The lively crowd that packed into the Ballroom at the Mountaineer Casino was treated to a great night of action packed boxing as Made Men Productions presented Labor Day Eve Boxing.
Headlining the card was crowd favorite and East Liverpool native, Joey Holt. Holt took on Josh Fisher of Bellaire, OH in a six round super middleweight contest.
Fisher, who took the fight on roughly three weeks notice, was game to fight from the opening bell as both fighters ran their mouths while feeling each other out before the pace picked up the second round.
Holt staggered Fisher in the second round with a solid combination to the head towards the latter part of the round but Fisher, like he did most the match, kept fighting back and pressing forward.
Fisher and Holt continued to trade punches as both fighters did a good job countering the other and pressing forward as both fighters proved to be the aggressor but it was Holt who would land the money punches.
Holt would first drop Fisher in the fifth round, a round Fisher appeared to be controlling before tasting the canvas.
With momentum on his side and chants of "Holt, Holt, Holt" echoing through the ballroom, Holt would catch and stagger Fisher with a right uppercut early in the round before landing another one and putting Fisher on the canvas again at the 1:59 mark of the sixth round.
Fisher would beat the count, but the referee would make the right decision in waving off the fight.
Holt said of his performance after the fight "not my best. Fisher was tougher than I thought, he kept coming".
With the victory, Holt, who has now won his last four bouts by way of knockout remains perfect and improves to 8-0, while Fisher's record falls to 4-4.
Cleveland super lightweight Montana Love, 22, improved his record to 7-0 with a dismantling of
Jamar Saunders of Atlanta.
Loved used his superior hand speed to and skill set to wear down Saunders as he started to connect combination after combination at will in the third round forcing the corner of Saunders to throw in the towel at the conclusion of the third round of their scheduled six round match.
Saunders, who fell to 5-16 on his career, posed little opposition for the talented Love who is considered one of the most promising young talents in Northeast, Ohio.
Love is slated to be in action against an opponent to be named later on October, 7 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.
In one of the main feature bouts of the evening, Bobby Gunn Jr. scored an impressive second round knockout victory over seasoned veteran Mike Miranda of Sau Pablo, Brazil.
Gunn, 20, who is the son of legendary bare knuckled boxer Bobby Gunn Sr., wasted no time jumping on Miranda after a slow first round as the young Hackensack, New Jersey native scored the knockout with a pair of massive body shots at the 2:28 mark of the second round.
With the victory, Gunn improves to 9-0 and takes home the WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight and the WBA Latin American Super Middleweight belts while Miranda falls to 44-7 in his long and illustrious career.
Semi-Pro Junior Middleweight - Daniel Hague (Wintersville, OH) SD over Richie Lowe (Bellaire, Ohio)
Cruiserweight - Joe Jones (Washington DC) KO Round 2 over Rex Harris (Wilkes Barre, PA)
Semi-Pro Heavyweight - Paul Earkle Jr. (Steubenville, OH) UD over Brandon Perkins (Parkersburg, WV)
Super Lightweight - Monta Love (Cleveland) RTD Round 3 over Jamar Saunders (Atlanta, GA)
Semi-Pro Super MIddleweight - Andrew Odell (Mingo, OH) TKO RD. 1 over Chris Nemeth (Follansbee, WV)
Cruiserweight - Henry Stewart (Ontario, CA) TKO Round 2 over Michael Shanks (Indianapolis, IN)
Cruiserweight - Michael Bogner (Sandusky, OH) and Branko Busick (Steubenville, OH ended in a draw
Heavyweight - Nelson Best (Knoxville, OH) UD over Nick Messer (Huntington, WV)
Super Middleweight - Bobbie Gunn Jr. (Hackensack, NJ) TKO Round 2 over Mike Miranda (Brazil)
Super MIddleweight - Joey Holt (East Liverpool, OH) TKO Round 6 over Josh Fisher (Bellaire, OH)