Hamayel, Simms win at One More Round’ event
By Greg Gulas
Ronnie Hamayel and Brian Simms of Downtown Boxing Club were the local winners during Lights Out Management’s “One More Round” boxing card Saturday at California Palms Hotel.
The eight-bout, outdoor show featured four local boxers.
Former state Senator Harry Meshel was honored as its “Man of the Year.”
Meshel, who recently completed his nine-year term as a Youngstown State University trustee, is a longtime International Boxing Council supervisor and the driving force behind the creation of the Ohio Boxing Commission.
Hamayel, who improved to 17-9, won a 160-pound unanimous decision over K.C. Austen of Cleveland.
“My strategy was very simple and that was to shoot my jab, keep my distance and just box,” Hamayel said. “We ended up slugging each other and going toe-to-toe. I hit him, he hit me and that went on all three rounds.”
The first of two co-main events found heavyweight Aleksa Camur of Cleveland stopping Youngstown’s Chris Young by unanimous decision,
That bout was followed by a 160-pound match-up that found Pittsburgh’s Bobby Helms post a third-round TKO (2:16) over Salem’s Mardell Halas.
Helms knocked Halas down in the first-round and in the third round, prior to the fight’s stoppage, forced a standing eight-count.
“He caught me with a number of good punches in the first-round and while I tried to regroup, he just kept tagging me,” Halas said. “I tried to slug with him, but he was the better slugger tonight.
“I didn’t agree with the stoppage.”
Camur and Young were fighting for the second time in two years with Camur having won the first match-up during Golden Gloves action in Cleveland.
“I hit him [Young] with what I felt were some pretty hard shots. He can eat a punch,” Camur said. “He’s an excellent boxer.”
In the opening bout, Brody White (2-4) of Pittsburgh’s Steel City Boxing Club scored a split decision over Bryan Torrese of Cleveland’s United Boxing Club in a 115-pound pairing.
“I just wanted to go in there and do whatever I could to wear him down,” White said. “I knew that I had to throw a lot of punches in order to put myself in position to win, yet at the same time I didn’t want to open myself up and let him have any good shots at me.”
In a 140-pound pairing, Keyshaun Johnson of Cleveland was the winner over Eicheal Johnson of Columbus by unanimous decision while at 160 pounds, Simms stopped Deon Goodloe of Pittsburgh, also by unanimous decision.
With the win, Simms evened his record at 3-3 in six amateur tries.
“My corner kept telling me to just move forward and keep my hands up,” Simms said. “I probably did 90 percent of what I wasn’t supposed to do out there tonight, but the 10 percent that I did do right was enough for me to win.”
In a 135-pound scrap, Green’s Zi Stalnacker improved to 14-16 by scoring a unanimous decision over Danny Bodish of Pittsburgh.
“He [Bodish] is a brawler, but I felt like I had more power and speed and could take a punch better,” Stalnacker said. “I just stood there and boxed him.”
Proceeds from the event benefitted the area’s Agency on Aging.