Monday, December 2, 2019

Danny Rosenberger slated for early 2020 bout

The busiest fighter in Youngstown, Danny Rosenberger will look to start off the new year with a win as the 29-year-old middleweight is slated to take on fellow Ohio native Charlie Stanford on January 3rd in Harrison, OH.

Stanford, 33, who also has experience in MMA is currently 2-3 while Rosenberger will enter the fight with a 6-8-4 record after having his two win fight streak snapped earlier this month.

The schedule fight, which is being promoted by Family Ties will take place at the Blue Note Event Center with tickets starting a $30 and available at

Stay tuned for more information as fight day approaches. 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Fighting Together: Local Rock Steady class punches back against Parkinson's

Paula Caldwell

Boxing is sometimes considered one of the loneliest sports with no teammates to rely on or to help you while you absorb blow after blow while looking for any ounce of energy to fight off the ropes and punch back, but it is in the sport of boxing that a group of Mahoning Valley residents have found hope as they fight together.

Rock Steady Boxing is a program based in Indianapolis which launched in 2006 by two friends, Scott Newman and Vince Perez.

Newman was diagnosed with Parkinson's at age 40 and Perez was not going to let his friend fight alone and turned to his background in boxing as a Golden Glove fighter and designed a program to attack the disease at its vulnerable neurological points.

With what started off as two friends teaming up to combat a disease has forged into a world wide program that is currently in 871 locations with over 43,000 lacing up the gloves at these locations to fight and defeat the neurological disease.

The program finally launched in the Mahoning Valley within the past year with the help of the very vibrant  71-year-old Paula Caldwell, a former professor at Mount Union who was diagnosed in 2005 when her husband noticed something was off with her arm.

"My husband noticed my arm was just hanging there like it was in a sling but I would say nothing was wrong and always had an excuse," said Caldwell.

After being in denial for about a year and realizing while she was walking across the campus at Mount Union she couldn't pick up her foot she finally went to a doctor who started off by first ruling out MS with an MRI.

After having issues with doctors here in the Mahoning Valley, Caldwell went to the Cleveland Clinic where she met up with Dr. Benjamin Walter who finally gave her the diagnosis.

Though Caldwell received some bad news, she was ready to fight as it was something she'd already done as a breast cancer survivor.

Flash forward to 2014 when Caldwell was turned onto the Rock Steady Boxing program by a friend and started traveling to Canton three days a week to participate in the program and immediately fell in love.

In 2017 Caldwell traveled to Indianapolis to get certified herself and then started to reach out locally to fitness center in hopes to bring the program to the Youngstown area.

"I reached out to VSN just taking a chance and Tim and Doug were all over it and have embraced it," said Caldwell of partners Tim Merlin and Doug Stein putting the program in at VSN Fitness Center in Boardman.

"I'm all in," said Merlin who along with Stein and Caldwell launched the program at VSN on March 4th.  "After having a guy tell me this changed his life and he could never pick up his grand child before he started this program now whatever they need I don't ask I just get it".

With the program in full force, Caldwell has seen the numbers of participants at VSN go up and has made lifetime friends.

"We are in this together with a common physical and mental bond," said Caldwell.  "We care for each other".

The participants and ownership of VSN aren't the only ones who are all in and helping make this program a success.

Former Cardinal Mooney and University of Kentucky football standout Braylon Heard got his certification this past February to teach the class in Tennessee along with Shannon Cutrer.

"I enjoy it," said Heard with a smile.  "After meeting Paula it's hard not to want to do this and put in the work and have all the fun that we have".

Those participating in the Rock Steady Program are under a release from a doctor followed by coming in to watch the first time then doing a 30-minute assessment.

"This program is very demanding so those who participate just don't come in and practice with us right off the bat," said Merlin.

It's people like Caldwell and the team at VSN who helps run our local Rock Steady Boxing class that makes you realize that maybe boxing isn't the loneliest sport in world.

"You don't have to fight Parkinson's alone," stated Caldwell.  "We support and will always support each other".

Monday, November 18, 2019

Alliance lightweight Ryzeemion Ford slated for Cleveland Heights bout

Alliance native Ryizeemion Ford is set for his fourth pro bout on Saturday November 30 at the Civic Center in Cleveland Heights as RB3 Sports presents the Midwest Rumble.

Ford will take on an opponent to be named soon in a scheduled 4-round lightweight bout as he will look to improve on his undefeated 3-0 record.

This will be the first bout for the 26-year-old ford since a unanimous decision victory over David Angeles in late September.

Ford, who turned pro in June of this year after an outstanding amateur career is considered one of the top young prospects in a flourishing Northeast Ohio boxing scene.

Tickets for the event start at $40 and can be purchased online here at the RB3 Sports website.

Stay tuned for more information on this bout and for a story on Ford as fight week approaches.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Rising MMA star and New Castle native Dalton Rosta to appear on tonight's Punchline with Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez

Fresh off his 2nd round TKO Bellator victory earlier this month, New Castle native Dalton Rosta will join The Punch Line with Kelly Pavlik and James Dominguez this evening.

Rosta, who celebrated his 24th birthday earlier this week,  secured his latest victory by ground and pound over previously undefeated Claude Wilcox of Hot Springs, Arkansas at the 205 pound weight limit in Uncasville, Connecticut at Bellator 231 to improve his pro record to 2-0 with 2 KOs.

Considered on of the top amateur MMA fighters at any weight class with a perfect 7-0 record before turning pro, the Youngstown State University graduate is now ranked as a top 10 light heavyweight in Bellator and considered one of the top young pros in MMA.

With his name starting to gain more and more media attraction, Rosta will join this evenings Punchline which will air live on Facebook and YouTube.

The Punchline, which features Youngstown native and former middleweight boxing champion of the world, Kelly Pavlik with his co-host, James Dominguez has turned into one of the top and most entertaining boxing shows around and is known for its interaction with fans. 

Fans can tune in tonight starting at 7:00 PM EST by visiting The Punchline on Facebook here or subscribing on YouTube here.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini set to speak at Youngstown State University

Youngstown icon Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will be the featured speaker as the Centofanti Symposium presents the former WBA world lightweight champion and 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.

Mancini's lecture is free and open to the public on Tuesday, November 12 starting at 7:00 PM at the Chestnut Room located inside the Kilcawley Center.

In recent years, Mancini has been active in the sport of boxing serving as a commentator for televised bouts on FOX while also hosting his weekly podcast, Ray's Boom Boom Room which can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube.

Those wishing to attend the event without a YSU parking permit can park in all campus lots for $5.00.

Tickets are not required for the lecture.  

For more information, contact or 330-941-2136.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Rodriguez Jr. set for showdown in the Blue Grass state

Rodriguez (L) will take on Greer (R) tonight in Kentucky.

After a layoff that has lasted just over a year, undefeated Akron middleweight Jose Rodriguez Jr. will find himself in a place he loves tonight, between the ropes in front of screaming fans as the 25-year-old Tallmadge High School alum will take on Jackson, TN native Marquan Greer tonight at Bourbon Hall in Louisville, KY.

This will be the first fight for Rodriguez Jr. since he scored a unanimous decision victory over Javier Frazier in Cincinnati on October 20, 2018 to improve his unblemished record to 6-0 with 4 wins coming by way of knockout.

Rodriguez Jr. who trains at Rodriguez Boxing Club in Tallmadge under the watchful eye of his father also has a younger brother who carries an unblemished record as 24-year-old David Rodriguez is 2-0.

Though he's been in-active for over a year, Rodriguez Jr. has stayed busy training daily and even spent parts of the past year in the Las Vegas area getting some work in alongside Shawn Porter.

Ordinally Rodriguez Jr. was slated to take on a tougher opponent in his return to the ring but was forced to take on a less challenging opponent in Greer when his original challenger came in 10-pounds over weight. 

Greer, 21, will bring an 0-7 record into the ring but has been in against some very tough opposition in his professional career which he began in November of 2017.

Those wishing to watch this evenings action being put on by Eskridge Enterprise Inc. can do so by purchasing the stream for $14.99 by visiting FITE TV here.

Rosenberger drops hard fought decision in Indiana

Sometimes its just not a guys night and Youngstown middleweight Danny Rosenberger had one of those nights as he dropped a decision to undefeated Chicago native Mikey Dahlman last night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.

Always humble in defeated, the 29-year-old Rosenberger took to social media to congratulate his opponent and stated "I didn't perform to the level I'm capable of".

Dahlman, 27, controlled the pace of the six round middleweight fight which was for the WBF Americas championship belt by using his size advantage and showing the ability to land the jab as well as working the body.

In the end, all three judges at ringside scored the fight 59-53 for the hometown Dahlman.

Rosenberger absorbed multiple low blows in the second round which led to a point deduction but it never deterred Dahlman from doing work to the body.

With the victory, Dahlman improved his record 9-0 while Rosenberger saw a two-fight wins streak come to an end as his record fell to 6-8-4.

Rosenberger eluded post fight that he will more than likely stay in the 147-pound weight class in the future.