Hometown favorite Kevin Lewis will make his pro debut in a 4-round bout against fellow Framingham resident, super middleweight Saul “The Spider” Almeida (0-14-4), one of the best MMA fighters in New England this Saturday night at the first ever professional boxing show in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The “Fight Night in Framingham” card, presented by Shearns Boxing Promotions, will benefit the “Fighting Life” program, at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts[BT1]. “Fighting Life” is an after-school boxing program for youth and an academic empowerment program, available 100% free of charge to elementary through high school students.
High Octane Classics is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Platts Landscaping and Shamrock Sports.
Lewis, 39, may be making his professional debut, but he has fought in what could be a record 299 different gyms around the world, from Massachusetts to California, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Alaska, Nevada, etc. many more states.
A reformed drug addict and alcoholic, Lewis began his five-year gym journey as part of his new lifestyle. A week after his professional debut, Lewis will travel to Ireland, where he plans to visit the magical 300-point gyms where he has trained.
“Twenty years ago,” said Lewis, “I started boxing and today I’m a certified personal trainer. I was born in Marshfield, moved to Reno in pursuit of a dream and to Framingham six years ago. I have the record (299 gymnasiums contested), but there is no record holder for that. I did it for the love of sport and it became a passion for me. I am happy and clean.
“I do this one step at a time. I wanted to give it a go, because I felt it was right for me to turn pro, if I was training fighters to turn pro. It could be just once, or I could have a few more fights. Let’s see how it goes. I go through this process and have learned that it is a business. My goal is to own my own gym.
Marlboro (MA) super lightweight Nelson “Chino” Perez (3-0, 2 KOs), another former New England Golden Gloves champion and “Fighting Life” graduate, makes headlines against Ryan Venable (2- 6) in the main 6 round one event.
Josniel “TG” Castro (5-0, 3 KOs), a native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Massachusetts, faces Las Vegas fighter Rynell Griffin (8-47-2, 2 KOs) in the 6-. co-presented event.
Three-time New England Golden Gloves champion, as well as 2015 USA Nationals silver medalist, New Haven super middleweight Elvis Figueroa (7-0, 4 KOs) will fight for the first time in over two years , against the veteran Dallas fighter. Larry “Slo Mo” Smith (12-49-2, 8 KOs), in a 6 round bout.
Figueroa’s stable mate Felix Parrilla, a four-time New England Golden Gloves champion in addition to a 2018 National Golden Gloves silver medalist, who will make his professional debut in a 4-round fight against Sidell Blocker ( 1-11-1).
Pro-rookie heavyweight Sean Evans, of Shrewsbury, MA, against pro rookie Levi Guimareas, and Philadelphia welterweight Jeffrey Torres (7-1, 3 KOs) against Jader Alves of Framingham also battle on the undercard in 4-round fights. Oliveira (0-12).
Priced at $ 75.00 at ringside and $ 60.00 in general admission, tickets are available for purchase online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fight-night-in-framingham -tickets-171408807357, at the UpperKuts gymnasium or at one of the fighters premises on the map.
Doors open at 6 p.m. PT, first fight at 7 p.m.