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The Harv Showcases Boxing

Fight card for Saturday stacked with talent

April 5, 2013
By TONY VIOLA, Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CHESTER - The Super Lightweight Championship will take over Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resorts' The Harv on Saturday night as eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and TNT Promotions present ''Live Championship Boxing.''

Undefeated former IBF and IBC World Champion Paul ''The Pittsburgh Kid'' Spadafora will take on WBC (USNBC) former Champion ''Red Hot'' Rob Frankel in the main event for the right to claim the newly vacant WBC (NABF) Super Lightweight title.

''This is history in the making,'' bout spokesman Mark Yankello said. ''The ramifications of this fight are huge. Spadafora (with a win) could be looking at being No. 1 in the world rankings.''

Gunning for his 48th straight victory without a loss, Spadafora currently has the longest undefeated streak among any active boxer in the world today. The Pittsburgh native is coming off an unanimous decision victory against top contender Solomon Egberime in December.

Should Spadafora rise to the top of the ranks, he will be in the company of Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, Danny Garcia and Amir Khan.

Frankel enters the fight after he claimed four of his last five bouts and has forever been eager to square up with Spadafora, a right he earned in January after a dominate performance against previous Spadafora foe Jermaine White, an opponent Yankello says the Pittsburgh Kid had trouble beating.

Frankel's lone blemish in his last five fights came in a tough decision to Cleotis Pendarvis, a fighter Spadafora currently looks up to in the rankings.

''He took some defeats early on in his career,'' Yankello said of Frankel. ''He has a very deceiving record.''

Among some of ''Red Hot'' Rob's victories are an upset of Bobby Pacquiao, Manny's little brother.

Others on the card include Wilkens ''The Hispanic Hurricane'' Santiago, Billy ''Hutch'' Hutchinson, Heavyweight Ed Latimore and East Liverpool's Joey ''Hitman'' Holt.

A late addition to the card may please a lot of Wheeling natives as Travis ''The Terror'' Clark will also fight at The Harv.

Clark, who normally resides on the mixed martial arts avenue, is currently 2-0 as a pro boxer.

''I don't see many lopsided battles,'' Yankello said of the card. ''Every bout should be very exciting.''

Part of the excitement, Yankello added, is the fact that the event is taking place at Moutaineer.

''Love to be back at the Harv,'' he said. ''It's a great venue. There's not a bad seat in the house. You have a great sightline anywhere you are.''

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased at Mountaineer Casino's Players Club in person or by calling 1-800-80-40-HOT ext. 8297 or online at ww.MOREatMountaineer.com or www.Etix.com.

The first pro bout is to begin at 7:30 p.m.

''I expect a very solid crowd,'' Yankello said. ''Roy Jones Jr. will be in attendance and we're inviting everyone out. We have 5,000 seats this time compared to 3,000 last time.

''It should be very exciting. There will be great ring girls, we have a great the national anthem (performance)...it'll be great for the crowd.''

 
 

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