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Andre Donovan wins main event at action-packed Summer Smackdown 6

Photos by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant, pictured here trying to execute a guillotine against Jacob Lemaster of Paintsville, Kentucky, defended his Dawghouse Promotions MMA bantamweight title via a split decision at Saturday night’s Summer Smackdown 6.

PARKERSBURG — Saturday night’s Summer Smackdown 6 inside the West Virginia National Guard Armory had a little bit of everything for fight fans.

In the main event, which was the lone professional boxing match, Andre Donovan of New Philadelphia defeated Parkersburg’s Shawn Miller via TKO at 1:34 of the first round in what was the respective debuts for both fighters.

The 5-foot-3 Donovan, who had plenty of support from his 922 crowd, came out at a blistering pace and owned the ring from the onset. Although Miller was bigger, the 2019 Cleveland Golden Gloves champ at 123 pounds used his quickness and punching power to leave no doubt.

“To be determined,” admitted Donovan after the match as to what’s next for him.

Donovan said he never had a doubt about the outcome of the match, and he would’ve turned pro sooner had it not been for COVID-19.

Andre Donovan of New Philadelphia, Ohio, won his pro debut Saturday night at Summer Smackdown 6 against Parkersburg’s Shawn Miller via a TKO at 1:34 of the first round.

A trio of Dawghouse Promotions belts were on the line and that included the bantamweight one held by Matt Tennant..

It was an inauspicious start for the former Parkersburg Big Red as he slipped and fell to the canvas at the beginning of round one. Nonetheless, Tennant was able to take opponent Jacob Lemaster (3-1) to the ground several times. That included a huge slam in round three where he almost ended things later on via a guillotine.

“I was so embarrassed by that. That was one of the most embarrassing moments of my career,” admitted Tennant, who won via a split decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29). “He was undefeated coming into this fight. He was a nationally ranked opponent. He was ranked top 30 in the whole entire United States. I knew I had a tough fight coming in. I was most worried about his grappling, and I trained for a lot of his grappling.

“I was honestly surprised how many times I took him down, but when I got him down, I’m not going to lie to you it felt like a silverback gorilla was grabbing me. I had a guillotine. It was so close dude. He started to kind of go limp and I think I must have eased off a little bit and he went ‘oooooooooooohhhhhhhh’ and he grabbed my wrists, and I was like ‘no, way did I do that.'”

Tennant improved to 6-2.

In another DHP MMA title fight, Parkersburg’s Kyle Echard appeared to be in more than serious trouble super early in the first round against Inwood’s Jacob Beach, who came out hard and managed to slam Echard to the ground right in front of his own corner. Beach, who had lost to Echard in their first match due to an arm bar, appeared as though he might get the match stopped. Echard was trying to defend himself, but Beach was in full ground-and-pound mode. Although he was able to bloody Echard thanks to a big gash above his left eyebrow, Beach ended up losing 30 seconds into the fight as Echard once again executed an arm bar and forced a tap out.

The other DHP title fight was a rematch between the Keystone State’s Jess Cimino and Wirt County’s Tonya Hopkins, who was knocked down early in the first round. Hopkins, though, continued to press on and the two combatants went at it for an intense three rounds. Cimino ended up besting Hopkins again via a majority decision. One judge scored it 28-28, giving the last two rounds to Hopkins, but the other two judges scored it 29-27 and 30-26.

The expected 16-bout card had one scratch, but the amateur kickboxing match between Kyle Midkiff and Jakimm Gaiters was ruled a no contest. Midkiff accidentally kicked Gaiters with a low blow, which led to a large release of fluids in a neutral corner by Gaiters.

Marietta’s Charles Howell had the shortest match of the evening when his opponent Damien Titus of Inwood was knocked down early and then exited the ring during their kickboxing match.

“I don’t really know what happened,” Howell admitted. “I was hoping for a little bit better fight and hoping it could’ve went a little longer. I didn’t even feel like I hit him.

“He was just on the ground and the next moment he got up and walked out. I’m not really sure what to say about that, you know, for my first fight. I’ll take it.”

In the other kickboxing bout Blaize Settlemeyer of VO2 Fitness won via knockout at 1:41 of the third against Parkersburg’s Justin Milam.

Two other MMA matches took place. Parkersburg’s Chandler Owens executed a perfect rear naked choke hold to finish Williamstown’s Chris Given in 24 seconds. In an all-Parkersburg battle, Zac Crawford won via TKO due to strikes at 1:49 of the second round against Eric Liotti.

Also in kickboxing, Connor Foit and Jaccob Stanton, both of VO2 Fitness, each won via unanimous decision. Foit bested Parkersburg’s Morrison Dailey 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 while Stanton topped Parkersburg’s Ryan Lefever 30-27 on all three cards.

In what turned out to be a toss-up after three rounds, Parkersburg’s Zaqari Mott evened his record at 3-3 after taking a split decision win (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) versus Inwood’s Theo Yates.

Other boxing results had Miles Bashur earning a split decision against Jio Murphy (28-29, 30-27, 30-27), VO2 Fitness’ Jesse Maloy scoring a UD (30-27 on all cards) versus Leon Moshefy of Kentucky as well as Parkersburg’s Zach Hardman getting the best of Jeffery Mycek. Mycek, from Winchester, Virginia, was a Street Beefs Champ, but lost to the Parkersburg Toughman heavyweight champ Hardman via a UD (30-27 on all cards).

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

Summer Smackdown 6 Results

MMA: Zac Crawford d. Eric Liotti via TKO (strikes) 1:49, 2nd

AKB: Connor Foit won via UD vs. Morrison Dailey 30-27, 30-27, 29-28

AB: Miles Bashur won via SD vs. Jio Murphy 30-27, 30-27, 28-29

AKB: Jacob Stanton won via UD vs. Ryan Leferver 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

MMA: Matt Tennant won via SD vs. Jacob Lemaster 29-28, 30-27, 28-29

AKB: Blaize Settlemeyer won via KO vs. Justin Milan 1:41, 3rd

AB: Jess Cimino won via majority dec. vs. Tonya Hopkins 28-28, 29-27, 30-26

AB: Zaqari Mott won via SD vs. Theo Yates 27-30, 29-28, 29-28

AKB: Kyle Midkiff vs. Jakimm Gaiters ruled no contest due to accidental low blow

AB: Jesse Maloy won via UD vs. Leon Moshefy 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

MMA: Chandler Owens won via submission (rear naked choke) vs. Chris Given 0:24, 1st

AB: Zach Hardman won via UD vs. Jeffery Mycek 30-27, 30-27, 30-27

MMA: Kyle Echard won via submission (arm bar) vs. Jacob Beach 0:30, 1st

AKB: Charles Howell won vs. Damien Titus TKO 1st (fleeing)

PB: Andre Donovan won via TKO vs. Shawn Miller 1:34, 1st

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