By Larry Snyder
Washington, Pa. – The ring announcer has called out your name, you touched gloves with your opponent after getting your instructions from the referee, and the time has come to show everyone how good you are at the Sweet Science.
Matt McGovern and World Fighting Championships is providing approximately 36 warriors the opportunity to seize victory and further their careers Saturday, Sept. 21, at the 56-year-old Meadows Racetrack and Casino during WFC 113 Live Boxing. The doors for this first-rate card open at 7:00 p.m. with the opening match getting underway at 8:00 p.m.
Meadows Casino Vice-President of Marketing Kevin Brogan remarked, “We are excited to bring WFC back to the Meadows, our fourth year partnering with them. Matt and his team do a great job matching fighters and provide an energy-filled experience every event night.”
Pittsburgh’s Gerald Sherrell (10-1-0, 5 KOs) returns home after being one of the participants on Mark Burnett’s “The Contender” in 2018 on the Epix cable and satellite television network. The 26-year-old middleweight defeated Morgan Fitch (19-3-1, 8 KOs) in his last outing Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, by split decision (58-56, 58-56, 56-58) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
This weekend the combatant nicknamed “G5” faces Clay Collard, 26, from Cache Valley, Utah, who seeks to claim his third professional win. Sherrell had his last bout in the Keystone State in November 2017 when he picked up a technical knockout in the sixth round against Shakeem Hodge (5-2-1, 4 KOs) at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead.
Throwback On YouTube.com From Epix – Aug. 12, 2018 – Gerald Sherrell’s Journey To The Contender…
Rich Cantolina of Pittsburgh puts up his perfect record of 4-0-0 with two knockouts when he steps through the ropes to battle Tyler Collins from Lake Milton, Ohio. The 30-year-old Steel City native collected his fourth triumph in May 2019 with a first-round KO of Bryan Timmons (6-12-0, 5 KOs) at WFC 103 at the Meadows.
Ready to capture his first victory as a professional boxer, Collins, 26, assembled a 7-3-0 mark between 2014 to 2017 as an amateur in mixed martial arts.
Throwback On YouTube.com From World Fighting Championships – May 14, 2019 – Rich Cantolina Vs Bryan Timmons…
Kiante Irving, the 2018 National Golden Gloves Champion from Beaver Falls, PA, owns five consecutive wins by knockout against zero defeats and ties in his young career. The 25-year-old who trains at Tom Yankello’s World Class Boxing Gym in Ambridge, squares off opposite Darryl Bunting (4-6-2, 2 KOs) from Asbury Park, New Jersey.
Irving produced his fifth win in August 2019 with a first frame KO over VonKair Stevenson at the Sportszone Indy complex in Indianapolis. Because of his quick-strike power, none of Irving’s contests have gone past the second round. Bunting wants to move forward as he snapped a four-fight losing streak in July with a TKO in the third against Latiss Norman (4-4-0, 2 KOs) at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead.
Throwback On YouTube.com From Tom Yankello Boxing – April 27, 2016 – Kiante Irving…
Ryizeemmion Ford (2-0-0, 2 KOs), an up-and-coming prospect from Alliance, Ohio, tests himself against David Angeles (1-0-0) of San Bernardino, California. The 26-year-old lightweight did not need much time in his last match back in July as he took out Shawn Rall (0-3-0) with a TKO in the first at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead.
Ford spoke with Brian Whan of the Youngstown Boxing News website about his training for Saturday, “We had about two, two and a half weeks after my last fight and we got right back into it and started camp six weeks ago with lots of strength and conditioning making sure I’m toned up and strong.” He added about ending it early, “We just going to take it slow and if the opportunity presents itself then we will go in for the kill”.
Angeles, 19, won his inaugural four-round meeting in July by unanimous decision (39-37, 40-36, 39-37) over Alejandro Martinez (0-1-1) at Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, California.
Finally, McGovern commented on the competition, “Sherrell, Cantolina, and Irving are three local fighters that have world-class talent and a massive following. Ford comes from Ohio with an undefeated record and a strong start to his pro career. They all highlight a great event that will be some of the best boxing that Pennsylvania will see all year.”
WFC 113 Professional Lineup:
Gerald Sherrell Vs. Clay Collard (160 lbs) (Eight Rounds)
Rich Cantolina Vs. Tyler Collins (160 lbs) (Four Rounds)
Ryizeemmion Ford Vs. David Angeles (126 lbs) (Four Rounds)
Kiante Irving Vs. Darryl Bunting (162 lbs) (Six Rounds)
WFC 113 Amateur Title Match-Up:
Nick J. Duganier Vs. Paul A. Palombo (165 lbs)
WFC 113 Amateur Lineup (Three Rounds):
Eric Miller Vs. Teddy Mrkonja (132 lbs)
Ricky Carter Jr. Vs. Drew Smith (152 lbs)
Gary Jackson Vs. Donivel Evans Jr. (152 lbs)
KC Austen Vs. Eric Lomax (165 lbs)
Tawfiq Ali Vs. Cody Renzelli (178 lbs)
Rockill Brown Vs. Damon Nock (190 lbs)
Andre Donovan Vs. Danny Bodish (132 lbs)
Vinne Austin Vs. Steve Cunningham (141 lbs)
Jamar Sherrill Jr. Vs. Elijah Bray (165 lbs)
Brian McElrath Vs. Will Richardson (160 lbs)
Vic Cristian Vs. Jerome Baxter (141 lbs)
Kevin Weinheimer Vs. Troy Jacobson (135 lbs)
Melany Ward Vs. Alycia Link (125 lbs)
Corner Clipboard: All fight fans need to keep in mind online ticket sales end at midnight the evening before the competition. You can also procure good seats at the door. Any of the bouts and participants are subject to change and commission approval.