he has announced that it will be the Luis Rosa, Jr. Scholarship Fund. "We believe it's important to give back to the community and for this show we have selected the Luis Rosa, Jr. Scholarship fund. Luis died last weekend in a tragic car accident at the age of 26. He was a great fighter and an even better person who will be terribly missed. Our company will also push the news about the Luis Rosa, Jr. Scholarship Fund when it's finalized through our social media."
Fighting on the undercard, all in four-round bouts, are Danbury junior welterweight Omar Bordoy, Jr. (2-0) vs. Puerto Rican foe Alexander "El Bravo" Picot (2-4-1), Southbridge (MA) junior welterweight Wilfredo "El Sucaro" Pagan (3-0, 1 KO) vs. pro-debuting Nick Peralta, of Lawrence, undefeated Springfield (MA) light heavyweight Ray "Bazooka" Graceski (5-0, 3 KOs). vs. Hartford's pro-debuting Pawel Bansiak, Springfield welterweight Derrick "Bad Boy" Whitley (2-0) vs. Roger Blankenship (1-2), undefeated Puerto Rican super middleweight Jelame Garcia (6-0, 6 KOs) vs. Brazilian Rodrigo Almeida 1-7), Bridgeport's (CT) pro-debuting welterweight Joseph Goss vs. Seth Basler (0-3), and Hartford junior lightweight vs. Bridgeport's Carlos Marraro, III (0-1).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Jose Rivera, RPE CEO: "I'm excited because a press conference means the fights are getting closer. We plan to build our promotional company this year. There is a lot of talent in New England and that's why we have so many Connecticut fighters on this card. I want the fighters here to understand the importance of a press conference. They will gain valuable experience speaking in public and being interviewed by the media. One of the primary reasons we're promoting is to give young fighters a platform to box and prepare them for their pro careers."
A.J. Rivera, RPE President/Matchmaker: "The support we've received has been tremendous and we exceeded expectations in our first year. This is just the begining for RPE. We're going to get better this year. We're not satisfied just being a small promotional company. Boxing is the loneliest sport in the world and these boxers need fans' support. There's a lot of talent in New England and much of it is concentrated in Connecticut. We have more Connecticut fighters on this card than fighters from Massachusetts."
Richard Rivera: "This is a big opportunity for me. Rivera Promotions accomplished so much in its first year. I fought in the co-main twice of two previous RPE shows I fought on. This is going to be an awesome show, not just the main event. There are competitive boxers up and down the card. Don't blink, don't go to the bathroom because any one of these fights could end at any time."
"This is a big step up for my career. Boxing is my passion. We're both coming to fight. Win, lose or draw we'll see who the Alpha dog is at the end. "I'm 'Popeye The Sailor Man', and I'm good to the finish because I eat my spinach."
Kevin Cobbs: "I respect Rivera and believe in what I hear. He seems like a good dude. I'm excited about this fight. A lot of people weren't sure about what I was doing because I hadn't fought in two years when I got the call (to fight Rivera). Boxing took me out of the space was in and I never stopped boxing. This is going to be a big year for the Rivera's. I like to switch it up and I'm ready to go."
Bobby Harris, III: "My opponent wants to redeem his brother's loss to me. I want to thank RPE for putting me in the co-feature in only my third pro fight. My first two fights were a learning experience and this fight I'm looking to make a statement to showcase my talents. I have a lot to prove as the only Worcester fighter on this card."
Omar Bordoy, Jr: "I'm fighting a tough opponent. Fighting is easier for me than talking up here. I'm fighting a guy from Hartford. I have a lot of love for his trainer and Hartford. I want my hand raised at the end of the fight."
Derrick Whitley: "I want to thank Rivera Promotions for putting me on this card. I fought on two of their shows last year and came out 2-0. I'm looking to be 3-0. It was a learning experience going from the amateurs to pros. Everybody's goal is to raise your level. I'm in the best shape of my life for this fight and doing things in the gym I've never done before. I'm looking for a stoppage."
Wilfredo Pagan: "I'm 37 years old and I've always had a glad to fight at least one pro fight. A couple of fights fell through but the Riveras opened the doors for me. I put it all into my fights. I was looking for one fight and this will be my fourth. I'm going to be 4-0."
Carlos Marraro, III: "I want to thank Rivera Promotions for the opportunity to showcase my talents February 10th. This will be my first fight on a Rivera Promotions card, but I'm familiar with most of the fighters on this card."
Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at www.ThePalladium.net or the Palladium box office (general admission only), or by contacting Jose Rivera (email@example.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera (firstname.lastname@example.org/774.272.2269) or any of the fighters.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout 7 p.m. ET.
Sponsors include Lundgren Honda, Top Royalty, Allstate, USANA, Atty. Maria M. Rivera-Cotto, Ambicion Musik, Hill Team Associates and Lundren Insurance & Financial Services.
Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp @KingRivera_
ABOUT RIVERA PROMOTION AND ENTERTAINMENT (RPE): Founded in 2017, Worcester, MA-based RPE is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion, RPE CEO/promoter Jose Antonio Rivera, and his son, RPE president/matchmaker Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera. RPE's philosophy is to give young, local fighters a platform to develop and showcase their boxing skills