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Kendrick Ball Jr. fighting with something to prove

“New England’s Future VIIII” on Apr. 29th in Springfield, MA

WORCESTER, Mass. (March 24, 2022) – Former New England Middleweight & former WBC USNBC Silver Super Middleweight Champ Kendrick Ball Jr. returns to the ring after a tough defeat last year against a top opponent. The April 29th “New England Future VIIII” event, presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), will take place at American International College located at 125 Cortland Street in Springfield, MA. Kendrick will be making his return to the ring as the night’s main event, and only has one thing on his mind. Showing the world he is still one of boxing’s top super middleweight fighters.

Kendrick Ball Jr. (17-2-2, 11 KOs) is matched against tough Colombian veteran Ronald Montes who has 19 wins with 17 coming by knockout, in the 8 round main event. Kendrick has made some major adjustments to his camp that he feels is guaranteed to make him the complete fighter he knows he is. He recently signed with a new manager Artie DePinho of “Waymaker Management” as well as hired a new strength and conditioning coach that has worked with champions such as Kevin McBride, Jose Antonio Rivera, and Jamaine Ortiz.

“I’m just working hard and fully focusing on being healthy 100% physically and mentally. Those are the two big keys as of now, when I’m 100% people know what to expect from me” ~Kendrick Ball Jr.

– Kendrick Ball Jr.

Hartford, Connecticut’s Richard “Popeye” Rivera (20-0, 15 KOs) is returning to the ring for the first time since his knockout win over veteran Mexican Ernesto Berrospe. “Popeye” is moving down in weight for the first time in his career to 168 lbs (super middleweight). He will be facing what could possibly be his best opponent yet in Georgia’s Eric Moon (11-4, 6 KOs). Moon has recently fought the well known Edgar Berlanga in Las Vegas, NV & Popeye is looking to make a statement to prove he belongs with those top guys! This co-main event is scheduled for 8 rounds for the WBF super middleweight championship.

Puerto Rico-native Wilfredo “El Sucaro” Pagan (6-1-2, 3 KOs), fighting out of Southbridge (MA), and Norwalk, Connecticut’s welterweight Shaka Moore (12-24-3, 2 KOs), will be fighting for the vacant welterweight New England Championship. Both fighters are in their 40’s and will be looking to prove age is nothing but a number, in what should be a 6 round fight of the night candidate.

Springfield (MA) super lightweight Rollin Whitley (1-0) meets Brazilian 14 fight veteran Jader Alves. Derrick Whitley Jr. (6-3-1), also a Springfield native, will be fighting for the Massachusetts State Title against Maycon Oller Da Silva who is coming off a stunning 2nd round KO upset against previously undefeated Jamar Jones.

Undefeated New Haven (CT) lightweight prospect Anuel Rosa (3-0, 2 KOs) takes on 7 fight veteran Aguilando Brandao of Brazil.

Worcester super middleweight Bobby “BH3” Harris, III (4-0-1, 1KO), a two-time national amateur champion and World Games Silver medalist, faces Roger “Monstar” Blankenship (1-3) in a 4-round super middleweight bout.

Worcester cruiserweight, Jake “No Love” Paradise (3-2, 3 KOs) returns to the ring after a 2 year layoff and takes on Wewerton Silva (0-3)

In another potential fight of the night candidate, Marqus Bates (9-4, 6 KOs), a strong come forward fighter will take on tough rugged veteran brawler Augstine Mauras (7-12, 3 KOs) in a 4 round bout.

In a 6 round fight for the New England Championship, New Haven (CT) junior welterweight Oscar Bonilla (7-3,1 KO) will battle Worcester’s tough brawling veteran Edwin Rosado. Also fighting on the undercard are Springfield, MA native Laurent Humes (4-0, 4 KOs) and Carlos Castillo (5-0, 3 KOs) from Holyoke, MA

All bouts subject to change.

Tickets are priced at 80.00 (reserved seating) and $40.00 (general admission) and available for purchase by contacting Jose Rivera (, AJ Rivera

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Doors open at 6 p.m. ET, first bout at 7 p.m. ET.


Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt, @JoseRiveraChamp, @KingRivera_



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