Messer wins first W.Va. MMA pro fight
PARKERSBURG — Maria Messer registered a split decision versus Amanda Miller to win the first women’s professional mixed martial arts fight in the Mountain State while local favorite Donnie Miller was upended in his quest for a boxing title late Saturday at Fieldhouse Fight Night 6 inside Parkersburg High School.
“She’s good. This lady is good. She’s the same age as me, 38. I tell you what, the split decision was fair,” stated Messer, who trains at Sam Jones’ gym in Glouster, Ohio and is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Although Messer looked to be in some potentially-threatening positions at times, she felt the reason she won the fight was “because I put her against the ropes and controlled her.
“It probably showed domination, you know. I think that’s what made me win the fight. It is an honor for me because I’m doing the first debut for MMA (in West Virginia) as a professional female. This is an honor for me and to God all the glory.”
While the final pro boxing bout of the evening saw a quick TKO win in just 1:12 by 2-0 Caleb Chesternut, who used a left to the face to start the beginning of the end for David Quay, local fans voiced their displeasure the match before when Pennsylvania’s Eric Palmer won an Appalachian Boxing Association title, thanks to a 55-59, 58-56 and 58-56 split decision, over Miller.
Although Miller’s corner felt he won the fight handily, the two went toe-to-toe at the end of the sixth round and brought the crowd to its feet.
There were no knockdowns during the Palmer/Miller showdown, but the knockout of the night went to Braxton County’s Tyler Cottrill, who jolted Beckley’s Turner Williams with a punch to the jaw in the very first round en route to improving his record to 5-0.
Williams spent several minutes on the canvas before Parkersburg brothers Shawn Miller and Chad Miller fought an exhibition boxing match.
After former Glenville State College football player Wes Hanson won a unanimous pro boxing decision against Nate Petty of Louisville, it was time for BJ Robinson to make his pro boxing debut against Orion Bolds.
Robinson came out on top, also by unanimous decision, and used a powerful overhand right to stun Bolds in the fourth round.
“I still got a lot of work to do and I got my trainer (Will Bunge) here and we finally got linked back up over the past few years,” Robinson said.
“I wasn’t completely satisfied with my performance, but I was satisfied to get the win and I was satisfied he gave me work in the ring. That’s what I need.”
Parkersburg South graduate Dustin Echard did more than enough to improve his pro record to 15-3 following a unanimous decision versus Martez Williamson.
The only other pro boxing match was a heavyweight battle, which appeared as though it was going to be a quick loss for Raleigh County resident Joe Hill. Hill was sent to the canvas twice in the first round by Bobby Favors of Cincinnati, only to storm back and win via a TKO at 1:59 of the second.
Despite Cottrill having the KO of the night, Parkersburg’s Nate Hall put on an impressive pro kickboxing effort versus Zanesville’s Steven Chesnik. Hall used a left hook to floor Chesnik in the first round and won via a knockout in round two after following a leg kick with another left hook.
Calhoun County High School graduate Andrew Satterfield also won his amateur kickboxing fight via unanimous decision against Clarksburg’s Brandon Perkins.
Tyler Farley, a graduate of Princeton High School who moved to Parkersburg two years ago, stopped Eric McClain in the second round on strikes to improve his amateur MMA record to 2-0.
“I have my father (Tim) and my little brother (Timothy) here in my corner,” Farley said. “It feels great, man. It’s a real blessing.”
The opening match on the card was an amateur MMA bout which saw Parkersburg’s John Roberts (5-1) win via a first round knockout against Charleston’s Josh Crews. Also, Cordelle “Rampage” Jackson scored a second-round TKO at 1:09 against Lonzo Whaley in amateur boxing.
A special announcement was made in regards to an upcoming fight on April 22 back at PHS. A rematch of the 1997 epic showdown between Dave McNemar and Gary Wolfe will be the main event.
Results from Fieldhouse
Fight Night 6 at PHS
MMA (A): John Roberts won via 1st RD KO vs. Josh Crews
PB: Tyler Cottrill won via 1st RD TKO vs. Turner Williams
PB: Wes Hanson won via UD vs. Nate Petty
PB: BJ Robinson won via UD vs. Orion Bolds
KB (A): Andrew Satterfield won via UD vs. Brandon Perkins
MMA (A): Tyler Farley won via 2nd RD KO vs. Eric McClain
MMA (P): Maria Messer won via split decision vs. Amanda Miller
AB: Cordelle Jackson won via 2nd RD TKO vs. Lonzo Whaley
PB: Dustin Echard (15-3) won via UD vs. Martez Williamson
KB (P): Nate Hall won via 2nd RD KO vs. Steven Chesnik
PB: Joe Hill won via 2nd RD TKO vs. Bobby Favors
PB: Eric Palmer won 55-59, 58-56, 58-56 vs. Donnie Miller
PB: Caleb Chesternut won via 1st RD TKO vs. David Quay