Monday, October 22, 2018

Rosta Scores TKO Victory To Remain Perfect In Cage

Dalton Rosta treaded the deepest waters he's been in inside a cage this past Saturday night in Mansfield as his fight entered the third round but the result was the same, a Rosta victory by TKO.

Currently ranked as the #1 amateur light heavyweight MMA fighter in the whole Midwest, the 22-year-old Rosta who hails from New Castle, PA knew his opponent, Michigan native  Cody Brundage was going to come into the weekend confident which was evident during the intense staredown at Friday nights weigh in. 

"The faceoff was very intense but I love it," Rosta said of the events at the weigh-in.  

"It got me even more excited than I already was to fight and I saw him tense up and felt how nervous he was.  Once he pushed me I knew I was in his head".

Brundage, a 24-year-old two-time NCAA Division II National qualifier posed some challenges for Rosta, but nothing that made the former Laurel High School football and wrestling standout feel he was in trouble.

"He was fighting out a very low, weird stance and I was just trying to figure out a way to approach it, that's the only reason the KO took longer than usual," said Rosta of his opponent's awkward fighting style.

Rosta, who has ended all of his previous fights before the third round stated that going that deep into a fight posed no issues for him.

"It didn't feel any different going that deep.  I am in great shape and trained very hard leading into this fight".

Though he failed to get the first round knockout that he predicted, Rosta, who improved his record to 7-0 with all his victories coming by way of KO was pleased with his performance.

"Everything was working," said Rosta.  "My striking felt great, my wrestling felt great, my top pressure felt great, my round n' pound felt great and so did my conditioning".

"I felt like I did everything correctly and didn't take any shot on our feet, I either blocked or slipped them and I defended the takedown very well," Rosta continued.  "He couldn't get me or keep me down and it ultimately led to him wearing himself out and my top pressure and ground n' pound was great".

With another belt added to his collection, Rosta will now wait for the next call to fight but will waste no time getting back into the gym.

"I will be back in the gym on Monday and will be back competing as soon as possible," Rosta said when asked what his post-fight plans were.  "Whatever presents itself, I'll take".

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Regional Roundup

Pittsburgh Area
- Pittsburgh lightweight Matt Conway announced on his social media that he will be back in action on December 1 in suburban Pittsburgh.

Conway, 23, whose record stands at a perfect 14-0 is slated to fight in Elizabeth, PA at the Court Time Sports Complex against an opponent to be named at a later date.

- Beaver Falls super middleweight Kiante Irving will be back in action this upcoming Saturday, October 20 as he will take on 25-year-old Columbus, OH native Brandon Clark on the Integrity Management promoted card at the Priory Grand Hall.

Irving, 24, who won the National Golden Gloves title earlier this year made his pro debut in September at Mountaineer Casino in Newell, WV scoring a first-round knockout of Vince Buckhalter of New Orleans, LA.

- Pittsburgh middleweight Gerald Sherrell is currently in the quarterfinals of The Contender which is currently airing on EPIX.

Sherrell, 25, is currently 9-0 and will be featured on the October 26 episode as he takes on 32-year-old Cleveland native Michael Moore.

Northeast Ohio
The Rodriguez brothers from Akron will be in action this upcoming Saturday, October 20 in Cincinnati at the Wyatt Arena as part of The Next Generation 2 Pro-Am show.

Middleweight Jose Rodriguez Jr., 24, is currently 5-0 while his brother, 23-year-old super lightweight David Rodriguez is 1-0. does not currently list the opponents for these matches but the bouts will be shown on pay-per-view for $14.99 by visiting

- Cleveland native Michael Moore will be featured on the October 26 episode of The Contender on EPIX.

Moore, 32, is currently in the quarterfinals of the made for television boxing contest consisting of middleweights and took on undefeated Pittsburgh native Gerald Sherrell for this upcoming episode.

- A pair of Cleveland natives will be fighting on the undercard of the Daniel Jacobs-Sergiy Derevyanchenko matchup next Saturday, October 27 in New York City.

Yuandale Evans, 29, will take on 28-year-old Puerto Rico native Alberto Machado (20-0) for the WBA super featherweight world title in the evening's co-feature.

Evans is currently 20-1 and will be entering the ring for the first time since defeating Luis Rosa in Cleveland on November 10, 2017.

Willie Nelson, 31, will take his 26-3-1 record into the ring earlier that evening as he will take on Patrick Day of Freeport, NY for the vacant IBF North American super middleweight title and the WBC Continental Americas super welterweight championship.

Day, 26, will bring a 15-2-1 record into the bout.

- Ryan Martin, 25, who calls Cleveland home after making the move from his native Chattanooga, TN will be in action in the biggest fight of his career as he will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to face undefeated Scottish prodigy Josh Taylor for the WBC Silver super lightweight title on November 11.

Martin will bring a perfect 22-0 record into the ring while the 27-year-old Taylor will bring a 13-0 record into action.

Though Taylor only has 13 bouts under his belt, the fighter who is known as "The Tartan Tornado" has already notched victories over Viktor Pasol, Winston Campos, Miguel Vazquez, and Ohara Davies.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sims Notches Victory on Lights Out Management Promoted Amateur Event

Brian Sims
Amateur boxing returned to the Mahoning Valley for the first time since July as the Ukrainian Hall located on Youngstown's west side hosted the Lights Out Management promoted card billed as Defending the Foundation, a 10-bout event to support the Joe "Red" Mazzocca Kidney Foundation.

Brian Sims of Euclid who currently calls Youngstown home while he attends Youngstown State University, kept up the with defending theme as crafty 24-year-old from the Downtown Boxing Club stable defended Youngstown's pride in the evening's main event.

While the two previous Youngstown based fighters were defeated by decision, it was Sims who put the city on his back and scored a convincing decision over Pittsburgh native Paul Palumbo in a 160-pound matchup.

"I didn't feel any pressure", said Sims when asked if he felt any knowing that Youngstown's reputation rested on his shoulders.  "I've learned time and time again through losses and wins that if you just do you and work hard in training camp you will be successful".

Though Sims often looked like poetry in motion in the ring last night, he jokingly admitted that Palumbo did provide one challenge for him.

"The fact that he was a southpaw and his height provided some challenge for me but other than that nothing about him provided a challenge for me".

With the victory, Sims who earned the Fight of the Night award upped his amateur record to 16-8 while Palumbo saw his record fall to 12-6.


Other local fighters in action included Ursuline freshman Jacorian Dent of Southside Boxing Club who dropped a hard-fought decision against Jamar Bowman Jr. of Cleveland in a 90-pound fight.

Dent and Bowman Jr. were both able to control the fight at times but Bowman Jr. did enough to take the decision and improve his record to 11-13.

Jake Lester of Downtown Boxing Club fought hard in his debut but fell to Teal Mathis of Akron in a 170-pound matchup as Mathis was able to stay unbeaten and improve his record to 4-0.

Full Results:
125lbs - Tyler Jaquay (Pittsburgh) DEC over Guy Gonzalez (Ashtabula)
90lbs - Jamar Bowman Jr. (Cleveland) DEC over Jacorian Dent (Youngstown)
140lbs - Isaiah Bady (Cleveland) DEC over Chris Hill (New Castle)
150lbs - Jayden Honeycutt (Akron) TKO1 over Tyree Odem (Farrell)
140lbs - Brian Ortiz (Berwick, PA) TKO2 over Brandon McCullum (Cleveland)
140lbs - Kempe Jarver (Akron) DEC over Bobby Helms (Pittsburgh)
170lbs - Teal Mathis (Akron) DEC over Jake Lester (Youngstown)
160lbs - Travis Charles (Canton) DEC over Christian Salgado (Berwick, PA)
180lbs - Jake Peccurelli (Berwick, PA) DEC over Dartrell Miller (Ashtabula)
160lbs - Brian Sims (Youngstown/Euclid) DEC over Paul Palumbo

Friday, October 12, 2018

Rosta Ready for Cage Return After Two Month Layoff

Dalton Rosta is ready to mix it up for the first time since July, and this time it will be in the cage as the nationally ranked New Castle native will put his undefeated record on the line next Saturday, October 20 in Mansfield.

Currently ranked #1 in the amongst US Midwest amateur light heavyweight MMA fighters, Rosta holds a 6-0 record with all his wins coming by way of knockout including a second-round victory his last time in the cage on July 14 at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh against Philadelphia native Devon Williams.

Next in line to try and stop the 22-year-old Rosta who is also a perfect 6-0 as an amateur heavyweight boxer having scored a TKO victory his last time in the ring in August is Cody Brundage of Michigan.

Brundage, 24, is a former two-time NCAA qualifier in Division 2 wrestling from Newberry College and currently holds a 3-1 record in MMA.

"I know he's going to try and use his striking to set up his takedowns, but that' not going to work against me," said Rosta said of Brundage.

While Rosta is proud of his success and the work he's put in to achieve it, he's now seeing the flip side of being so successful which has contributed to his two-month layoff from fighting.

"It's getting harder and harder to find fights," Rosta said of his regional and national rankings.  "We got to find the top guys who just don't care who they get in the ring with".

Luckily he's gotten some help with finding fights recently in Ohio matchmaker, Nichole Castillo.

"Nichole is a matchmaker in Ohio for this region who has done a really good job finding me fights. She's found me my last three fights including this one" said Rosta.

Rosta and Brundage will meet on the BCM promoted card at the Masonic Temple in Mansfield.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting 1-833-320-1883 EXT. 4.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Fight Week: Amateurs Set to Take Center Stage at the Ukrainian Hall on Saturday

Amateur boxing will return to Youngstown's west side this upcoming Saturday night as Lights Out Management will hold a show billed as Defending the Foundation to the Ukrainian Hall.

Teaming up with Lights Out Managment to bring a great a night of boxing which is set to benefit the Kidney Foundation in honor of the late Joe "Red" Mazzocca will be City Printing, Chucks Auto Wrecking, and Mobile Bail Bonds.

Tickets for the event start at $15 for general admission and will be available at the door.

First bell for the event is set for 7:00 PM with the doors opening an hour prior at 6:00 PM.

Lights Out Managment, which has raised a great deal of money for various local charities with past shows will once again donate all general admission ticket sales, 50/50, and Chinese auction will to the Mazzocca family to present to the Kidney Foundation.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Amateur Boxing Coming to Leetonia High School

USA Boxing in conjunction with Salem Old School Promotions will bring an action-packed evening of amateur boxing featuring some of the top talent from the area.

The event is billed as Boxing at the Bears Den and will take place on Saturday, October 20 at the Leetonia High School Gymnasium with proceeds set to benefit Leetonia sports programs.

Tickets for the event which will featurre a "Fight of the Ages" exhibition match between 60-year-old former lightweight world champion Harry Arroyo and 63-year-old former 3-time Golden Glove Champion "Dynamite" Denny Plegge start at $15 for general admission.

First bell for the event is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Tickets On Sale for Southside Boxing Club's Thanksgiving Eve Pro Show

The Palermo Center in Campbell will be the place to be on Thanksgiving Eve as Jack Loew and his Southside Boxing Club will bring professional boxing to the Youngstown area for the first time since March.

Tickets for the event start at $25 for general admission while individual ringside seats are available for $50.

Tables of 8 are also available for $400.

Tickets and tables can be purchased by stopping in at Southside Boxing Club between 4:30-7:00 PM on Monday through Friday.

Some of the bouts slated for action includes 30-year-old Youngstown native Vic Toney fighting in Youngstown for the first time since 2016 as the 5-1 middleweight takes on Fred Wilson of Cleveland (6-0-1) in a battle between two former National Golden Gloves Tournament competitors.

Also scheduled is the return of 39-year-old Vinny O'Neill as the crowd favorite welterweight will step into the ring for the first time since a heartbreaking loss back in April 2015 as he is slated to take on Latorie Woodberry from Roanoke, VA.

Middleweight Danny Rosenberger will be looking for another huge performance following his Labor Day Eve knockout victory.  

Rosenberger,  28, is slated to take on Buffalo, NY native Ivan Hernandez.

Check back with Youngtown Boxing News over the course of the next few weeks as we will keep everyone posted on the bouts as they are finalized.