WEIRTON - A U.S. heavyweight championship belt will be on the line Friday when the Shamrock Showdown is held inside the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
Jason "Iron Man" Bergman, who fights out of Pittsburgh, will defend his NABA heavyweight crown in the main the event. His opponent is Devin Vargas from Toledo, who sports a professional record of 19-2.
Bergman will be defending his title for the first time since claiming it in October. He became the NABA champion by beating John L. Smith, who is a Buster Douglas trained protege. Bergman, who has 14 knockouts in 22 victories, has scored a first round knockout in two of his last three fights. Vargas, on the other hand, has never been knocked out.
Friday's event, sponsored by Made Men Promotions, will feature six other professional bouts along with two amateur contests. Richmond's Mike Jones will make his semi-pro debut against Dusty Kurouz and Mike McGovern is set to meet Jarrell Brackett, a Golden Gloves champion from Pittsburgh.
Edward Latimore, a highly decorated heavyweight amateur, will put his 3-0 professional record on the line when he faces veteran Rubin "Hollywood" Williams from Detroit. Williams is 29-22 and was seen on the television series "The Contender."
Made Men's own local favorite and undefeated light heavyweight prospect Aaron "Quiet Storm" Quattrocchi will battle Pittsburgh journeyman Jay Holland in a four-round bout. Quattrocchi, a volunteer firefighter from Follansbee, sports a 3-0 record.
Quattrocchi, a 2008 graduate of Brooke High School, captured a Pennsylvania Golden Gloves championship that same year. He attended Fairmont State University before transferring to West Virginia University where he was a member of the boxing team and was named an All-American in 2010.
The local fighter currently has a sponsorship arrangement with A.J. Abrams of Tri-State Financial Services, located in downtown Steubenville.
Other professionals featured on the card include:
Nicholas Gihvan, a 9-0 junior middleweight from Kalamazoo, Mich.; Jeanpierre Augustin, a former Canadian Olympic cruiserweight, who will meet Martez Williamson from Canton; Sonny "Pretty Boi" Fredrickson from Toledo, who will tangle with Rick Ogden, who fights out of Lansing, Mich.; Bryant "The Spartan" Pappas, a hard-hitting NYPD middleweight, who will look to improve his record to 14-1 when he tangles with veteran Andrew Hartley from Tennessee.
General admission tickets, priced at $30 in advance and $35 at the door, remain on sale. They can be purchased at Smokey's in Steubenville or Casinelli Emporium in Follansbee. Tickets also can be purchased by visiting www.mademenboxing.com.