‘Night to be a Champion’ Boxing

Niles, OH (WYTV)- Boxers from all over the East Coast gathered at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles tonight for the “Night to be a Champion” event benefiting the Method 8 Arts Academy.

A total of six different bouts took place, with boys and girls participating…including 4 local boxers from the Youngstown area.

Erika Barone from Struthers competed in the 125 pound female class, and went on to win by TKO in a matter of seconds. Even though she’s fairly new to the sport, Barone loves when she can compete close to home.

“It was my sister who got me into boxing,” said Barone. “She saw [it] in the gym, she wanted to go, so she took me with her. So we went there and it was a really fun atmosphere. It’s a lot funner when it’s local, because a lot more people show up for you.”

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