Summer Smackdown set for this Saturday
Will feature boxing and MMA fights
PARKERSBURG — Mike Sheppard of Dawghouse Promotions is more than excited for Saturday’s Gough Hazard Summer Smackdown, which will take place on Core Road with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and fights starting an hour later.
The card, which features a quartet of pro boxing matches, five MMA battles and 11 amateur boxing bouts will have $25 general admission tickets at the door, but all the VIP tables are sold out.
“I could’ve had 30 fights,” admitted Sheppard, who had 20 front row and 32 second row tables. “We will not be turning people away. They (ticket sales) are better than ever.
“I need to have more events, but I don’t want to saturate the market. I’m having three, maybe four a year. I’m going to start branching out and going to Charleston and Huntington a little bit, but I don’t want to lose my focus here.”
A pair of Parkersburg fighters — Adam Dotson and Tim Farnsworth — will be the main event as the two pro cruiserweights are scheduled for four rounds. The co-feature, also a scheduled four-rounder, will pit Calhoun County graduate Andrew Satterfield against Justin Novaria of Zanesville, Ohio, in a showdown of pro heavyweights.
“Andrew has slimmed down and he’s under 250. He’s getting pretty serious and he’s got a really good jab,” Sheppard said of the ex-Red Devil, who is trying to improve to 3-0.
“Look out for him. He’s going to shine. I’m going to have to start traveling a little bit to get (Satterfield) some sparring. I don’t spar anymore and the other guys (at the Dawghouse Gym) are a little smaller and not as experienced.”
Five different amateur boxing matches will have Dawghouse Promotions title belts on the line. Two of those competing are husband and wife — Jonny and Katie Loyd, who are working in the area as pipeliners for the natural gas industry. Jonny is taking on Calvin Dixon, who trains at Sam’s Gym in Glouster, Ohio, in a cruiserweight fight while his wife will square off against former Huntington Rough N Rowdy champion Hailey Pennington.
Two of the MMA bouts will feature former state wrestling champions and current prep assistant mat coaches in Parkersburg South graduate David Jeffrey and ex-Parkersburg Big Red Nick Johnson, who is 1-0 and is facing Mike “The Monster” Staats of Mineral Wells in his debut.
“Dave’s really been working hard in the gym,” Sheppard said of Jeffrey, who is 2-0 and faces Noah Sias (1-0). “That’s going to be a really good fight because he’s (Sias) a good stand-up fighter and Dave is a good wrestler.”
Gabe Lambert, a 2002 first team Class A all-state linebacker at Wahama High School, is returning to the fight scene next weekend as well.
The former White Falcon standout, who is 14-2 as an amateur and won back-to-back Clarksburg Toughman titles in 2012-13, will tangle with Parkersburg’s Darton Wilson (5-2) in a super heavyweight Dawghouse Promotions title fight.
“It’s been a while,” said Lambert, who went to Fairmont State, lives in Bridgeport and works as an aircraft mechanic at Lockheed. “I love the sport because there is no excuses. You can’t blame nobody. It’s all on you and that’s what I like about it. It’s a good stress reliever, too.”
When asked to describe his fight style Lambert said, “I just kind of wing it. If it was a toughman you might fight four, five times in one night. This is three two-minute rounds and I just hope it doesn’t last that long.”
Although Lambert admitted his wife “doesn’t like me doing it, but she likes coming to watch,” he likened fighting to motorcycles.
“Of course, in there (fighting) I don’t think of that,” he said of getting injured. “It’s like riding a motorcycle. It’s like you can get hurt. I don’t plan on wrecking. I box because it’s fun. I don’t plan on getting hurt.
“You don’t find too many guys my size (6-foot-4). It will be a good fight. I’m a country boy myself and it’s entertainment when it comes down to it. It’s entertainment and I try to be entertaining.”
The other two Dawghouse Promotions title fights are an amateur heavyweight bout featuring Parkersburg’s Tyler Farley going up against Trenton Harper from Clendenin as well as an amateur lightweight battle involving Parkersburg’s Shawn Miller and Justin Milam.
Tenative Fight card for the Gough Hazard
Summer Smackdown set for Saturday, July 28
East of Chicago Pizza Red Corner vs. Astorg Auto Blue Corner
AB: Isaiah Payton (Fairmont) vs. Roger Taylor (Parkersburg)
PB: Brad Moorehead (Parkersburg) vs. Hasaan Haggler (Huntington)
MMA (A): Richard Daffron (Belpre) vs. Tyler Richards (Parkersburg)
*AB: Calvin Dixon (Glouster) vs. Jonny Loyd (Mineral Wells)
PB: Turner Williams (Beckley) vs. John Colvin (St. Marys)
MMA (A): Harley Watson (Gallipolis) vs. Matt Tennant (Parkersburg)
MMA (A): Noah Sias vs. David Jeffrey (Parkersburg)
#AB: Trenton Harper (Clendenin) vs. Corey Stewart (St. Marys)
@AB: Gabe Lambert (Bridgeport) vs. Darton Wilson (Parkersburg)
MMA (A): Mike Staats (Mineral Wells) vs. Nick Johnson (Parkersburg)
%AB: Shawn Miller (Parkersburg) vs. Justin Milam (Parkersburg)
AB: Aaron Cable (Shinnston) vs. Tyler Martin (Belpre)
AB: Cody Dingey (McConnelsville) vs. Clayton Jackson (Mineral Wells)
AB: James Rivera (Clarksburg) vs. Austin Sprouse (Parkersburg)
+AB: Hailey Pennington (Huntington) vs. Katie Loyd (Mineral Wells)
MMA (A): John McAllister (Weirton) vs. Roger Smarr (Parkersburg)
PB: Justin Novaria (Zanesville) vs. Andrew Satterfield (Parkersburg)
PB: Adam Dotson (Parkersburg) vs. Tim Farnsworth (Parkersburg)
AB: Wesley Roberts (Charleroi, Pa.) vs. Devron Ford (Morgantown)
AB: Jordan Day (Cumberland, Md.) vs. Dillon Forquer (Morgantown)
* Denotes Dawghouse Promotions amateur cruiserweight title bout
# Denotes Dawghouse Promotions amateur heavyweight title bout
@ Denotes Dawghouse Promotions amateur super heavyweight title bout
% Denotes Dawghouse Promotions amateur lightweight title bout
+ Denotes Dawghouse Promotions amateur lightweight women’s title bout
NOTES: All fights subject to change. General admission tickets are $25. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and fights start at 7:30 p.m.