Bunola's Rod Salka headlines pro boxing show at Cal U Friday
The forecast Friday at California University of Pennsylvania calls for lightening – as in Bunola's own professional boxer “Lightening” Rod Salka.
Salka, the NABA lightweight champion, will headline a professional boxing extravaganza 8 p.m. Friday at the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center.
Ken Musko of Musko Promotions is producing the nine-card show. Cost is $25 for general admission, $35 for first level seats and $50 for floor seats.
“It's a nice thing to get the venue alone, but when you have so many local guys coming together, it makes for a great night of entertainment,” Musko said. “We hope it turns out to a well-produced show and increase the sport's popularity in the area.”
The main event features a scheduled eight-round bout between Salka and Osnel Charles of New Jersey. Salka (16-2, 3 KOs) is ranked 16th in the U.S. while Charles (9-5, 1 KO) is a Haitian-born up-and-comer fighting out of Atlantic City, N.J.
Former IBF champion Paul Spadafora will work Salka's corner, along with local trainer Buzz Garnic.
Garnic has volunteered to put up some of the fighters overnight while CUTV will tape the show and replay it on local cable.
Other local fighters include Dan and Jeremiah Karpency from Adah, Pa. They are both the brothers of light heavyweight Tommy Karpency who has fought for the IBO and WBO world titles.
Jeremiah Karpency is an undefeated heavyweight (7-0) while Dan will be making his professional debut. Along with the Karpencys, Eric Palmer (2-0) of Fairchance and Jason Bergman (20-9), will be on the card. All are graduates of Albert Gallatin.
Pittsburgh-based Andreas “The Greek” Kamouyerou (2-0) will also fight.
“I was just going to have a small show with the Karpencys, but all of sudden, we started getting calls from fighters as far away as Las Vegas,” Musko said. “It's gotten bigger and more intricate than originally planned. There's a big risk to this, but if we can get the community involved and draw a nice walk-up crowd, it's going to be a great display of boxing. This is definitely one boxing show to come to if you haven't been to one before.”
For tickets, call 724-366-2914 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Convocation Center's box office.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.