Boxing card set in Weirton
WEIRTON – Made Men Promotions will hold its second annual Independence Day Brawl Thursday at the Serbian Cultural Center.
The show, according to Angelo Magnone of Made Men, features several professional boxing matches along with a handful of local natives competing in the semi-professional undercard.
Headlining the professional side is UFC veteran and champion wrestler Branden “Iron Lion” Hinkle. He is looking to go 4-0 in the squared circle at age 40.
Hinkle will battle Orion Sistrunk from Philadelphia. The local boxer will be looking for his fourth knockout in as many fights.
In another featured bout, Wheeling native, Johnny “The Hyperactive Hillbilly” Haught will return to boxing after a two-year layoff. Haught, 1-0, will test Sam “The Butcher” Suska, of Pittsburgh. Suska has recorded first round knockouts in his last two fights.
Also featured on the card is rising star and Brooke High graduate, Aaron “Quiet Storm” Quattrocchi. After winning by first round knockout in Columbus recently, Quattrocchi will be matched against Akron veteran James Denson, who has 21 fights under his belt.
Another Ohio Valley product, Josh Fisher of Bellaire, will be looking to rebound from a controversial debut loss in Columbus. Fisher will meet Greg Thomas from Philadelphia.
Other professional’s on the card are Cuban featherweights Hairron Saccarras and Neslan Machedo. Saccarras will face Cincinnati veteran David Warren and Machedo will be challenged by Joe Bush from Detroit.
Thursday’s semi-pro bouts will feature several local boxers.
Chad “Full Time” Fuller, a Steubenville High School graduate, will take on Richmond native Cody “Big Country” McConnell in a Superheavyweight fight. Also returning to the ring is undefeated Follansbee fighter and Brooke High product “LIL” Joey Roberts, now 2-0. He will meet Mike “Nose” Jones of Irondale.
Another Brooke graduate, Hunter Wallace, will make his semi-pro debut against Kyle Zimmerman from Richmond.
The featured semi pro bout will pit Matt Emery of Richmond against Pittsburgh’s Jack Perhall.
Magnone reports tables for the event have been sold out. General admission tickets, however, are still available and can be purchased at Smokeys of Steubenville or Theo Yannis Greek Restaurant, in Weirton. Tickets also are available online at www.mademenboxing.com .
Ticket prices are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. The event is sponsored by Wine Merchants of West Virginia and Theo Yannis Greek Restaurant.