Commanding the spotlight in the main event is a pair of unbeaten middleweight warriors who bring quick-strike power in a six-round matchup. Pittsburgh’s Gerald Sherrell with a record of 7-0-0, three by knockout, faces Shakeem Hodge, 5-0-0, four knockouts, from Reading, Pennsylvania.
Sherrell, 24, won his last bout in September at the Monroeville Convention Center with a technical knockout in the fourth round over Mikael Bosse (2-3-0, 1 KO). Hodge, 26, also claimed a technical knockout in his previous fight back in July, but in the first round over Kendall Batts (0-3-0) in Durham, North Carolina.
Tyler Polk of the Point Park News Service chatted with Sherrell about the matchup, “It feels good, it’s an exciting feeling, I’m just ready to go, I’ve seen [Hodge] fight before, he’s decent. I’m ready to put on a show. I hope everyone’s ready for a good show and some good fights.”
Followers of the Turnpike Rivalry have a four-round super welterweight battle to savor as 28-year-old Butler, PA native Robert Osterrideer (1-0-0, 0 KO) looks to build his burgeoning career by taking on Danny Rosenberger, 27, from Youngstown, OH (1-3-2, 0 KO).
Osterrieder won his four-round début in May at the Sports Center in his hometown with a unanimous decision versus Quwanda Williams (1-1-1, 0 KO). He spoke with Brian Whan of Youngstown Boxing News about his preparation for this next bout under trainer Billy Wolfe, “My training routine is always satisfying. Plenty of road work and sprints. In the morning I have my first workout where I do cardio and strength conditioning. In the evenings we box. Mitts, heavy bag, and plenty of sparring. We also watched some tape of my opponent so we do work on specific things that will work well against his style. I can’t wait for November 4th to be here, I’m ready to go and show everyone who I am and what I am capable of as a fighter”
Rosenberger picked up his first career victory in July with a majority decision in four rounds over Diamond Mitchel (0-3-0, 0 KO) at the Apex Sports Center in Lima, Ohio. It should be exciting to see who is ready to take the next step.
Lyubomyr Pinchuk (3-0-0, 2 KOs) who calls Pittsburgh his home by way of Lviv, Ukraine, has a four-round cruiserweight contest with MMA veteran Michael Bogner (boxing: 0-0-1, 0 KO / MMA: 8-12-1, 1 NC) of Sandusky, OH.
Pinchuk, a former two-time amateur Ukrainian National Champion, talked with Gene Collier of the Post-Gazette about training at the Conn-Greb Boxing Club, 4200 Fifth Avenue, with Mike McSorley, “To come to America to be world champion. My dream was professional career, exactly in USA. I texted a lot of people, maybe 200, not just in USA. Canada, Australia, Germany, all Europe. But Mike was very interested. He sent me tapes of his training. I thought, I like this. Now we’re here.”
The other half of the Ukraine connection duo at Conn-Greb is super featherweight Oleg Dovhun (3-0-0, 1 KO) who faces Joseph Cole (1-3-0, 1 KO) from Marrero, Louisana in a four-round skirmish. Dovhun has five Ukrainian national titles on his list of accomplishments. I believe that the price of admission is money well spent, even if the card only held these two bouts.
One more unbeaten streak enters the squared circle as super middleweight Leemont Johnson (4-0-0, 3 KOs) from Braddock, PA, has a four-round showdown with southpaw Eric Govan (6-2-0, 3 KOs) of Germantown, Maryland.
Two of the matchups have all four combatants making their inaugural appearances in the ring. Rich Cantolina of Ambridge, PA is in middleweight action with Mike Randolph from Iowa. In another duel of Pennsylvania Vs. Ohio, Pittsburgh’s Llewelyn McClamy has a super lightweight clash with Cleveland’s Dib Kaddah.
Doors open for pugilism fans at 6:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m. Tickets begin at $30, and you can procure your seats by calling 412-728-3409.
Video From Peter Wood On YouTube.com – Gerald “G5” Sherrell getting ready for a fight in March 2017…