By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Cincinnati, OH (June 16th, 2014)– Put down the gloves, pick up the gloves! A rusty Mel ‘Black Diamond’ Crossty, Ohio’s former amateur standout, after more than two years inactivity (not including sparring work) had to settle for a six round unanimous decision in the main event of a Nate Tubbs boxing card in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Saturday evening, June 14, 2014.
An enthusiastic crowd of over six hundred fight fans crowded into Hope Arena in Cincinnati. Thirty percent of ticket sales went to benefit the Tubbs Cincinnati area charity, the Nate Tubbs Group Home and Amateur Boxing Programs.
Coverson, a southpaw from Detroit, Michigan, surprised both Crossty and the Ohio crowd by coming in on short notice in condition, and fighting with determination in a losing effort, going the six round distance. Coverson’s father, Greg Coverson, is a former lightweight whose record reached 32-0 before losing twice, to future world champion Hector Macho Camacho and Olympic Gold medalist Howard Davis Jr.
Crossty, Cincinnati, Ohio, is now (6-0-1) with one knockout. Coverson Jr. falls to (3-10-3) with two knockouts.
Put Down The Guns Pick Up The Gloves Undercard at Hope Arena
Donald Anderson Win 4 Johnathon Blue (debut), Light Heavyweights
Donald ‘Too Slick’ Anderson goes to 4-0, and also ruins Blue’s pro debut.
Dion Meadows (debut) Win Split Decision 4 Bryan Goldsby, Welterweights
Meadows scores minor upset in pro debut, defeating 2-0 martial arts expert Goldsby.
Cedric Patterson (debut) Win TKO 4 Javonte Powell (Debut), Lightweights
Lone stoppage occurred between two debuting fighters on a very competitive card.
Rick Graham Win 4 Jeff Camp (debut), Light Middleweights
Graham, a winless 0-3-1 fighter out of Detroit, Michigan, upsets debuting Jeff Camp.