Summer Smackdown coming

Event held at the Gough Hazard on July 13

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant, pictured here dropping a forearm on Harley Watson during last July’s Summer Smackdown, will be back in action on July 13 at the Gough Hazard for Summer Smackdown 2.

PARKERSBURG — Summer Smackdown 2 is coming back to the Gough Hazard and Dawghouse Promotions’ Mike Sheppard once again has put together a more than solid fight card.

After great success last summer, Sheppard currently has 16 bouts lined up for area fight fans with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and the show getting underway an hour later.

“There’s a lot of competitive matches. There are no mismatches. Everybody is matched up evenly,” said Sheppard, who has five pro boxing matches and six Dawghouse Promotions amateur title fights (DPATF) on the card.

“There are some pretty good fighters.

There’s a lot of people not from here, but within a couple of hours. It’s not completely local.”

Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant will square off against Clay County’s Nathan Gill for the only MMA DPATF. The pair will clash for the bantamweight belt. Tennant fought on the first Summer Smackdown card and defeated Harley Watson via stoppage in the second round.

Jeremy Hinkle of Cumberland, Md., will take on Parkersburg’s Zach Hardman in the only amateur kickboxing match.

The only female battle will be the women’s welterweight DPATF between Bridgeport’s Haley Bishop and Huntington’s Hailey Pennington.

A pair of other area combatants are also competing for belts. George Brown of Elizabeth is set to face Ritchie Loew of Bellaire, Ohio in a DPATF junior welterweight match, while Parkersburg’s Austin Sprouse and Wheeling’s Abhay Horvath will tangle in a middleweight showdown.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to all of them,” Sheppard said. “Last year’s show was probably the best one I ever had.

“It’s nice to see it happening, all the work you put into it, all the stress and the work it takes to make it go.”

In an all local pro boxing match, Parkersburg’s Steven Whitehair will take on Williamstown’s Ryan Carroll.

Two area fighters each looking for their first pro win will go toe-to-toe in a light cruiserweight battle when Brad Morehead and John Bailey, both of Parkersburg, square off.

Also fighting from the Mid-Ohio Valley as a professional will be Ripley’s Joel Baker, who is set to box Follansbee’s Johnny McAllister.

“It’s a real nice atmosphere out there,” said Sheppard, who noted $25 general admission tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at the Gough Hazard, the Sound Exchange or the Polo Club.

“Everybody likes it. The food is good. There’s beer or pop, whatever you want.”

A limited number of VIP tables are available. Anyone interested should call 304-483-5503.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com