|Vinny O'Neill giving Joey Nail direction between rounds.|
Former pro fighter turned trainer Vinny O'Neill gets nervous anytime one of his amateur fighters at Southside Boxing Club enters the ring for the first time, but when Joey Nail made his debut on Saturday night it was a little bit more personal for O'Neill.
"When it's one of your best friends sons you really don't want to see the kid get in there and get hurt in his first match," said O'Neill.
Luckily for O'Neill, Nail not only walked out of the ring unscathed but also victorious in his debut in front of a solid crowd at the Ukrainian Hall for the Lights Out Managment promoted amateur card to benefit St. Dominic's Church.
Nail, who was a little shaky in the opening round, turned up the heat in the second and third rounds outworking his opponent while landing at a high rate to the body and head en route to a split decision over Hadi Almanhadi of Detroit in a 95-pound match which opened the Fighting for the Friars event.
O'Neill had high praises for Nail following the fight.
"He listens, works hard when he is the gym and doesn't goof off and tonight showed everyone he can throw good hard punches with good extension on them", said the proud O'Neill.
Isaac Chatman of Downtown Boxing Club also secured a victory for Youngstown as he capitalized on a solid opening round against Nico Froche of New Castle, PA.
Chatman scored a standing 8-count in the opening round as he slipped and countered beautifully before the match turned heated in the second and third rounds as Chatman scored the unanimous decision victory in the 135-pound matchup.
"I haven't been to the gym in a long time but I had to fight tonight and dedicate it to my grandma", said Chatman as he dedicated the victory to his recently deceased grandmother.
|Drew Smith (L) and Gary Jackson listen to the|
Drew Smith of Hanoverton who trains at Burnside Boxing Club battled off the canvas in the opening round to score a split decision victory over Gary Jackson (8-4) of Pittsburgh in the evening's main event.
Smith, who seemed to pick up energy and increase his punching output as the 154-pound fight went deeper, evened his record at 12-12.
"I came back and stumbled him at the end of the first round and I carried that momentum for the rest of the fight", said Smith who will be leaving for basic this month until December.
Lights Out Managment will return with another night of amateur boxing to support another great local cause that will be named at a later time on July 28th in Niles at Johnny K's Power Sports.
95 LBS - Joey Nail (Youngstown) SD over Hadi Almanhadi (Detroit)
115 LBS - Guy Gonzalez (Ashtabula, OH) UD over Matt Moore (Canton, OH)
135 LBS - Gram Royal (Akron) UD over Courtney Price (Youngstown)
135 LBS - Isaac Chatman (Youngstown) UD over Nico Froche (New Castle, PA)
120 LBS - Michael Turner (Pittsburgh) SD over Amir Statham (Cleveland)
175 LBS - Paul Palumbo (Pittsburgh) SD over Ashton Owens (Youngstown)
140 LBS - Justin Bermudez (Pittsburgh) TKO3 over Jabril Scott (Youngstown)
135 LBS - Hussam Almanhadi (Detroit) SD over Nehemiah Hollinger (Pittsburgh)
141 LBS - Keonte Johnson (Dearborn, MI) SD over Diego Bengochea (Meriden, CT)
165 LBS - Brock McLeand (Pittsburgh) TKO2 over Marcus McCintosh (Cleveland)
135 LBS - Teddy Mirkonja Jr. (Pittsburgh) UD over Frank Brown (Cleveland)
140 LBS - Armond Richard (Cleveland) SD over Jerome Baxter (Pittsburgh)
154 LBS - Drew Smith (Hanoverton/Youngstown) SD over Gary Jackson (Pittsburgh)