Last November, Peter Manfredo Jr. stood in the middle of the ring at Reliant Arena in Houston following a knockout loss to world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and announced his retirement.
Times have changed. Almost a year has passed since he challenged for the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title. Now Manfredo Jr. is back in Rhode Island – back home where it all began 12 years ago – preparing for his latest comeback attempt under the guidance of his longtime promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr.
“The Pride Of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (37-7, 20 KOs) will return to the ring Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Twin River Casino against Rayco Saunders (22-18-2, 9 KOs) of Pittsburgh, Pa., in the 10-round main event of “The Pride Is Back,” presented by Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. Saunders recently fought for the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and has also fought for the WBC U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) light heavyweight title.
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