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New YSU football coach Eric Wolford and most of his staff flew into Atlantic City on a charter Friday afternoon for the Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Martinez bout. "Just a little bonding time outside of football," said assistant Ron Stoops.
Wide receivers coach Phil Longo is a New Jersey native -- he grew up about an hour from Atlantic City -- but hadn't been to the city in about six years. He arrived around 9:15 p.m. with defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz and Wolford's father, Tom.
"I fought for seven years so I'm really looking forward to this," Longo said. "This is my old stomping grounds."
Kravitz, a south Florida native, had never been to a fight before.
"I'm excited," he said. "He was my co-coordinator for the spring game so I'm looking forward to cheering him on. I never had the opportunity to go to a fight before but I already feel like I'm part of the Youngstown family."
Tom Wolford joined his son Eric at the second Pavlik-Jermain Taylor fight in February of 2008.
Tonight's referee for the Pavlik-Martinez bout is David Fields. The judges are Craig Metcalfe (Canada), Barbara Perez (New Jersey) and Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico).
Famed boxing announcer Michael "Let's get ready to rumble" Buffer will call tonight's main event. Joe Antonacci is undercard announcer
The best quote I didn't use this weekend came from Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who was asked why Sergio Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, wasn't at Friday's weigh-in. "Lou is also an owner of a [minor league] baseball team that had its first game last night, so I don't know, maybe he's firing the manager or something," he said. DiBella arrived soon afterward.