Tennant excited for second go

Smackdown 2 slated for Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Dawghouse Promotions’ Mike Sheppard currently has 16 scheduled bouts for Saturday night’s Summer Smackdown 2 at the Gough Hazard.

Former Parkersburg Big Red Matt Tennant is one of several local fighters on the card and he’s excited to compete in the event for a second straight year.

“I’ve watched his most recent two fights,” Tennant said of his bantamweight MMA opponent Nathan Gill of Clay County. “I don’t want to go too far back because people learn and they get better. The good things I can say about him, on the ground he keeps really good pressure. I think that’s his strongest point, getting a takedown and trying to stay on top of somebody, which is also my strength.

“The bad thing I would say about that are his takedowns are very slow and he loads up for every punch. Every shot is a kill shot for him basically. He wants to throw with deadly intent.”

That match will be one of six which has been marked as a Dawghouse Promotions title fight.

“He’s actually the 145-pound champ coming down to challenge for the 135-pound title,” Tennant said of Gill. “The former (bantamweight) champ, Ray Davila, went pro. I’ve brought in a lot of people to help me. Just the other day I was doing 1-on-1s with Wes Hanson.”

Hanson, a former football player at Glenville State College, was a late addition to the card. He will put his 1-1 pro boxing record on the line against Fairmont’s Coty Wilson (4-1) in the main event — a scheduled welterweight four-rounder.

“I gained a little bit of size for this fight so I’ll have to cut some weight, but it’s nothing drastic like the UFC guys do,”

Tennant added. “Nate Hall came in and helped me train. He came out of retirement to help me train for the fight. I had him, Wes Hanson, Mike Sheppard and of course Ryan Carroll. Ryan’s always been my head coach.

“We’ve trained for about seven years together. (At some point) I plan on going pro as long as my body holds up. I plan on riding the bus as long as I can. If I had it my way I’d be the first guy in West Virginia signed to the UFC, but that’s a long shot.”

Carroll, of Williamstown, is expected to open the card in his pro boxing (welterweight) debut versus Parkersburg’s Steven Whitehair.

Two other all-Parkersburg showdowns will take place in the amateur boxing ranks with Austin Crouch taking on Austin Maxwell along with Brad Morehead squaring off versus John Bailey.

General admission tickets are $25 and gates are set to open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with the show starting an hour later.

A limited number of VIP tables are available by calling 304-483-5503.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

Updated Fight Card for Summer Smackdown 2 on

Saturday at the Gough Hazard off Core Road

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PB: Steven Whitehair (Parkersburg) vs. Ryan Carroll (Williamstown)

*AB: Haley Bishop (Bridgeport) vs. Hailey Pennington (Huntington)

AB: Austin Crouch (Parkersburg) vs. Austin Maxwell (Parkersburg)

PB: Johnny McAllister (Follansbee) vs. Joel Baker (Ripley)

AKB: Jeremy Hinkle (Cumberland, Md.) vs. Zach Hardman (Parkersburg)

MMA: Joe Lemon (Parkersburg) vs. Ali Capobianco (Albrightsville, Pa.)

*AB: Tom Kizer (Morgantown) vs. Jake Wickline (Frostburg, Md.)

AB: Jeffery Mycek (Delaware) vs. Derick Hamrick (Parkersburg)

*MMA: Nathan Gill (Clay) vs. Matt Tennant (Parkersburg)

PB: Brad Morehead (Parkersburg) vs. John Bailey (Parkersburg)

PB: Wes Hanson (Charleston) vs. Coty Wilson (Fairmont)

*AB: Ronald Harrison (Coal Grove, Ohio) vs. Noah Sias (Gallipolis, Ohio)

MMA: Ryan Blankenship (Beauty, Ky.) vs. Sam Kinker (Veto, Ohio)

*AB: Ritchie Loew (Bellaire, Ohio) vs. George Brown (Elizabeth)

*AB: Abhay Horvath (Wheeling) vs. Austin Sprouse (Parkersburg)

AB: Tyler Magee (Morgantown) vs. Aaron Moore (Parkersburg)

*Denotes Dawghouse Promotions title fight

Notes: All fights subject to change. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and fights start at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25. Limited VIP tables are available by calling 304-483-5503.