Promoter’s arrest, charges followed taunting of losing boxer


LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — A boxing promoter and a second man are now charged with assaulting a losing boxer after a bout this weekend at Twin River.

Jimmy Burchfield Sr. was overseeing the card Saturday night as president of CES Boxing.

Near the end of a bout, shortly after 10:30 p.m., Brendan Barrett, 38, was knocked out, and according to a police report released Tuesday, several people climbed up onto the boxing ring to taunt him.

Barrett responded by yelling back at the group. Another man, Richard Cappiello, 64, lost his balance and fell off the ring’s platform.

It’s then that the report said Burchfield swung at Barrett, “three times with a closed fist, striking him twice in the face.”

Cappiello jumped back into the ring and tried to take swings at the boxer. Both Burchfield and Cappiello were arrested following the fight.

Burchfield was charged with both simple assault and disorderly conduct. Cappiello was charged with disorderly conduct, but after police studied surveillance video, they found one of his swings made contact with Barrett, leading them to charge him with simple assault as well.

Burchfield and Cappiello are both due to be arraigned March 11, according to the Rhode Island Judiciary website.

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