Marc McDonald wins decision over Josh Blankenship, earns title shot

Marc McDonald

Marc McDonald

The latest sensation produced by Team G-Force, Marc McDonald, picks up a unanimous decision victory over Josh Blankenship. It was announced that the winner of their fight would earn a shot at the lightweight title. Coincidentally the lightweight title was on the line later in the evening.

Undefeated McDonald really wanted the victory in this bout not to keep his record unblemished but to also get his first shot at gold. If you took one look at his now 7-0 record you would have never guessed he just started fighting this year. Most fighters might compete 3-4 times a year but not him. He started his career just earlier this year, back in February.

He is just the latest product to hail from the gym which is home to some of Cincinnati’s top fighters. Amateurs Jeff Mack (7-0) and Cody Gabelman (11-1) along with professionals Charles Stanford (3-1) and Joe Pegg (6-2) also call G-Force home.

After McDonald’s fight came the lightweight title in which champion Brandon Kaiser defended his belt against undefeated Evan Samad. The 10-fight veteran Kaiser was not able to keep up with the fast paced Samad. It took Samad until the final round but he was able to submit the champion to earn his first title.

McDonald will now face the newly crowned Samad for the title. It is not known at this exact time when that bout will occur. After the event was over the Florence-based promotion announced their next show which will take place on November 23rd. Nothing has been confirmed but pending both fighters agree the title fight could take place at that event.

Until then McDonald and the rest of the G-Force team will keep doing what they do best, win fights.

Team G-Force has been around for many years might even be one of the oldest gyms in the region. The gym was once home to another stellar amateur Chris Bennett who probably amassed one of the greatest amateur records of all-time, 18-1. It also was the home to UFC fighter Roger Bowling at one point in his career. After their departure the gym became nearly non-existent. Then the Big Show, an area promotion and gym, went under and the G-Force team resurrected.

Now G-Force one of the more popular gyms in the Cincinnati area has been getting a reputation with the young studs that are producing victories. The three top amateurs Cody Gabelman, Jeff Mack, and Marc McDonald together have a combined record of 25-1. None of them are even legally allowed to consume alcohol yet.

For Gabelman he recently announced that he will be turning pro after his last fight fell through. For Mack and McDonald they still have at the very least a few more fights in the amateur ranks before they also make the jump to join Gableman.

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