The old West Virginia Penitentiary built in 1876 might not have seen any prisoners since it was retired from use in 1995, but that doesn't mean the gothic style building has seen it's last jailhouse brawls within its confines.
This past Saturday, the historically registered building located in Moundsville was the site of five professional bouts, four of which featured fighters from the Pittsburgh area as well as a handful of MMA fights.
Though not the evening's main event, the biggest prospect on the card was Beaver Falls native Kiante Irving who scored the first knockout over Turner Williams of Beckley, WV to improve his record to 4-0 with 4 KOs.
Irving, 24, a former National Golden Glove Champion who trains under Tom Yankello will be back in action soon in West Virginia as the super middleweight will fight on the February 16 Cupid's Knockout card at Mountaineer being promoted by Made Men Promotions.
Though Irving might have the pedigree of a national title, he wasn't the only big-time prospect from Steel City to make easy work of his opponent as Ukrainian transplant Lyubomyr Pinchuk continued on his mission to win a world title as the 22-year-old Mike Mcsorely trained fighter improved to 8-1 with his victory over Leroy Jones.
Pinchuk will return to action in Pittsburgh on the Integrity Fighter Management promoted card on March 2 at the Priory Grand Hall as he will defend his ABF USA cruiserweight title.
Also walking out of Moundsville with victories was 29-year-old Eric Bledsoe who scored a unanimous decision victory over Javier Fraizer of South Carolina as the super welterweight improved his record to 6-1-1 and crowd favorite Michael Manna, a 36-year-old cruiserweight who scored a second-round knockout over West Virginia native Joe Hill to improve to 3-0 with 3 KOs.