Campbell to host boxing showcase
By Greg Gulas
Reigning Cleveland Golden Gloves champion Johnny Ford will meet Ofascio Falcon, the New York City-Metro Golden Gloves champion, in the main event of Saturday’s, 17-bout amateur boxing show at St. Lucy’s Palermo Center in Campbell.
Entitled “All-Star Boxing Show 2,” the card will feature fighters from four local gyms with two female scraps also on tap.
Area gyms represented include Downtown Boxing Club, Burnside Athletic Club, Salem Boxing Club and New Castle Boxing Club.
Promoted by Chuck Haskell and matched by Chuck Nelson, boxers from Akron, Cleveland, Steubenville, Erie and Pittsburgh will also take part as well as up and coming females Shannon Potter, Jessie Villers and Tori Ward.
“All fights are evenly matched with each fight very competitive bouts,” Nelson said. “Fans are sure to appreciate the entire card.”
The main event between Ford and Falcon is a long awaited match-up.
“I am really looking to seeing the rescheduled bout between our Ohio champion John Ford and New York champion Ofascio Falcon. The bout is rescheduled from our May 27 card as days before the event, Falcon became sick due to a severe stomach flu and the fight had to be postponed,” Haskell said. “This bout should be very entertaining and will definitely be highly competitive.
“I need to say thank you to all of the local fighters, trainers and fans for their continued support. It is because of that continued support, as well as that of the local community and businesses that events like this enjoy the success that they have.”
Ford (29-21) and Falcon will meet in a 132 pound pairing with Ford coming off a win this past Saturday over Cincinnati’s Tyrese Woodard at the Ohio State Fair.
“I really do not know much about my opponent, but the one thing I do know is that he is a hard hitter. It’s all the same to me though,” Ford said. “I’ll look to get a feel for him in the first round, see what he is coming with and then go after him in the second and third rounds.”
Trainers Tommy Cordell, Larry Filer and Sammy Calderone represent Downtown Boxing Club and will feature Brian Sims, Isaac Chapman, Tyarus Wolfe and Ward.
“All of our boxers are in shape, have been training for this card for some time and are ready to go,” Cordell said. “We’re looking for four victories on Saturday night.”
Keith Burnside’s gym will feature Nate Cordova, Dan Infante and Mike Sullivan while Ron Jackson and Bobby Plegge of Salem Boxing Club wrest their hopes on Izik Collins, Drew Smith and Jeff Felger.
Akron’s Randy Jarvis, Cleveland area fighters Luis Burgos, Christian Rivera, Frank Brown, Brian Torres, Shaquille Torres, Chad Robinson and Charles Smith, and
Jack Ketchum, Nate Young, Caleb Waggoner of Boards Gym in Steubenville round out the Ohio slate.
Pennsylvania fighters include Chris Hills and Vinny Austin of New Castle, Keith Coles, Rome Baxter, Charlie Clouster, Devin Siegfried and Skyler Robiscik of Pittsburgh, and Chucky Bizzarro of Erie.
Event sponsors include Attorney Lou Schavoni, Candidate for Governor Joe Schiavoni, Judge Dom Leone of Struthers, Dan Polivka and the Trumbull County commissioners, Wellman Attorney at Law, Nannicola Wholesale, Ed Reese and the Veterans Out Reach program headed by Bob Julian, Simone Arias and David Crawford.
Cost of the event is $20 (pre-sale) for general admission and $25 at the door.
Tables of eight and 10 are available, as well as individual ringside tickets for $40.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first fight hitting the bell at 7 p.m.
Further information, as well as ticket and table information can be obtained by calling Haskell at 724-699-1725.