By Larry Snyder
Pittsburgh, Pa. – When a championship comes to the City of Bridges, it is defended. Matt Conway, 23, puts the IBA Intercontinental Lightweight championship he won in June against Arturo Santos Reyes (19-10-0, 5 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on the line tonight opposite Adriano Ramirez (10-1-0, 6 KOs) at Rivers Casino.
This ten-round lightweight matchup is the main event for Rivers Rumble 10, another quality sporting event brought to you by Angelo Magnone and Made Men Promotions. The doors to the outdoor amphitheater open at 5:00 p.m. with the first bell ringing at 7:00 p.m.
Conway is unbeaten with a record of 13-0-0 and five knockouts. His father, Jack trains him at Bronson House Gym in Washington, PA. The pugilist known as “Sweet Child” told Brian Whan at Youngstown Boxing News, “It means a lot to defend this belt. The training camp leading up the fight was long and hard, so I’m putting just much effort if not more into this title defense.”
For the 34-year-old Ramirez, who hails from Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic, it is his first time to visit the Keystone State. He possesses a 4-1 mark in his last five fights.
Super welterweight Eric Bledsoe (4-1-1, 1 KO) from Wheeling, West Virginia faces Danny Rosenberger (3-4-3, 0 KOs) of Niles, Ohio in the six-round co-feature match leading to the main event. The 29-year-old Bledsoe is 3-0-1 in his last four encounters.
Rosenberger is trained by Tommy Cordell at the Downtown Boxing Club in Youngstown. The 28-year-old combatant spoke with Brian Whan at Youngstown Boxing News about the confrontation, “A win will open some doors for me and my career. Training has been great and I feel both physically and mentally in shape. Eric Bledsoe is a great fighter and this will be a tough and action-packed fight. He comes to fight and has a nice following behind him.”
Pittsburgh’s Richie Cantolina (1-0-0, 1 KO) seeks to remain undefeated when he steps through the ropes for four rounds against super welterweight Cody Wilson from Fairmont, WV, who is making his professional debut. Cantolina collected his first triumph back in November 2017 against Mike Randolph at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. Wilson trains at the Hess Fitness Center in Fairmont.
Remaining Professional Fights:
Super Welterweight (Six Rnds) – James Robinson (York, PA) Vs. Fred Wilson (Cleveland, OH)
Middleweight (Six Rnds) – Donald Reed (Houston TX) Vs. Larry Blakey (Pittsburgh, PA)
Super Welterweight (Four Rnds) – Ivan Hernandez (Buffalo, NY) Vs. Eric Palmer (Fairchance, PA)
Amateur Fights (Three Rnds):
Super Welterweight – Eric Quarrels (Pittsburgh, Pa) Vs. Gary Jackson (Pittsburgh, PA)
Super Welterweight – Corey Lopez (Highland Park, NJ) Vs. Jerome Baxter (Pittsburgh, PA)
Next Up: Made Men Promotions returns to the ballroom at Mountaineer Casino on Sunday, Sept. 2 for a Labor Day Eve boxing event at 7:00 p.m.