It was billed as Youngstown Boxing Italy, but the lone two Youngstown combatants slated to fight last night at the Covelli Centre were scratched from the event a title such as Pittsburgh Boxing Italy would have been more fitting.
With Brian Simms and Bryan Colon off the card, the collection of regional amateurs that was representing Youngstown was made up of mostly made up from the Pittsburgh area.
Kaleb Waggoner from Toronto, Ohio, a town located roughly 60 miles south of Youngstown, got the evening started by scoring the nights lone knockout at the 1:01 mark of the opening round.
Waggoner caught Antimo Lombardi with a right hook that stunned the young Italian before dropping him with a straight left that forced the referee in charge to call a halt to the bout.
The Youngstown-Regional team rattled off wins against the Italian team billed as Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Oro (the Golden Flames) in the opening five bouts before Jessica Palmieri scored a decision over Colleen Davis of Pittsburgh in a female bout that may have been the fight of the night.
The Italian team whose coaches included three-time Olympic medalist Roberto Cammarelle won four matches on the evening including the last match of the evening as Riccardo Valentino stayed busy enough to defeat Kiante Irving of Pittsburgh.
Though the event which was produced by the Hibernian Celtic Athletic Fund in collaboration with the Ray "Boom Boom' Mancini Foundation may have lacked talent from the Covelli Centre's backyard, the evening was full of great fights as Mancini looked on in attendance.
Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Oro will now embark on the short trip to Pittsburgh for an event at the Grand Hall at the Priory on Monday, October 9th.
125 LBS - Kaleb Waggoner (Toronto, OH) TKO Round 1 over Antimo Lombardi (Italy)
132 LBS - Steven Cunningham Jr. (Pittsburgh, PA) Dec over Andrea Piccolo (Italy)
135 LBS - Sylvio Cerone (Pittsburgh, PA) Dec over Luca De Chiara (Italy)
152 LBS - Mary Casamassa (Pittsburgh, PA) Dec over Francesca Buonanno (Italy)
165 LBS - Paul Palombo (Pittsburgh, PA) Dec over Daniele Pucciarelli (Italy)
132 LBS - Jessica Palmieri (Italy) Dec over Collen Davis (Pittsburgh, PA)
141 LBS - Gianmarco Pinci (Italy) Dec over Charlie Clouston (Ellwood City, PA)
150 LBS - Morelle McCane (Cleveland, OH) Dec over Maura Scalervio (Italy)
154 LBS - C.C. Clark (Pittsburgh, PA) Dec over Vincenzo Arecchia (Italy)
152 LBS - Maria Antunez (Ellwood City, PA) Dec over Roberta Mustrada (Italy)
195 LBS - Ronnie Hines (Cleveland, OH) Dec over Michaelangelo Lusi (Italy)
175 LBS - Riccardo Valentino (Italy) Dec over Kiante Irving (Pittsburgh, PA)