HAVEN, Conn. (March 16, 2011) Years ago, it was five-time world champion Vinny Paz. Then he passed the torch to Peter Manfredo Jr.
Now meet Dominic DeSanto, a witty, undefeated prospect from New Haven, Conn.
and the newest member of promoter Jimmy Burchfield s talented roster at
Classic Entertainment & Sports who s looking to become boxing s next
Italian-American superstar with a fan base far beyond the local landscape.
Why isolate ourselves to one
area? asked Dominic DeSanto s father and trainer, Dave DeSanto. The world is what we re looking for. Dominic is
going to turn into a franchise fighter. The world titles will come, but we re
not going to be satisfied until the day he s inducted into the Boxing Hall of
All fighters promise the world
upon signing with new promoters, but few have DeSanto s impressive resume,
which includes 11 state, four regional and two national titles stretching over
100 amateur bouts. The 21-year-old southpaw welterweight made his professional
debut in July of 2008 with a first-round knockout win and is now 5-0-1 with
five knockouts. He ll make his CES debut Friday, April 1st, 2011 in a
four-round bout against Kenny Gerald
(1-1, 1 KO) of Marion, S.C., on the undercard of the nationally-televised ESPN2
Coming Attractions show at Foxwoods Resort Casino s Fox Theater.
Nothing but the top from here,
Dominic DeSanto said. I m ready for April 1st. I m looking for
another knockout. I m quick, strong, good-looking and I can talk I can do it
As evident by his upbringing,
DeSanto was truly born to box. His father used to take him to the gym with
him when he was a child while other kids were playing in the sandbox, he was
learning to fight, Dave DeSanto said and he stepped in the ring for the
first time when he was only 10 years old. At 17, he won his first Golden Gloves
title in North Carolina and then served as a sparring partner for WBA
welterweight champion Luis Collazo a
The decision to turn pro at 18
was a no-brainer for DeSanto following 100 amateur fights, much like the
decision to sign with CES, which Dave DeSanto said had to do with Burchfield s
honesty and integrity more so than any other factor.
Jimmy gets it, Dave DeSanto
said. I really feel a personal connection with him, and when he tells me what
he wants to do with Dominic s career, it s on par with what we want, too. Jimmy
wants to do it the right way. He basically echoed my sentiments. I want Dominic
to have 25 or 30 fights before he fights for a world title. I sense real honesty
with Jimmy. I get a good, comfortable feeling with him.
We re absolutely thrilled to
have Dominic on board with us, Burchfield added. This is the future of the
welterweight division. Dominic s speed and power is unmatched. He has
tremendous strength, strong family values and has been dedicated to this sport
from the moment he stepped inside the ring. This is a boxing family, and the
DeSantos represent the sport the way it should be represented with class,
professionalism and a true passion for boxing. We can t wait for Dominic to
become our next world champion.
Pick an attribute DeSanto has
them all. His dangerous combination of speed and power, along with his strong
build and southpaw style, could make him a force to be reckoned with in the
welterweight division. He s sparred with the best, including Collazo and former
light heavyweight world champion Chad
Dawson, and is now looking to bring home a world title of his own.
He and his father are confident
that day will come sooner rather than later, especially with Burchfield in
their corner. So far, he s on the right path. The first step under the CES
umbrella is to continue building a local fan base and perhaps one day have that
torch an honor many fighters have coveted passed down to him.
This is a hell of an
opportunity, Dominic DeSanto said. I will prove that what I do is knock
people out. This is our ride to the top, and there s no falling off. I m going
all the way. I ve been doing this too long. Nothing will stand in my way.
Tickets for Coming Attractions
are priced at $40, $65 and $105 (ringside) and can be purchased by calling CES
at 401.724.2253/2254 or the Foxwoods box office at 800.200.2882, or online at www.cesboxing.com or www.foxwoods.com. For more information,
visit www.cesboxing.com or www.foxwoods.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. with
the first bout scheduled for 7.