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Antonio Nieves Stays Busy With Clash in Bedford, Ohio

By Francisco Salazar, photo by George Jiminez

Bantamweight Antonio Nieves will square off against Szilveszter Ajtai Saturday night, promoter Dmitriy Salita told BoxingScene.com.

The six round stay-busy bout will take place at the Firebird Athletic Center in Bedford, Ohio, near Nieves' hometown of Cleveland.

Nieves (16-0-2, 8 KOs) fought to a split decision draw against Alejandro Santiago in his last bout on August 19. The snapped a four-bout winning streak.

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Saturday will be the fourth fight of 2016 for the 29-year-old Nieves, who is ranked number five by the WBO.

The 18-year-old Ajtai (10-2-1, 5 KOs), who is from Hungary, has won his last six bouts.

Also fighting on the Gatekeeper Promotions card will be NFL defensive end-turned-heavyweight Ray Edwards (12-0-1, 7 KOs). He will face Keenan Hickman (4-1, 1 KO) in a six round bout.

Also fighting in a six round bout will be unbeaten lightweight Thomas Mattice (5-0, 4 KOs) of Cleveland. He squares off against Eliseo Cruz (9-2-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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