Matt Conway is starting to develop a solid body of work for his young professorial career and after last nights 9th round TKO victory, the 23-year-old Pittsburgh native can now add successful title defense to his resume.
Though Conway was in control all match long, he had his hands full with 34-year-old Dominican Republic native, Adriano Ramirez in the main event of Rivers Rumble X put on by Made Men Promotions on a perfect night under the stars at the Rivers Casino outdoor amphitheater.
Ramirez tried to assert himself as the aggressor early on but he eventually started finding himself as the recipient of hard body blows from the fists of Conway.
The work Conway did to the body in the early rounds started opening up holes in the defense of Ramirez, who was eventually put on the canvas in the fifth round sending the packed house into a frenzy.
Ramirez, who kept fighting hard, would find the canvas again in the 9th round after eating a solid right from Conway.
Though Ramirez beat the count, the referee in charge made the right decision and waved off the bout giving Conway the 6th knockout victory of his career and a successful defense of his IBA Intercontinental lightweight title that he won in June.
With the victory, Conway improved his record to a perfect 14-0 while Ramirez saw his record fall to 10-2.
Youngstown native Danny Rosenberger dropped a tough decision to Wheeling, WV native Eric Bledsoe in the evening's co-main event.
Rosenberger was never to get off his combinations in the battle of two very solid defensive fighters.
Though Rosenberger caught Bledsoe with a few hard shots, especially in the opening two rounds, the 28-year-old fighter trained by Tommy Cordell at Downtown Boxing Club found himself on the wrong side of the judge's scorecards at the end of the 6-round super welterweight matchup by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
"It feels good to get the win," said Bledsoe from the ring to the crowd after the fight. "Danny gave me a good fight and the push that I needed".
Rosenberger, 28, saw his record slip to 3-5-3 while the 29-year-old Bledsoe now sports a 5-1-1 record.
Pittsburgh super welterweight Richie Cantolina found himself on the right side of the judge's scorecards as he defeated former Iraqi war veteran Cody Wilson of Fairmont, West Virginia in a four round affair.
The 28-year-old Cantolina who came to the ring to Toto's Africa improved to 2-0.
"Hats off to Cody Wilson," said Cantolina after the fight. "He's jacked and hits hard".
In what might have been the knockout of the night, Pittsburgh middleweight Larry Blakey (5-11-2) was caught with a hard right hand by Houston, Texas native Donald Reed (6-0) in the 1:53 mark of the 3rd round as Blakey was unable to beat the referees count.
Super welterweight amateurs - Jerome Baxter (Pittsburgh) SD over Corey Lopez (Highland Park, NJ)
Super welterweight - Fred Wilson (Cleveland) and James Robinson (York, PA) fought to a split draw
Middleweight - Donald Reed (Houston, TX) KO3 over Larry Blakey (Pittsburgh, PA)
Super welterweight - Eric Palmer (Fairchance, PA) UD over Ivan Hernandez (Buffalo, NY)
Super welterweight - Richie Cantolina (Pittsburgh, PA) UD over Cody Wilson (Fairmont, WV)
Super welterweight - Eric Bledsoe (Wheeling, WV) UD over Danny Rosenberger (Youngstown, OH)
Lightweight - Matt Conway (Pittsburgh) TKO9 over Adriano Ramirez (Dominican Republic)