PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg South graduate Joe Paintiff is anxious for Fighting Scots Fight Night III come Saturday night at Ohio Valley University's Alumni Gymnasium.
The 9-2-1 southpaw is set to square off against Warren Browning (18-3-2) for the vacant Appalachian Boxing Association's Northwest Cruiserweight title. The victor gets a shot at Bobby Thomas Jr. for the West Virginia cruiserweight championship.
"I think it will be a good fight. I think it will be a real good fight depending on the style he brings" said Paintiff, who like all the other boxers will be at J.P. Henry's Restaurant for tonight's 8 o'clock weigh-in.
"It's awesome that (promoter) Mike (Sheppard) is putting on boxing shows locally. It's great for me because I get to fight in front of my hometown crowd and in this case fight for a title."
Paintiff said he was hoping this fight would be a 10-rounder, but it's scheduled for six.
"The pace will have to be a little faster," he said. "I wanted 10 rounds and he didn't. You can't give away as many rounds and you have to start a little faster. He's strong, obviously. He's a strong guy.
"His strongest thing is his right hand. He has a big right hand. I got to definitely make sure I neutralize that and capitalize on my opportunities."
Browning is obviously the more experienced fighter and Paintiff knows that's something he can't do much about.
"For me, my focus right now is this fight," Paintiff said, not wanting to think about getting another shot at Thomas. "It is a step up for me. Warren has a great record.
"I'm excited about the opportunities that could come by winning this. I'm 9-2 and when I win I'll be 10-2 and just beat a guy who was 18-3. That opens up a lot of doors."
Sheppard said the bout card has fluctuated quite a bit this week, but currently he's hopeful to have upward of 18 fights.
Parkersburg's Preston Wilson will try and improve to 2-0 during his pro light welterweight showdown against Ronnie Jordan of Cincinnati.
"That's going to be a tough fight. It will be a real challenge for Preston," Sheppard stated.
Parkersburg's Billy Cottrill, who is set to face Orion Bolds of Canton in a cruiserweight match, will attempt to improve to 3-0 as a professional.
Two other pro welterweight boxing matches are on tap with Steven Whitehair versus Steven Chesnik as well as Donnie Miller going up against Brian Raglin.
VIP tables are still available by contacting 304-483-5503.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the doors, which open at 6:30 p.m. with fights scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Concession proceeds on Saturday night will benefit the Ohio Valley University softball team.