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YOUNGSTOWN – After taking a 107-week respite due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lights Out Management returns Saturday night when they feature their 12 fight “Don’t Hit the Rock” fight card at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Banquet Center, 1025 North Belle Vista Avenue, Youngstown.

The all-amateur card begins at 7 p.m. with Cleveland Strong Style MMA and Training Center’s Brian Sims set to meet Baltimore’s Antuone Holmes in the 160-pound main event.

Sims is a 40+ fight veteran while Holmes has 22 fights under his belt.

“We are extremely excited to get back into the swing of boxing,” said Tom Cordell, Lights Out Management matchmaker and trainer for the Downtown Boxing Club.

“Our last show was on March 7, 2020, just before COVID hit, so we’re ready for a fun night of boxing after just over two years away.

“All the fights are paired equally, there will be plenty of hard knocks and with three women’s fights also on the card, we can’t wait for the action to begin.”

The co-main will pit Zion Hensley of Youngstown, the #1 ranked girl in the nation in her weight class (96 pounds) against #2 ranked bantam fighter, Eva Knight of Mandan Nation Hidasta Arikara in Newtown, North Dakota .

Hensley is currently at Deezol Boxing Academy in Youngstown and has been training under the watchful eye of Darnell Boone, a former professional boxer who has faced several world champions from middleweight to light heavyweight in his career.

A Masters division super heavyweight clash has Phil Albenze of Austintown of the Downtown Boxing Club taking on Gary Garland of Columbus while a heavyweight duo finds Rockill Brown of the Cleveland Rec Center taking on Keith Fairchild of the Against the Ropes Boxing Club of Cleveland.

In a 100-pound bout, Jesus Arroyo of Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club will meet Luke Whitmore of Warren’s Zulu Boxing Club. Albense is the owner of Body by Phil, where he is a fitness instructor and conditioning trainer, while Arroyo is the nephew of Harry Arroyo, IBF lightweight world champion from 1984 to 1985.

The other two women’s fights will pit Bella Wolk, also of Cleveland’s Against the Ropes BC, against Paige Donovan of Columbus Pilger BC in a 125-pound duet while Baltimore’s Nerrisa Turner is set to face Alicia Wink of Cleveland’s Strong Style Gym in a 132-pound battle. books. The fight show will pay tribute to Rocco Luscra and the region’s longtime football official and replay official, Dr. Larry Glass.

A count of 10 bells will be observed for three recently deceased sports personalities, boxer Gregg Augustine, gridder, sports writer and photographer, Gary Housteau, who chronicled his courageous five-year battle with cancer before his death last January and sandlot baseball player and coach, Richie Jones, who died on October 13.

“We are happy to be back, happy to help Rocco Luscra and honor our local sports legends as we watch Lil ‘Z take another step forward in his boxing career,” added Michael Cefalde, Jr. of Lights Out Management.

Doors open at 6 p.m., general admission is $15, VIP tickets $25 with tables of eight $300 and $400. Further information can be obtained by calling 330-717-4201 or 330-610-2306.

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