Sunday, March 25, 2018

Segawa Stuns Sold Out Palermo Center Crowd

Anyone who thinks boxing isn't a draw in the Youngstown area anymore would be forced to second guess themselves upon seeing the crowd that packed the Palermo Center Banquet Center in Campbell last night.

The sold-out, standing room only crowd was buzzing with electricity an hour before evenings first bell.

That electricity did not last long during the evening's main event. 

Sulaiman Segawa, a crafty lefty who makes up with speed and footwork for what he lacks in punching power controlled Youngstown's top pro-prospect, Alejandro Popo Salinas from start to finish.

Salinas, 23, had no answer for 26-year-old Uganda native who lives and trains just outside of Washington DC.

Looking for the knockout punch from the start, Segawa was to sound defensive to let Salinas string any combinations together as the frustration with Salinas and his corner was evident by the halfway point of the eight-round super featherweight showdown.

Though Segawa never threatened to earn a stoppage, he started to impose his will as the fight wore on, increasing his landing percentage as the fight wore on into the later rounds and showing why he was so confident and calm a the weigh-in.

Segawa, who improved to 10-0 on his career and won for the second time in 2018 took the decision
unanimous decision winning on all three judges scorecards, 80-72, 80-72, 77-75.

Salinas, who fell to 9-2 released a statement on his Facebook in which he stated "I won't give up and I'm still going to keep moving forward. I will always carry my Puertorican pride with me and still carry my steel city on my back".

In the last fight of the evening as the Salinas fight was bumped to make time for the local news to edit footage for the 11 O'clock news, Danny Rosenberger of Niles earned a four-round draw against Jauvan John of Brooklyn, NY in a match at the 158-pound weight limit.

Rosenberger, who now has three draws to his name, now has a career record of 2-4-3 while Jauvan John saw his record go to 2-4-1.

Both Rosenberger and John fought a very defensive fight and countered well while making the best of the subdued atmosphere as any energy that was in the crowd was sucked out following the shocking Salinas loss.

Rosenberger will be back in action on May 19th when he takes on Mark Dailey at the Meadows Casino in Pittsburgh.

Three local amateur fighters earned victories on the amateur portion of the crowd as Juan Jauregui who trains with Vinny O'Neill at Southside Boxing Club got the evening started with a three-round one-sided victory of Devonta McFadden of Akron in the 67-pound weight class.

Ashton Owens, another amateur trained by O'Neill at Southside Boxing Club improved to 3-0 in the evenings only knockout as he stopped Taylor Cahill of Pennsylvania in the third-round.

Owens started the fight sluggish before turning on a switch in the second-round when he landed a hard right that forced the referee to issue his opponent a standing 8-count as Owens would finish his opponent off in the third-round with a hard right that forced his opponent to take a knee leaving the referee to wave off the fight.

Keith Burnside of Struthers who trains under his father at Burnside Boxing scored a one-sided dominating victory over Coleton Schneider of Salem to round out the amateur winners from the Youngstown area.

Full Results:
Amateur Fights
Jaun Jauregui (Youngstown) DEC over Devonta McFadden (Akron)
Chris Hill (PA) DEC over Gary Jackson (PA)
Ted Mrkonja (Pittsburgh) DEC over Marcell Bonnor (Cleveland)
Danny Bodish (PA) DEC over Elhan Nevzadi (Cleveland)
Jerome Boaxter (Pittsburgh) DEC over Drew Smith (Hanoverton/Youngstown)
Keith Burnside (Struthers/Youngstown) DEC over Coleton Schneider (Salem)
Ashton Owens (Youngstown) KO over Taylor Cahill (PA)
Pro Fights
David Rodriguez (Akron) DEC over Latiss Norman (Cleveland)
Danny Rosenberger (Niles/Youngstown)  and Jauvan John (Brooklyn, NY) DRAW
Sulaiman Segawa (Washington DC) DEC over Alejandro Salinas (Youngstown)

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