Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ford, Chatman, and Sullivan Post Victories at Ukrainian Hall Amateur Show

Brian Sims and Drew Smith
following their hard 
fought fight.
There is a saying in boxing that everyone has a plan until they hit in the face.  This past Saturday saw the organizers of All-Star Boxing Show 1 have to adjust after being dealt a couple of blows including finding a replacement for the main event and finding a suitable replacement for the bell.

As the event was set to begin in front of a solid crowd at the Ukrainian Hall located on Youngstown's west side, it became clear there was no bell at the ringside timers table.  The problem was solved however with a nice sized cooking pot which did the trick and caused many in the crowd to joke "only in Youngstown".

The missing bell was the second main problem that needed to be resolved, the first was finding a late opponent for Ryizeemmion "Johnny" Ford of Alliance.  Ford, 23, who won the 132-pound Cleveland Golden Gloves title was slated to take on Ofacio Falcon who won the New York City Golden Gloves tournament, however for one reason or another Falcon was a scratch.  Stepping up in place to take on Ford was Nico Frouch of New Castle.  Frouch may have given up a few inches to Ford but was game for the challenge in the evening's last bout.

Frouch made it difficult for Ford to find his rhythm in the opening round that was dominated by clinching and grabbing but Ford found his range in the second round landing a series of nice straight rights. "I just had to listen to my coaches he told me to bend my knees and try and push him off me and come back with some counter punches," Ford said.  Ford put the match away in the third round when he landed a clean right uppercut that floored Frouch and secured the unanimous decision.  "

Ryizeemmion "Johnny" Ford
In one of the co-main events, Isaac Chatman, 20, of Youngstown's Downtown Boxing Club improved his amateur record to 21-4 with a unanimous decision victory. Chatman battled back after being driven to the canvas by Pittsburgh's Rome Baxter on a blow that could have been deemed low but was scored a legal punch by the referee.  Chatman responded with a nice third round which saw him battle off the ropes in the early portion of the round as he applied pressure and stayed busy in what was a closely contested bout.

The other co-main event featured former two-time KO Drugs Tournament winner Mike Sullivan score a second round knockout victory of Torrie Hawkins of Ferrell.  Sullivan who hails from Struthers and trains at Burnside's Boxing dominated from the opening bell scoring an opening round knockdown before landing a barrage of punches in the middle of the second round forcing the referee in charge to put a halt to the fight. 

Another Struthers native in Luca Burnside who also trains at Burnside's Boxing won his debut as he outworked previously unbeaten Nate Young of Steubenville.

In what may have been the closest contested contest of the evening earning the fight of the night honor, Drew Smith of Salem Boxing Club used a great third round as he outworked and outpointed Brian Sims of Downtown Boxing Club for the split decision victory that could have of gone in favor of either fighter. 

Through all the curve balls that were thrown in their direction promoter Chuck Haskell who teamed up with Chuck Nelson for the event managed to put on a very entertaining evening of amateur boxing.  The two will team up again on August 5th at St. Lucy's in Campbell for All-Star Boxing Show 2.  We will provide details as they become available.  

Full Results
96-  Ricky Stahl UD over Alex Garcia
     Hannah Smith UD over Cierra Coontz
180- Tiarus Wolfe UD over Jason Boykin
145- Dan Young UD over James Keys
130- Maria Antunez UD over Erica Bayer
138- Isaac Chatman UD over Rome Baxter
148- Luca Burnside UD over Nate Young
155- Drew Smith SD Brian Sims
180- Jeff Felger UD over Les Horvath
203- Dalton Rosta over Christian Juresic
162- Mike Sullivan KO-Round #2 over Torrie Hawkins
137- Ryizeemmian "Johnny" Ford UD over Nico Frouch

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