Undefeated boxer Russell Lamour Jr. of Portland will receive some international television exposure Jan. 30 when he defends his USA New England middleweight championship as part of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card to be broadcast from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Lamour, 11-0 with six knockouts, will defend his title against Thomas Falowo of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The eight-round bout will be one of the featured attractions on a card to be headlined by a 10-round clash between lightweights Karl Dargan and Tony Luis.
Nicknamed “the Haitian Sensation” in honor of his native country, the 32-year-old Lamour won the vacant USA New England title last June with an eighth-round technical knockout of Laatekwei Hammond at the Portland Exposition Building.
The Portland Boxing Club fighter won a second championship belt in his most recent outing on Nov. 15, scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Ashandi Gibbs to secure the IBA North American title. That fight also was held at the Expo.
Falowo, 12-3 with eight knockouts, is coming off a seventh-round technical knockout loss to undefeated Ronald Cavril on Aug. 30 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Falowo had won six of his previous seven bouts over the previous two years before suffering that defeat.
Berry slated for surgery Thursday
Brandon “The Cannon” Berry of West Forks is scheduled for surgery on Thursday in Portland to repair the left shoulder he dislocated during a Nov. 15 fight against Freddy Sanchez at the Portland Exposition Building.
Berry, the promising light welterweight who trains out of Wyman’s Boxing Club in Stockton Springs, said he injured his shoulder when throwing a missed hook during the first round of that four-round bout.
He continued to fight until the final minute of the bout when Sanchez was awarded the victory by technical knockout to improve his record to 3-0.
The loss was Berry’s first in nine fights since turning professional in May 2013.
Berry said he is looking forward to having the 90-minute surgery — to be done two months to the day he suffered the injury — and resuming his career, but he added that the forced hiatus from the ring has been somewhat a blessing in disguise.
“They claim [two months] is actually pretty quick as far as getting into surgery,” he said. “I obviously wish it was quicker, but I’m not complaining.
“I think my body needed a rest. It’s been nine years that I’ve been competing, and I’ve never really stopped, so I kind of needed a break in a way.”
Berry anticipates returning to competition later this year.
“They said four months, six months at the most to fight again,” said Berry. “I’ll have a sling on for four weeks, and I can use an exercise bike or elliptical machine. After four weeks I’ll be right back on the treadmill doing everything I want. The only thing they won’t let me do is heavy-bag work or sparring for a couple of months and then they’ll let me know if they think it’s time.
“I’m not going to rush it, but I think I’ll probably beat the odds as far as recovery time,” he said.
Portland’s Abiague in title bout Saturday
Portland Boxing Club pro boxer Jorge Abiague will square off against Josh Crespo of East Hartford, Connecticut, on Saturday night for the vacant USA New England bantamweight title.
The fight will be held at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Abiague, the 2008 national Golden Gloves bantamweight champion, improved his professional record to 6-1 in his most recent bout, a victory by disqualification over Eduardo Melendez at the Portland Expo on Nov. 15.
Crespo is 3-1-2 overall but 3-0-1 in his last four bouts, most recently winning a six-round unanimous decision over Xian Wei Qian at Mohegan Sun on Oct. 3