By Derek Gionta: Made Men Promotions returned to the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia on Saturday night, hosting their second professional boxing show in front of a nice local crowd. The night featured Wheeling, West Virginia’s Ronell Green in a six round featherweight attraction, while the undercard was loaded with five fights featuring the region’s top local heavyweight talent.
Promoter Angelo Magnone, a former college football player at Bowling Green State University, also made his professional debut following a short, undefeated amateur career.
Wheeling, West Virginia’s Ronell "Supermean" Green, 6-0 (3), out pointed a tough Toledo fighter in Micah "The Real Deal" Branch, 1-6-1, over six competitive rounds. Both fighters of similar stature and skill sets went toe to toe in the night’s main event. Branch, whose record is deceiving, came out early throwing a looping right hand to the head of Green. Green maintained composure and boxed behind a stiff jab, and firing combinations behind it. Branch reciprocated much of what Green had to offer throughout the fight’s duration but seemed slightly outgunned in four of the six rounds . The judges scored the fight 58-56 x 2 and an inexplicable 60-54.
In the evening’s co-feature, heavyweight Joshua "Too Tuff" Tufte, 12-0 (6), of Kernersville, North Carolina earned a ten round split decision victory over West Virginia’s Daniel "The Mountain" Martz, 7-1-1 (6). The win gave Tufte the NABA and USBO heavyweight belts. Martz, at 6’7" tall, did his best to keep the fight at distance, while carrying his jab around his waist level and firing straight right hands. Tufte did a good job of working his way inside while counter punching his much taller foe. Neither fighter looked in much danger of hitting the canvas at any point during the fight. The final scores were 96-94 both ways and 97-93 for Tufte.
Pittsburgh’s Ed Latimore, 3-0 (3), scored a knockout over West Virginia’s Christopher White, 1-1 (1), in the evening’s fourth bout of heavyweight action. Latimore pressured White, slipping and weaving his way inside and landing crisp power punches to the head and body. The final knockdown kept White down for the 10-count in the second round.
Ohio Heavyweight Josh "The Sandman" Stansbury, 2-0 (2), scored a dominant knockout victory over Cleveland’s Toby Vaughn, 1-8 (1), in the opening seconds of the first round as he swarmed and overpowered his opponent of similar height and weight.
In the second bout of the night, debuting Steubenville, OH heavyweight/promoter Angelo Magnone, 1-0 (1), scored a third round technical knockout over Youngstown’s Brandon Winner, 3-8. Magnone put the pressure on Winner and landed heavy blows, which eventually caused a cut over the left eye of Winner, prompting the stoppage in between rounds.
In the opening bout of the night Pittsburgh heavyweight Fred "Bad Boy" Latham Jr., 3-0 (2), punished Cincinnati’s Michael Davis, 1-16, over four one-sided rounds en route to a unanimous decision victory. Latham kept his shorter opponent at bay for much of the duration while scoring knockdowns in the second, third, and fourth rounds with a series of combinations to the head and body. Latham kept the fight in the center of the ring and knew when to pull the trigger, trapping Davis on the ropes on various occasions. Latham now has ten official knockdowns in his young career. All three judges scored the fight 40-33.
April 20, 2013