Sunday, October 1, 2017

Simms Wins Main Event as Chatman Wins Fighter of the Night Award at Housteau Nation Event

Isaac Chatman - Fighter of the Night Award winner
Youngstown's Downtown Boxing Club had a clean sweep on Saturday night at the Ukrainian Hall as its two representatives, Brian Simms and Isaac Chatman, both walked away victorious at the amateur boxing event put on by Lights Out Managment to benefit Gary Housteau.

Simms, who was slated to be the main event at the last event promoted by Lights Out in June only to have his bout be rained out, improved his record to 13-4 as he defeated C.C. Clark of Pittsburgh by decision in a very entertaining 160-pound bout in the evening's main event.

Simms stablemate at Downtown Boxing Club, Isaac Chatman, also found himself in an entertaining fight while looking impressive in his return to the ring after taking a few months off due to an injury.  

Chatman was able to outwork Zi Stalnaker of Akron to earn the decision in the 135-pound match, a victory that also garnered him the Fighter of the Night award.  

"It felt so good as I was working really hard to get back," Chatman said of earning the Fighter of the Night award.  "It's super special because it's my first time winning it, but most of all that I won it at home for me and for Youngstown".

Also picking up a huge win on the evening, his third in a row, was Drew Smith of Burnside Boxing.

Smith outworked down the stretch  Charlie Clouston of Ellwood City to win his 140-pound match, his first since leaving Salem Boxing Club due to his relocation to the Youngstown State Universtiy campus. 

"It felt great," Smith said of his victory.  "It was a big win for me against a much more experienced opponent so it definitely gave me a lot of confidence about the hard work I've put in".

Smith, who was in a close fight heading into the final round sealed the deal in the final round in part to his conditioning.

"Conditioning was definitely a big factor," said Smith.  "In the first round I had trouble settling in but then in the second and third he was already getting tired and I knew I had the stamina to pull away".

Also earning a victory locally was Kevin Philomena of Burnsides Boxing who won his debut by pulling away late on Ryan Williams of Youngstown to earn the decision on the judge's scorecard. 

The evening also had an international flavor as a team of fighters from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada who are coached by former middleweight world title challenger Syd Vanderpool appeared on the card.

Full Results
130 LBS - Damien Van Luer (Canada) KO-Round 1 over Chaz Rodriguez (Pittsburgh)
125 LBS - Maria Antunez (Ellwood City) DEC over Asia Smith (Cleveland)
140 LBS- Courtnei Harriston (Cleveland) DEC over Melanie Richter (Canada)
170 LBS- Paul Palumbo (Pittsburgh) DEC over Cameron Doherty (Canada)
140 LBS- Xavier Rodriguez (Pittsburgh) DEC over Devon Ruttinger (Canada)
135 LBS- Blake Loxton (Canada) KO-Round 2 over Frank Brown (Cleveland)
160 LBS- Anthony Zigerella (Pittsburgh) DEC over Matthew Tyler (Cleveland)
HVY- Devon Siegfried (Elwood City) DEC over Haider Ali Khan (Canada)
130 LBS- Kevin Philomena (Burnsides Boxing) DEC over Ryan Williams (Youngstown)

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