WEIRTON - Angelo Magnone, the former Big Red football standout, will be one busy young man when Made Men Promotions presents a night of boxing Saturday inside the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
Magnone, who earned three letters during his playing days at Bowling Green State University, will headline the amateur card, putting his 7-0 super heavyweight record on the line. In addition, he is the promoter of the event as president of Made Men Promotions.
He pointed out several other local athletes will be showcasing their boxing skills and the card also will feature some cage fighters turning to the boxing ring. A nationally ranked amateur heavyweight from Pittsburgh will make his professional debut during the event, set to start at 7:30 p.m.
The main event of the professional card will feature East Liverpool heavyweight Josh "The Sandman" Stanbury, who compiled a stellar 9-2 mixed martial arts amateur record and is 4-2 in professional MMA contests. In his last MMA battle, held at the Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort, Stanbury won the NAASF Light Heavyweight title.
Trained by former professional fighter John Bailey, Stanbury will go against veteran Deandre McCole of Akron.
East Liverpool junior middleweight Joey "The Hitman" Holt also will be on the card. Like Stansbury, Holt has a mixed martial arts background with a professional record of 3-0. He made his boxing debut on the Paul Spadafora undercard in December at Mountaineer and recorded a first round victory over of Allan Moore. His opponent in Weirton will be Roy Sanders of Coeburn, Va.
Pittsburgh will be represented by super heavyweight amateur standout Ed Latimore. With 40 amateur bouts on his stellar boxing resume, he will be making his long awaited professional boxing debut. Latimore will take on Mario Huffman of Cincinnati.
Latimore and Holt are both trained by Tom Yankello, who worked with Roy Jones Jr. and currently works with Paul Spadafora, the former lightweight champion and Pittsburgh favorite Monty Meza-Clay.
Other local amateur boxers scheduled to appear include:
Nelson Best, a super heavyweight from Knoxville; Glen Mitchell, a lightweight from Steubenville; and Tracey Yeager from Wellsville.
Those three along with Magnone are trained by Joe Board of the Board Boxing Club.
Follansbee's Aaron Quattrochi also will appear on the card.
Magnone said the center will feature 300 table seats and 300 general admission bleacher seats.
"This should provide an intimate setting and we are expecting a sellout," the boxer-promoter said.
Advance tickets are available at the Serbian-American Cultural Center, Belmonte's Pizza in Weirton, the Spot Bar in Steubenville and Smokey's in Steubenville. General admission tickets are priced at $20 and tables of eight are available starting at $200.
Information is available by e-mailing Magnone at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (304) 670-9406.
The main sponsor of the event is Wine and Beverage Merchants of Weirton in association with Coors Light. Other sponsors are Spot Bar, Blue Steel Grill Cafe, Fairfield Inn and Suites of Weirton, Dr. Charles Capito, and Sellitti, Nogay and McCune Law Office.