Miller, Whitehair main event tonight at OVU

PARKERSBURG – While the 16 bouts before it should have plenty of excitement and keep fans more than intrigued, the main event at tonight’s Fighting Scots Fight Night II is an interesting one.

While gates open at 6:30 p.m. today and the first bout is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. inside Ohio Valley’s Alumni Gymnasium, the finale features a pair of professional Parkersburg fighters – 36-year-old Donnie Miller versus 21-year-old Steven Whitehair.

It will be just five days shy of being four years to the date that Miller TKO’d Whitehair’s father Steve in the fourth round of a local card at Parkersburg South back in 2009.

Although neither fighter has a true particular beef with the other, they are looking forward to ending tonight’s show with a victory.

“This has been in the making for a few months and not too many people get an opportunity to fight as the main event on a show,” said Steven Whitehair, a 2011 Parkersburg South graduate.

“I don’t have anything against Donnie. It’s not like we are out for blood. All I know is he better be ready for war because I’m coming.”

The scheduled four-round light middleweight showdown not only pits a pair of boxers wide apart in terms of age, but Miller stands about 5-foot-5 while Whitehair is 5-foot-10.

“A big knockout,” replied Miller, a truck driver for Atlas Steel & Supply, when asked his expectations for tonight. “This is great. I love fighting at home. I’ve been here all my life and everyone knows me and all my family and friends will be there so it should be pretty good.

“I’ve got family coming in from Maryland and everywhere. I’ve got a lot of power in my right hand and in my left hand and we’ve worked on a lot of new stuff. I want to come out and put on a good show.”

Miller, who trains at the Dawghouse Gym here in town, hasn’t fought locally since that 2009 battle.

“They stopped that fight at the beginning of the fourth,” he said. “I’m probably in the best shape of my career at 36.”

The Whitehair Boxing Team, which is who Steven trains with, is building a new gym on the southside of Parkersburg and the younger Whitehair is amped for tonight.

“I’m guaranteeing a win, but if I’m going to lose I’d rather lose to a guy like Donnie,” Whitehair added, noting he’s got a plethora of friends and family coming as well as. “He likes it on the inside and I’m not afraid to bang with him at all.

“If you take his gameplan away from him he doesn’t have anything. I’d like to get a little (redemption) and I’d like to win for my dad because he lost to Donnie, but it’s really just about me.”

All proceeds for concessions will go to the Ohio Valley University softball team.