Raphael Torres vs. Jon Gruber added to Mike Ohan’s August 6 bill

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Two converted mixed martial arts fighters, Raphael Torres (2-0, 2 KOs), of Framingham (MA), and Jonathan Gruber of Fall River (MA) (3-1, 2 KOs), will throw themselves in a 6 – round match for the vacant Massachusetts Heavyweight Championship.

“The Next Chapter,” presented by Granite Chin Promotions, will take place Saturday night, August 6 at the Bridgewater Veterans Club in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

“Raphael is an impressive athlete who is currently attracting a lot of attention in the local boxing scene,” commented Granite Chin President Chris Traietti. “He now trains in arguably the best gym in the state and showed massive improvements in his first fight with Ken Ball as his trainer. This will really show us where he is. Gruber comes to fight. He’s a big guy losing weight and he’s got a good amateur background. August 6 will answer many questions.

Torres, 22, is coming off a first-round knockout of Igor Pessoa last June at home to Framingham. He weighed 186 pounds, but he plans to get closer to the 200-pound maximum for his cruiserweight clash with Gruber.

“”It felt good,” Torres spoke about his last fight. “I surprised myself a bit. My standards are a little higher. We had a game plan for people to see how much better I got. I’m getting close to 200 for this fight. I got faster and stronger. More importantly, I am comfortable fighting at this weight. I love eating; my training was dope. This title fight is huge for me. Taking it says a lot about my confidence. I take a big step forward. I’m an opportunist, so when this fight was offered to me, I jumped on it quickly.

“I know my opponent is a former Muay Thai fighter and kick boxer. He fought one of my teammates (MMA) a few years ago. I’m excited. He’s taller, but I’ll show that I’m the puncher.

Gruber, 33, switched from MMA to boxing in 2019 when he fought in the Golden Gloves. Rather than working on different MMA disciplines, he decided to focus on one type of combat sport, boxing.

“I’m a construction worker and it was a tough workout because one day it would be boxing, the next day Jiu-Jitsu, then kickboxing,” Gruber explained. “Now I box five days a week. I’m in a zone when I box and I never think about anything else (like MMA). People call me an awkward fighter. I’m not the usual boxer. I was right-handed until I got into boxing. My dad taught me boxing and he was left-handed. I had to relearn everything as a right-handed. I go back and forth. I I use it to cut the ring or go back. I confuse my opponent too. They might be looking for a big right, but then I go left-handed.

“I know my opponent is moving up in weight to a lighter weight class. I heard he’s fast. This is my first fight below heavyweight. Two more fights, I was 225 and last November I was 262. I trained hard to lose that weight and keep my strength. And I’m still learning every day.

In the 10-round main event, former New England welterweight champion Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr., fighting near Holbrook, MA, meets Argentine junior welterweight Jonathan “Yoni” Ariel Sosa (7-13-2, 4 KOs).

Anthony “The Gentle Savage” Andreozzi (3-2, 1 KO) and Julien “Black Dragon” Baptiste (4-2, 2 KO) face off in the 8-round co-feature for the vacant heavyweight title of the Massachusetts.

New Bedford (MA) light heavyweight prospect Edet “Papito” Mkpanam (7-0, 6 KOs), the 2018 New England Golden Gloves runner-up, battles Texas veteran fighter Larry “Slo Mo” Smith (13-50-2, 9 KOs) a 6 rounder.

Brockton (MA) promising welterweight David “The Blessed One” Ribeiro (1-0, 1 KOs) faces a new opponent, Alfred “Keenan” Raymond of Rhode Island (1-3, 0 KOs) in a 4 match rounds. Ribeiro, 25, was a decorated amateur who won a gold medal at the 2020 New England Golden Glove Championships.

Methuen (MA) junior middleweight Luke Iannuccilli (2-0, 2 KOs) is also scheduled to fight in a 4 round bout.

Map subject to change.

Tickets are available for purchase at GRANITE-CHIN-PROMOTIONS.TICKETLEAP.COM or www.ticketriver.com (Search: The Next Chapter) for $45.00 (standing), $60.00 (front floor), $80.00 (VIP stage seats) and $40.00 for a table of 4.

Doors open at 7 p.m. ET, first fight at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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