New Cumberland, WV – Labor Day Eve was a special night at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort, particularly for local fans, as Angelo Magnone and Made Men Promotions put together another night of quality boxing.
With his intro music blaring over the speakers, it seemed half of East Liverpool, Ohio was in the ballroom to cheer for the main event as Joey Holt (8-0-0, 7 KOs) entered to engage Josh Fisher (4-4-0, 2 KOs) of Bellaire, OH for six tough rounds of Super Middleweight action.
According to Brian Whan of Youngstown Boxing News, Fisher, 32, signed on for the confrontation just three weeks ago. His overall athleticism and superior reach by his 6-foot height, to Holt’s 5-foot-8, kept Fisher coming back, carrying the fight into the last round.
While the combatants traded blows throughout the proceedings, Holt was able to hold off Fisher’s counter attack to the point he had him reeling in both the second and fifth rounds. Holt, also 32, hammered home the victory with a powerful right uppercut that sent Fisher to the mat for the last time at 1:59 of the sixth. It was his fourth win in a row by knockout.
The co-feature bout of the night had the vacant WBC FECARBOX, and WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight titles up for grabs, and it was youth that seized the moment. Bobby Gunn, Jr. (8-0-0, 7 KOs) recorded a technical knockout over Mike Miranda (44-7-0, 40 KOs) of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil at 2:28 of the second round.
After testing one another in the opening round, the 20-year-old Gunn took charge in the second, backing the 44-year-old Miranda into the corner twice and battering him with hard punches to the body to collect the win. The young pugilist from Hackensack, NJ is trained, and has as a corner man, his father, noted bare knuckles fighter, Bobby Gunn.
It was a quick night for 23-year-old Canadian Henry Stewart (4-0-0, 2 KOs) as he recorded his second knockout and the fourth victory of his young career over the début of Nick Shanks (0-1-0). The 6-foot-4 cruiserweight from Orillia, Ontario was the clear aggressor from the opening bell and had Shanks in trouble with a standing eight-count late in the first. Stewart continued his domination and knocked his opponent out with 47 seconds left in the second.
A one-way flurry of jabs and hooks saw Love collect a referee technical decision when Saunders’ corner threw in the towel after the bell rang to finish the third round. Saunders, 32, could not overcome the speed of the combinations from the 22-year-old Clevelander.
Joe Jones (9-0-0, 7 KOs) overcame what appeared to be a thumb to his left eye to defeat Rex Harris (4-6-2, 2 KOs) of Wilkes-Barre, PA in the third frame of their six-round cruiserweight bout. The 22-year-old Jersey City, NJ native dropped Harris in the first and sent him to the canvas at 1:04 in the third to win his second consecutive fight by technical knockout.
Semi-Pro Junior Middleweight – Daniel Hague of Wintersville, OH takes a majority decision over Richie Lowe Bellaire, OH.
Semi-Pro Heavyweight – Paul Earkle Jr. of Steubenville, OH claims a unanimous decision against Brandon Perkins of Parkersburg, WV.
Semi-Pro Super MIddleweight – Andrew Odell of Mingo, OH scored a technical knockout in the first round versus Chris Nemeth of Follansbee, WV.
Cruiserweight – The clash between Michael Bogner of Sandusky, OH and Branko Busick of Steubenville, OH concluded in a draw.
Heavyweight – Nelson Best of Knoxville, OH picked up the first unanimous decision of his career facing Nick Messer of Huntington, WV.
The trio of semi-pro matches was to go three rounds apiece. The other two pro meetings lasted the full four rounds each.
From The Clipboard: Made Men Promotions had 10-year-old Ashley Marina of Pittsburgh sing the National Anthem at the event. It is evident she has a very bright future in the music business.