Delossantos eyes first six-round challenge of pro boxing career

Delossantos eyes first six-round challenge of pro boxing career

Former Tolman athlete fights N.J. native in super featherweight bout Friday at Twin River Event Center

PAWTUCKET – In just 13 months, Ricky Delossantos has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming super featherweight boxers in the region.

It took the former Tolman High basketball and baseball standout (pictured) that little time to put together a 5-0 record, and that mark includes his first career knockout, a third-round stoppage of Efren Nunez of New Bedford on Feb. 23, and a convincing four-round unanimous-decision victory in his last fight on May 11 over James Early of Washington, D.C.

Delossantos, who has fought all his fights at the Twin River Event Center, has impressed local fight fans with his performances. He’s also impressed the folks at Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., because earlier last month, he was one of CES’s four fighters who was re-signed by the promotional company to a long-term deal.

And that’s not all. CES is giving Delossantos an opportunity to step in the ring for his first six-round fight on Friday in the latest installment of the 2018 Twin River Fight Series at the Lincoln casino. Delossantos will oppose Jose Ortiz (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Jersey City, N.J.

Delossantos, a 2017 graduate of Tolman who began his pro career at the age of 27, talked about his good fortune last Thursday afternoon and expressed how thrilled he was to earn a new contract with CES.

“It feels good,” he said. “I know I have a promoter on my side that’s willing to help me move my career to the next level. At the beginning of my career, I really had to prove myself because I only had 13 amateur fights. I took what (CES) gave me and I did as well as I could.”

A couple of Delossantos’ most memorable moments of 2017 were his unanimous-decision victories over two Massachusetts fighters, Philip Davis and Jonathan Perez, and of course, he kicked off this year with his stoppage of Nunez, which saw Delossantos deliver a barrage of unanswered punches that forced the fight to be halted with 37 seconds left in the third round.

“That kid was a tough kid,” added Delossantos. “He kept coming, but I went right to the gameplan. I worked the body and I broke him down, and I was surprised they stopped the fight because he was tough. He wouldn’t go down.”

Next up for Delossantos is his first six-round test against a tough opponent who has just one loss in his last five fights and experience in fighting six-rounders, but the Pawtucket fighter is ready for the challenge.

“Every fight I fought that went four rounds, after the fourth (round), I felt I could have easily went another two rounds,” he added. “We’ll see what happens come Fight Night. I’ve been training pretty much the same regiment. I do my strength and conditioning about three days a week at American Muscle Corps on Branch Ave. I run in the morning six days a week, I do hot yoga, and I train six days a week as well in my boxing gym, so I’m busy all the time.”

Delossantos, who trains at 401 Boxing in Cranston, also praised his trainer, Orlando Valles, “who’s been with me since day one, about seven years now,” two family members who work his corner and help with his training, his uncle, Jose Castro, and his father, Rolando Delossantos, and another trainer, Jose Santos, who heads 401 Boxing and also works in his corner.

Delosantos will be one of a handful of Rhode Island boxers who will appear on Friday’s card, and the list includes Smithfield super lightweight Anthony Marsella Jr., who will take a 9-0 (4 KOs) mark into his six-round battle with Brandon Berry (13-3-2, 8 KOs) of West Forks, Maine.

In the eight-round main event, Cranston super lightweight Nick DeLomba (13-2, 3 KOs), who also re-signed with CES last month, will fight for the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) All-America championship, as he battles Chris Singleton (18-5-2, 8 KOs) of Baton Rouge, La.

Tickets for Friday’s event are $47, $102, and $127 and available online at www.cesboxing.com and www.twinriver.com and by phone at 401-723-2253. Tickets can also be purchased at the Twin River Casino’s Players Club.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m. Twin River has also waived its 18+ rule for the show, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and enter through the west entrance.