|Tony Scandy with son Anthony|
Despite lots of circulating rumors spreading around social media of a cancelation, Youngstown trainer and promoter Jack Loew delivered the match that split the packed Metroplex in half.
The crowd, which started arriving early and often with many displaying their allegiance to either Tony Scandy or Tony DiMuzio created a buzz that could be felt from the national anthem all the way to the evening's final bell.
The action-packed evening of amateur boxing got off to a great start as Pittsburgh's Ted Mrkonja and Akron's Eric Miller put on a great display of talent in which both fighters controlled various periods of the fight.
Miller walked away victorious with a close decision of the 135 lb. matchup.
Youngstown fighters went 3-2 on the evening in front of the hometown crowd.
Tyrell Richards of Southside Boxing Club got the winning started as the 135-pounder stayed busy, outpunched, and out-landed his opponent, Ryan Ward of Zaninsville en route to the victory as he improved to 6-0.
Another fighter from the Southside Boxing Club stable, Ashton Owens who took some time away from boxing to finish his academic career at Youngstown State University looked better than ever has he capitalized on a dominating first round which saw him put his opponent, Tawfig Ali of Cleveland on the canvas.
Owens, a former football standout and Hubbard High School never let Ali off the hook as he showed patience in setting up his punches against the hard-nosed 178-pound opponent who got better as the fight went.
In his first bout with Downtown Boxing Club, Boardman student Jackson Behun dropped a hard-fought decision against Derrick King of Cleveland.
The most evenly matched fight of the night involving a Youngstown fight saw Drew Smith of Burnside Boxing take on KC Austin of Cleveland in the 155-pound division.
Smith who dropped a close decision to Austin back in 2016 was seeking revenge from a fight he felt he won years ago.
"It felt good," Smith said when asked how it felt to hear his name announced as the winner. "I knew I won all three rounds so I wasn't worried at all".
Smith attributes his decision to his training and the move he made to Burnside Boxing.
"Moving gyms have helped get better sparring, training, and conditioning," said Smith. "I could feel him ware down from the body shots and could tell they were hurting him".
The evening's main event saw Tony Scandy make easy work of Tony DiMuzio in a bout billed as "Once and for All".
From the opening bell, it became apparent that Scandy was in better condition as everything he landed on DiMuzio seemed to put Dimuzio on the canvas in the heavyweight showdown to settle a feud.
With Scandy in control after dominating the opening round, DiMuzio never answered the bell for the second round.
Hats off two both men at their age for climbing between the ropes and handling their business like men and letting the hands do the talking.
135- Eric Miller (Akron) DEC over Ted Mrkonja (Pittsburgh)
135- Terrell Richards (Youngstown) DEC over Ryan Ward (Zainsville)
125- Francis Stewart (Cleveland) DEC over Danny Bodish (Pittsburgh)
178- Ashton Owens (Youngstown) DEC over Tawfig Ali (Cleveland)
78- Maya Harris (Zainsville) DEC over Zion Hensley (Youngstown)
165- Paul Palumbo (Pittsburgh) DEC over Ben Meese (Zainsville)
145- Derrick King (Cleveland) DEC over Jackson Behun (Youngstown)
140- Tyler Chandler (Cleveland) DEC over Mike Harden (Cleveland)
155- Drew Smith (Youngstown) DEC over KC Austin (Cleveland)
HVY- Tony Scandy (Youngstown) TKO 1 over Tony DiMuzio (Youngstown)