|Rosenberger and trainer Tom Cordell post fight.|
Youngstown junior middleweight Danny Rosenberger was looking for his third-straight victory but Justin Steave turned out to be the better fighter on the judge's scorecards on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort Ballroom.
Steave, 31, weathered a ferocious rally from Rosenberger in the fourth and final round.
Rosenberger was able to catch Steave hard in an exchange at the halfway mark of the final round that brought the sold-out crowd to its feet but Steave ended up getting the better of it landing the fights only knockdown.
Rosenberger, 27, kept the fight close before getting knocked down as he used his footwork to land and evade Steave but at the end of the night the Steve, who hailed from nearby Weirton, WV, was able to improve his record to 8-1.
With the loss, Rosenberger, who has fought some very tough competition including a handful of undefeated prospects falls to 2-4-2.
In the evening's main event, Aaron Quattrocchi gutted his way to retaining his West Virginia SuperMiddleweight title as he defeated previously undefeated crowd favorite Joey Holt, 32, of East Liverpool, OH scoring an 8-round majority decision.
|Quattrocchi looking to jab Holt.|
Quattrocchi, 28, of Follansbee, WV paced himself all match long as he continuously worked his jab and landed when he needed to against the more powerful Holt.
The most entertaining round of the fight which brought the crowd to its feet several times was the 6th round which saw both fighters land nice combinations, including one by Holt that opened up a cut over the eye of Quattrocchi.
Though the many supporters in the crowd disapproved of the decision, at the end of the night the three gentlemen sitting around sitting on different sides of the ring were the ones that mattered as they rewarded the more active fighter and scored the fight 78-74 and 77-75 for Quattrocchi while the third judge had it even at 76-76.
|Quattrocchi and Holt post fight waiting for the decision.|
The two put on a show and the fans let know they
enjoyed a well fought boxing match by both men.
Lightweight Matt Conway continued on his path of greatness as the 22-year-old improved to 12-0 with a quick nights work against Victor Abreu of the Dominican Republic.
Being touted as one of the best prospects in Pittsburgh, Conway showed why as he landed at will on the body of Abreu while landing upstairs while he needed in what was heading towards a one-sided fight until Abreu injured his right shoulder during the second round and was unable to continue.
Abreu fell to 9-3 as he was defeated for the second consecutive time by a Pittsburgh fighter as Bill Hutchinson defeated Abreu back in August at the Rivers Casino.
The older brother of Matt also was victorias as Mike Conway scored a majority decision over Dib Kiddah of Cleveland who was making his professional debut as the judges scored the super lightweight bout 39-38 and 39-37 for Conway while the third judge had a 38-38 draw.
With the victory, the 23-year-old Conway improved to 3-1.
Another Cleveland boxer took a loss as welterweight Quwanda Williams suffered two knockdowns in the opening round from the hands of Jesus Saucedo of York, PA, the second of which he could not get up from.
With the loss, the 26-year-old Williams drops to 1-21 while Saucedo, 27, improved to 7-2-1 in his first bout since July of 2016.
The opening professional bout the evening saw Abner Guadalupe defeat David Perez of Philidelphia, PA in a welterweight matchup.
Guadalupe who hails from the Bronx, NY outworked Perez as he improved to 1-0-1 as the always tough Perez saw his record fall to 1-12-1.
182 - Andrew O'Dell (Mingo Junction, OH) UD over AJ Materna (Dennison, OH)
Heavy Weight - Paul "Red Dog" Eakle (Steubenville, OH) KO1 over John Mcallister (Follansbee, WV)
Welterweight - Abner Guadalupe (The Bronx, NY) UD over David Perez (Philadelphia, PA)
Super Lightweight - Mike Conway (Pittsburgh, PA) MD over Dib Kiddah (Cleveland, OH)
Welterweight - Jesus Saucedo (York, PA) KO1 over Quwanda Williams (Cleveland, OH)
Junior Middleweight - Justin Steave (Weirton, WV) UD over Danny Rosenberger (Youngstown, OH)
Lightweight - Matt Conway (Pittsburgh, PA) TKO2 over Victor Abreu (Santo Domingo, DR)
Super Middleweight - Aaron Quattrocchi (Follansbee, WV) MD over Joey Holt (East Liverpool, OH)