'Big Chief' returning to the ring
After taking some time off to recover from a sparring injury, Charleroi's Morgan Fitch is ready to climb back in the ring.
Fitch, 7-0 with three knockouts, will take on Cameron Allen Dec. 1 at Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino in Chester, W.Va.
The bout will be on a card with fights featuring “The Pittsburgh Kid” Paul Spadafora and Monty Meza-Clay, both of whom are part of Fitch's training camp.
“It's like a surreal thing,” Fitch said of training with the pair. “That's what you want to fight for. You want to be a part of a card like this. Instead of fighting in basketball gyms, you're fighting in the big arenas. Especially when you are on a card with those guys in the Pittsburgh area. This is the biggest one, by far.”
Fitch, who was injured after sparring with Roy Jones Jr. and another boxer, said he let the injury go for nearly two weeks before it nagged him enough to get checked out.
“It was just there and kept bothering me,” the Louisiana native said. “I went to a MedExpress and they told me what happened. It happens, though.”
Fitch is currently training with Tommy Yankello, who also trains Spadafora and Meza-Clay.
“Training with them really helps me out,” Fitch said after a training session. “Those guys are helping me see my dream. Those guys make boxing real ... they're helping me get where I want to be. I'm getting my game down and picking up a lot of little things. We all have our own styles and each of us has those little things that we do. These aren't average Joes. These are legends around here.”
Fitch said while Charleroi has been good to him, he is looking to move closer to his gym.
“My wife and I are trying to relocate. We moved to Charleroi in 2005 or early 2006,” Fitch said of his current home. “It's a great place, but that drive is taking its toll, on me and my wallet. After a long day of training that drive gets really long sometimes.”
As for his fight next weekend, Fitch isn't taking anything for granted against Allen (4-11).
“I know that in his last fight he stopped a pretty decent guy,” Fitch said of his opponent. “It was a major upset, so something he's been doing changed.
“I'm not taking him lightly, though. You have to watch out for those guys with records like his. To be honest, though, I don't take anyone lightly.”
Allen of Battle Creek, Mich., in his last fight, beat Jimmy Lubash by TKO in the second round of their scheduled six-round bout at Court Time Sports Center in Elizabeth Township. Lubash, who is deaf and was 14-1 at the time, was fighting his first fight in over two years.
“If you ask me, and I'm going to be honest, I plan on going out there to destroy him,” Fitch said of Allen. “I feel my skills are superior than his.”
The rest of the card features Spadafora (46-0-1, 19 KOs) taking on Solomon Egberime (22-3-1, 11 KOs) in the main event. Meza-Clay (33-3-0, 21 KOs) takes on Emmanuel Lucero (26-12-1, 141 KOs), and Jake Giuriceo (16-1-1, 3 KOs), who Fitch called “a monster,” will do battle with Peter Oluoch (11-6-2, 6 KOs). Two other bouts will take place, including the debut of Joey Holt and Pittsburgh's Bill “The Boilermaker” Hutchinson (4-1-2, 2 KOs).
Tickets can be purchased by calling Fitch at 985-227-0070.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.