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Dracut boxer Balakin to fight for Mass. title this weekend

The Massachusetts welterweight title combat Saturday evening among Dracut’s Nathan Balakin (3-1, 1 KO) and Attleboro’s Bryan Urday (2-1), could steal the show on the Street 2 Stardom card, introduced by Granite Chin Promotions, June 25 at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham.

The first doubleheader in Massachusetts’ extensive qualified boxing record, Highway 2 Stardom will also be offered to look at day and evening through are living stream at BXNGTV.COM.

It is reasonably unconventional for two fighters with a put together record of 5-2 (1 KO) for a title, but kinds make fights, especially in club demonstrates, and Balakin vs. Urday has respectable probable to be Struggle of the Night on the evening part of the Road 2 Stardom doubleheader, for the vacant Massachusetts Welterweight Championship as the 6-round co-highlighted event.

“Both of these fellas arrive to struggle,” Granite Chin president Chris Traietti stated. “Once the opportunity to make this battle was introduced, I went with it correct away. Despite only a few fights every single, both experienced substantial newbie professions, and this is in my eyes a select ‘em kind of struggle.”

The 28-12 months-outdated Balakin, a Lowell indigenous preventing out of close by Dracut, begun boxing at the age of 20, turning pro final 12 months. He was the 2017 Central New England Golden Gloves runner-up as an newbie.

“I constantly wished and dreamed of turning pro,” Balakin explained. “I can strike but I took a step backwards when Covid shutdown points. (Nicholas) Molina, who is combating Saturday, was the only boxer other than me teaching at the West Finish Health and fitness center. Manny Farley was training (Nicholas) and being the only other fighter there, he asked me if I wished to convert professional and he became my coach.”

Balakin wrestled in superior college and also played soccer and lacrosse, so he had a knack for bodily Sports.

“My grandfather and uncle boxed,” Balakin reported. “My uncle sparred with Micky Ward, and he released us.”

Balakin is coming off a disappointing reduction this earlier January to Kevin Walsh by way of a six-spherical unanimous decision in New Hampshire.

“Kevin Walsh is superior but I’m improved than I confirmed in our combat,” Balakin claimed. “I did not struggle my combat. My first a few opponents weren’t terrific, so my previous combat was distinctive, like jumping from amateurs to pros. I walked by means of my very first a few opponents. It was hard dropping, but I discovered a large amount. I want to be smarter and a lot more elusive. This struggle is a large chance for me. The Massachusetts welterweight title has been vacant for a lengthy time.”

Urday, 30, is fired up to be combating for the Mass. title as perfectly. He is a self-proclaimed gymnasium rat who was born in Brockton and lives in close by Attleboro, Urday graduated from Bridgewater Condition University, majoring in felony justice, but he operates as a sheet metallic employee (Nearby Union 17 A).

“I want to win this belt and go as considerably as it’ll take me,” Urday mentioned. “This is a phase up for me. I’m from Brockton and, of training course, I know all about Marvin Hagler and Rocky Marciano. I have a superior admirer base from the Brockton area, and I moved to Attleboro three yrs back.”

Undefeated Lowell welterweight Nicholas “Saint Nick” Molina (9-, 3 KOs) meets upset-minded Argentinian Jose “El Chino” Aubel (8-10, 7 KOs) in an additional six-rounder.

Methuen junior middleweight Luke Iannuccilli (1-, 1 KO) will also acquire on Robert Bricks (-10).

Dracut lightweight Gabriel “Menace” Morales (3-, 2 KOs) will also glimpse to halt Isaac Haynes on the night card.

Both of those playing cards are issue to improve.

Independent admission tickets are obtainable for order at tickerriver.com. Look for: Highway2Stardom.

Evening Card

Key Celebration – Welterweights (6 Rounds)

Denzel “Double Impact” Whitley (8-. 6 KOs), Holyoke Vs. Maycon Oller Da Silva (1-4, 1 K)), Concord, NY

Co-Function – Vacant Massachusetts Welterweight Championship (6)

Nathan Balakin (3-1, 1 KO), Dracut Vs. Bryan Urday (2-1, KOs), Attleboro

Welterweights (6)

Bryan Goldsby (5-16, KOs), Macon, GA Vs. Josniel “Tg” Castro (8-, 6 KOs), Boca Raton, FL

Welterweights (6)

Alfred “Keenan” Raymond (1-2, KOs), Warwick, RI Vs. Julien “Black Drago” Baptiste (3-2, 2 KOs), Woburn

Welterweights (6)

Nicholas “Saint Nick” Molina (9-, 3 KOs), Lowell Vs. Jose “El Chino” Aubel (8-10, 7 KOs), Monte Caseros, Corrientes, Argentina

Welterweights (Four Rounds)

David Ribeiro (Professional Debut), Brockton Vs.Rakim Johnson (6-17-1, 5 Kos), Indianapolis, IN

Junior Middleweights (4)

Dewayne Wisdom (7-61, 3 KOs), Indianapolis, In Vs. Rob “The Golden Child” Nolette (1-1, 1 KO), Providence, Ri

(Card issue to adjust)

Matinee Card

Key Function – Super Middleweights (Eight Rounds)

Steve Sumpter (5-, 5 KOs), Holyoke Vs. Manny “Shake Em’ Up” Woods (17-6-1, 6 KOs), Saint Petersburg, FL

Co-Element — Cruiserweights (4)

Igor Pessoa (-2), Somerville Vs. Raphael Torres (1-, 1 Ko), Framingham

Lightweights (4)

Gabriel “Menace” Morales (3-, 2 KOs), Dracut Vs. Isaac Haynes (-1), Schenectady, NY

Junior Middleweights (4)

Rynell Griffin (8-52-2, 2 KOs), Las Vegas, Nv Vs. Anthony “The Mild Savage” Andreozzi (2-2, 2 KOs), Swansea

Heavyweights (6)

Quintin Sumpter (4-, 3 KOs), Holyoke Vs. Tracey “The Titan” Johnson (4-10-6, Boston

Cruiserweights (4)

Andrew “Hard Body” Nolan (2-5, 2 KOs), Dover Plains, NY Vs. Scott “Bombz” Lampert (-4), Franklin, NY

Junior Middleweights (4)

Robert Bricks (-10), Endicott, NY Vs. Luke Iannuccilli (1-, 1 KO), Methuen

Light-weight Heavyweights (4)

Carlos Arredondo (2-, 2 KOs), Margate, Fl Vs. Michael Medeiros (-1), Woburn

(Card matter to change)

Dracut lightweight Gabriel “Menace” Morales (3-, 2 KOs) will glance to stop Isaac Haynes on the evening card, as component of the Road 2 Stardom card boxing function introduced by Granite Chin Promotions, June 25 at the Sheraton Resort in Framingham. Courtesy picture