Memel, Knotts headline amateur fight card

PARKERSBURG – Things are full steam ahead for Fighting Scots Fight Night II, which will get underway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside Ohio Valley University’s Alumni Gymnasium.

“These matches are really good,” said promoter Mike Sheppard. “We’ve got two girls fights, five pro boxing matches and those five are all four-rounders.”

In all, 17 fights are scheduled to take place. That also includes 11 overall amateur boxing matches and one amateur kickboxing showdown between Matt DeBarr (Parkersburg Dawghouse Gym) and Jerry Dixon (Sam’s Gym of Glouster, Ohio).

Headlining the amateur card in the next to last fight of the evening before the main event featuring local professionals Donnie Miller and Steven Whitehair is a rematch from this year’s Parkersburg Toughman. That’s when union pipefitter Shawn Knotts will tangle with VanDevender Middle School teacher Dalton Memel in a heavyweight showdown.

“That’s why Mike is putting this together. It was a bad call and the whole placed booed,” Memel said of his split decision loss to Knotts earlier this year. “It was the first split decision of the whole tournament.”

The biggest difference between Saturday’s fight and the one which took place at Parkersburg’s Memorial Fieldhouse will be in the length of the rounds. Instead of a trio of one minute rounds, the fight is scheduled for three rounds of two minutes each.

Memel, a three-year letterman at Kent State University and a member of Parkersburg South’s 2003 Class AAA state champion football team, is anxious for the rematch.

“My goal is to knock him out this time so they can’t have a chance of me getting ripped off,” Memel said. “I don’t want to leave anything in the judges’ hand. Shawn is a nice guy and I don’t have anything against him.

“I’m excited for this and the two minute rounds are going to be harder, but I’ve trained hard and feel good and I’m in the best shape of my life since playing college football.”

Memel said he and fellow amateur fighter Ryan McCoy, who is taking on another local in Jeremy Powell, started the Savage Fight Club. However, they’ve both been working with Sheppard at the Parkersburg Dawghouse Gym and Memel feels he’s good to go for Saturday night.

“We didn’t have any proper training,” Memel admitted. “Now, I’ve gotten a lot better with my right punch and my jab. I’m holding my hands up a lot better and not trying to take shots all the time.

“I was throwing a lot of hooks versus him (Knotts) and I should have been hitting him with straights and uppercuts and that’s what I’ve been really working on.”

Sheppard said both VIP tables and advanced tickets ($20) are still available and that as of “right now” he expects $25 at the door tickets will be sold.

Anyone wanting information on a VIP table or tickets may call 304-483-5503.