Saturday, June 30, 2018

Fight Night: Fighting For The Friars Live Updates


6:20 PM - We are roughly 40 minutes away from first bell here at the Ukrainian Hall.  17 bouts are on tap for the evening, but as always in amateur boxing, there is a good chance we will have some bouts scratched.

7:30 PM - First bout should be starting soon.  We are now down to 12 bouts.  The matches are as follows:

95 LBS - Hadi Almanhadi (Detroit) vs. Joey Nail (Youngstown)
115 LBS - Guy Gonzalez (Ashtabula, OH) vs. Matt Moore (Canton, OH)
135 LBS - Gram Royal (Akron) vs. Courtney Price (Youngstown)
135 LBS - Nicco Froche (New Castle, PA) vs. Isaac Chatman (Youngstown)
120 LBS - Michael Turner (Pittsburgh) vs. Amir Statham (Cleveland)
175 LBS - Paul Palumbo (Pittsburgh) vs. Ashton Owens (Youngstown)
140 LBS - Justin Bermudez (Pittsburgh) vs. Jabril Scott (Youngstown)
135 LBS - Nehemiah Hollinger (Pittsburgh) vs. Hussam Almanhadi (Detroit)
141 LBS - Diego Bengochea (Meriden, CT) vs. Keonte Johnson (Dearborn, MI)
165 LBS - Brock McLeand (Pittsburgh) vs. Marcus McCintosh (Cleveland)
135 LBS - Frank Brown (Cleveland) vs. Teddy Mirkonja Jr. (Pittsburgh)
140 LBS - Armond Richard (Cleveland) vs. Jerome Baxter (Pittsburgh)
154 LBS - Gary Jackson (Pittsburgh) vs. Drew Smith (Hanoverton/Youngstown)

7:38 PM - First belt was a fun one in the 95-pound weight class with two youngsters slugging it out three rounds in what was the debut for both fighters. Joey Nail, trained by Vinny O'Neill at Southside Boxing Club wins the split decision victory over a very game Hadi Almanhadi of Detroit.  Nail did a great job working the body.

7:50 PM - Guy Gonzalez of Ashtabula, OH scores a unanimous decision victory over Matt Moore of Canton in a 115-pound matchup. 
8:05 PM - Gram Royal of Akron wins his debut by a unanimous decision taking down Courtney Price of Youngstown who trains at Burnside Boxing Club in a 135-pound matchup.  Royal controlled the bout from the opening bout, including inducing a standing eight count in the middle of the second round.  
8:20 PM - Isaac Chatman of Downtown Boxing Club in Youngstown and Nico Froche of New Castle battled in a heated 135-pound matchup.  Chatman scored a standing eight count in the opening round to set the tone, but Froche kept coming forward.  Chatman scored the unanimous decision victory.

8:40 PM - Michael Turner of Pittsburgh scores a split decision victory over Amir Statham of Cleveland in a 120-pound matchup.  The next two bouts will involve Youngstown fighters.
8:55 PM - Paul Palumbo of Pittsburgh rides a first-round knockdown he scored on Ashton Owens of Youngstown's Southside Boxing Club to secure a split decision victory in what was an entertaining175-pound bout.  Just found out that we have another bout added, as Nehemiah Hollinger of Pittsburgh will take on Hussam Almanhadi of Detroit bringing the number of bouts to 13 for the evening.
9:05 PM - Jabril Scott of Youngstown's Southside Boxing Club starting out strong but got caught at the 1:06 mark of the third round forcing the referee to call the bout and securing a TKO victory for Justin Bermudez of Pittsburgh in the 140-pound matchup.  One last match before intermission.

9:17 PM - Keonte Johnson of Dearborn, MI scores a split decision victory over Diego Begocha of Meriden, CT in a very entertaining 141-pound matchup between two very skilled fighters.  

9:42 PM - Intermission has wrapped up as we have 5 bouts to go in the evening.

9:55 PM - Hussam Almanhadi of Detroit earns a hard-fought split decision victory over Nehemiah Hollinger of Pittsburgh in a very competitive 135-pound matchup.

10:05 PM - Brock McCeland of Pittsburgh scores a second-round TKO at the 1:50 mark of the round over Marcus McIntosh of Cleveland in a 165-pound matchup.

10:22 PM - Ted Mrkonja Jr. of Pittsburgh scores a unanimous decision victory over Frank Brown of Cleveland in a 135-pound matchup.

10:40 PM - Armond Richard of Cleveland defeats Jerome Baxter of Pittsburgh by split decision in a 140-pound matchup between two highly-skilled boxers.

10:59 PM - Drew Smith of Youngstown's Burnside Boxing Club takes the victory in this evenings main event, defeating Gary Jackson of Pittsburgh in a 154-pound matchup.  Smith bounces back from being knocked down in the first round to earn the split decision victory.

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