Delossantos raises pro boxing record to 5-0

Delossantos raises pro boxing record to 5-0

Atlantic City fighter ruins Gingras’ comeback bid with unanimous-decision victory at Twin River

LINCOLN – A bittersweet night for Pawtucket fight fans last Friday at the Twin River Event Center saw a former two-sport standout at Tolman High continue his winning ways as a professional boxer, but one of the biggest local fan favorites in the past decade come up short in his comeback bout.

Featherweight Ricky Delossantos raised his record to 5-0 on the undercard of the Classic Entertainment & Sports event by grabbing an unanimous-decision triumph over James Early of Washington, D.C., as Delossantos seemingly had his way with Early (3-3) from start to finish and was a 40-36 winner on all three of the judges’ cards.

The 2007 graduate of THS, who was a standout point guard on the Tigers’ basketball team and shortstop on the baseball team, joined the pro boxing ranks last summer, and in his previous fight, on Feb. 23 at Twin River, Delossantos produced his first career knockout with a third-round stoppage of Efren Nunez of New Bedford, Mass.

Unfortunately in the main event, super middleweight Rich Gingras, who was in the ring for the first time since Sept. 18, 2015, absorbed an unanimous-decision loss in the six-round main event, as Atlantic City native Antowyan Aikens topped the Fight 2 Fitness and Parkinson’s Place owner by scores of 57-56, 58-55, and 58-55.

Aikens (13-4-1, 1 KO) kept his distance from the hard-hitting Gingras (15-6-1, 9 KOs) for most of the night and was at his best in the final two rounds, despite losing a point in the sixth round for throwing Gingras down after holding him.

It was Aikens’ second victory at the Lincoln casino this year. Three months earlier, he gained a split-decision victory over Providence’s Vladine Biosse.