New England and EBA super middleweight champion, “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs), fights his first real “name” opponent, “The Next Great Champ” winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the main event Nov. 20 on the Irish-themed “Autumn Classic” pro boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
McCreedy, the best boxer out of Lowell (MA) since “Irish” Micky Ward, is coming in fresh off of a stunning first-round stoppage of Eddie Caminero on Sept. 4. McCreedy steps up in class against Griffin, who has been in against two world champions, Danny Green and Jeff Lacy, in their 8-round, non-title bout.
Griffin, in addition to winning Oscar de la Hoya’s “The Next Great Champ” reality television show, also held the NABO light heavyweight title two years ago. He has been a sparring partner for Mikkel Kessler and Chad Dawson in preparation for his throw-down with McCreedy.
“It’s a big step-up for me,” McCreedy said about his match against Griffin. “Otis is a great fighter and the first big name, from the television series, I’ve fought. My training for this fight has been great. I’m in the best shape of my life, 168 (pounds) right now (8 days before the fight).
"But it’s going to be plain old me. I’m going to put on a good show. I have no concerns going eight rounds, if I have to, because I went 8, toe-to-toe, with Bobo (Starnino). It’s not going eight; I’m saying five. I’m going to catch him early so he doesn’t get a chance to use his experience. I will knock him out.”
Only 8-months since the birth of her daughter, Neyla, 4-time world champion Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt (19-4-1, 7 KOs), of Warwick (RI), returns to the ring against an opponent to be determined in the 6-round co-feature.
Providing chief support on the undercard is 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (9-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Framingham (MA), against dangerous James Hope (4-2, 4 KOs) in a 6-rounder.
Also on the undercard in 4-round bouts are Providence super middleweight Vladine Biosse (4-0, 3 KOs), a former University of Rhode Island football player, versus 24-fight veteran Jeffrey Osbourne. Long Island (NY) light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (1-0, 1 KO), the 2008 New York Golden Gloves champion, meets pro-debuting Anthony “Cruiser” Mitchell; Worcester (MA) heavyweight Rashad Minor (2-1, 2 KOs) faces pro-debuting Albert Garren; and Boston light heavyweight Maceo Crowder, whose brother is 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade, makes his pro debut against Terrance Anderson (2-2, 1 KO).
Rollback ticket prices for “Autumn Classic” are $25.00, $35.00, $50.00, $75.00, and $100.00 and available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or www.twinriver.com, at Twin River’s Players Club booth, or any TicketMaster location.