Like father, like son

CAMPBELL – With chiseled arms, rock-solid abs and braided hair, Zack Page could easily stump the age guesser at an amusement park guessing game.

“I’ve been told I look anywhere from 26 to 32,” says Page, who really is 40 years old.

The professional fighter, who has seven knockouts in 67 bouts, also has six children. That’s where the years and wisdom help pay off.

“All my boys,” Page said, “I’ve taught them how to fend for themselves. They need to be book and street smarts and protecting and holding your own is key when you need it.”

His oldest son, Bradley Logan, is a 22-year old former Warren G. Harding football player. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Logan “has potential to be a heavyweight champion,” said Page, a LaBrae graduate.

Another son, Zamari Leonard, showed his potential in the ring at Monday’s K.O. Drugs Boxing Tournament in Campbell. The Harding freshman beat Jackson-Milton’s Colten Nitzsky for a heavyweight title in a second round TKO. Neither fighter gained an advantage in the first round, but a series of body shots helped Leonard seal it in the second.

“I’ve learned a lot, especially how to keep my cool,” said Leonard, who also won a title in the tournament a year ago. “My dad has taught me a lot. I’ve been traveling around with him since I was 4. He’s showed me all the basics since then.”

After his professional debut win against Robert Johnson at the Youngstown Byzantine Center in 2004, Page mostly fought around the region in Cleveland, Morgantown, W.Va.; Wheeling, W.Va; Butler, Pa. and upstate New York. He registered wins at the Covelli Centre and Packard Music Hall before taking the show overseas.

In December, he fought in Germany, and he’s been to Austria, England and Asian countries. He’s even trained with Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Most recently, Page wrapped up a series in Houston, Texas.

“My ultimate goal is to help others feel good about themselves,” he said.

A self-declared “Biggest Loser” phanatic, Page has helped a friend shed more than 70 pounds since January. He trains boxers at the Warren YMCA two days a week, helps out at a gym in Youngstown two days a week and is always open to offering fitness advice to any inspired weekend warrior.

“I practice what I preach,” Page said. “Whenever someone asks me for help, I want to be right there with them. This is my passion.

“If anyone asks about that guy who’s always running around downtown Warren punching the air and all that – it’s usually me.”

Struthers’ Mike Sullivan goes the extra mile, too.

“I really just trained my heart out these past couple of weeks,” said the rising senior. “It paid off.”

Sullivan won the Greenwood Chevrolet “Most Promising Boxer Award” after his unanimous decision over Niles’ Josh Mango in the upperclass middleweight title fight. Both boxers entered the final undefeated in the tournament.

“We’ve sparred before and have a mutual respect for each other,” Sullivan said. “It was basically a fight until the end.”

Nick Lardas, a rising senior at Niles, retained his heavyweight title with a knockout of Canfield’s Tommy Kaleel in the night’s final bout.

“It’s the same thing as last year,” Lardas said. “As long as you exercise and stay in good shape you have nothing to worry about.”

The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder has been lifting regularly since January. He’s a lineman on the Red Dragons football team who says they should be even better than last year’s 8-3 team. Lardas also added that coach Brian Shaner has no problem with him taking a few punches in the offseason.

“It’s great exercise and helps build endurance,” he said. “Coach Shaner is definitely cool with it.”

Other local winners included Mikey Fasline and Tyreek Daniels of Hubbard, Khalil Sheridan of Choffin, Justin Griffin of Marlington, Keystone’s Joe Sofranko, Lakeview’s Jesse Burkey and Tyler Tabor Aaron Jenkins of Canfield.