Loew’s fight show
set for Saxon Club
By Greg Gulas
The third annual “Season’s Beatings” fight card is scheduled on Friday with 12 bouts on tap at the Saxon Club, 710 South Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Presented by local trainer and South Side Boxing Club owner Jack Loew, the all-amateur card will feature Loew-trained Ryan Williams as he goes up against Courtney Price of Burnside Athletic Club in the 135-pound main event.
In addition to 10 boxers with local ties, fighters from Akron, Butler, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are set to compete with two teams from New York also scheduled to make the trip.
Fights begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors set to open at 6 p.m.
“This our third annual Season’s Beatings event and the card is very, very competitive,” Loew said. “We’re back at the Saxon Club because I want to start fresh with this current group of fighters. I started here with Popo Salinas and this is an absolutely great venue. We’re pleased and happy to be back with our holiday show.”
Williams is the assistant wrestling coach at Liberty High School and at 34 years of age, will meet another late starter in Price, who is 32 and trained by Keith Burnside.
It will be Williams’ last hurrah in the ring as he is set to call it quits after Friday’s event.
“Ryan came to us about a year ago and said that he wanted to give boxing a shot. He was looking for an amateur fight and then began his training,” Loew said. “He lost his first fight, but was competitive. He then won a couple fights and is now back for his final fight, fulfilling his boxing bucket list of things that he wanted to accomplish. He actually went four fights farther than I expected.
“Courtney is another late starter who absolutely loves the game. He’s always in the gym, is a hard puncher and ready to go.”
In the fall, Vinny O’Neill, Loew’s assistant took a group of local boxers to Buffalo to compete and the two New York groups are returning the favor.
“Vinny runs my amateur program and has done a wonderful job,” Loew added. “Our gym is filled with quite a few up-and-coming, talented amateurs and it’s because of Vinny’s efforts. We had a great showing in Buffalo and we’re now looking for a great showing from the New York teams on Friday.”
Salinas’ younger brother, Julian, will meet Brian Sims of Downtown Boxing Club in a 160-pound pairing while Loew said fans will fall in love with eight year-old Juan Jauregui, also of South Side Boxing Club, who is paired with Soulja Cook of Pittsburgh in a 63-pound scrap.
“Julian hasn’t boxed since 2009, but wants to get back into the ring as he prepares for the upcoming Cleveland Golden Gloves,” Loew said. “Brian knows his way around the ring and has been active while Julian has not. Julian is 6-3 and Brian 5-9, so this should be a very interesting fight.
“One of the very best bouts on the card will be the battle of 8-year-olds when Juan Jauregui meets Soulja Cook. Juan is very skilled for an 8-year old. He’s not a free-swinger, goes to the body and he kind of reminds you of a mini-Manny Pacquiao.”
Another fighter that Loew is high on is 14-year-old Brayon Colon, who will meet 13-year-old Waldeman Candelaria of Burnside A.C. in a 140-pound scrap.
“Brayon has a lot of talent. He’s a hard puncher, works really hard in the gym and is heavy handed,” Loew noted.
The night will also feature 13-year-olds Tyshawn Denson of Akron as he goes up against Angel Gonzalez of New York in a 102-pound pairing.
Denson is ranked No. 1 nationally in his age group and weight class while Gonzalez is No. 4 overall.
“It’s so hard for these guys to get on a club show like this,” Loew said. “When I saw Angel’s name and told them that I had Tyshawn on the card, they jumped at the opportunity for the two to meet on our show.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $250 for a ringside table.
Further information can be obtained by calling 330-501-5713.