Super middleweight tournament May 11

Undefeated Irish fighter Thomas “The Kid” O’Toole (9-0, 6 KOs) will handle hazardous Russell Kimber (2-1, 1 KO) in a six-round bout on May fourth for the uninhabited Massachusetts Light Heavyweight title as part of a stacked “Rumble At The Rink” local card, provided by Granite Chin Promotions (GCP), at Quincy Youth Arena in Quincy, Massachusetts.

“What a compliment this fight is to our inaugural ‘Granite Chin Box Off’’,” GCP president Chris Traietti commented.

“The strategy with this program from the start was to stack it from the opening fight to the last of the competition with fighters individuals wish to see in battles individuals wish to see them in, and this fight is the embodiment of that. Thomas has actually been a component the last couple of years in the regional boxing scene, and he is handling a guy in Kimber who is adept.

“Kimber is the kind of guy that if you take him gently you remain in for a bad night. Thomas originates from a strong amateur background and a fantastic health club, so I don’t believe he is going to make that mistake, however everybody in the structure would be silly to sleep on Russell Kimber. This is going to be a fantastic co-feature!”

Now battling out of Boston residential area Braintree (MA), the 26-year-old local of Galway (IRE) has actually been battling in his 2nd home of Boston for the previous year, recording the USBF Atlantic light heavyweight title last August, likewise in Quincy on a GCP card, with an opening round blockage of Scott Lampert.

A popular Irish amateur fighter, who was the 2019 Irish National, is coming off a homecoming success this past March 16th in Galway, in which he won all 8 rounds against Hussein Itaba (16-7-3, 11 KOs).

“I wish to include this Massachusetts title and keep pressing,” the elegant southpaw stated. “The strategy is to have 2 huge battles after this fight. He (Kimber) doesn’t have a lot of battles, however he has actually sparred with a few of my mates. He’s lovely video game and will fight stepping forward, which’s good for me.

“My fight in Galway was fantastic, the very best of my life, since it was my homecoming. But the Irish here have actually come out to support me and Boston is my 2nd home. I had a fantastic coach and great fighters in Galway, however I understood I required to make a little a modification. You can’t get great sparring there like I can here. So, I moved.”

O’Toole is grateful that he talked to his head fitness instructor, Mark “Bazooka” DeLuca, who has a 30-4 (18 KOs) pro record as middleweight.

“I’m so delighted I made the relate to Mark DeLuca,” O’Toole kept in mind. “I don’t believe a great deal of individuals understand how great a coach he is. I have more of a professional design than I had before he began training me. He has actually revealed me how to utilize variety and remain made up. Mark has actually actually established me to manage the ring and enhance my ringmanship.”

Kimber (2-1, 1 KO), battling out of Peabody (MA), has battling in his blood. His dad, Dick and uncle Tommy, respectively, were 3 and five-time world kickboxing champs. Russ owns Kimber Fitness, which remained in Peabody and is moving quickly to close-by Salem (MA).

Kimber made his professional launching in 2017, taking a choice from Nathan Schulte, however he’s just combated two times ever since, due to COVID-19 limitations and numerous battles that stopped working to emerge.

“I’m constantly training however I couldn’t get any battles,” Kimber discussed. “I kept my weight down and took a fight last April in Florida against an unbeaten regional fighter (3-0 Mike Misa). After the fight, my challenger even stated that the fight shouldn’t have actually been stopped, since I was obstructing his punches. I actually shouldn’t have actually lost that fight, however it remained in Florida against a regional fighter.”

“Fighting for the Massachusetts title is fantastic. I don’t believe he (O’Toole) completely comprehends what’s coming. I believe a win will open doors for me since I’ll be 3-1 and have a title. I’ve seen a couple of Granite Chin fighters with just 6 or 7 battles getting the chance to fight at locations like Madison Square Garden. I took this fight, and we’ll see what takes place.”

The headliner is an ingenious one-night competition, “Granite Chin Box Off,” including a quartet of New England very middleweight fighters – Lynn’s (MA) James “Pitbull” Perkins (13-1-1, 9 KOs), Swansea’s (MA) Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (5-3, 2 KOs), Dorchester’s (MA) Bernard Joseph (6-1, 4 KOs), and Barrington’s (ME) Ryan Clark (4-5, 2 KOs) – who will be matched (in a blind draw at the weigh in) in three-round bouts (fourth round of unexpected death if required in case of a draw) early at night with the 2 winners advancing to the five-round centerpiece (sixth round of unexpected death in case of a draw) to figure out the inaugural champ.



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