Monday, July 9, 2018

Regional Roundup

Pittsburgh Area
- Made Men Promotions who has been promoting boxing cards in the greater Pittsburgh region at venues such as Mountaineer and the Rivers Casino will be putting on it's first ever MMA event this upcoming Saturday, June 14 at the Rivers Casino outdoor amphitheater.  Start time is slated for 7:00PM with the doors opening at 6:00 PM.

- It was recently announced that two Pittsburgh based boxers will be appearing on the upcoming reboot of The Contender.

Gerald Sherrell and Morgan Fitch who will vie for the reality television crown consisting of 16 middleweight prospects.

Sherrell, 24, is one of the hottest young prospects in a city that has a ton of young talent and will bring a perfect 8-0 record onto the series with 4 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

Fitch will bring age and experience into the ring with him as the 34-year-old who hasn't fought in over a year sports an impressive 18-1-1 record with 8 wins coming by way of knockout.

- The Pittsburgh area will be buzzing with pro boxing events in August as three events are lined up on consecutive weekends.

August 4th: The Meadows in Washington, PA will host hosting a pro-am show promoted by World Fighting Championships
August 11th: Made Men Boxing will be hosting Rivers Ruble X at The Rivers Casino
August 18th: Integrity Fighter Managment will return to Priory Grand Hall

- It has been confirmed that amateur boxing will return to the Lawrence County Fair in New Castle for the third straight year.

The Fair Ground Throwdown III will be held on Wednesday, August 15 starting at 7:00.  
Admission to the event is free with your paid entry into the fair.

Northeast Ohio
-Cleveland will be invading the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa for a nationally televised card on Showtime on Friday, July 20 as Montana Love and Thomas Mattice will put their undefeated records on the line.

Love, 23, who has a record of 11-0 will take on Kenneth Simms Jr. (12-1) of Chicago for the vacant WBC Youth Silver Super Lightweight Title while 27-year-old lightweight Thomas Mattice will put his 12-0 record on the line against undefeated 22-year-old Zhora Hamazaryan (9-0) of Los Angelas by way of Gyumri, Armenia.

- For the third time in his young amateur career, Tyshawn Denson of the Akron Boxing Academy won the USA Boxing Jr. Olympics. Denson defeated Richard Hogan in the championship match of the 110 lb. intermediate division in Charleston, WV last weekend.

Kartiere Gilmore of Cleveland finished as runner-up in the peewee (9-10) 75lb division. Gilmore fell to Terry Green III of El Paso, TX in his championship bout.

- Former Olympian and Cleveland native Charles Conwell Jr. will appear on ESPN+ this upcoming Saturday, July 14 when he takes on Travis Scott (19-3) at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans in a huge step up bout for the 20-year-old rising star in the welterweight division.

Conwell is currently 7-0 with 5 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

- It looks like Akron/Tallmadge middleweight prospect Jose Rodriguez Jr. will be in action soon for the first time since his victory in Atlanta, GA in November.

Rodriguez, 23, who is 5-0 with 4 knockouts is slated to fight in Cincinnati at the Avenue Club on Friday, August  24 against an opponent to be named. 

- Like Pittsburgh, Cleveland will be represented on the upcoming relaunch of The Contender as Michael Moore got the nod for the series.  

Moore, 31, is no stranger to tournament situations as he lost int he quarterfinals of the 2015 Boxcino junior middleweight tournament put on by ESPN.  He is currently 15-1 with 7 knockouts but has only fought twice in the past three years.

The series, which will debut on August 24th will air on EPIX with recently retired and future Hall of Famer Andre Ward serving as the host and Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson serving as the trainers.

- Rodriguez Boxing Club in Tallmadge will be holding an amateur boxing show this upcoming Saturday, July 14 at Tallmadge High School with teams from New York, Maryland, Michigan, and Kentucky slated to appear.

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