Abrams, Rodgriguez win Make-A-Wish bouts
By greg gulas
Cleveland’s Jeremy Abrams likes when the spotlight shines on him when he is in the ring.
Glenn Mitchell just wished that it didn’t shine so brightly.
Abrams won by decision over Mitchell in a 132 pound co-main event while Akron’s Jose Rodriguez decisioned Youngstown’s Miguel Acevedo in the other co-main attraction.
The 14-bout card was part of Lights Out Productions amateur boxing show benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation Saturday at St. Mary’s Assumption Social Center.
“After being out of the ring for the past six months, this is a really good feeling,m,” Abrams said. “Mitchell is a fighter that likes to work you, but staying on my jab and keeping my head moving was the key.”
Rodriguez won for the third consecutive time and improved to 60-24 with his win, noting that over his 11-year career, Acevedo was one of the toughest fighters he has fought.
“My jab and experience got me through this fight. Miguel is a very tough opponent — very strong with a chin just as strong,” Rodriguez said. “Any other fighter and they probably would not have lasted the three rounds.”
In the opening bout of the night, Delonte Johnson of Cleveland needed less than 30 seconds to put away Isaiah Guy of Pittsburgh in the first of tjree Junior Olympic matchups.
Two other Cleveland natives, Derrick King (65 pounds) and Raymell Harper (60) were the other two Junior Olympic winners.
In a 178 pound Master’s division match, Frank Donnadio stopped Burnside B.C. stable mate Damion Ealy and in a 165-pound bout, Cleveland’s Qawanda Williams earned a hard-fought decision over Salem B.C. opponent Zach Daniels.
It was a very sharp Lavell Sharp, also of Burnside B.C., who then stopped Justin Zehentbauer (Salem B.C.), earning the decision after knocking his opponent down before the end of the final round.
“I was getting in some good shots but stuck to the basics. He was loading up, but telegraphing his punches,” Sharp said. “I had to be patient and counter punch. I just look for mistakes and try to capitalize.”
Warren B.C.’s Colton Elser won over Tracer Yargen (Joe Bord B.C.) in a 131 pound pairing while Cleveland’s Cassius Foster stopped Ronnie Hamayel (Dickie Green B.C.) in a 151 pound scrap.
Brothers Alex and Tyler Smith of Downtown B.C. were both victorious with Alex besting Mo Bodair of Cleveland in a 152 pound match-up, and Tyler earning a decision over Cleveland’s Greg Gilbert at 132 pounds.
Also, Soriano Clay of United B.C. stopped Cleveland’s Cato Montgomery in a 201 pound pairing.
Lifetime achievement awards were presented to both Harry Meshel, former Ohio State Senate president and current YSU board of trustee who was instrumental in the creation of the Ohio Boxing Commission, and Gene Glenn, commissioner of the Lake Erie Boxing Association, currently in his 40th year of service with that group.
The event raised over $4,000 dollars for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.