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Local wrestlers have big days at regional championships

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The wrestling scene in eastern Maine revolved around Hancock County on Saturday afternoon as wrestlers from 17 high schools came to Ellsworth for this year’s Class B North championships.Wrestlers from Fort Kent to Calais to Belfast and everywhere in between packed Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium as fans in attendance sported team colors and hung banners. Yet despite tough competition from those teams, local wrestlers enjoyed plenty of success at the tournament.Bucksport took fifth place at the Class B North wrestling championships Saturday as Ellsworth claimed seventh and MDI placed 15th. All three schools qualified wrestlers for the upcoming state championships.Bucksport’s Ricky Perkins (second from right) stands on the podium after placing second in the 152-pound weight class at the Class B North wrestling championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Bucksport placed fifth as a team. ROBBY PERKINS PHOTOFor Ellsworth, senior Logan Lord went 3-0 on the day to win the regional title for the host team in the 138-pound weight class. Lord pinned Fort Kent’s Larry Nadeau in 2 minutes, 30 seconds and Belfast’s Jonah Lovejoy in 2:55 before scoring a 12-2 decision over Dexter’s Justin Wing in the championship bout.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt 285 pounds, David Gross of Bucksport stayed undefeated on the season to add a regional heavyweight title to his résumé. After pinning Belfast’s Shane Rumney in the quarterfinals and winning his semifinal contest against Foxcroft’s Jared Atkinson via default, he beat Penobscot Valley’s Joe Tuulima in a 14-3 decision to take home first place.The win by Gross highlighted a strong day for Bucksport, which got second-place finishes from Alex Burbank (106 pounds), Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds) and Ricky Perkins (152).Yet arguably the most intriguing and intense round of the day was the consolation semifinals, which determined the final two state championship spots in each weight class. “The death round,” as MDI coach Tony Dalisio called it, was the deciding factor as to whether or not a wrestler’s season would continue for at least another week or come to an end.“Both wrestlers know that this is it,” Dalisio said. “If you lose, you’re done. It’s a lot of pressure on one round, but that’s what makes it exciting.”Mount Desert Island’s Sam Hoff (top) wrestles Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill in a 285-pound bout at the Class B North championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Hoff, who trailed by a point for most of the match, came back in the final period to pin Pettingill and advance to the consolation championship. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLLocal wrestlers who earned trips to states with wins in the round were Matt Reid, Noah Hughes and Charlie Hughes of Ellsworth (120 pounds, 160 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively), Jacob Coghill of Bucksport (220) and Sam Hoff of MDI (285). Hoff’s consolation semifinal win at 285 came after the senior trailed Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill for most of the match before earning a pin in the third period.Ellsworth’s Everett Huckins and MDI’s Ethan Harkins will serve as alternates for the state championships. Huckins finished with a record of 2-2 on the day in the 145-pound weight class for the Eagles with wins over Dylan Korsadovich of Calais and Josh Hesseltine of Mattanawcook Academy, and Harkins went 1-2 at 182 for the Trojans with a win over Keith Gehriger of Calais.Foxcroft won the team championship with 169.5 points, and Dexter took second with 148.5. Mattanawcook scored 103 points to beat out Piscataquis (100 points) and Bucksport (96.5) for third. Belfast (95), Ellsworth (71), John Bapst (42), Fort Kent (41.5) and Washington Academy (27) rounded out the rest of the top 10.Qualified wrestlers will head to Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln next Saturday, Feb. 16, for the state championships, which are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.center_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postslast_img read more

Morgan out, Moore, Foy ‘probably doubtful’ for Louisville

first_imgSyracuse head coach Scott Shafer ruled cornerback Wayne Morgan out of Friday’s game against Louisville in his Tuesday teleconference.Previously the Orange’s third-choice cornerback, Morgan missed SU’s 31-15 loss to Notre Dame after having a knee procedure late last week. He won’t play when the Orange (2-2) takes on the Cardinals (4-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) Friday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, Shafer said. Additionally, tight end Kendall Moore and starting right tackle Ivan Foy are “probably doubtful” for the game against the Cardinals, too.With Morgan out against Notre Dame, converted wide receiver Corey Winfield played significant snaps, getting beat by Will Fuller for a 72-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Morgan’s absence also forced Julian Whigham and Brandon Reddish to play more downs.“Wayne had a procedure done last week,” Shafer said. “They went in and cleaned it up. And we’re full-go at his treatments and his rehab right now. And we’re going to take it basically week-by-week to see how he’s progressing.”Moore had to be carted off the field in the fourth quarter of SU’s loss to the Fighting Irish Saturday after taking two knees to the head in quick succession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Tuesday, he went to class, Shafer said. Moore has caught four passes for 31 yards — including what proved to be the game-winning touchdown against Villanova — through four games. Josh Parris, who started the year injured and is now back int he mix, is listed as the No. 2 tight end behind Moore on SU’s latest depth chart.“He probably will be doubtful for this weekend, but we have a lot of people asking about him,” Shafer said. “And he’s doing well. He’s come around.”Foy left the game against the Irish with 8:20 left in the second quarter with a lower-body injury and did not return. Junior Michael Lasker replaced him and was flagged for a personal foul and offsides.Said Shafer: “Ivan Foy is sore, but thank god he had a good knee brace on and again, probably doubtful for this weekend, but we’ll see how he progresses.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Record Entries at Asoju-Oba Table Tennis Tourney

first_imgFrom the 310 participants that featured in the 2018 edition, the 51st Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Tournament witnessed record entries as over 365 players have been listed for the five-day event.From the turnout on the opening day yesterday at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, it was clear that the competition has continued to attract more players annually.According to the Secretary General of the Lagos State Table Tennis Association (LSTTA), Ayobami Morakinyo, participants from schools and clubs have also identified with the longest running table tennis tournament in Africa. “We are excited with the huge turnout because registering the players was stressful but this has gone to show that the tournament has become a household name in Lagos and Nigeria.From the list of participants, 119 registered for the senior event, 152 for juniors while 94 were listed for the cadet event. The junior boys dominated the list with over 103 players competing for honour in the event. “I am hoping that we can get new set of players that will be groomed to become world beaters,” the scribe said last night.Already, two former champions – Ahmed Adeyinka and Tolu Durosimmi-Eti will be slugging it out with defending champions David Fayele and Bose Odusanya in the men and women’s singles event.Fayele and Odusanya have been seeded number one in the men and women singles while Adeyinka and Durosimmi-Eti are number three seeds in men and women respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaica qualify for Lauderhill T20 semis with win over Combined Islands

first_imgAn exciting batting performance by Jamaica fast bowler Keyonie Gayle, sent his team into the semi-finals of the Lauderhill T20 night cricket tournament with a narrow one wicket win over the Combines Islands at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday.The Jamaicans were teetering on 153-9 needing another 22 to win. But Gayle was in no mood to hang around and played an innings worthy of a top order batsman as he slammed seven boundaries off the first seven deliveries he faced to end on 32 not out in the 17th over.The bowler turned batsman slapped half Yorkers for four and launched good length deliveries out of the ground onto Oakland Park Boulevard or into nearby lakes. Gayle’s boundaries were elegant, his hitting was positive, and he was determined to take his team to victory.He was supported by Omari Williams with 49 and O Jones who scored 28.Combined Islands top order batmen got good starts but failed to carry on and pressure the Jamaicans with a bigger total. Joey Pierre top scored with 32 while G. White chipped in with 26 not out, A. Scott 24, R. Ebanks 24 and D. James 17.Bowling for Jamaica, G. Campbell claimed 2 for 27, O. Brown 1/23, D. Hyatt 1/28, G. Wallace 1/28 and O. Williams 1/30.Bowling for Combined Islands, David Braithwaite bagged 2 for 27, R. Ebanks 1/21, G.White 1/23 and A. Scott 1/31.The competition continues on Saturday, April 22 with India versus the Lauderhill Select XI followed by Pakistan versus Trinidad and Tobago at All matches are played at the Lauderhill Sports Park, 7500 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Lauderhill.last_img read more

Bank of Jamaica governor dismisses the bank is orchestrating devaluation of…

first_imgGovernor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Brian Wynter, has dismissed claims the Central Bank is devaluing the Jamaican dollar, as part of plans to increase the inflation rate.“It is absolutely untrue, and it takes you down a wrong path if you believe that’s what we are actually doing. We are not doing that,” he insisted on Wednesday at a press briefing where official correspondence from the BoJ, outlining the factors resulting in Jamaica’s inflation target shortfall as at June 2018, was released.In September 2017, the Government set a medium-term inflation target of 4.0 to 6.0 per cent, to be achieved and maintained by the BoJ from April 2018 onwards.Unexpected low inflation rate However, between April and June 2018, the 12-month rate fell below the lower 4.0 per cent band.BOJ explains reasonIt is against this background that the BoJ was required to explain the reasons for the deviation to the Finance Minister and nation, and outline the actions being taken to rectify the anomaly.Wynter noted that what the BoJ is trying to achieve, using monetary policy, is by lowering interest rates and making the cost of getting credit lower. “We want to make credit easier to get, so that people borrow more. When people, companies and individuals borrow more, they borrow to invest in activities, whether it is to buy houses or raw materials or to install a new bottling line in their factory,” he said.The Governor noted that the “act of more borrowing” leads to greater economic activity, which leads to growth and job creation.While the BoJ projects that inflation for the September and December 2018 quarters will remain close to 3.5 per cent (just below the target’s lower limit and band limit of the Monetary Policy Consultation Clause), inflation will rise to the initial target’s midpoint by June 2019, and should remain at that level over the medium term.last_img read more

What a Bam Bam! Toots Actively Seeking Royalties for Heavily Sampled…

first_img“Not a cent… I am the writer, the arranger, the composer, the singer and the producer of the original song,” he said. Hibbert’s original version of “Bam Bam” inspired Sister Nancy’s 1982 version which has gained worldwide popularity. Produced by Winston Riley, it borrows heavily from the chorus of the 1966 festival song. Sister Nancy’s version also made it to the soundtrack of the 1998 film Belly. Hibbert was a finalist in the 2020 Jamaica Festival Song Competition won by Buju Banton.   The copyright law of the United States grants monopoly protection for “original works of authorship.” The exclusive rights are subject to a time limit and generally expire 70 years after the author’s death. In the United States, any work published before January 1, 1925, is generally considered public domain. Cabel Stephenson, manager of Toots and the Maytals, said the singer has also instructed his publishers to do a thorough forensic accounting of all those who have covered his song without giving him credit. “It is well established and cannot be disputed that he is the owner of his song and it was also registered in the U.S. Congress, so all who have been using his copyright without contacting him will soon discover who is the true intellectual copyright owner of this song. It’s a matter of long run, short catch,” he said in a press release. Hibbert said, “‘Bam Bam’ is a very dear project to me, because it was my first festival song winner. When I saw what was going on in the world, what the world was coming to…I came up with ‘What a Bam Bam,’ to talk about what I saw around me, the fighting, the taking of things that wasn’t theirs, the killing. It’s a bam bam, what a bam bam, it has several meanings. Even a sexy girl walking down the road, you can appreciate her and say: ‘What a bam bam!’” Beyoncé used a sample of “Bam Bam” interpolated with her live performance of “Hold Up” from her 2016 album Lemonade. Hibbert, 77, said he has never collected royalties for the song. Jay-Z sampled the song in “Bam” from the 2017 album 4:44. Jay-Z traveled to Jamaica to record the music video for “Bam.” While on his visit, he met Sister Nancy, who is featured in the video. “She came to me and told me she never knew that it was my song, and the song was done before she was born. At the time, I respected her as an artiste trying to help herself and this song provided a lot of help for her career. So, there’s no ill will, just the business,” he said. Kanye West featuring Rihanna sampled “Bam Bam” on the 2016 song “Famous” from The Life of Pablo. The singer said he met Sister Nancy, who did a popular cover of “Bam Bam,” backstage at a festival backstage in Europe years ago. American Lauryn Hill interpolated features from “Bam Bam” in her own song, “Lost Ones,” from the 1998 album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.  According to Hibbert, he is listed as the principal songwriter in the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington DC. Hibbert is currently promoting Got to Be Tough, his first album in a decade, to be released by Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on August 28. Toots Hibbert of the veteran Jamaican reggae group Toots and the Maytals has instructed a team of intellectual property managers to investigate who has been collecting publishing and royalties for his 1966 Jamaica Festival Song, “Bam Bam.”last_img read more

Barca favourites for La Liga success but European failure drives desire for change

first_imgMessi backed Valverde publicly, insisting he was “practically blameless”, but disappointment still left a desire for change.The Griezmann deal was completed, vice-president Jordi Mestre resigned and Patrick Kluivert replaced Pep Segura, the club’s sporting manager seen by many as responsible for a drift away in recent years from an emphasis on the club’s academy.Anfield perhaps lingers too over the move for Neymar, the blockbuster Brazilian that Barcelona no longer need but might accept if it gives them a greater chance of finally winning in Europe.Eight league titles in 11 years and four Copa del Reys in five has done little to eradicate the pain of repeated failures in the Champions League.When Messi pledged to the fans this time last year to bring “that beautiful cup” back to Camp Nou, it hung over the club all season, as a statement of intent but also an indicator of priorities.“The truth is it’s very difficult to say something today after last season no? But I don’t regret anything,” Messi said in a speech to the supporters last week.“Eight titles in 11 years, for any club would be an amazing thing and for this one as well, it’s very important what we did.“Perhaps it doesn’t get the credit it deserves and in a few years we will realise how difficult it was to do it.“But everyone knows this club always fights for everything. This year won’t be any different.”Success will again hinge on the Champions League. Again, it is a high bar to set.Share on: WhatsApp World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann has been added to Barcelona’s attack this summerMadrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona may want to make up for the biggest collapse in Europe by signing the most expensive player in the world but a team that was by far the best in Spain is already significantly better.After finishing 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid last season, Barca signed Atleti’s most dangerous player in Antoine Griezmann while Frenkie de Jong helped Ajax destroy Real Madrid in the Champions League and now he is in Catalunya too.The question of whether Neymar follows will consume the rest of the transfer window but an attacking roster of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho hardly points to a need for a 222 million-euro ($248 million) striker.“I’m happy with the players I have,” said coach Ernesto Valverde on Friday. “Last year we almost had a perfect season.”Even Griezmann, at 120 million euros, almost felt like an extravagance, an opportunity too good to turn down rather than a need to improve on 90 goals in 38 league games last term.But the downward trajectory of Brazil’s Coutinho, whose status has shrivelled further following the club’s attempts to sell him this summer, means Griezmann already fits better now than perhaps he did in July.So does an injury to Messi, who is likely to miss Friday’s curtain-raiser away to Athletic Bilbao with a minor tear in his calf, giving Griezmann the chance to bed in with Suarez and Dembele, and without the pressure of performing with his captain.Griezmann will add depth but also goals and assists, presumably more at Barcelona than Atletico, where defensive demands were greater and chances to score less frequent.De Jong may need more time to adjust, even if many view the 22-year-old as a ready-made alternative to Sergio Busquets at the base of the Barca midfield.Too often Busquets was exposed last season, his lack of both speed and protection allowing opponents freedom on the break. De Jong, with Ivan Rakitic, Arthur Melo or the emerging Carles Alena, should bring more control, as well as creativity.Meanwhile, Junior Firpo, bought from Real Betis, will jostle with Jordi Alba at left-back while Neto coming in from Valencia relieves Jasper Cillessen from the role of the frustrated back-up goalkeeper, after he went the other way.– Anfield memory lingers –Otherwise the key figures remain, not least Valverde, whose position as coach looked under threat when the collapse to Liverpool in the Champions League was followed by a shock defeat to Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey.last_img read more

Animal refuge searching for home for “Chonky” cat

first_img“OMG, big boi Mr. B is a CHONK.” the Morris Animal Refuge tweeted. “He’s a chonk of a chonk. He redefines the term. Can you guess how much he weighs? More importantly, can you give him a home? Adopt this jumbo-sized package of fluff & love.”The shelter also has several other animals who are also searching for forever homes, but none make a bigger statement then Mr. B! An animal refuge in Philadelphia is currently searching for a forever home for one of its largest animals, a 26 pound cat name Mr. B.The Morris Animal Refuge posted about the loving animal on their Twitter account Tuesday.OMG, big boi Mr. B is a CHONK. He’s a chonk of a chonk. He redefines the term. Can you guess how much he weighs? More importantly, can you give him a home? Adopt this jumbo-sized package of fluff & love: https://t.co/v8aB6PzBbL. Please RT to help this sad-eyed guy find happiness! pic.twitter.com/tquRuvRaws— Morris Animal Refuge (@MorrisAnimal) August 22, 2019last_img read more

European championship opens with spectacular play

first_img9 Jul 2013 European championship opens with spectacular play England are lying fourth after first round of the European Ladies’ Team Championship, which opened today with spectacular golf at Fulford, York.Brilliant sunshine, a superb course and Europe’s top women amateurs combined to produce a host of low scores which delighted the crowds of spectatorsThe overall lead is held by Denmark, whose young team produced scores including a six-under 66, 68 and 69 to give them an 11-under par total for the day. “It was really fun to start out in that way,” said team captain Lene Kring Lorentzen. Second-placed Spain had two players with rounds in the 60s, while the Netherlands, in third place, had two players with sub-par scores.The day’s low scorers included England’s Bronte Law who shot three-under par 69 – as she enjoyed her return to competitive stroke play after taking her A level exams. Her aim was a steady start and she achieved that comfortably with a level par score on the front nine, before she hit top gear to come home in three-under.It could have been even better, but for a double-bogey on 16 which included a pushed drive and a penalty drop. “That was a bit annoying because I was pretty much blemish free, but I kept my head and made par on 17 and finished with a birdie on 18,” said Bronte, from Bramhall (Image © Leaderboard Photography).“Overall, I’m pleased. I haven’t played stroke play for a while so it was really important for me to play well today. But it’s not about individuals this week, it’s about getting the best score for the team.”Her round contributed to a team total of four-over for the first round. The five best scores from six counted and included level par from Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough, pictured left) and Hayley Davis (Ferndown, pictured below ). British champion Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak) shot 75 after a triple-bogey eight on the last, while Lauren Taylor (Woburn) and Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) both returned 76.Meghan – making her debut at this level – got below par after 12 holes, but dropped a shot on the 15th. “I’m pleased overall, although it would have been nice to get under par and I missed a couple of chances,” she said. “But I kept it together, had a couple of good par saves and hopefully this will help us into a reasonable position.”Hayley finished strongly with two birdies in the last three holes to secure her score after an up and down round, which included just seven pars. “I didn’t get off to a quick start but I birdied 10, after I hit it to 3ft. That was my first really good shot and after that I played really solid,” she remarked.Tomorrow’s second qualifying round will determine the teams’ final positions for the match play, which starts on Thursday. The top eight will go in to the championship flight and contest the medals while the others will play for place.England captain Emma Brown is looking forward to building on today’s scores. “We’ve had some tidy scores – and some which could have been better. We’ve made a lot of birdies but we’ve also made some silly mistakes on holes which we know how to play better. So we’ll be looking at those decisions and how to eradicate the double bogeys as part of the preparation for tomorrow,” she said.Tomorrow’s England tee-times are:9.10am Meghan MacLaren9.40am Sarah-Jane Boyd10.10am Hayley Davis12.40pm Lauren Taylor1.10pm Bronte Law1.40pm Georgia Hall.Leading placings after round one:-11 Denmark-6 Spain+3 Netherlands+4 England+5 Sweden+7 Finland+11 France, IrelandAdmission is free and spectators are very welcome.last_img read more

Meza-Clay, ‘All-Lee’ return to ring in style

first_imgFor many fighters it is more sizzle than steak, more flash than cash, more bark than bite. Well, Meza-Clay is a blue-collar type fighter who gives his all in the ring. Maybe the next fight for Clay will be Allen’s brother Jason Litzau who is ranked in the top five in the world.“This ain’t no game. I ain’t playing. There has been talks of me fighting his brother Jason for a long time,” said Clay. “It is my understanding that he had a few things to say about me also. I am not the type of guy to bad mouth anybody but I’m a fighter. Now that I knocked out his brother I can holler at Jason if he wants and I’ll get him out of the way, too.”Meza-Clay’s hometown rival Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough, was sitting at ringside and wasn’t impressed.“Everybody still wants to see me and Monty fight and we could probably sell out Heinz field,” said Kimbrough. “I’m a boxer and I got a style that could beat him.” FIGHT FANS COME OUT—A large crowd and boaters on the Ohio River watch the live boxing action at the “Rumble on the River” at the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre. “ALL-LEE”—Lee McGinnis of Pittsburgh throws body blows in his win against Johnnie Davis of Niagara Falls, N.Y., in their heavyweight bout. The matchmaker for this event, Mark Yankello, put together the six-bout pro card card with promoter Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Inc., in association with Tammy and Troy Ridgley’s TNT.The winners of the night were “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch of Pittsburgh who defeated Greg Hackett from Philadelphia; Isaac Salter of Pensacola, Fla., who defeated John Farley from Pittsburgh; Azea Augustama of Hollywood, Fla., who defeated William Gill from Toms River, N.J.; and Derrick “Smoke” Gainer of Pensacola, Fla., who won an unpopular decision over Angel Hernandez from Gary, Ind.The heavyweights still draw the biggest crowds and many fans came to see Pittsburgh native and former three-time World Toughman champion, “All-Lee” McGinnis, and he didn’t disappoint. Like a freight train going full-steam ahead, McGinnis is a sledge-hammer hitting southpaw with a penchant for ending his fights early and dramatically. He is a wrecking machine and throws bombs from anywhere and won’t stop ’til it’s over.McGinnis was matched up against 6-6, undefeated heavyweight Johnnie Davis of Niagara Falls, N.Y. McGinnis scored a technical knockout over Davis in the second round.“I get my style from toughman. That’s how we get down. I didn’t have any amateur fights,” said McGinnis.“Davis is 6-6 so I trained to kill the body. My plan was to get inside his long jab and destroy his body. I hurt him with a body shot in the first round. Kill the body and the head will come. He dropped his hands in the second round to protect his midsection and I went to work on his chin.”McGinnis is brash, bold, not afraid to challenge people, challenge himself, and set the bar high in a sport where mistakes and weaknesses are not easily masked.McGinnis plans to follow Toughman heavyweight alumni Tommy Morris and five-time World Toughman heavyweight champion Eric “Butterbean” Esch, who both had successful professional boxing careers.McGinnis is looking to fight and spar with tall opponents because his goal is to defeat one of the Klitschko brothers and become the heavyweight champion of the world.All-Lee, who works hard and does his road work at Antimarino Stadium, has never experienced a loss. He is a former Toledo, Ohio Valley, Steubenville, Wheeling and World Toughman champion.You would have to be a Kamikaze to want to get in the ring with 275-pound All-Lee. He plans to continue his knockout streak as he climbs the hills of Monroeville to the top of the heavyweight championship mountain. HOME COOKING—Monty Meza-Clay is on the attack as he has Allen Litzau pinned in the corner. Clay scored a TKO in the third round to win the bout. Pittsburgh is rivaling the rest of the country as the hot spot for City of Championship Supremacy. Former world champion Monty Meza-Clay, (29-3), fighting in front of the “City of Champions” crowd, needed less than three rounds to stop Allen “American Boy” Litzau, (13-6), of Minnesota, at the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre last Saturday night. Meza-Clay got the sellout crowd hyped before the fight by doing the Rankin “Electric Slide” and shadowboxing in front of a big glass overlooking the amphitheatre.Litzau, who recently had corrective eye surgery, was still unable to see the fury of punches coming from the Tasmanian devil. Litzau’s trainer threw in the towel and waved the white flag, but the referee wasn’t in position to see it, so Pennsylvania State Athletic Commissioner Greg Sirb had to jump into the ring to halt the assault.Meza-Clay was fighting after nearly two years of competitive inactivity that included surgeries on his right elbow, left elbow, a torn rotator cuff and a broken right hand; sidelining him and ultimately allowing him more time at the tattoo parlor.last_img read more

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