By George M. Phillips
Professional Boxing made its return to Northeast Ohio Saturday night as Warner Promotions presented “The Jimmy Bivins Classic”. Warner Promotions, in only their second show, placed Ohio back in the boxing radar with a show that left the fans cheering for more. In the main event, Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans improved to 7-0 (4 KOs) with a first round knockout over Ray Hernandez 6-8 (6 KOs). This was the young professional’s first fight in his hometown since turning pro.
The co-main event saw the long awaited, highly anticipated professional debut of Wilkins Santiago 1-0 as he tattooed his opponent Torrence King 2-6 for four rounds winning a once sided unanimous decision. Santiago, a fan favorite, had the crowd on their feet for the entire fight and graciously thanked all those in attendance for their support through some trying times.
Julius Leegrand improved to 3-0 with a first round knockout of Francisco Portillo
Reggie Scott remained undefeated 2-0 with a majority decision over MMA fighter, turned boxer Chris Lozano.
Stephen Scott improved to 2-0 with a unanimous decision over Rogelio Sanchez.
James Hope 6-4 defeated Gabriel Morris in the opening fight.
The Jimmy Bivins Class was a complete success. Antonio Castro of Warner Promotions informed us that their next show will be in June in Youngstown, Ohio.