Mansfield’s Little Big Shot: Phoenix Hunter
By the tender age of eight, Mansfield native Phoenix Hunter has already accomplished more in the world of sports than most athletes achieve in a lifetime. The Eastview Elementary second-grader participates in a variety of athletics, including football, jiu-jitsu, grappling, baseball and soccer, but says wrestling is by far his favorite because on the mats is where Hunter shines brightest.
Phoenix has already collected an incredible number of wrestling awards and championships, even claiming a Division II OH-WAY state title this past season despite being among the younger kids in his age classification. He also made the podium with a sixth-place finish at the prestigious OAC state championships, taking away valuable lessons in defeat he believes can lead to success next season.
One much larger opponent Hunter was able to handle last year that gained the youngster publicity, was a pickup truck he pulled through a neighborhood with a harness. The video went viral on social media and even grabbed the attention of Hollywood where Phoenix recently traveled to be a guest on NBC’s “Little Big Shots” with host Steve Harvey. His episode aired on April 22, 2018,
and Phoenix also appeared on the Australian edition of the show later this summer.
Chaise Nelson Returns To The Ring For WBF Title Shot
Professional boxer Chaise Nelson has been hungry to get back in action after running his pro record to 6-1 with 3 KO’s during the first 15 months of his young career. The hard-hitting featherweight was forced to pull out of an event back in February when a car wreck landed his entire team in the hospital with injuries just days before his fight, so the hunger to step back into the ring has continued for the 2016 Ontario graduate.
While recovering from a neck injury, Nelson says his phone rang with an offer to compete for the WBF North American featherweight title against an opponent who previously contacted Chaise about an opportunity to fight, and Nelson promptly accepted the challenge. On Saturday, April 21, Nelson will fight 31-year-old Josh Bowles (11-2) in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the main event at the historic Zembo Shrine.
It will be the first fight for the 20-year-old Nelson since his Unanimous Decision victory against Jordan Peters (2-1-1) on June 3, 2017, in Philadelphia and the Mansfield native believes this is a great opportunity for him to shine on the big stage and show Bowles he made a mistake asking for this fight.
Chaise Nelson's Message
To Fans On His Fight
vs Josh Bowles
A brief message from local pro boxer Chaise Nelson (6-1) to his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio as he prepares to face Joshua Bowles (11-2) for the WBF North American Featherweight title.
The 30th annual Arnold Sports Festival took over Columbus, Ohio during the first weekend in March where again the Fitness EXPO featured more than 1,000 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and two stages that hosted unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment. Join Brian Skowronski and Filipe Dusi as they take you around the 2018 Arnold Fitness EXPO testing out new equipment, trying the latest products in sports nutrition and apparel, interviewing top athletes, patrons and more.
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2016 Ontario High School (Ohio) grad Chaise Nelson has already competed in seven professional boxing matches all over the globe accumulating a 6-1 record at featherweight.
The hard-hitting 126-pounder with a decorated amateur background continues to train locally with his father/manager Mike Nelson & boxing trainer William Salser but has found it challenging to land opponents willing to meet him inside the ring.
Check out Brian Skowronski's exclusive interviews with Nelson and his team preparing for the next chapter of his pro boxing career and see what unfortunate event would keep Chaise from fighting on February 13 in Pennsylvania.
MMA Pro Cody Stevens
Gives Back As He Gets Better
Veteran MMA fighter Cody Stevens has spent the better part of his life traveling the world to practice martial arts in all forms and fashions. The Mansfield, Ohio native is now sharing the knowledge he continues to gain through competition at Wolverine Stevens MMA HQ with practitioners of all ages and skill levels.
Matt Trukovich Walks Away From RFO
Over the last 11 years, RFO founder Matt Trukovich helped build the leading MMA promotion in the state of Ohio from humble beginnings in 2006.
With plans to expand the growing promotion in 2018 with more events in new locations, Trukovich instead sent shock waves through the sport when he announced his decision to walk away from the RFO on New Year's Eve.
Join Brian Skowronski as he sits down with Trukovich to discuss his surprising decision and hear from RFO veterans Cody Stevens, Brandon Odom & "Karate" Mike Williams on what this means for local MMA moving forward.
Athlete In Focus: Taekwondo Phenom Natalie Hershberger
Get in-depth with the 7x Taekwondo National Champion as she and father/trainer Chris Hershberger prepare for US Open competition with the ultimate goal of competing for Team USA in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Hershberger's also discuss their new reality show "Kick It Fit With Nat", produced by BS Media Productions, that showcases the 13-year-old taekwondo phenom's pursuit of her dreams as she trains with special guests, competes on the biggest stages, takes you inside her personal life and even performs skits with a splash of humor.