World Series of Boxing “graduate” Russell Lamour, a Haitian-American fighting out of Portland, Maine, makes his long awaited professional debut this Saturday night on the “Big Things” undercard at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence
“Big Things,” presented by Big Six Entertainment, is headlined by an eight-round heavyweight bout between hometown favorite and 2004 U.S. Olympian, Jason “Big Six” Estrada (19-4, 5 KOs), and veteran heavyweight Galen “Bad Boy” Brown(38-20-1, 23 KOs).
Lamour was a member of the Los Angeles Matadors of the semi-professional World Series of Boxing (WSB), which allowed top amateurs to compete in a pro-style format against international teams while retaining their amateur status. Lamour was ranked as the No. 1 American middleweight, as well as No. 4 in the world, in the WSB.
A five-time New England Golden Gloves champion, Lamour captured a silver medal at the 2005 Ringside World Championships, bronze medal at the 2009 USA Boxing Championships, and finished his amateur career 79-16 record.
In his pro debut, Lamour squares-off against Issa Coulibaly (0-3), of Washington D.C., in a four-round fight on Saturday night/
Unbeaten Pawtucket (RI) light welterweight Diego Periera (7-0-1, 2 KOs) meets a much more experienced Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (6-14-2, 6 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
Cape Cod heavyweight Jesse Barboza (4-1-1, 3 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in two years, facing Kevin Franklin (4-5, 1 KO) in a six-round match. All eyes will be focused on a six-rounder between a pair of unbeaten junior welterweights, Gabriel Deluc (6-0, 1 KO), of Boston, and Waterbury’s (CT) Jair Ramos (3-0-1, 2 KOs).
Also fighting on the undercard in four-round fights are Hyannis (MA) light heavyweight Paul Gonsalves (4-2, 3 KOs) vs. Ahmad Mickens (1-2-1), Providence light welterweight Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-11-3, 2 KOs) vs.Carlos Hernandez (3-2, 2 KOs), former Irish National amateur champion Michael McLaughlin (2-1-1), fighting out of Boston, vs. Hyannis welterweight Robert Hunt(0-2), Providence middleweights Kevin Harrison and Pubilo Pena make their pro debuts fighting each other, and Springfield (MA) super middleweight Reinaldo Graceski (2-0) vs. Michael Mitchell (0-1).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, reasonably priced at $40.00, $60.00 and $100.00, are available to purchase by calling Big Six Boston at 1.617.312.5059, Big Six Providence at 1.401.241.3490 (RI), going on line at www.bigsixentertainment, com or www.ticketmaster.com, and at the Rhode Island Convention Center box office.
Doors open at 6 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.