Manfredo Stops Gingras in the 8th Round at Twin River

CES news release…

LINCOLN, R.I. (Nov. 22nd, 2013) – “The Pride Of Providence” might want to reconsider his retirement plans.

 

Peter Manfredo Jr. (40-7, 21 KOs) returned to the ring Friday night at Twin River Casino, fighting in honor of his friend and fellow Rhode Island boxer Gary Balletto, and stopped the hard-charging Rich Gingras (13-4-1) of nearby Lincoln in the eighth round of the scheduled 10-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports' “Pride & Power” professional boxing event.

 

The fight was billed as the “Pride” Manfredo against the “Power” Gingras, a hard-hitting up-and-comer who, like Manfredo, starred on the reality television series, The Contender. The two Rhode Island fighters put on a show worthy of Fight of the Year consideration in the finale of Twin River's 2013 Fight Series.

 

Though Manfredo dominated toward the end, stopping Gingras at the 1-minute, 33-second mark of the eighth round, Gingras never made it comfortable for Manfredo, even hurting him midway through the third round to the point where it appeared Gingras was one or two punches away from a major upset.

 

Manfredo unofficially retired for the third time in March after decisively beating fellow Contender alum Walter Wright at Twin River, but decided to give it one more try Friday in honor of Balletto, who is paralyzed from the waist down following an accident at his home in July. With Balletto sitting ringside, Manfredo entered the ring wearing Balletto's customary tiger-striped trunks, and, despite some tough moments at times, put together a performance reminiscent of both his and Balletto's toughest fights.

 

Gingras opened the fight as expected, charging right at Manfredo with a flurry of rights and lefts. Manfredo withstood the initial surge, even fighting uncomfortably with his back to the ropes, before he began to stall Gingras' progress with short, right uppercuts on the inside.

 

Having finished the opening round on a solid note, Manfredo began to pick up the pace in the second and third rounds, willingly trading with Gingras in the center of the ring and utilizing his experience to out-box and out-work his opponent at times, but Gingras turned the tide toward the end of the third, clubbing Manfredo with a hard overhand right against the ropes that sent Manfredo stumbling toward the neutral corner.

With Manfredo visibly hurt, Gingras went in for the kill and again had Manfredo in a precarious position against the ropes, but Manfredo weathered the storm and survived the round.

 

Neither fighter had a significant edge in the fourth or fifth rounds, though Manfredo brought the crowd to its feet with a sharp right cross early in the fifth to momentarily stun the hard-charging Gingras. Continuing along the same pace of non-stop action, the two closed the round with another entertaining toe-to-toe exchange in the center of the ring that drew cheers from the crowd.

 

Manfredo regained control in the sixth and began out-boxing Gingras like he did in the second round, this time using his jab to dictate the pace. As the action picked up, Manfredo began landing more cleanly against the beleaguered Gingras, opening a nasty cut over Gingras' left eye that clearly affected his concentration. Manfredo dominated the round, arguably the most lopsided round up until that point.

 

In the eighth, Manfredo finished Gingras for good, continuing to fight well on the inside and catching Gingras with short uppercuts. The fight ended on a brilliant right uppercut-left cross combo from Manfredo, prompting referee Joey Lupino to stop the bout as Gingras wobbled and tumbled helplessly into the ropes.

 

 

– CES –