By Larry Snyder
Pittsburgh, Pa – The Sweet Science comes back to the Steel City neighborhood of Oakland Saturday, November 13, in the Cathedral Room at St. Nicholas church. Local promoter Michael McSorley, Jr. and his Integrity Fighter Management group associated with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing offers an exciting professional and amateur boxing event. Fans enter at 6:00 p.m., and the first bell tolls at 7:00 p.m.
For the 10-round main event, matchmaker Brian Dillon has the WBA NABA Super Bantamweight Belt on the line when Pittsburgh southpaw Oleh Dovhun (12-0-0, 5 KOs) steps between the ropes to face one of Maryland’s best Glenn Dezurn (14-2-1, 10 KOs) from Baltimore.
Dovhun, 27, came to the City of Bridges four years ago from Stebnyk in Ukraine. He disposed of his last two opponents in 2021, Julio Garcia and Brandon Grimmett, by first-round technical knockout on fight cards in Ashland, Kentucky. The 34-year-old Dezurn’s adversaries lost by TKO in the first or second round in his last three bouts. Both Dovhun and Dezurn have also gone the distance in eight-round match-ups in their respective careers.
A pair of undefeated Super Featherweights highlight the six-round Co-Feature of the evening. Rosalindo Morales (5-0-0, 0 KO) of Ellwood City, PA is prepared to clash with Arturo de Islas (2-0-0, 1 KO) from Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Morales is a 26-year-old southpaw and former U.S. Marine. He claimed the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves championship in 2016. All five of his professional encounters have gone the four-round distance, and Rosey enjoys unanimous decisions against all of his challengers. Can the 22-year-old de Isla summon another four-round UD of his own as he did in his previous confrontation against Rogelio Bautista (1-3-1) back in September 2020?
Lucas Adams (1-1-0) from Butler, PA, is ready to claim the second victory of his career in a six-round cruiserweight contest against Matt Wright (4-1-0, 2 KOs) of Morgantown, West Virginia. The 25-year-old Adams, who goes by the moniker “Hands of American Steel,” won his first pro outing in March 2019 by unanimous decision over Michael Brock Willis (1-8-1, 1 KO) at the Priory Grand Hall in Pittsburgh.
Wright brings to the ring a unanimous decision victory over Adams in April 2019 on promoter Steve Simons’ fight card at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown.
Integrity Pro Bouts – Four 3-Minute Rounds Each:
Super Featherweight – Johnny Spell (4-0-0, 3 KOs) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. James Early (5-7-0, 0 KO) Seat Pleasant, MD
Junior Middleweight – Deon Goodlow (2-3-0, 0 KO) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Ethan Hayes (2-0-0, 0 KO) Preston, WV
Integrity Exhibition Bouts – Three 2-Minute Rounds Each:
Heavyweight – Jordan Carr Of Ellwood City Boxing Club Vs. Jarrod Shaw From Morgatown WV
Super Heavyweight – Kiondre Tibbs Of South Side Boxing Club Vs. Christian Ortiz Of Kastle Boxing, Johnstown (PA)
CORNER NOTES: Followers of combat sports can find Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox at 419 South Dithridge Street. You can check for directions here.
Announced Friday afternoon, Clinton Clegg of Commonheart is performing the National Anthem.
Spell, Dovhun, and Morales do their training at the Conn-Greb Boxing Club in North Oakland. Regional promoter Derek Gionta provides management for Goodlow.
Integrity Friday Pro Weights Review:
Super Bantamweight: Oleh Dovhun 120.2 and Glenn Dezurn 121.1
Super Featherweight: Rosalindo Morales 128.8 and Arturo de Islas 130.8
Cruiserweight: Lucas Adams 180.8 and Max Wright 178
Super Featherweight: Johnny Spell 131.7 and James Early 130.9
Junior Middleweight: Devon Goodlow 151 and Ethan Hayes 150.7