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Gingras embracing opportunity to establish himself as Rhode Island’s top contender

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 13th, 2013) — When Rich Gingras traveled to Singapore five years to compete on Season 4 of the reality television series The Contender, he purposely chose the dorm room with the photo of Season 1 finalist and fellow New Englander Peter Manfredo Jr. hanging on the wall. “My bed was right under his picture,” Gingras recalled. “It was like I had a piece of home with me.” Now Gingras is trying to defeat, not emulate, his idol as he prepares for the most important fight of his life, a 10-round showdown against Manfredo Jr. in the main event of “Power & Pride,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at Twin River Casino. A fight like this never seemed possible five years ago, not when Gingras was campaigning as a cruiserweight, tipping the scales at nearly 200 pounds each fight. At the time, Gingras (13-3-1, 8 KOs) had just 10 professional fights under his belt while Manfredo Jr. (39-7, 20 KOs), an eight-year veteran, was closing in on a world-title showdown against Sakio Bika. Times have changed, mostly for Gingras, who has not only slimmed down to super middleweight, but has […] http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eastsideboxing/egEo?d=yIl2AUoC8zA http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eastsideboxing/egEo?i=MkvSsw9yhuQ:ezXBXklilmM:D7DqB2pKExk http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/eastsideboxing/egEo?d=qj6IDK7rITs




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