‘Murrysville Madness III’ brings boxing back to SportZone

‘Murrysville Madness III’ brings boxing back to SportZone


With two nights of boxing at the Murrysville Sports Zone and a regular rotation of venues in the Pittsburgh area set to host fights, Monroeville promoter Derek Gionta is feeling good.

“The surgery is becoming more routine, so now we know what to expect from a setup and performance standpoint,” he says as he watches fighters train at the Fit4Boxing gym in Murrysville. Battles for September 17

“I’m looking for more opportunities to get in front of a bigger crowd and grow my career,” said 23-year-old Ohio fighter Trey Craycraft. I’m happy to have my first fight with Derek under my belt.

Craycraft was training with Willie Shaw, 30, of Ambridge, who came to Pittsburgh after starting his boxing career in California’s Bay Area.

“I played a lot of sports in high school and got away from it,” Shaw said. “But when I got to college, I needed money, and that’s when I started taking it seriously.”

Shaw started his career as an amateur at the age of 18 and turned professional three years later.

22-year-old fighter Mary Casamasa of Franklin Park is coming off her first professional win with a win over Las Vegas rival and Pittsburgh native Leanne O’Malley-still a middleweight.

“I want something a little more challenging to really test myself and see what I can do,” Kasamasa (2-0, 1 KO) said.

Coming out of training at Jack’s Boxing Gym in Ross, Kasamasa said she gained a lot of confidence from working with trainer Jack Mook.

“I’m really going to push my heart out, because I know a lot of people get lost sometimes at the end of a fight, and I want to make sure I’m as strong in the last round as I was in the first round. Jack slows down my strength training, and there’s nothing better than going into the final lap knowing my legs are still there and I can keep going.

As with most fight nights, not all matches are finalized, and are often changed in the weeks leading up to the event. But Gionta said building a stable of quality local talent would make it easier to find matches and bring in out-of-town fighters.

“Some of these people live in areas where there aren’t many fairs,” he said. “And when they fight here, they may not have the advantage, but when we call it, they know it’s going to be competitive.”

Eric Lomax (4-1, 3 KOs) is still waiting to see who he’ll be up against — but this time, he’s not worried.

“You have to be as prepared as you can be,” said Lomax, 32, of Pittsburgh. “I worry about my own personal things. A couple of weeks ago I wasn’t too worried about who I was going to fight. I don’t focus on doing anything too specific about a guy until someone signs up for the fight.

Regardless of the final lineup, Gionta is looking forward to a second fight in Murrysville this year.

“It’s a very easy place to work with,” he said. “And it’s a great place to watch a fight.”

“Murrysville Madness III” will be at 7 p.m. at the Murrysville Sports Zone, 4491 School Street South. Doors open at 6 p.m., and individual tickets range from $30 to $100. There is a table seat.

For tickets, call 412-759-0407.


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Patrick Varin is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. You can contact Patrick by email at pvarine@triblive.com or on Twitter. .

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