PARKERSBURG – It’s been over a year and a half since Mike Sheppard and Dawghouse Promotions fought each other.
Everything is set to change at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday July 17 at Gough Hazard on Core Road when Summer Smackdown 3 is scheduled to begin.
“We put a set for March 2020. Eight days later the government shut me down and it cost me a lot of money and a lot of work and time,” noted Sheppard, who currently expects to have 19 fights. “It was hard for me, really.”
The only professional boxing match will come at 168 pounds when Zach Randolph of Bridgeport puts his 4-0 mark on the line against Ryan McIntosh of Indiana (3-5).
In addition to amateur boxing matches, there will also be mixed martial arts and kickboxing.
“Strong Tower Contracting, they have a business and it’s really grown a lot in the last few years and they do roofs, different types of roofs, metal, shingles, whatever. “ Sheppard noted. “They want to help a veteran and so any veteran who would like to have a home should look it up on Facebook.
“Love it and send them a message on the roof. They will do a free roof and people can contact me too. They are going to choose someone and we are going to announce it in battle.
Summer Smackdown 2 took place in July 2019 and that’s where Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant got his Dawghouse Promotions bantamweight MMA belt. Tennant, who is 4-2, will defend his title against Tyler Ball of Moundsville (2-1).
Three other MMA fights of note will feature former St. Marys All-State soccer player Jeremy Pratt against Marietta’s Tyrone Kinchen at 205 pounds. Additionally, Parkersburg’s Kyle Echard will put his 2-0 mark on the line in a 165-pound showdown against Bunker Hill’s Jacob Beach, which Sheppard noted. “This guy has never had a sanctioned fight, but he’s got about 15 kicks and is like 15-2.” Another former All-State First Team footballer, Tyler May of Roane County, will make his MMA debut at 225 pounds against 1-2 Matt Adams of Zanesville, Ohio.
In a local amateur kickboxing match, Parkersburg’s Justin Milam will take on Belpre’s Talan Wallace at 135 pounds. Another kickboxing battle will pit Ryan Lefever of Parkersburg against Connor Foit of Zanesville, who will both make their debuts.
Parkersburg runner-up Toughman and champion Beckley Toughman (159 pounds) Trevor Bell of Parkersburg will take on Zaneville’s Ben Hesselfinger in an amateur boxing showdown.
Zach Hardman, who won the Parkersburg Toughman cruiserweight title, is set to receive a tall order from former Ohio Valley University wrestler Ali Capobianco Jr., former heavyweight winner Beckley Toughman.
Former Guinness World Record Holder Brendan Kelly of Lexington, Ky. Is also set to fight in a 160-pound amateur boxing match against Merrick Johnson of Morgantown. Kelly, a four-time American ninja warrior, was an All-American in track and field and football at the University of Cumberlands.
“Kelly is interesting” Sheppard noted. “He’s a business owner at Ultimate Ninja Athletics. He’s a pretty interesting guy. Not really a technician. He’s an athlete, torn and strong as an ox. He said his goal is to be the most violent man in boxing and he is quite violent.
Another amateur boxing match will pit Chancee Hensley of Roane County against Chris Walker of Lexington.
General admission tickets are $ 25 and VIP tables are available except for the first rows.
“I miss it,” admitted Sheppard, who said people can contact him on Facebook for tickets and tables or by calling 304-483-5503. “I don’t know how I did as a school teacher. This one requires a little more attention. There is more interest right now than I have ever seen.
“We’re not going to turn people away. They might have to stand if there are so many of them, but a lot of them still do at outdoor events and just socialize and watch. The best events I have had are those outside. Bigger crowds. People like it and they are good to go.
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