“Punch-Out at Polar Park” Press Conference quotes & pictures
Aug. 4th Outdoor Pro-Am boxing show in Worcester, MA
(all picture by Emily Harney / Fightography)
WORCESTER, Mass. (July 13, 2023) – The official “Punch-Out at Polar Park” press conference was held yesterday at Polar Park to promote the August 4th (Aug. 5 rain date) Pro-Am boxing event, presented by Shearns Boxing Promotions (SBP) in conjunction with Kendrick Ball’s Camp Get Right Boxing, at Polar Park in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Polar Park is the home of the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate Worcester Red Sox (WooSox), voted as the best minor league baseball park in America. A share of the proceeds will be donated to local charities from what is believed to be the first outdoor boxing show in Worcester history.
The inaugural Carlos Garcia Tournament, showcasing some of the area’s top amateur boxers, will open the evening, followed by the pro card.
“Punch-Out at Polar Park” will be streamed live on www.bxngtv.com
Main Event – Light Heavyweights (8)
Kendrick “Peppa” Ball, Jr. (20-1-3, 12 KOs), Worcester, MA
Oscar “Moustro” Riojas (28-16-3, 16 KOs), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Co-Feature – Heavyweights (8)
“Don’t Play” Sean Bey (7-0, 7 KOs), Stoughton, MA by way of Providence, RI
Quinton Sumpter (6-1, 4 KOs), Pittsfield, MA
Super Featherweights (6)
“King” Kevin Walsh (9-0, 4 KOs), Brockton, MA
Philip Davis (3-5-2, 0 KOs), Worcester, MA
Josniel “TG” Castro (9-1, 7 KOs), Boca Raton, FL by way of Puerto Rico
Jorge “Tomatito” Martin Garcia (13-11-1, 3 KOs), General LaValle, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Light Heavyweights (4)
Neal Sullivan (0-0-1), Worcester, MA
Michael Medeiros (0-4), Nahant, MA by way of Brazil
Robert Degaetano (pro debut), Douglas, MA
Micheal “Titan” Taylor (1-5, 0 KOs), Cortland, NY
Female Super Bantamweights (4)
Melanie “Pitbull” Costa (1-0, 1 KO), Norton, MA
Amanda Torres Sardinha (0-1), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Tevin “The Hitman” Regis (pro debut), Dorchester, MA
Joshua Zimmerman (0-10), Baltimore, MD
Super Middleweights (4)
James Manor (3-0, 2 KOs), Johnson, RI
Rakeem Johnson (7-20-1, 5 KOs), Indianapolis, IN
(card subject to change)
Doors open at 5 p.m. ET with the first amateur match starting then (6 p.m. ET), the pro card starts at 7 p.m. ET.
Tickets are priced at $205.00 (Field VIP – rows 1-4, all padded seats), $155.00 (VIP), $75.00 (Home Plate Reserved – rows 5 and beyond, not padded seats) and $45.00 (Reserved), and available for purchase at Polar Park’s box office (508.500.8888), and online at www.polarpark.com/boxing.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email all inquiries for details to
Below find fighters’ quotes and a picture gallery:
(L-R) – Promoter Kendrick Ball, Sr., Chuck Shearns & Jimmy Burchfield, Sr.
Chuck Shearns (Shearns Boxing Promotions): “We have had the help of a lot of people. We couldn’t do this without sponsors. I love how this card has really come together. Everybody on this card is in a real fight.”
Kendrick Ball, Sr. (Get Camp Right): I always thought this would be a great place for boxing since I saw my son (Kendrick Ball, Jr.) helping to build it as a Local 243 Union Laborer. I know a lot of people fighting and this is a really exciting card. I’m excited to have joined Chuck and everybody around here. I’m happy we are honoring Carlos Garcia. I’ve watched a lot of promoters and want to give them props."
Hannah Butler (WooSox Vice President of Special Events: “I’m pleased to be working with Chuck, Ken and others on this great event, the first outdoor boxing show ever held in Worcester. Polar Park was built to do more than just baseball and boxing is here as part of the Polar Park community.”
Jimmy Burchfield, Sr. (CES Boxing): “Kendrick has worked so hard as a boxer and it’s great for him to have this opportunity here in Worcester. This is my 35th year in boxing and there are a lot of characters in boxing. I truly respect Chuck Shearns. He knows boxing and that this is a business. It’s always a challenge. Thanks to Chuck and Kendrick (Sr.) for allowing me to put my four boxers on this card. They’re all good fighters. People are going to be at this beautiful ballpark to see something never seen before.”
Kendrick Ball, Jr.: “In 2020, I started working in the laborer’s union and my first job was here. Now, I’m part of this (event). It’s big for me, especially to be headlining the first boxing show here. It’s big for me. I’m going to put on a show and get my 21st win.”
Sean Bey: “I want to thank Chuck, Jimmy and Bog Six. I had a little time off and I learned some lessons. I’m a big puncher, but I don’t come in looking for a knockout. I’m just going to break him (Quintin Sumpter).”
Philip Davis: “I’m glad this is happening. I had two opponents offered for this fight. I’m fighting at home and Kevin’s 9-0. He’s tough and so am I. I’m no pushover. I told Ken to make the fight with Kevin. It’s going to be a great fight.”
Kevin Walsh: “I want to thank CES Boxing and Chuck Shearns for looking out for me. I’m going to be 10-0. I know he (Davis) is a tough fighter, but this is my fight.”
Neal Sullivan: “Thanks to everyone. I couldn’t say no when I got the call to fight. I’ve been in Worcester for 30 years and hopefully at least another 30. This is the bigtime, not a club show.”
Melanie Costa: “I’d rather get punched in the face than talk up here. I wanted to thank Chuck and Ken for having me fight out there (Polar Park field). I’d also like to thank my promoter, Jimmy (Burchfield, Sr.). This is amazing (Polar Park). I’d also like to thank my parents. I’m training for this at Big Six Academy. This is going to be an awesome night.”
Robert Degaetano: “Thanks to all you guys for coming out today. Thanks to Nonantum Boxing, the promoters, managers, and everybody involved on August 4th. Thanks to my mom for giving me the strength to push to August 4th. Keep your eyes out to watch me fight.”
James Maner: “I’m happy to represent CES Boxing. I’m a new signee. Big Six Academy is getting me ready for my fight.”
Keno Luna (amateur boxer in Carlos Garcia Tournament: “I’m excited for this fight card to happen. All of us here (on dais) will put on a good show.”
Website: polarpark.com. cgrboxing.com
Facebook: /ShearnsBoxingPromotions, /CampGetRightBoxing, /PolarParkWorcester
Twitter: @ShearnsBoxing, @PolarPark
Instagram: @ShearnsBoxingPromotions, @cgrboxing, @PolarParkWorcester