Boxing back at Serbian center
WEIRTON – Ronell Green achieved much success during his wrestling career at Wheeling Park High School. On Wednesday, he’ll continue his quest to achieve fame as a featherweight boxer.
Green, who captured two OVAC and three West Virginia wrestling titles, will put his unbeaten record on the line when Angelo Magnone’s Made Men Promotions brings another professional boxing event to the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
Doors are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. and boxing action begins at 7:30.
Markel Muhammed, who fights out of Columbus, will square off against Green in the feature bout. Green is 6-0 with three knockouts and recently cracked the top 50 ratings for U.S. featherweights.
The co-feature will match heavyweights Daniel “The Mountain” Martz against Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams. Martz, who hails from Clarksburg, sports a 7-1-1 ring mark with six KOs. In his last bout, Martz dropped a close decision to Joshua Tufte in what was a dual title bout sanctioned by the U.S. Boxing Organization and the NABA.
Williams of Detroit is a ring veteran, having fought 47 times. He is 29-17-1 with 16 victories via the knockout. He has gone against five world champions including Antwan Echols, Jeff Lacy and Andre Ward.
The professional boxing card will be rounded out with unbeaten heavyweight Fred Latham (3-0, 2 KOs) of Pittsburgh meeting D’Andre McCole of Akron. Wesley Tucker (2-0 2 KOs) of Toledo will tangle with debuting Roosevelt Archie of Burgettstown in a welterweight clash. A six-round light welterweight contest will pit Pittsburgh’s Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (5-4-4) and Chad Simmons of Youngstown.
“Our pro card features several guys who are considered up and coming talents,” Magnone said. “Green definitely has a promising future and already has earned a national ranking.
“Martz lost for the first time during out last show and a win for him against Williams would be huge. We think the pro card will provide those attending with some quality bouts.”
The card will include several semi-pro boxing matches, featuring battlers with little or no previous boxing experience.
Steubenville heavyweight brawlers Antonio Magnone and Jake Kulin will do battle in one of the semi-pro features. Other local semi-pros seeing action include Josh Fischer of Bellaire, David Keys of East Liverpool, Kenny Wilson of Wheeling and Chris Nemeth of Follansbee.
Magnone said his brother (Antonio) wanted to give “boxing a try so he stepped up and agreed to participate.” The promoter, who is recovering from an injury, said he will return to the ring on Sept. 1 when Made Men brings a boxing event to the Spot Bar.
General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Smokey’s of Steubenville and Belmonte’s Pizza in Weirton. VIP tables, seating eight, also are available for $250.
For information, call (304) 670-9406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is sponsored by Coors Light in association with Wine Merchants Beverage Center of Weirton.