BOXING Boone, Koval capture victories
"Deezol" Boone stopped James North in the third round of the main event.
BOARDMAN -- More than 900 fans were on hand Friday night for a pro-am boxing card at the B & amp;B Backstage, promoted by Southside Boxing Club.
The main event on the professional side saw middleweight Darnell "Deezol" Boone improve to 5-1-1 when he stopped James North of Weston, Pa. (7-7) at 1:20 of the third round.
Boone, of Youngstown, has been trained by Jack Loew at Southside since he was an amateur. He came out fast for the scheduled six rounder with body shots and a right cross-left hook combination that staggered North in round one. Forcing the attack Boone using a countering right with a sharp left hook to drop North for an eight count in the second round.
North continually tried to move and jab, but was nailed with a left hook to the body and a right to the head that sent him down to the apron of the ring.
"I came for a war and did what I had to do in getting him out early just like I wanted to do," said Boone, who registered his third pro knockout.
Chris "Special K" Koval of Austintown improved to 22-2 with his 17th knockout when he stopped Gary "The Bull" Winmon (25-16) from Pittsburgh at 1:17 of the fourth and final round of their heavyweight battle.
Koval landed right hand leads to the body and then opened up with a two-handed barrage that stunned Winmon, who countered with short left hooks.
A much more aggressive Koval scored repeatedly with right uppercuts in round two and in the third round he went to a strong left jab and another barrage of lefts and rights, taking Winmon to the ropes.
Koval, who was much stronger, continued his attack in round four, belting Winmon on the ropes until referee Dave Bowers stopped the bout.
"I wanted to show Gary I could jab and nail him when I wanted to with right hand leads, then I opened him up with body shots," said Koval.
The other pro fight was a heavyweight four rounder in which Youngstown's Rico Acevedo won a unanimous decision in his debut over Billy Vucick (1-1) of Pittsburgh.
The amateur fights were highlighted by the Salinas brothers, who also train at Southside.
In a pair of 65-pound three-round bouts, Julian Salinas defeated Nathan Raden by decision, and Popo Salinas defeated Brandon Dilly when the referee stopped the contest in the third round.
Juan Salinas lost a 100-pound three-round decision to Jamel Vann of Warren.
In other fights, Chris Hazimihalis (135 pounds) from Campbell won a four-round decision over Ron Salka from Pittsburgh; Keis Smith from Boardman defeated Tom Joseph of Girard in a three-round, 152-pound bout, and Rocky Nolfi, trained by his father Tony and Loew at Southside, stopped Josh Ross of Pittsburgh in a 165-pound bout.
The quick punching Nolfi had Ross take a standing eight count in the second round and then a continued barrage had the referee stop the contest.