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Round two goes to Sgro

This time, restraint and focus won out over excitement and inexperience -- which resulted in Dion Sgro's first professional fight victory.

Sgro exacted revenge over Travis McCullough Saturday night inside the Fargo Civic Center -- the same place and fighter the Detroit Lakes native faced in his pro debut -- after stretching the boxing bout to four rounds to capture the decision in what was described as the most exciting fight on the "Middleweight Madness" card.

"I wanted and needed this one more this time, for myself," Sgro said of his first professional win. "I made his strengths his weakness by slipping his left jab and then going for his body."

Sgro also practiced some restraint in his pre-fight mode, something which he neglected to do in his first fight with McCullough.

"He saved his celebrating for after the fight and not before it," said Sgro's trainer Chris Holt, who also is the head of Lakes Area Boxing. "He came out focused this time."

There were several similarities in Saturday's fight to Sgro's first fight, both good and bad. The first was that Sgro was able to come out strong, landing several hard punches on McCullough.

But once again, the six-foot-three McCullough rallied in the second round -- the same round in which he registered a technical knockout on Sgro the first time -- landing several big blows to force a pair of standing eight counts on Sgro.

This time around, though, Sgro would survive McCullough's onslaught, making the bell and coming out strong in the third round, this time giving his opponent a pair of standing eight counts.

"He tried to finish (the fight) in one round," Sgro said. "By using my head and conditioning, I took it to the fourth round and wore him down."

Each of the third and fourth rounds belonged to Sgro, which helped him win the decision and head into his pro future with a 1-1 record.

"I trained for fighting a taller guy," said Sgro, who stands 5-11 compared to McCullough's 6-3 frame. "I came out ready to fight and didn't get hyped up by the crowd. I saved the celebration for after the fight instead of before, like last time."

Sgro is likely to fight again on a pro card, but for now he is helping out Holt at the Lakes Area Boxing club, which has a slew of Golden Gloves boxing events coming up.

"I'd like to thank my friends and family for supporting me, they kept me staying positive through all of this," Sgro said.

In other local area boxing news, Fergus Falls' Andy Kolle (10-0) will fight U.S. Olympian Andre Ward April 29, which will be televised nationally on cable's HBO.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.