By Greg Gulas
If it were up to Mike Cefalde, there would be a boxing show every weekend in the area.
Cefalde and his Lights Out Promotion Group are coming off a successful Feb. 19 professional card at the Shady Run Byzantine Center.
Speaking to the Curbstone Coaches during Monday’s weekly luncheon meeting at the Blue Wolf Banquet Center, Cefalde said his upcoming professional card on May 14 at Campbell’s St. Lucy Palermo Center will be just as big.
“I loved boxing as a kid and was fortunate later on to get involved with the promotion of several local boxing events,” Cefalde said. “That led to coordinating amateur events about three years ago and with two professional events now under our belts, we’re excited about branching out and doing even more shows in the area.”
The Feb. 19 event featured Jake Giuriceo and Dannie Williams. On May 14, Giuriceo, a welterweight, will return to highlight a seven-bout card that also will feature junior middleweight Michael Moore and light heavyweights Damar Singleton and Aaron Dufour.
It will also mark the professional debuts of Cleveland’s Derek Moss and Pittsburgh native Michael Hutchinson.
“The interest in boxing is definitely returning to the Mahoning Valley,” Cefalde said. “Like anything, we do need the help and support of local businesses and fans in the community if it is to succeed.
“Because of that renewed interest, we are hoping that might also generate the return of the Golden Gloves,” Cefalde said. “That’s something Jack Loew is passionate about as he has been trying to bring it back to our area for some time.”
Loew and former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik will team up to promote a card that will feature Williams, tentatively scheduled for June 25 at a site to be announced.
Cefalde, who was involved with Top Rank in the promotion of the Ray Mancini-Jose Luis Ramirez fight in 1981, has promoted eight fights with Gregg Augustine and Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, and assisted with Pavlik’s first three local fights.
Nine years ago, he began the “Inside Boxing” show on WBBW-AM 1240 and will return to the airwaves on March 28 at 6 p.m. after a six-month absence.
“The show was originally started to promote [Pavlik], but over the years has played host to the likes of local stars [Ray] Mancini, Greg Richardson, Harry Arroyo and Jeff Lampkin,” Cefalde said.