KO DRUGS BOXING Fitch's Koval remains unbeaten
His first round heavyweight win was one of nine championship bouts on the card.
By BOB ROTH
AUSTINTOWN -- Austintown Fitch High's Chris Koval continued his unbeaten record in the KO Drugs Boxing tournament, stopping Thomas McClinton of Polaris High after the first round in the heavyweight bout, of the Northeast Ohio championships at The Mill.
Koval's victory came in one of nine bouts before a crowd of about 200.
Knockout blow: Koval, despite giving away almost 50 pounds, seemed to struggle early in the fight, but turned it around with a left jab and two straight rights. That combination cracked against McClinton's jaw as the bell sounded and he was unable to continue.
"I wanted to see what this guy had in the early going," said Koval, "and then I tagged him with a solid one-two."
One of the other bouts ended in a draw and both fighters -- Adam Grdinich of Girard and Jake Giuriceo of Campbell -- were named co-champions in a junior middleweight fight.
"Early on I was waiting for him, but I knew I had to get busy and force the action," said Giuriceo.
Grdinich's brother, Mark, won the welterweight title with a decision over Liberty's Ryan Williams.
Brothers split: Another pair of brothers, Mike and Frank Sackela of Austintown, split their matches. Mike won the featherweight championship with a decision over Gary Chaney of Girard, while Frank lost to Chris Zamudio of Green in the lightweight championship.
Dan Ramun of Poland decisioned Fitch's Steve Devellin to win the flyweight title.
Billy DeCola of Western Reserve used a powerful two-handed attack to win a decision over Jim Martin of North Olmsted in the cruiserweight championship.
In other bouts, Robert Williamson of Sharon stopped Myron Jordan of Berea in the super-middleweight championship, while Keystone's Tylon Cousin won the super heavyweight title over Eric Velasquez of McDonald.