Photos from the Junior Fa-headlined special Ohio-edition of DiBella Entertainment and Team Tory Promotions’ “Broadway Boxing” event March 2 from Columbus, Ohio
On Saturday, March 2, in Columbus, Ohio, well-known New York-based boxing promoter DiBella Entertainment and local promoter Team Tory Promotions delivered an excellent night of international-themed boxing – including five Heavyweight bouts featuring the WBO’s No. 8-ranked contender Junior Fa of Auckland, New Zealand – to one of America’s most insatiable college football fan bases. The perennially top five-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.
DiBella Entertainment showcased a few of its prized Heavyweight prospects in a special Ohio edition of its popular ‘Broadway Boxing’ series in an event held at the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center. The night of professional boxing capped off an exciting lineup of the weekend’s various competitions associated with the Arnold Sports Festival.
The aforementioned Junior Fa (17-0, 10 KO’s) defended his interim WBO Oriental Heavyweight title with a four-knockdown first round blowout of France’s Ouatah Newfel (16-3, 9 KOs).
CLICK HERE FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JUNIOR FA ON THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE BITE DOWN BOXING PODCAST TO HEAR FA DISCUSS HIS TKO1 PERFORMANCE IN COLUMBUS, AS WELL AS HIS TRAINING CAMP EXPERIENCES WITH WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER AHEAD OF HIS DRAMATIC BOUT WITH TYSON FURY IN DECEMBER.
Fa’s stablemate Hemi Ahio joined the New Zealander in action, and gradually took apart Ed Fountain in seven rounds of hard-hitting Heavyweight action. Fellow DiBella Entertainment Heavyweight Stephan “Big Shot” Shaw, of St. Louis, Missouri, treated the packed house to a devastating third round knockout of a determined Donovan Dennis of Davenport, Iowa. And, Bronx, NY-based Heavyweight George Arias, another fighter on the DiBella roster, had to go the distance in order to get his 13th win after earning an eight-round majority decision with Saginaw, MI’s crafty Robert Simms.
Some of the night’s regional talent included previously unbeaten Lightweight Carlos Dixon, Cleveland Super Middleweight Isaiah Steen and Heavyweight Alante Green, as well as a Super Welterweight showdown for the vacant NABA-USA and USA Ohio State title between Columbus native Jamie Walker and Pennsylvanian Dan Karpency. The action-packed night also featured a devastating first round knockout of Tamarcus Smith by hard-hitting Milwaukee Welterweight Rolando “Nano” Vargas, who spends time training at Toledo’s Soul City Boxing gym among its stable of rising young fighters including Steen and 2016 U.S. Olympian Charles Conwell.
For a detailed write up on all of the night’s action from the special edition of Broadway Boxing click HERE.
All photos by R.L. Woodson