By Greg Gulas
A 15-bout amateur boxing card to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation is set for Saturday at the Assumption Social Center at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave.
The event, co-sponsored by Lights Out Management and Tri-County Wholesale Distributors, will feature boxers from seven area gyms and other amateur pugilists from the tri-county area.
“We are committed to raising funds for local charities while featuring the many up-and-coming amateur boxers from our area. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” event coordinator Mike Cefalde, Sr. said. “It’s our way of saying thank you to those charities for a job well done and for the many services which they provide to those in need.”
Boxers representing Larry Filer and Tom Cordell’s Downtown Boxing Club; Bobby Pleggi’s Salem Boxing Club; Nate Adams’ Warren Boxing Club; Keith Burnside’s Burnside Athletic Club; Frank West’s Buckeye Elks Boxing Club; Sammy Calderon’s United City Boxing Club and Dickey Green’s Green Boxing Club are set to take part.
“All fighters have been preparing diligently for their bouts and we expect each and every one to be action-packed from bell to bell,” Cefalde added.
Representing the Downtown Boxing Club are brothers Tyler and Alex Smith, Miguel Acevedo and John Bullock while the Salem B.C. is expected to showcase Zack Daniels and Jake Booth.
Brandon Jones and Colton Leser are the Warren B.C. entries, United City B.C. entries include Siriano Clay and Angel Rojas while Burnside B.C. boxers include Lavell Sharpe and master’s division hopeful Frank Donnadio.
Brian Pegues will represent the Buckeye Elks while Green Boxing’s Ronnie Hamayel is someone sure to make an impact.
All pairings, when finalized, will be announced later in the week while all proceeds from auction items, individual ticket sales and a 50/50 raffle are earmarked for the foundation.
“We want to do several shows like this a year with the intent to raise money for area foundations that help others in need. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has been so great to so many children nationwide over the years, so the be able to help them out in some small way is just a great feeling for everyone,” Cordell added.
Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D-33rd District) will present lifetime achievement awards to former Ohio State Senate president and current YSU board of trustee member Harry Meshel, founder of the Ohio Boxing Commission and Gene Glenn, commissioner of the Lake Erie Boxing Association, who is in his 40th year of service in appreciation of their contributions to boxing over the years.
Celebrity ticket takers include radio personality Jeff Ondash of WBBW 1240-AM, “The Fan;” Youngstown 4th Ward councilman Mike Ray; Youngstown mayoral candidate John McNally; Mahoning County commissioners Carol Rimedio-Righetti, David Ditzler and Anthony Traficanti, and Mahoning County auditor Michael Sciortino.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the first bout set to hit the bell at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased at Jensen Lock and Alarm, Barry Dyngles, Groover Roofing and Siding, Banner Supply, Clemens Wine Cellar, ITAM Club No. 30 and Buffalo Wild Wings.
Further information can be obtained by calling Cefalde at 330-787-4228 or Cordell at 330-717-4201.