Williams (8-0 2KOs) out of New Haven, CT, turned pro at the age of 19 after a stellar amateur career, winning his first 8 pro fights in under a year and a half. Legal issues in 2013, halted Williams’ fast track to stardom. After over a year and a half layoff, Williams is set to make his return and reclaim the momentum and buzz that he created as a teenager. Promoter A.J. Galante was happy to give Williams a second chance.
“People make mistakes in life, big or small, especially kids. I’m a firm believer in people can learn from them, and I’m big on second chances. I’m proud to be the one to give Tramaine a second chance in boxing, when not a lot of people were willing to. I sat with him, we spoke, and I saw a kid look me in the eye and I saw that he was sincere about getting back on the right track. I’m hoping by giving him a second chance, he will make the most of it, and fulfill his promise. I’m certain a big performance May 30th will catch the eyes of everyone in the sport, which will only lead to more opportunities for him. There is no doubt whatsoever if he can keep his life outside the ring intact, he will be a World Champion,” said Galante.
Williams certainly won’t be coming back after a long layoff with a soft touch, he will be taking on Josh Bowles (9-1, 1KO) out of Harrisburg, PA in a 6 round featherweight attraction.
Also featured on the card will be New Haven’s Nate “The Great One” Green (7-0, 2KOs) as he takes on tough veteran spoiler Timur Shailezov (17-9-1, 4KO’s) from Kyrgyzstan, currently residing in Philadelphia, PA
Galante made clear that he has not signed Williams, Green, or any boxer for that matter to promotional contracts, but he noted there are requirements to fighting under Prize Promotions, “My vision is to give guys opportunities that could springboard them to bigger and better things. I’m looking to actually promote the sport the old fashioned way, and put together exciting 50-50 matchups. I think anyone who fights on my card should be recognized as a throwback fighter, and someone that wants to really become great. My matchmakers Russell Peltz, Brittany Rogers and I have not put any soft matches together. Fans can look at this lineup, and realize it’s nearly impossible for there to be an upset, because all these bouts, top to bottom, are equally matched. Everyone fighting on May 30th understood from the start that they have to fight tough competition, because in the end, it will only bring the best out of them and they will actually grow as a boxer from their matches. Plus the fans deserve it.”
This all action night of Professional boxing will also feature some of Connecticut’s most exciting and promising prospects. New Haven’s exhilarating Josh Crespo (3-2-2, 1KO) will take on Edgar Cortes (1-0) in a four round Featherweight bout.
Bridgeport’s Oscar Bonilla (3-0-2) puts his undefeated record on the line against Andrew Bentley (2-2-0) in four round Lightweight bouts.
Heavyweight Fan favorite and former University of New Haven Basketball star Cassius Chaney (1-0 1KO) of New London, recently signing with powerhouse promoter Main Events, will make his second appearance in a professional boxing ring, after picking up a TKO win in his debut April 17, against an opponent to be announced in a four round bout.
In what could potentially be the fight of the night, Veteran Richie “Kid Brasil” Neves (8-2-1, 4KOs) of nearby Hyde Park, NY will take on Gilbert Alex Sanchez (5-6, 2KOs) of Camden, NJ in a Super Welterweight bout scheduled for six-rounds.
The night will also feature three highly anticipated debuts from charismatic Light Heavyweight “Fly” Mike Marshall of the Bronx, former amateur standout, Super Welterweight Mike Rue of Las Vegas, by way of Columbus, Ohio, and decorated amateur Saso Leskaroski of Macedonia.
Tickets: $100, $75, $50, $25 – can be purchased at www.prizepromotions.net or call 203.544.2WIN.