By Larry Snyder
Homestead, Pa. – Pugilists looking to continue their promising careers are being brought together by Michael McSorley of the Conn-Greb Boxing Club and Integrity Fighter Management LLC on Saturday, July 13, at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead. Doors open for all fight fans at 6:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m.
The co-main event features Pittsburgh boxers who came to the City of Bridges by way of the Ukraine in Eastern Europe, and who are putting on the line titles from the American Boxing Federation.
First, Lyubomyr Pinchuk, with a record of 10-1-0 and seven knockouts, safeguards his ABF Continental Americas Cruiserweight crown for eight rounds against 29-year-old undefeated southpaw Johnnie Langston (7-0-0, 3 KO’s) of Sarasota, Florida.
Last time out, Pinchuk fought to a 10-round draw with Taylor Duerr Friday, June 7, at the Motor City Casino in Detroit, Michigan. Judge Ron Cunningham scored it 96-94 in favor of Duerr; Pat Schmidt preferred Pinchuk 98-92, and Herman McKalpain listed it even at 95-95. Langston collected a unanimous decision over Terrell Jama Woods on Saturday, March 20, 2019, at the Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta, Georgia.
Second, unbeaten southpaw Oleg Dovhun defends his ABF Continental Americas Super Bantamweight belt for eight rounds against the upset-seeking Vincent Jennings (6-7-2, 4 KO’s) from Kentwood, Michigan.
Followers of the 25-year-old Dovhun (8-0-0, 2 KO’s) did not have to travel far to watch his eight-round unanimous decision over Daron Williams. The contest was Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Priory Grand Hall in Pittsburgh. Jennings’ last win was a majority decision Saturday, June 16, 2018, opposite Jose Resendiz at the Coliseum in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
All of the next bouts on this fight card are four rounds in length.
Kiante Irving, who trains at Tom Yankello’s World Class Boxing Gym in Ambridge, PA, owns a 4-0 mark with four knockouts as he steps between the ropes to engage Super Middleweight veteran Austin Marcum (11-11-1) of Breeden, West Virginia.
Irving, the 2018 National Golden Gloves Champion and is 25, claimed a technical knockout at 1:40 of the second round Saturday, Jan. 5, over Turner Williams at the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville. Marcum picked up his last victory Saturday, July 14, 2018, against Demetrius Walker at the Boyd County Community Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
From YouTube.com – Tom Yankello Boxing…
Pittsburgh’s Justin Johnson (6-20-6), who turns 30 in August, laces up the gloves for Super Welterweight combat in the tradition of the Penn/Ohio rivalry when he faces 29-year-old Danny Rosenberger of Youngstown.
Rosenberger (5-7-4, 1 KO) talked with Brian Whan on Youngstown Boxing News about being prepared for this bout, “My trainers Tom Cordell and Sam Calderon keep me ready. My last fight on May 25th against Keven Shacks I came out on top and took three or four days off and was right back in the gym because you never know when you’re going to get a call.”
He added, “I got a lot more road work in this time and Brian from Combat Athlete in Howland is pushing me hard and plus with my job owning my own stone masonry company doing hard labor and carrying bricks all day it’s my life it’s what I’m used to.”
Another pair of interesting Super Middleweights gather as 27-year-old Latiss Norman (3-3-0, 2 KO’s) from Cleveland, Ohio, meets Jade Ealy, 37, (2-5-0, 1 KO) from Augusta, Georgia.
McSorley commented about Norman on the Conn-Greb Boxing Club Facebook page, “Latiss Norman came into Pittsburgh with an upside down record, and on both of my shows he took charge and stopped tough opponents before the final bell. This will be his 3rd appearance on our cards. He faces 6’4 Jade Ealy, who has been in with some of the top east coast prospects. Both guys want to make a statement. This could be the sleeper fight of the night.”
More YouTube.com – Latiss Norman 04/08/2019…
Alliance’s unbeaten Ryizeemmion Ford, 26, steps into the ring for the second time in his young career to confront 29-year-old Shawn Rall of Cleveland in an All-Ohio clash of lightweights.
Ford (1-0-0, 1 KO) chatted with Brian Whan at Youngstown Boxing News about the importance of each matchup, “I’m always excited to enter the ring because this has always been something I wanted to do so I will always treat each bout like my first one.” He knocked out Michael Russell in the first round Saturday, June 8, 2019, as part of WFC 107 at MGM Northfield Park in Ohio.
Brian Gionta, part of the Ford management team, also remarked about the upcoming bout on YBN, “We plan to keep Ryizeemmion busy and right now there is a lot going on in this region. You have a handful of promoters doing shows which is good for boxing and especially young fighters looking to gain experience. The good part of having this kind of action in Pennsylvania and Ohio is you get tougher, more competitive matchups for the most part since these are two of the best states in the country for boxing”.
Rall (0-2-0) gave a spirited effort but lost by split decision in his outing, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, against Cody Wilson at the Court Time Sports Complex in Elizabeth, PA.
Remaining Fight Card:
Kelvin Smith Of Pittsburgh Versus Edward Hatler III Of Corydon, Indiana – Lightweight
Michael Manna Of Pittsburgh Versus Randy Wachacha Of Cherokee North Carolina – Heavyweight
Fight Night: When you are ready to witness all the action, you can click on the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall site for tickets or phone 412-728-3409. Remember all matches and participants are subject to change.
Looking Back On YouTube.com – Boxing Pro (Sept. 4, 2016) – Michael McSorley Talks Harry Greb And Billy Conn At Conn-Greb Boxing Club In Pittsburgh…