Youngstown, OH (WKBN) – Professional boxing makes its return to the Valley this weekend. It should be a mix of emotions for local trainer Jack Loew, who hosts his first event since the tragic death of a Detroit Boxer back in December.
The official weigh-ins took place at East Side Civics Center Friday afternoon for Saturday’s ‘March Madness Professional Boxing.’ Campbell native Jake Guericio is a part of the main event Saturday night. The big story though is Anthony Taylor, who makes his return to the ring after the death of his opponent in his first professional bout in late December. He’ll be fighting in the same place and same ring from 3 short months ago.
“From seeing his opponent and everything, I really hope he’s ready because it’s going to be a barn burner,” said Loew. “Anthony’s head is completely cleared. What happened is not even in his mind right now. He can’t let that fight against him. He’s gotta fight with that in his mind and going forward.”
“I mean I’m focused, I’m just focused…I’m there,” said Taylor at the weigh in. “I really don’t know how I’m gonna feel when I actually step back in the ring, but I can’t let that hinder me, so I feel good.”
It’s an 8 card professional bout at the St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Church Saturday night. Doors open at 6 PM, fights start at 7:30 PM.