Peter Manfredo, Jr.

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Peter Manfredo Jr.
Statistics
Real name Peter Manfredo Jr.
Nickname(s) The Pride of Providence
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality Italy United States Italian-American
Born (1980-11-26) November 26, 1980 (age 33)
Providence, Rhode Island
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 47
Wins 40
Wins by KO 21
Losses 7
Draws 0

Peter Manfredo Jr. (born November 26, 1980, Providence, Rhode Island) is a professional boxer. He was the IBO Middleweight champion. He held the NABO Light Middleweight IBU Light Middleweight EBA Light Middleweight, and unsuccessfully challenged for the WBO super middleweight and WBC middleweight titles. Although he regularly wears the Italian flag on his trunks to show his heritage, he is a representative of the U.S.

Background[edit]

The son of Peter Manfredo Sr., a former professional boxer and world kickboxing champion who holds a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Manfredo Jr. grew up watching his father train and mentor boxers at the family’s gym in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Amateur career[edit]

Having started boxing at seven, Manfredo Jr. competed in his first match at nine. He then proceeded to fight in 165 amateur bouts, including a bronze medal-winning performance at the 2000 Eastern Olympic Trials. Manfredo is the only boxer in New England history to receive the Outstanding Boxer Award at the Junior Olympics, as well as win the title for the Silver Mittens, the New England Golden Gloves and the New England Tournament of Championships. As an amateur Manfredo defeated former WBC Super middleweight champion Carl Froch.,[1] but lost several decisions to future undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in national competitions[2][3][4] and even lost a decision in the 2nd round of the 1998 National Golden Gloves to future Contender finalist Sergio Mora[5]

Pro career[edit]

Manfredo Jr. eventually turned professional at the age of 19 and in his debut, he won a four-round decision over Steve Garrett. Less than two years later, he captured the EBA Light Middleweight Championship with an eighth-round TKO over Mike McFail. He successfully defended his EBA belt two months later, winning a unanimous ten-round decision over Charles Clark. In October 2002, in front of a packed arena of fans at the Dunkin Donuts Center in his hometown of Providence, Manfredo Jr. stepped up in weight class and won a seventh-round TKO over former WBC and WBA Light Welterweight champion Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall. Manfredo Jr.’s nineteenth consecutive victory came at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia with a sixth-round TKO over Leonard Townsend. In January 2004, he went on to win the NABO Junior Middleweight title in a sixth-round fight against the previously undefeated Sherwin Davis in an ESPN2 co-feature at Foxwoods Casino.

The Contender[edit]

In 2005, he entered reality tv show The Contender, and was placed on the East Coast Team. He was challenged to fight Alfonso Gomez in the first fight, and lost—much to everyone's surprise. But when Jeff Fraza was withdrawn with chickenpox, he was brought back in—by "fate" he said. He beat Miguel Espino in his second chance at the first round, and went on to face Joey Gilbert in the second round. Here, an accidental headbutt stopped the fight, and Manfredo was given a win on points. He then was re-matched up with Gomez, whom he beat, in the semi-final. In the final fight he was defeated by Sergio Mora in a seven round unanimous decision, and Mora became the Contender champion. Manfredo fought a second bout against Mora on October 15, 2005 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Mora defeated Manfredo by a split decision in the rematch. Many ringside observers felt Manfredo won the fight convincingly, but Mora won by a controversial split decision.[6]

After The Contender[edit]

Manfredo fought Scott Pemberton on February 2, 2006 to a sold out crowd in the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on ESPN. It was his first fight at Super Middleweight, as he won by a dramatic 3rd round knockout. On October 14, 2006 Manfredo defeated Joey Spina with an impressive 3rd round TKO also at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

WBO Super Middleweight Title[edit]

On April 7, 2007, Manfredo fought Welsh undefeated Super Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe in Calzaghe's 20th title defense. The fight was originally scheduled for March 3, but had to be re-arranged for the later date. The show, from the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff was aired on HBO in the United States. Manfredo lost the fight when the referee stopped the contest in the third round, with Manfredo appearing unable to reply to Calzaghe's unending barrage of shots. Manfredo claimed his plan was to have Calzaghe (then 34) "run out of gas". Manfredo himself believed that the fight was stopped prematurely.[7] One month later Manfredo easily defeated Ted Muller in a ninth round stoppage at Twin River Casino in Lincoln Rhode Island.

Manfredo's next fight was June 20, 2007 just one month after his previous victory over Muller, at Foxwoods Hotel and Casino, against tough veteran (14-1) David Banks, who was featured on season 3 of the Contender. Manfredo got the relatively easy decision 97-93 on all the judges' cards. Manfredo then signed to fight former World Champion Jeff Lacy on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as the final bout on the undercard to the Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton main event. Manfredo lasted the distance against Lacy, but lost by unanimous decision.[8]

On March 14, 2008, Manfredo defeated Shane Benfield, then (29-5), at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. A series of attacks to the body from Manfredo eventually forced a stoppage after 2:30 of the sixth round. May 3, 2008 Peter defeated Luis Lopez by KO in the 3rd round at the Cour D'Alene Casino Idaho.

On a CES card appropriately billed as “August Annihilation,” Manfredo savagely annihilated Donny by TKO of round two, on August 22 at the Twin Rivers Events Center winning the vacant NABF Interim super middleweight belt. The win put Manfredo as one of the top 5 Super Middleweights in the world.

IBO Super Middleweight Title[edit]

Manfredo would get an IBO Title shot in his next bout against Sakio Bika on November 13, 2008 at the Dunkin Donut Center. He was knocked out in the third round by the Season 3 winner of the Contender. With the loss, Manfredo dropped to 31-6. Manfredo stated after the fight that it may be his last time in the ring, but he later opted to fight again. He returned,on April 18, 2009 at the Montreal Casino, Montreal, and defeated Canadian super middleweight Walid Smichet by a devastating left hook in the last minute of round 7.

After the fight, Manfredo announced he is moving down to Middleweight, where he was ranked 9th in the World. He planned on fighting John Duddy, but Duddy had suffered his first loss in his last fight. He has stated multiple times, he would like to fight Sergio Mora a third time, this time being in Providence Rhode Island. On June 15, 2009 Manfredo signed a three fight deal to be promoted exclusively by Chet Koerner's TKO Promotions.[9] In his first fight with TKO Promotions, Peter defeated Ronald Weaver by 1st round TKO, after Weaver refused to come out of his corner for the second round. The fight was a tune-up fight, fought for charity at the Jonathan Ogden Boxing Classic.

Another IBO Super Middleweight shot[edit]

On January 29, 2010, Peter Manfredo defeated St. Paul Minnesota native Matt Vanda by unanimous decision (100-89, 100-89, 99-90) in a 10 round attraction at Mohegan Sun Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. He knocked down Vanda at the end of round 6. Manfredo was then crowned NABF Middleweight Champion and ranked 12th in the World in the middleweight division. The fight earned Manfredo a shot at the IBO Middleweight Title, which he won, when he defeated Mexican native Angel Hernandez on May 22, 2010.

WBC Super Middleweight shot[edit]

On November 12, 2010, Manfredo stopped Jhon Berrio for his fifth win in a row. The fight was stopped before the 7th round, when Berrio was unable to continue.[10] On January 14, 2011, he stopped Daniel Edouard for his sixth win in a row. Manfredo won a unanimous decision with scores of 97-92 and 98-91 (twice).[11]

On November 2011, Peter Manfredo was stopped by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the fifth round of a WBC middleweight title bout. After an entertaining first four rounds "The Pride of Providence" seemed to decide he would go down swinging and engaged Chavez in a brawl. Manfredo got hurt and referee Laurence Cole stepped in at 1:52 to end the fight, allowing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr to retain the title.[12]

Comeback[edit]

In November 2012, Peter Manfredo Jr announced his return to boxing and defeated durable veteran Rayco Saunders in a dominant 10-round decision. Four months later, he beat Contender Season 2 competitor Walter "2 Guns" Wright in a 10 round unanimous decision, Manfredo's 12th contest against Contender castmembers.

In July, after fellow Providence boxer and Contender participant, Gary Balletto, broke his neck at home,[13] Manfredo announced he will take one more return to the ring in November at the Twin River Event Center, against The Contender 4 participant Richard Gingras in honor of Balletto, Manfredo's 13th fight against former Contender series participants, which he won by 8th round tko when the referee waived off the fight after he landed a right uppercut and left hook.

Professional record[edit]

40 Wins (21 knockouts, 19 decisions), 7 Losses (3 knockouts, 4 by decision), 0 Draws [14]
Result Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win United States Richard Gingras TKO 8 2013-11-22 United States Twin River Events Center Rhode Island, United States
Win United States Walter Wright UD 10 2013-03-15 United States Twin River Events Center Rhode Island, United States
Win United States Rayco Saunders UD 10 2012-11-29 United States Twin River Events Center Rhode Island, United States
Loss Mexico Julio César Chávez, Jr. TKO 5 2011-11-19 United States Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, United States WBC Middleweight title on the line.
Win Haiti Daniel Edouard UD 10 2011-01-14 United States Mallory Square, Key West, Florida, United States
Win Colombia Jhon Berrio RTD 6 2010-11-12 United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida, USA
Win Mexico Angel Hernandez TKO 10 2010-05-22 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won vacant IBO Middleweight title.
Win United States Matt Vanda UD 10 2010-01-29 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA Won vacant NABF Middleweight title.
Win United States Ronald Weaver RTD 1 2009-11-05 United States Martin's Valley Mansion, Cockeysville, Maryland, United States
Win Tunisia Walid Smichet KO 7 2009-04-18 Canada Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss Cameroon Sakio Bika TKO 3 2008-11-13 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States vacant IBO Super Middleweight title on the line.
Win United States Donny McCrary TKO 2 2008-08-22 United StatesTwin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA Won interim NABF Middleweight title.
Win United States Luis Lopez RTD 3 2008-05-03 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States
Win United States Shane Benfield TKO 6 2008-03-14 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, USA
Loss United States Jeff Lacy UD 10 2007-12-08 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win United States David Banks UD 10 2007-06-20 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win United States Ted Muller TKO 9 2007-05-11 United States Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
Loss Wales Joe Calzaghe TKO 3 2007-04-07 Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom WBO Super Middleweight title on the line.
Win United States Joe Spina TKO 3 2006-10-14 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Win United States Scott Pemberton TKO 3 2003-02-13 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Loss United States Sergio Mora SD 8 2005-10-15 United States Staples Center, United States
Loss United States Sergio Mora UD 7 2005-05-24 United States Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, United States The Contender final
Win Mexico Alfonso Gomez UD 7 2004-09-23 United States Pasadena, United States The Contender semifinal
Win United States Joey Gilbert TD 5 2004-09-18 United States Pasadena, United States The Contender quarterfinal
Win United States Miguel Espino UD 5 2004-08-30 United States Pasadena, United States The Contender 2nd round, voted back to replace Jeff Fraza
Loss Mexico Alfonso Gomez UD 5 2004-08-18 United States Pasadena, United States The Contender 1st round
Win United States Anthony Bonsante UD 12 2004-05-14 United States Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA WBO NABO light middleweight title fight
Win United States Sherwin Davis KO 6 2004-01-23 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA WBO NABO light middleweight title fight
Win United States Leonard Townsend TKO 6 2003-09-12 United States Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Win United States Victor Rosado UD 10 2003-06-27 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Ron Johnson TKO 2 2003-04-26 United States Shaw's Convention Center, Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Win United States Frankie Randall TKO 7 2002-10-04 United States Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA IBU light middleweight title fight
Win United States Charles Clark UD 10 2002-07-26 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA EBA light middleweight title fight
Win United States Mike McFail TKO 8 2002-05-24 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA EBA light middleweight title fight
Win United States Grady Brewer UD 8 2002-04-04 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Win United States Tommy Attardo UD 4 2002-03-01 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Win United States John Lennox Lewis UD 6 2001-12-13 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Win United States Kenny Stubbs TKO 4 2001-11-16 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Ian Gardner SD 4 2001-11-02 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Win United States Troy Barnes UD 4 2001-09-21 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Rhon Roberts UD 4 2001-08-10 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
Win United States Antonio Baker TKO 4 2001-06-02 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Manuel Antonio Teo TKO 4 2001-05-04 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Win United States Ron Carnell TKO 1 2001-03-02 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Cornell Hester TKO 2 2000-12-22 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win United States Francisco Arroche PTS 4 2000-11-17 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Win United States Steve Garrett PTS 4 2000-09-22 United States Rhodes-on-the Pawtuxet, Cranston, Rhode Island, USA

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