Tonawanda News — Just over three months removed from its last big show, the TNT Fight Series is back.
This time around the venue has changed to the North Tonawanda SportPlex, but there are still a number of local fighters on the 11-fight “Dynamite” card.
Fresh off winning the North East Featherweight Championship at an Art of Combat event in February, Victory fighter Pete Mazzeo (5-0) steps back in the cage in search of his second title belt when he faces Corey Lauth (3-3) in the main event for the TNT Fight Series Featherweight title. Also on the main card, TNT Fight Series veteran Scott McGregor (3-1) fights again after his dominant submission win over Niagara Falls’ Jermaine Sneed in March at Rainbow Rink.
Both Mazzeo and McGregor have wrestling backgrounds but have been working to develop other parts of their game.
Victory head boxing trainer Tommy Neff said both guys are progressing every day in their stand up. He said McGregor has the chance to be the most versatile guy at the gym.
“I think when everyone sees Scott standing up they’re going to see the stand up is better. He’s not just a wrestler, he can stand up and it will shock some people,” Neff said. “He’s always got that wrestling background to fall back on, but you want to find a balance there. … You want to keep improving the boxing but remember that you’re still a wrestler. (He’s going to try and) Shake (his opponent) a bit, scoop him, put him on his butt and pound him.”
McGregor’s opponent had to pull out of the fight on Thursday due to a personal matter, so Victory MMA promoter Don Lilly quickly scrambled to find McGregor a new opponent: Midland, Ontario’s Austyn Lizotte.
Though the opponent has changed, McGregor said the game plan remains the same heading into the fight.