Local boxer postpones fight after breaking hand
HUNTINGTON -- Cruiserweight boxer Jason Pettaway of Huntington is going to have to wait a bit longer to make his return to the ring.
Pettaway was scheduled to meet Bobby Thomas Jr. of Oak Hill, W.Va., on Friday night at the Beckley Convention Center for the vacant WBF international cruiserweight title.
Thomas sustained a broken hand in training and promoter Jerry Thomas said the bout has been postponed. He wants to reschedule it as soon as Thomas is healthy and a suitable date can be arranged.
Pettaway last fought on March 17. 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Magomed Abdusalamov of Oxnard, Calif., stopped Pettway in the fourth round of the scheduled 10-rounder. It was Pettaway's first loss (11-1-0, 8 KO).
Thomas was in action Jan. 12 in the Tri-State Original Toughman Contest at Big Sandy Supertore Arena. He stopped Warren Browning in the second round of a four-rounder after Browning hurt his left arm.
Noak Kirk, who managed Pettway, said his fighter now plans to fight April 27 in a show in the Parkersburg area. That show is being promoted by Mike Sheppard and Leon Ramsey.
Kirk will be busy this weekend as he has several fighters competing in the Tri-State Regional Golden Gloves at the Kentucky National Guard Armory in Ashland. Open champions there advance to the nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bell time Friday and Saturday is 7 p.m. Finals on Sunday start at 1 p.m.
More than 100 boxers from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia are expected to compete in Junior Olympic, Novice and Open divisions.
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