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WFC 107: Ohio Boxers Take Center Stage at MGM Rocksino

Antonio Nieves made Cleveland proud, stopping his opponent in the 2nd round of the main event.

Photo from Dave @ BIGPLAY's Twitter

MGM Rocksino in Northfield Park hosted WFC 107 last night. The card was full of local guys, including 3 professional fighters from northeast Ohio. (Spoiler: All of them won their fights.) Here is a short recap of each fight on the main card, as well as some notes from the amateur fights as well.

Pro Card

130- Ryizeemmion “Johnnie” Ford (Alliance) stopped Michael Russell with a first-round TKO

Ford made a definite statement in his professional debut. I had a sneaking suspicion that Johnnie was the real deal when the guy behind me yelled, “Night night, Michael, you’re about to go to sleep” 37 times before the fight even began. Some reporters count punches thrown and landed at fights, I count “Night, night Michaels”.

HVY- Alant’e Green (Cleveland) finished Michael Glasscox with a second-round TKO

Entering this fight, I saw this guy’s name and got very nervous in case of any low blows. I’ve heard of a glass jaw, but this is just ridiculous. (Not to brag, but I took a grainy picture on my phone just as Green knocked Glasscox out as well.) Another win for the northeast Ohio boys.

118- Antonio Nieves stopped Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in the second round of the main event.

Nieves is a friend of the BIGPLAY family. He was actually the featured interview on last week’s “BIGPLAY Reflog Cleveland Show” so I was secretly rooting for the Ohio boy. You may be saying, “but Nick, what about your journalistic integrity”, well if you’ve made it this far into this article you know I didn’t have any to start with. Nieves was able to TKO Rodriguez after delivering multiple devastating body blows.

Rodriguez was also checked for a leg injury after falling awkwardly from a liver shot. After the fight, Nieves made a statement to the crowd and promoters asking for higher profile fights. Somebody give this man a title shot!

Amateur Card

The amateur bouts strictly featured fighters from Ohio, which is common for these types for events but cool nonetheless. Each fighter’s city is in parentheses after their name.

125- Andre Donovan (Urichsville) beat Frank Brown (Cleveland)

Andre Donovan gave Urichsville their first win of the night. (Fun fact: I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life and never knew where Urichsville was. Even more fun fact; I still don’t.)

160- Travis Charles (Canton) defeated Tony Kirksey (Cleveland)

Charles won due to disqualification after Kirksey kneed him in his… we’ll just say lower half. This was the first boxing event I’ve ever covered and I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure kicking guys in the junk is frowned upon in the sport.

165 (Championship)- Nick Duganier (Cleveland) defeated Ben Cottrell (Urichsville) to win the WFC Amateur 165 lb. Title.

Sometimes amateur fights can start off a little slow and sloppy. That was not the case in this title fight. Duganier came out swinging and looked to overpower Cottrell early. Cottrell was able to put together a nice 3rd round, but the Cleveland native took home the belt, winning by decision.

Other fights:

  • 201- Charles Smith (Cleveland) over Rockill Brown (Alliance)
  • 141- Armond Richard (Cleveland) over Vic Christian (Urichsville)
  • 157- JR McElrath (Akron) defeated Brian Sims (Cleveland)
  • 152- Anthony Cannella (Cleveland) beat Ryan Arce (Akron)
  • 178- Christian Juresic (Eastlake) defeated Stan Davis (Akron)

With so many guys representing cities across northeast Ohio, I decided to tally up how each town did as a whole.

  • Canton 1-0
  • Eastlake 1-0
  • Cleveland: 4-3
  • Akron: 1-2
  • Urichsville: 1-2
  • Alliance: 0-1

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