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YOUNGSTOWN – As boxing interest seems to wane in the area, former Boardman resident Lou Schiavoni and son Joe will host an event “Night of Champions” Greetings on Friday August 13th at the Downtown Amphitheater honoring the five Youngstown World Champion fighters.

It’s a show that has been in the works for several years.

“Joe and I love boxing and the interest in our area seems to have subsided a bit.” said Lou, a Cardinal Mooney High School graduate and former Golden Glove winner. “We’re trying to bring back interest in boxing, and when you look at the many great fighters that have hailed from the Mahoning Valley, it’s really amazing that a town the size of Youngstown can produce five world champions.

“These are not small won belts, but belts of the big three, the IBF, WBA and WBC. All five boxers have pledged to attend this community day, and in addition to the Covelli Center and Premier Bank helping with this community day, entry money has been provided by the New Orleans law firm Peiffer, Wolf, Carr, Kane, and Conway to attend branch Youngstown. “

The five world champions to be honored include lightweight champion Harry Arroyo (40-11-0) and cruiserweight world champion Jeff “Prime time” Lampkin (39-19-1), lightweight champion Ray “Boom boom” Mancini (29-5-0), Kelly Middleweight Champion “The ghost” Pavlik (40-2-0) and the bantamweight title holder Greg “The flea” Richardson (31-8-1).

Also featured is local junior Olympic champion Zion Hensley, who is currently the top ranked 90 pound fighter in the United States.

“Our city is tough. For generations, the people of the Mahoning Valley have fought for everything we have. “ added Judge Joe Schiavoni, who won a novice title in the last Golden Gloves event ever held in the area at Struthers Field House. “Five guys from Youngstown made it to the top of the toughest sport in the world and it’s time their accomplishments were celebrated.”

Videos of each fighter, compiled by Warren’s Jim Fogarty, will be shown, with Bob Hannon moderating the opening and a question-and-answer session afterwards.

Well known local trainer Jack Loew will close the show.

“Boxing in the Mahoning Valley is slowing down. Hopefully if Lou and Joe throw a night like this to honor our five local world champions it will kick off some shows in the area. ” said Tom Miller, former international boxing judge.

Lampkin, who is from the East Side, is currently 59 meters old.

“Youngstown is and always has been a special place for boxing” he said. “The fact that all five world champions are honored and at the same time a pleasant surprise makes me really humble.”

Mancini, who grew up in the south of the city, is also looking forward to the event.

“I feel very honored to be part of such a special event” he said. “The recognition of the achievements of the five world champions from our city is a night that we will all remember.”

Pavlik, also hailing from the South Side, is currently in Las Vegas but will be back in time for the event.

“I think that’s a great thing because it draws attention to every world champion from our city.” he said. “The chances of becoming world champions are slim, so to have five world champions from a city our size is quite an achievement. It will be an exciting evening. “

Richardson, 63, was the bantamweight champion from February 25, 1991 to September 19, 1991.

“That’s important to me” said Richardson. “I was a national amateur champion, but the goal has always been to be world champion and I’ve been able to achieve that throughout my career. I’m really humble and I’m definitely looking forward to spending time with everyone this evening. “

Eric Ryan, President of the Covelli Center, has always been a huge boxing fan and has followed the performances of all five world champions over the years.

“The boxing history of Youngstown is something we are all proud of and having all of these champions on one stage at the same time is going to be very special.” Ryan noticed. “Thank you Lou and Joe for leading this event and making this special night a reality.”

The event, which starts at 8 p.m., is free and public.

The gates should open at 7 p.m.

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