Poulton Headlines Rivera Promotions Card
Rivera Promotions, the newest boxing promotion company in New England, will launch its first show Sept. 21 at the National Guard Armory in Worcester with an exciting card featuring two local heavyweights making their professional debuts.
The main event will feature Todd Poulton, a resident of Pittsfield who his accomplishing his lifelong dream to box in a professional match. Poulton is also fighting for charity, hoping the event will raise awareness of the stresses of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an ailment that he has suffered throughout his adult life.
Also, West Boylston heavyweight Keith Bianchini, 26, will make his professional debut after a stellar amateur career. Bianchini, who won by knockout only 30 seconds into his last match, is also following his dream of turning professional.
“He’s a tough kid who is ready to step to the next level,” said Sean “The Irish Express” Fitzgerald, a former professional fighter who trains Bianchini.
The card will also include Chuck Shearns, an Auburn supper middleweight appearing in his second professional fight. Shearns won in his debut in March via a fourth-round knockout.
Other exciting fights will be announced at a later date.
“Rivera Promotions’ goal all along was to showcase the local boxing talent and the spirit of boxing in Massachusetts, and we’re proud to say we’re doing just that in our first show,” said three-time world champion José Antonio Rivera, president of Rivera Promotions.
“Fans can expect the best in boxing entertainment in a professional forum run by dedicated people,” Rivera said. “This is going to be a momentous first show.”
Rivera, a veteran of the sport and active professional boxer, formed Rivera Promotions earlier this year with the goal of guiding the careers of local, committed boxers and rebuilding the sport of boxing in the New England area.