In the case of 10-year-old Joey Nail, his body language told his trainer everything he needed to know about his young fighter during his 90-pound contest last night at Johnny K's Powersports in Niles.
"Joey would come to the corner after every round pounding his gloves ready to go", said trainer Vinny O'Neill of Southside Boxing Club.
"You could tell he wanted to be in that ring fighting," he continued.
Nail, who improved to 2-0 in his young career, struggled a little in the opening round but would control the next two rounds wearing down and out throwing and landing his opponent, Javor Santiago of Boards Boxing in Toronto, OH.
Unfortunately for the hometown fans that packed the outdoor event, Nail was the lone victorious fighter for the local Youngstown boxing scene on a beautiful evening under the stars put on by Johnny K's in conjunction with Lights Out Management billed as Boxing, Beers, and Bikes.
|Jabrill Scott (R) connects a punch on Justin Bermudez|
In what was possibly the most entertaining fight of the night, Jabrill Scott of Southside Boxing Club lost by split decision to Justin Bermudez of Pittsburgh in a 140-pound rematch from a month ago which saw Bermudez win by stoppage.
Scott appeared to control most of the opening two rounds as both fighters traded hard blows but in the end, Bermudes scored a knockdown in the third and final round that may have sealed the victory on some of the judges' scorecards.
A pair of Southside Boxing Club fighters rounded out the evening for Youngstown fighters as Boardman High School student Jackson Behun showed plenty of heart but had troubles solving hard-hitting southpaw Hassam Almanhadi of Detroit in a 150-pound matchup and Juan Jauregui was slow out of the gate in dropping a unanimous decision defeat to David Webb from The Bunny Team out of Toledo in a 70-pound bout.
|Rusty Rosenberger (L) being honored by Frank Fuda|
While the local fighters may not have walked away as many victories as they wanted, one former local fighter walked away with a well-deserved honor from the Trumbull County Commissioners Board.
Niles native and Trumbull County Commissioner, Frank Fuda was on hand to honor former pro boxer and fellow Niles native Rusty Rosenberger.
A multiple Youngstown Golden Glove champion as an amateur, Rosenberger reached the pinnacle of his professional career in 1979 when he claimed the New Jersey State Middleweight title.
Rosenberger, who finished his pro career with a 20-8 record, was inducted into the New Jersey State Boxing Hall of Fame in November of 2010.
65 LBS - Lamauri Grays (Cleveland) Dec over Souwah Cook (Pittsburgh)
95 LBS - Lamar Stewart (Detroit) Dec over Hadi Almanhadi (Detroit)
140 LBS - Justin Bermudez (Pittsburgh) Dec over Jabrill Scott (Youngstown/Southside Boxing Club)
70 LBS - David Webb (Toledo) Dec over Juan Jauregui (Youngstown/Southside Boxing Club)
80 LBS - Ibrahim Mason (Cleveland) Dec over Daren Webb (Toledo)
60 LBS - Maximus Ruiz (Pittsburgh) Dec over Jabarion Grays (Cleveland)
150 LBS - Hassam Almanhadi (Detroit) Dec over Jackson Behun (Youngstown/Southside Boxing Club)
130 LBS - Gram Royal (Columbus) TKO3 over Billy Ray Turner (Pittsburgh)
165 LBS - Brock McClelland (Pittsburgh) Dec over Travis Charles (Canton)
90 LBS - Joey Nail (Youngstown/Southside Boxing Club) Dec over Javor Santiago (Toronto, OH)
150 LBS - Nate Willingham (Pittsburgh) Dec over Brian Crockett (Ashtabula)
141 LBS - Corey Lopez (Pittsburgh) Dec over Frank Brown (Pittsburgh)