Philadelphia featherweight superweight Avery Sparrow (11-3, 4 KOs) upset local player Matt “Sweet Child” Conway (20-3, 9 KOs) this past Saturday night, registering a technical knockout 10th round for the International Boxing Association (IBA) vacant Super Featherweight and Pennsylvania State titles, at the Pittsburgh Temple Center in Cheswick, Pennsylvania.
The 12-round main event is slated to be an old-fashioned battle of cross-state rivals, Philly’s Sparrow and Pittsburgh’s Conway.
Sparrow appeared to take advantage of his considerable length, plunging in efficiency for points each round. Sparrow caught Conway with left hooks in the second half of the match, injuring him in the 10th round. When Conway was pushed back onto the ropes, Sparrow dealt him 10 unending punches, until the end. when referee Chris Riskus signaled for the match. Sparrow led the score in the 10th game with scores of 89-82, 88-83 and 87-84.
Sparrow won his first game in more than three years, when he won the decision by a 10-round majority over Philadelphia teammate Hank Lundy (29-7-1), winning three of his games. Conway in the process.
“This is our best show,” says promoter Derek Gionta. “We had a great crowd at a first-rate venue. The main event was a great fight and credits Avery and his team for a well-deserved victory. It was a stylistic contrast. distance between him and Conway. The skillful counter-attacker eventually prevailed against the aggressive close-in.”
“Matt has had a very busy 11 months, since last February, 3-1 with this match being a 12-round title match. He will find a way to refocus and resume his career. maybe at 126 pounds because he’s not having a hard time. That’s going to be a decision he and his team will make.”
“I’m eager to see what Avery does next and who (his promoter) Russell Peltz will be the right fit for him as I feel his best days are ahead. We’re proud. staged such a high-profile match at a regional club show in Pittsburgh. All the parties involved are true professionals. My wheel has turned for the next show.”
In this co-feature, lightweight Ryizeemmion “The Humble Beast” of Alliance, Ohio, Ford improved to 7-1 (5 KOs) by stopping Charles Clark (3-9-1, 1 KO) from outperforming when Clark’s corner threw in a white towel late in the first half. Ford controlled the fight with a long jab and sharp combo punches to the head and body in a regular match and Clark endured.
Illinois heavyweight Anthony Hollaway (4-2-2, 3 KOs) overcame a 42-pound weight disadvantage against Thomas Hawkins (4-10-1, 1 KO) to play a unanimous four-round match. Holloway controlled the action from start to finish in a match with Hawkins and coordinated in some good power shots while dodging counters from Hawkins. Hawkins sometimes displays a spark with his left hand, but Hollaway is too skilled.
Lightning-fast featherweight supermaster Alexander Castellano (6-1, 2 KOs) started strong and never took his foot off the pedals versus Shawn Rall (1-5, 1 KO) as the former closed the curtain, taking the win. wins each round against all three referees’ scorecards. There were no kills and no boxers were injured at any point. Rall demonstrated the game again.
Portuguese featherweight superweight prospect Milton Jorge Andrade Jeremias (3-0.2 KOs) remained undefeated as he used his 8-inch height advantage against David Boria (0-5), of Ashtabula, OH . Jeremias dominated the first two innings, but his Ohio opponent came back strong in the third round, rocking Jeremias with a solid header, and he beat the game to the final ring. Jeremias won 4 decisive innings by majority.
https://www.boxingscene.com/avery-sparrow-riding-high-stunning-matt-conway-with-tko-win–163521 Avery Sparrow rides high after stunning Matt Conway with TKO . win