Pros, legends give the Expo a boxing rebirth

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Pro boxing might've been gone from Portland for 21 years, but with a capacity crowd that included four boxing greats, it was as though it had never left. 

The headliners of the 2,800 people in attendance were: 

- Boston native and former world welterweight champion Tony DeMarco

- Former WBU junior welterweight champ Micky Ward, whom the film "The Figher" depicted his career

- Providence native and five-time world champion Vinny Pazienza

- Panamanian Roberto Duran, who held the world championship in four different classes and became just the second boxer to fight in five different decades 

The card featured seven fights, five of which were amateur.  In total, six Mainers fought with five of them winning. 

- Middleweight and Deering alum Russell Lamour improved to 6-0 as a pro with a unanimous decision over Deivison Ribeiro

- Bantamweight Jorge Abiague, a Cuban defector as a child that went onto win the national golden gloves, beat Leonel Garcia via unanimous decision as well improving to 4-0

- Biddeford native Jimmy Smith knocked out Robert Brando Hunt in the first round

- Brandon Berry, from West Forks, is now 4-0 as a super lightweight after a third round TKO against Paul Souza

- Among the amateurs, Scarborough's Jason Quirk lost a decision to middleweigth Joe McKenna and heavyweight Joel Bishop of Clinton beat Justin Kennie 

In the main event, Quincy, Massachussetts, native Ryan Kielczewski claimed the Internaional Boxing Association Americas super featherweight belt from Puerto Rican Jose Hernandez.  Kielczewski, who won in an eight-round decision, is now 18-0.   

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