Niagara Gazette

Sports

October 1, 2012

Inspire's Scott beats Graziadei

Niagara Gazette — Ezra Scott, a former standout athlete at both Niagara Catholic High School and Niagara County Community College, knocked off 2011 Golden Gloves super heavyweight champion Drew Graziadei as part of Friday Night Fights at LUX Night Club in Buffalo this past weekend. The lighter Scott, who trains at Stacy Robinson’s Inspire Boxing Club in Niagara Falls, used his speed to out-point Graziadei in the opening round and held off a hard charge from the champ late in the bout.

“Drew almost stopped him on several occasions, but the points were hard to recover from,” Graziadei ‘s trainer Ray Casal said. “But take nothing away from his opponent. (Scott) was well-schooled and fought a smart fight. We will tango again someday soon.”

Mike Vega (130 pounds) won his second fight in three weeks against Mike Hajtaj and has “a great future in boxing,” according to Casal. Light heavyweight Nick Bayer returned to the ring and put on “a very impressive show of boxing skills,” in a win, Casal said.

Shevah Sheppard, who has great strength but limited experience, lost his bout at 155 pounds. Robert Finn lost his debut at 140 pounds, but got better each round, Casal said. K-Shawn Agee’s opponent dropped out due to illness.

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• Mikey Cirrito had 11 tackles, including two for a loss, Jonathan Litten had nine tackles and Deonte Mathews had seven tackles and two tackles for loss as the Niagara Falls Jr. Football Club shut down the Tonawanda Buffalos, 20-6. Mathews scored two touchdowns and an extra point to lead the offense. Josiah Harris (90 yards, TD) and Jaden Turner (80 yards) moved the ball on the ground in the win.

• Brandon Higgins and Donovan Brusino combined for three sacks and six tackles for loss as the Niagara-Wheatfield Athletic Association Tomcats moved to 4-0 by beating the Lew-Port Chargers, 34-12. Jamel Oliver added an interception for the defense, while Jordan Parks led the offense, scoring three rushing TDs and adding a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jacob DeWolf. The Lew-Port offense was led by Ian Evans, who threw a touchdown pass to Zachary Clayborne, and Gino Fontanarosa, who ran for a 45-yard touchdown.

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