Philippines, 05 Oct 2022
  Home >> News

 


BOXERS

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

NEWS           

FORUM        

FIGHT GALLERIES        

RING CARD GIRLS        




 
 
News  


Converted MMA fighters Raphael Torres & Jon Gruber Battle for Mass. Cruiserweight title

PhilBoxing.com


August 6th in Bridgewater, MA

QUINCY, Mass. (July 28, 2022) – Two converted mixed-martial-arts fighters, Raphael Torres (2-0, 2 KOs), of Framingham (MA), and Fall River’s (MA) Jonathan Gruber (3-1, 2 KOs), will throw-down in a 6-round match for the vacant Massachusetts Cruiserweight Championship.

“The Next Chapter,” presented by Granite Chin Promotions, will be held Saturday night, August 6, at the Bridgewater Veterans Club in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

“Raphael is an impressive athlete who currently has a lot of people’s attention in the local boxing scene,” Granite Chin president Chris Traietti commented. “He is now training in arguably the best gym in the state and showed massive improvements in his first fight with Ken Ball as his trainer. This is really going to show us where he is at. Gruber comes to fight. He is a big guy coming down in weight and has had some good amateur experience. August 6th will answer a lot of questions.”

The 22-year-old Torres is coming off an opening round knockout of Igor Pessoa this past June at home in Framingham. He weighed in at 186 pounds, but he plans to come in close to the 200-pound maximum for his cruiserweight clash with Gruber.

“”It felt good,” Torres talked about his last fight. “I kind of surprised myself. My standards are a little higher. We had a game plan for people to see how much better I’ve become. I’m coming in close to 200 for this fight. I’ve gotten faster and stronger. More importantly, I’m comfortable fighting at this weight. I love to eat; my training has been dope. This title fight is huge for me. Taking it says a lot about my confidence. I’m taking a big step up. I’m an opportunist, so when this fight was offered, I jumped at it fast.

“I know my opponent is a former Muay Thai fighter and kick boxer. He fought one of my (MMA) teammates a few years ago. I’m excited. He’s bigger, but I’m going to show I’m the puncher.”

Gruber, 33, switched from MMA to boxing in 2019 when he fought in the Golden Gloves. Rather than work on different MMA disciplines, he decided to concentrate on one type of combat sport, boxing.

“I’m a construction worker and it was difficult training because one day it would be boxing, the next Jiu-Jitsu, and then kickboxing,” Gruber explained. ”Now, I box five days a week. I’m in a zone when I box and never think about anything else (like MMA). People call me an awkward fighter. I’m not the usual boxer. I was right-handed until I got into boxing. My father taught me boxing and he was left-handed. I had to learn everything again as a righty. I do switch back and forth. I use it to cut off the ring or going backwards. I also confuse my opponent. They may be looking for a big right, but then I switch to southpaw.

“I know my opponent is coming up in weight from a lighter weight class. I’ve heard he’s fast. This is my first fight below heavyweight. Two fights again I weighed 225 and last November I was 262. I’ve trained hard to lose this weight and keep my strength. And I’m still learning every day.”

In the 10-round main event, former New England Welterweight Champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr., fighting out of nearby Holbrook (MA), meets Argentinian junior welterweight Jonathan “Yoni” Ariel Sosa (7-13-2, 4 KOs).

Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (3-2, 1 KO) and Julien “Black Dragon” Baptiste (4-2, 2 KOs) square off in the 8-round co-feature for the vacant Massachusetts cruiserweight title.

New Bedford (MA) light heavyweight prospect Edet “Papito” Mkpanam (7-0, 6 KOs), the 2018 New England Golden Gloves runner-up, fights veteran Texas fighter Larry “Slo Mo” Smith (13-50-2, 9 KOs) a 6-rounder.

Promising Brockton (MA) welterweight David “The Blessed One” Ribeiro (1-0, 1 KO) faces a new opponent, Rhode Island’s Alfred “Keenan” Raymond (1-3, 0 KOs) in a 4-round match. The 25-year-old Ribeiro was a decorated amateur who captured a gold medal at the 2020 New England Golden Gloves Championships.

Also scheduled to fight in a 4-round bout is Methuen (MA) junior middleweight Luke Iannuccilli (2-0, 2 KOs).

Card subject to change.

Tickets are available for purchase at GRANITE-CHIN-PROMOTIONS.TICKETLEAP.COM or www.ticketriver.com (Search: The Next Chapter) for $45.00 (standing room), $60.00 (floor seats), $80.00 (VIP stage seats) and $40.00 for a table of 4.

Doors open at 7 p.m. ET, first bout at 7:30 p.m. ET.




Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • Rising Chilean Junior 'La Joya' Cruzat talks sparring Moloney brothers, Chile national title
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • November 12: Janibek Alimkhanuly & Seniesa Estrada Headline World Championship Doubleheader at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas LIVE on ESPN+
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • ARCHIE SHARP TARGETS OSCAR VALDEZ WBO TITLE CLASH
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #19 – Minnesota Timberwolves
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • ESTRADA-CHOCOLATITO TRILOGY HEADS TO GLENDALE, AZ – MARTINEZ AND ARROYO SET AS CO-MAIN
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • BLUE-CHIP LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT PROSPECT ALI IZMAILOV BATTLES FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER RADIVOJE KALAJDZIC ON SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION® FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • Carto Decisions Sosa in Philadelphia
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • Split-T Management Signs Puerto Rican Amateur Star Willito Ortiz
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • Racasa to compete in Antipolo Youth Chess Club Rapid Tourney
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • Boxlab Promotions Presents: Championship Boxing October 15 in Orlando
    , Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • VACANT IBO TITLE UP FOR GRABS IN DICKENS VS DLAMINI
    , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #18 – Chicago Bulls
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • AMIR KHAN ADMITS: TRUSTING THE WRONG PEOPLE LED TO PAIN, HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE, BEING FINANCIALLY SECURE DROVE HIM ON
    , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • Andrew Moloney looks to shine in Melbourne
    , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • Eder Jofre: Farewell to Brazil’s First Boxing World Champion
    By Emmanuel Rivera, RRT, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • Brazilian Legend Eder Jofre, 86, Passes Away
    By Gabriel F. Cordero, , Mon, 03 Oct 2022
  • St. John Paul is title favorite
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • Bayawan's Inigo clinches back-to-back chess titles
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • MATS Navigators is team to watch
    By Lito delos Reyes, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • Roldan Aldea Takes on Undefeated Kayne Clarke on October 29 in Melbourne
    , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #17 – Brooklyn Nets
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • Young, Nouri in contrasting wins in 1st PEZA Rapid 8-player Invitational Chess Tournament
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sun, 02 Oct 2022
  • Labog rules GMG Chess Tour blitz chess championship
    By Marlon Bernardino, , Sat, 01 Oct 2022
  • NBA Daily: 2022-2023 Season Preview #16 – Atlanta Hawks
    By Reylan Loberternos, , Sat, 01 Oct 2022
  • Weights from Philadelphia
    , Sat, 01 Oct 2022




  •  



     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2022 philboxing.com.