Steave, Holt win bouts at Shamrock Showdown
CHESTER — A pair of Upper Ohio Valley professional boxers made quick work of their opponents while remaining undefeated Saturday night during the Shamrock Showdown inside the Speakeasy Ballroom at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.
Weirton’s Justin “The Hawk” Steave improved to 6-0 when he knocked out Carlos Pena, of Erie, Pa., 39 seconds into the third round of their junior middleweight bout, which was scheduled for six rounds.
Joey “The Hitman” Holt of East Liverpool went to 7-0 when he stopped Damion “The Wolverine” Hill, of Crystal, Minn., by TKO at 1:15 of the fourth round in their super middleweight matchup.
In the co-main event, Steave, a Weir High graduate, and Pena felt other out for most of the first round, but the former Red Rider used a flurry of punches at the end of the round to take control. Steave increased the pressure throughout the second round before sending Pena crashing to the mat following a series of rights and lefts early in the third.
“I’m feeling awesome,” the 5-8, 164-pound Steave told the raucous hometown crowd estimated at 1,200 by Promoter Angelo Magnone of Made Men Promotions. “I’ve got a great fan base here and my coaches are great. They pointed out some openings and I capitalized on them.
“The sky’s the limit … I’m a Hawk. I will soar.”
Pena had to be helped from the ring after being tended to. He was sitting on a stool some five minutes after the fight was stopped with an ice bag applied to the back of his neck by ringside personnel.
In the main event, the 5-8, 167-pound Holt, also a fan favorite, took control of his fight late in the second period with a flurry of punches. He carried that momentum over to the third and dropped Hill to one knee with a huge left to the body. A pair of right-and-left combos also sent Hill reeling as the referee administered a 5-count before Hill got to his feet.
Another big left hook to the body put Hill down for a third time late in the round. However, according to the referee, the Association of Boxing Commissioners doesn’t have the three-knockdown rule.
A pair of body shots had Hill in trouble again before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
On the undercard, professional winners were Pittsburgh’s Matt “Sweet Child” Conway (8-0); Philadelphia’s Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock; West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Mike “The Bad Dream” Ream (8-0); and Brooklyn’s Junior “The Young God” Younan. In semi-professional bouts, Wellsburg’s Matt Doll; Steubenville’s Broc “The Rock” Eakle and Follansbee’s Chris Nemeth had their hands raised.
Made Men Promotions will hold Rumble on the River on June 10 at the Crooked Docks in Wellsburg.