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13 NOVEMBER 2018


Quattrocchi Improves to 7-0-1 in West Virginia

By Derek Gionta, ringside: Made Men Promotions presented an eight bout outdoor boxing card billed "Labor Day Boxing" at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia on Sunday night (9/6).


The card consisted of seven pro fights, and one semi-pro fight, promoted by Angelo Magnone.


Magnone, a former college football player and professional boxer from Steubenville, Ohio, has put on a consistent series of boxing events in the region with a healthy contingent of loyal fans supporting the sweet science.


The eight round main event saw nearby Follansbee, West Virginia’s Aaron "Quiet Storm" Quattrocchi, 7-0-1 (4), break down and stop journeyman Bruce "The Rage" Rumbolz, 22-31-2 (15), of Sterling, IL in the sixth round.


Quattrocchi, trained by Steubenville, Ohio’s Artie Thompson, recently won the West Virginia light heavyweight belt this past June. "Q" acknowledged after the fight that he is likely to campaign at super middleweight. "I can make 168 no problem and that’s likely what I’ll do moving forward on to bigger fights," stated Quattrocchi, who recently played the role of boxer Keith "Buzzsaw" Brady in the movie "Southpaw." Thompson also saw action as a cornerman in a separate bout of the recently released boxing drama.


After a brisk round of boxing to start the fight, Quattrocchi scored five knockdowns and forced Rumbolz to take a knee once in each of the next five rounds, which referee Mike Napple called off at the 2:21 mark of the sixth.


Quattrocchi, 25, has shown steady improvement since debuting two years ago.


Cruiserweight Josh "The Handsome Hitman" Himes, 5-1 (3), of Monaca, PA, edged out a close four round unanimous decision over Rex "T-Rex" Harris, 1-3-2, of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Harris landed two grazing overhand rights in the first, slightly wobbling Himes. The local fighter acknowledged losing his footing on a slippery canvas both times. Himes scored a flash knockdown in the second, tallying a 10-8 on my card. The third was close with Harris continually looking to land the overhand and Himes throwing a majority of his punches to the head of his shorter opponent. Back and forth action in the fourth left the uncertain verdict in the hands of the judges. Final tallies read 38-37 x 2 and 39-36 for Himes.


Middleweight Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch, 14-0-1 (7), of Pittsburgh, by way of Louisiana, scored a dominant six round unanimous decision over Dennis "Razor" Sharpe, 17-16-4 (4), of Bayonne, NJ. Fitch scored a standing eight count in the second and third round compliment’s of his relentless body attack. Both eight counts saw Sharpe retreat into the ropes, dropping to a knee. The judges all had a shutout with scores of 60-52 across the board for Fitch, whose wife gave birth to their new son just a few days ago. Fitch trains in nearby Ambridge, PA with Tom Yankello.


Steubenville, Ohio’s Branko Busick, 1-0, won his debut over Devon "The Silverback" Mosley, 0-2-1, of Washington D.C., over an uneventful four rounds of heavyweight action. Busick, who reportedly had an MMA background prior, applied pressure in spurts, looking to land the big punch. He mixed in some body work on the softer-built southpaw Mosley as he retreated to the ropes. Mosley landed his share of blows in the second round, and outboxed Busick to seemingly even out the score. Numerous moot points during the fight gave fans the impression that the two were out of wind. As the final bell rang it was obvious Busick did enough, as the judges scored it 40-36 x 2 and 39-37. Busick is the son of former WWF wrestler Big Bully Busick, who was ringside in his son’s corner.


Pittsburgh super lightweight Billy "Hutch" Hutchinson, 9-1-4 (5), scored a third round TKO over Oklahoma City’s Chris Russell, 3-14-1 (2), with just eight seconds left in the round. Hutchinson applied the pressure from the opening bell while Russell circled and boxed from the outside. Round two was much of the same, while an overhand right sent Russell down in a heap late in the third. He made it back to his feet but showed no signs to continue.


Pittsburgh heavyweight Ed "Black Magic" Latimore, 9-0 (6), remained undefeated with an explosive knockout of Pensacola, Florida’s John Turlington, 7-13-1 (4), at the 1:51 mark of the opening round. Latimore landed a flurry early on sending Turlington into the ropes for a standing eight count. Less than a minute later, an overhand right sent Turlington crashing to the canvas. He made it to his feet before the ten count, but the fight was rightfully stopped by referee Mike Napple. The fight was scheduled for four rounds.


Super lightweight Matt "Sweet Child" Conway, 3-0 (2), of Pittsburgh, defeated Darrell Jones, 3-13-1 (1), of Jacksonville, Florida over four rounds. Conway, clearly at a height disadvantage against the taller southpaw, found his way inside and worked the body well over the duration. Jones had a decent opening round, using his jab and height. Conway consistently pressured over the next couple rounds. The young pro later capitalized by knocking the mouthpiece from Jones into the ringside table seats late in the fourth. The judges scored it 39-37 x 2 and 40-36.


In the lone semi-pro bout of the evening, Hunter "Celtic Warrior" Wallace defeated "Mean" Dean Phillips in a sloppy fight that made it to the final bell of their scheduled three, one-minute rounds. Wallace, of Wellsburg, WV, had the height advantage and used his jab enough to slow down a muscular, wild swinging Phillips, of Wintersville, OH. The two fought in the cruiserweight division.


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