Hubtown hammering

Pinto leads Truro boxers to clean sweep on local card

Ryan Cooke newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on June 21, 2014
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In the night's main event, Truro's Mike Pinto went up against South Shore's Josh Rodenhizer. The fight went the distance, with Pinto winning by decision after three rounds.

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Pinto came into the fight knowing it may well be his last, as he heads off to Holland College in the fall. "I finally left it all in the ring," he said, knowing he may never get the chance again.

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Pinto and Rodenhizer had fought twice before, with each fighter picking up a win. The rubbermatch proved to be a good one, with Pinto edging out his opponent.

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In all three rounds, Pinto survived a barrage from Rodenhizer midway through the round, only to come on strong after the midway point.

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A packed house cheered on Pinto every step of the way. "It's not nerves, it's just support, you know?" Pinto said of the crowd.

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In the end, it was Pinto with his hand raised. He congratulated his opponent however, shaking hands and clapping for him.

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Rhodenizer showed up for the fight, and gave Pinto a good go. In the dying seconds, Rhodenizer brought on a barrage as Pinto's arms momentarily dropped to his sides.

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Finigan held in to the end of the bout, despite a badly bloodied nose.

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Dilman was ecstatic after the bout, struggling to come up with words to describe the win.

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Keeping with the theme of good sportsmanship throughout the night, the pair hugged it out after the bout.

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Hubtown's Jennifer MacDonald picked up Truro's second win of the night, as she won by decision over Southern Shore's Candace Elliott.

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It was a heated exchange, with steady action over all three three-minute rounds.

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TRURO – A crowd gathered around Mike Pinto as he exited the ring on Friday night, fresh off having his hand raised in victory.

 

Friends congratulated him, exchanged high-fives and took pictures with their favourite fighter. Sweat dripped from his face and arms as he caught his breath.

Pinto had just gone three rounds with Josh Rhodenizer, whom he’d fought twice before the evening bout, and come out on top in the main event of Hubtown Boxing’s first card held locally.

“I feel great, like I finally left it all in the ring,” he said. “Sometimes you psych yourself out and waste too much energy before you get the chance to do what you want. I got the chance to do what I wanted tonight.”

Pinto survived a fast-paced start from Rhodenizer, picking his spots and letting his opponent wear himself out. In all three rounds, Pinto went on the offensive in the latter half, with a full room at the Best Western Plus Glengarry cheering him on.

“It’s kind of difficult to tune into the crowd, but at the last moment there, I heard them and was able to have enough energy to get my hands up,” he said. “It’s not even nerves, it’s just support, you know? You hear them cheering for you and it’s just a great feeling.”

The fight was possibly the last for Pinto, who will head off to Holland College in Charlottetown in the fall to study music.

“What a way to go out, though,” he said, looking around the room.

Talent from all over the Maritimes came to Truro to participate in the event, organized by Hubtown Boxing. Despite the widespread talent, nobody compared to the Hubtown crew, who swept all five matches they fought in.

Ryan Dillman, a 17-year-old Truro native, took control of his match against Oromocto’s Sean Finnigan. Dillman battered and bloodied his opponent midway through, but had to wait until the final round to have his hand raised.

“It feels awesome,” he said. “He is tough – like really, really tough. He hung in there.”

Spotting weakness, it was important to not let up, he said.

“(The key was) being aggressive, staying busy on him and not holding off. He showed he was hurting and I just kept going after him.”

Dillman will now turn his focus to Golden Gloves, a national championship in Cornwall, Ont., next month.

Also picking up wins on the card were Jen MacDonald, who beat up on South Shore’s Candace Elliott and picked up a decision after three rounds; Drake Bruce, a 13-year-old newcomer in his first bout; and Jay MacFadyen, a fifth-grader who also made his boxing debut.

 

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