Youngstown's busiest fighter stayed the course of having a successful 2019 as 29-year-old Danny Rosenberger scored a unanimous decision over Pittsburgh native Justin Johnson in a four round super welterweight contest at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead.
Rosenberger showed power in his jab early as he landed a handful that snapped the head of the 30-year-old Johnson back.
"I didn't feel like I was really warmed up until the end of the second round," said Rosenberger of controlling the fight with his jab early.
While Rosenberger warmed up, so did tempers in the ring as referee Chris Riskus warned Johnson on multiple occasions for dirty antics before taking two points away in the third round.
"He was an experienced but dirty fighter," said Rosenberger of his opponent's antics which led to words being exchanged during the fight and after rounds.
"Every time I landed a shot he'd tie me up then would dig his thumb in my eye or hit me with a low bow, or pinch and squeeze my nose and chin".
When the dust settled and all was said and done it was Rosenberger who had his arm raised with after the judges scored the bout 40-34, 39-35, and 38-36, a score which showed the deduction had no effect on the decision, in his favor.
While Rosenberger, who improved his record to 6-7-4, had to work hard for his victory, Alliance native Ryizeemmion Ford only needed 1:27 to score a knockout with a body shot of Cleveland native Shawn Rall.
Ford, whose loyal fan base was vocal for the 26-year-old lightweight who sported cow print trunks and attire to the ring, landed a hard body shot midway through the first round that caused Rall to take a knee and forcing Riskus to wave off the bout and award Ford the TKO.
"It felt really solid," Ford said of the blow that forced his opponent to his knee. "It feels great to be 2-0 and we are going to keep it going".
Ford who improved his pro record to 2-0 with both victories coming by way of knockout has yet to see the second round.
"I would like to go longer so people can see my full potential but I'm definitely not disappointed with the results," said Ford of his quick nights of work.
Ford was not the only one not complaining of the result as his vocal fan base approved of his performance.
"It means a lot to me that they can come to watch me be great so close to home," Ford said of the crowd support. "It's such an unreal feeling to hear everybody cheering me on".
Ford who will be back in action on September 21st at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in suburban Pittsburgh had the fans in mind when he came up with the cow print theme and chose his ring walk music.
"The song Old Town Road was such a hit so I figured the crowd would enjoy it".
In what was easily the most entertaining fight of the night, Lyubomyr Pinchuk and Johnnie Langston beat each other up for all eight rounds of their ABF Continental Cruiserweight title fight.
Langston of Sarasota, FL appeared to run out of steam in the third but kept having an answer for everything the hard-hitting Pittsburgh native by way of Ukraine Pinchuk threw at him.
Every round seemed to top the next round as fans in the historic venue located in suburban Pittsburgh rose to their feet on many occasions during the action and between rounds in a fight which no one wanted to see a loser but in the end, it was Pinchuk who improved his record to 11-1-1 with the decision by scores of 77-75, 77-75, and 76-76.
In another war, Pinchuk's stablemate at the Conn-Greb Boxing Club and fellow Ukraine transplant Oleg Dovhun showed why he is known as the "Ukrainian Pitbull" as the 25-year-old won the vacant ABF Continental Super Bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory over the tough Grand Rapids native, Vincent Jennings.
Dovhun kept applying the pressure on Jennings and dictated the pace but Jennings was game and displayed heart as he fought out of the corner and off the ropes all night as Dovhun, who improved his record to 10-0 scored a unanimous decision by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Full Results from Carnegie Music Hall
Darryl Bunting (Marietta, GA) TKO3 over Latiss Norman (Cleveland)
Danny Rosenberger (Youngstown) DEC over Justin Johnson (Pittsburgh)
Kell Smith (Pittsburgh) DEC Edward Hatler (Corydon, IN)
Oleg Dovhun (Pittsburgh) DEC Vincent Jennings (Grand Rapids, MI)
Ryizeemmion Ford (Alliance) TKO1 over Shawn Rall (Cleveland)
Lyubomyr Pinchuk (Pittsburgh) DEC over Johnnie Langston (Sarasota, FL)
Randy Wachacha (Robbinsville, NC) TKO2 over Mke Manna (Pittsburgh)