Monday, June 5, 2017

Fight Week: Pro-Am Card Coming to the Palermo Center As South Side Boxing Club Presents Friday Night Fights

Jack Loew has been busy the past couple weeks doubling up as a promoter and a trainer as his South Side Boxing Club will be presenting Friday Night Fights at the Palermo Center in Campbell this upcoming Friday, June 9.  

Four pro bouts will highlight the Pro-Am card which will feature the top prospect in the city of Youngstown, Alejandro "Popo" Salinas talking on Jairo Fernandez Vargas (6-2, 5 KOs) of Mechanicsville, Virginia who is rumored to be very confident heading into the scheduled eight-round main event.

Vargas, 29, who lost his last bout by a unanimous decision to Pittsburgh native Bill Hutchinson back in November will be seeking his first victory since a knockout victory over Tony Wilson in October.   

Unlike Vargas who has gone 2-2 in his last four bouts, Salinas, 22, who is trained by Loew will bring the confidence of a four-fight win streak into the ring this upcoming Friday as the junior lightweight prospect currently boasts a pro record of 7-1 with all seven victories coming by way of knockout.  

Also fighting on the card will be heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin who will be fighting in Youngstown for the second time in his young pro career.

Franklin (10-0, 9 KOs) of Saginaw, Michigan scored a knockout victory over Youngstown native Wes Triplett back in March of 2016 at the Ukrainian Hall located on Youngstown's west side.  The 23-year-old who possesses a National Golden Gloves title which he won in 2014 on his resume will be taking on 34-year-old Danny Calhoun (6-2, 3 KOs) of Chicago in the co-main event that is scheduled for six rounds.

A pair of four-round bouts scheduled at the 160-pound weight limit will round out the pro fights slated for the evening as Ohio native Jose Rodgriguez Jr., 22, will put his perfect 3-0, 3 KOs record on the line against 27-year-old Lavelle Hadley who holds a 2-3 record with both victories coming via the knockout.  The other 160-pound fight slated for the evening will match 25-year-old  Quwanda Williams who sports a 0-1 record against Mark Weissman who will be making his pro debut. 

A handful of fighters from the South Side Boxing Club stable will be featured on the amateur portion of the card that will be featuring Ryan Williams.  

Williams, who coaches wrestling at Liberty High School started boxing at South Side Boxing Club with trainer Vincent O'Neill as a way to get himself back into shape.  Williams has now gone from boxing for fitness purposes to a crowd favorite prepping for his second amateur bout.

Also slated to be representing South Side Boxing Club is Jackson Behun, Jacorian Dent, and Nate Dykes.

Doors for the event being held at the St. Lucy's Palermo Center located at 394 Tenney Avenue in Campbell will open at 6:00 PM with the first bout beginning at 7:30 PM.

Stay tuned to all week long as we will have updates and features on the fight card.  

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