WEIRTON - Made Men Promotions has a special treat in store for area boxing fans this weekend.
Professional bouts along with an eight-man amateur heavyweight tournament are planned for the Serbian-American Cultural Center Friday and Saturday.
The first fight card of 2014 will feature 12 pro bouts over the two days. The first round of the amateur tournament will be contested Friday with the winner being decided Saturday.
"We were just looking to do something different," said Angelo Magnone of Made Men. "Instead of having amateur bouts each night, I thought it would be more exciting for the fans to feature the pros also. They certainly will be getting their money's worth with the fights we have planned."
The event, billed as Cupids Knockouts, will feature the return to boxing ring of MMA legend "Iron Lion" Branden Hinkle.
Friday's fight card includes the first round of the heavy tournament along with six pro bouts.
Professionals include Wheeling's undefeated featherweight, Ronell "Supermean" Green, one of the more highly touted professionals in the Tri-State Area. He will be taking on resilient veteran Johnny Frazier from Las Vegas.
Friday's co-main event features hard-hitting undefeated heavyweight Ed Latimore, 3-0 with three knockouts. A decorated amateur, who fought all over the country, Latimore is looking to get busy in the ring after serving time in the National Guard for the past nine months, He will meet Antonio "Sugar-T" Robertson of Raleigh, N.C. The undercard features undefeated MMA prospect Josh "The Cake" Baker.
Saturday card will feature the conclusion of the amateur heavyweight tournament plus an additional six professional fights. Hinkle will be action Saturday. Fighting as a heavyweight, he is 2-0 with both wins coming via first round knockouts
The undercard for Saturday consists of another MMA local favorite and Weirton native Justin "The Hawk" Steave, who will be making his professional boxing debut.
Also, undefeated light heavyweight and Follansbee native Aaron "Quiet Storm" Quattrocchi looks to extend his record to 3-0. Quattrocchi, Steave, and Hinkle are trained by Arthur Thompson of Steubenville.
Magnone said the weekend is being sponsored by Wine and Beverage Merchants of West Virginia and Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort. He added there will be a local weigh-in for Friday's event at Blue Steel Bar and Grille on Thursday at 6 p.m. Daily passes are priced at $30 and a two-day pass is $50.
Tickets are available until Friday at Smokeys in Steubenville and Belmonte's Pizza in Weirton.