CES Returns to Plymouth!
By: Mark Vaz at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports returned to Memorial Hall in downtown Plymouth , Massachusetts with a highly entertaining Pro/Am show this past Friday titled “Brawl at the Hall!”
The main event featured CES prospect Chris Traietti from nearby Quincy , MA returning to the ring after a sixteen month layoff. Testing the waters in MMA during his hiatus, the multi-time New England amateur champ and high school wrestler took a 7-1 record into the six-round light heavyweight main event versus the tough Shawn Kirk (4-3, 2 KOs) from Lexington, KY.
For the first round, Traietti looked to be reaching a bit until he found his range with a short right cross which dropped Kirk just prior to the bell plus dissipated a year and a half of rust.
Traietti continued to be the aggressor in the second round landing punches while Kirk was unable to counter.
Traietti closed the gap in the third round to land a picture perfect left hook to the body that dropped Kirk for an eight count. Rising unsteadily, Kirk bravely continued. The patient Traietti connected with the same shot-hard hooks to the body to drop Kirk twice more in the round. At the third knockdown, the referee waived the fight over at 2:45 of the third round for a TKO victory. Traietti improves to 8 wins against 1 loss with 5 knockouts.
The co-feature of the night showcased Plymouth Firefighter Benny ‘The Hornet” Lescarbeau (4-0, 3 KOs) who returned to fight in his hometown after a three year absence from the ring to face Norman Johnson (1-4) of Charlotte , NC . Family, friends and fans of Lescarbeau filled the arena and cheered Lescarbeau throughout the entire bout. Lescarbeau boxed well, dropping Johnson in the first and third rounds. The game Johnson fought back, brawling on the ropes till the final bell with the willing Lescarbeau. Lescarbeau won a unanimous decision with scores of 40-33 and 39-34 twice.
Debuting heavyweight Jesse Barboza of Barnstable , MA was successful, stopping the durable Orion Sistrunk (5-25-1) of Philadelphia in two rounds. An outstanding amateur in New England , the tall, rangy Barboza looks to be a solid prospect.
Paul Gonzalves of Dennis , MA also had a successful pro debut stopping Huston Crayton (0-5) of Dorchester . Gonzalves pressured the awkward Crayton for the entire fight. In the fourth round, the constant pressure of Gonzalves wore Crayton down forcing the referee to stop the action at MA at 2:27 of the round.
Alexsandra Magdziak Lopes of Marshfield, MA evened up her professional record to 1-1 with a stoppage over Besse Rowell of Atlanta , GA (0-3) in a middleweight bout. Lopes used an effective jab to control her opponent until the referee had seen enough at 1:27 of the second round.
The “Brawl at the Hall” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield of Classic Entertainment and Sports. Friday’s card was the second event in a series of four shows scheduled for 2009 at Memorial Hall in Plymouth , MA . “We promised to give the fans true entertainment value and we did,” stated the promoter. “I am looking forward to returning to Plymouth Hall.”
The “Brawl at the Hall” also featured four amateur bouts.