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Southside Rumble 6 set for Saturday at Armory

PARKERSBURG — Dawghouse Promotions’ Mike Sheppard is looking forward to Saturday’s Southside Rumble 6, which is slated to get underway at 7 p.m. inside the West Virginia National Guard Armory.

New Philadelphia’s Andrew Donavan and Parkersburg’s Shawn Miller will be the last fight of the night in a pro boxing main event.

There are 15 other bouts currently scheduled, which includes a trio of Dawghouse Promotions title fights. Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant will put his DP MMA belt on the line against Jacob Lemaster of Paintsville, Ky.

Two victors also will grab new belts. In a women’s welterweight boxing rematch, Wirt County’s Tonya Hopkins, a Parkersburg Toughman champ, is set to face Jess Cimino of Charleroi, Pa. Also, a 155-pound MMA belt will go to the winner of Parkersburg’s Kyle Echard and Inwood’s Jacob Beach.

“They fought on my last show and Kyle got him in an arm bar, but Beach is like a Streetbeefs champion. He’s pretty good,” Sheppard said. “Kyle caught him and he just beat a really good guy down in Summersville at an event down there. Tonya works at Public Debt. She’s a hard worker and came into the gym about two years ago. She loves it. She comes to everything we offer. We have cardio classes and cardio boxing and cardio kickboxing.

“She comes to every one of those. She trains for MMA, but has never competed. It’s a rematch between the two of them. (At a fight in Pittsburgh), Tonya won every round and they gave it to the other girl.

One of the judges had the other girl winning every round and there’s no way. We had people coming up from Pittsburgh saying no way. I spiced it up making it a championship. She wants that belt.”

Front row VIP tables are sold out, but second row tables are still available in limited quantities for $315 and they seat nine.

Tickets for the show are $25 and the event also will have a pay-per-view option at fights.platformvideo.live for a cost of $25. Jeremy “The Beast” Bates and Adam “Bomb” Collins will be the commentators.

“The last show this summer (Summer Smackdown 3) was the best one I ever had,” Sheppard noted. “The fights were great. I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing how to match them up like that. That last one will be hard to beat.

“It will be hard to top, but this one looks just as good is the thing but who knows what they are going to do. I’m not the one in there mixing it up. I’m just setting it all up.”

To check the availability of second row tables call 304-483-5503. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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