Pettaway going for different title
HUNTINGTON — Pro boxer Jason Pettaway of Huntington is hoping to have more success in his second title fight than he did in his first.
Magomed Abdusalamov, an unbeaten Russian, scored a fourth-round TKO against Pettaway in their USNBC Silver heavyweight title fight on March 17, 2012, at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Pettaway (14-1) has gone 3-0 since that long night in the Big Apple. In his last bout on Jan. 11, Pettaway won a unanimous decision over Grover Young in the feature pro fight during championship night in the Original Tri-State Toughman Contest at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.
Pettaway is back in the ring April 19 on the Pullman Plaza Fight Night 2 card in the grand ballroom of the downtown Huntington hotel. He’ll face Jon Young (6-5) from Chicago for the Appalachian Boxing Association Southwest Region heavyweight crown.
“I want a belt,” Pettaway said before a workout session at 304 Boxing Academy, his training headquarters. “I’m 33. I’m not getting any younger.” There was a time Pettaway appeared to be in line to get a shot at Bobby Thomas, Jr. of Oak Hill when Thomas held the West Virginia cruiserweight title. Injuries to Thomas kept the two out of the ring.
“Time to move on,” Pettaway sa id .
Pettaway admitted he didn’t have his best night against Grover Young.
“I got through, but I know I can do better,” Pettaway said. “I was in front of the home crowd and got a little excited.” For this bout, Pettaway is putting in extra time on cardio workouts.
“Conditioning is important, especially in the later rounds,” he said.
At Pullman Fight Night 1, Pettaway worked the corner during the first bout of the evening. Now, he gets to fight for a title in his hometown.
“This is a blessing,” he said. “You love to fight in front of the home crowd. I want to do well. Right now my career’s at a standstill.” Four of the five scheduled pro bouts are for titles. Bell time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Dr. Chase Hill of Black Eye Promotion is the show’s promoter. Hill said he has fights scheduled Aug. 23 and Nov. 1 at Pullman. He wants to have Pettaway in a fight in Logan, W.Va., on July 12.
Jon Young has lost by TKO in his last three fights, but Pettaway is taking nothing for g ra nted .
“I’ve got to force the issue,” he said. “Work on the basics and move. He’ll come in hungry. But I’m on my turf.” Pettaway plans to return to cruiserweight after this bout and a shot at the title in that division should be on the horizon .
Don Pennington and Adam Collins, two popular local fighters, will be after championships in the co-main events at the show.
Pennington, who teaches engineering at Cabell Midland High School, will face Austin Marcum of Logan, W.Va., for the ABA’s Southwest Region middleweight championship. Collins will meet Matt Garretson of Charleston for the ABA’s Southwest Region cruiserweight crown. And Alonzo Butler of Chattanooga, Tenn., will defend his ABA heavyweight crown against Dante Craig of Cincinnati. Nathan Butcher also is scheduled to fight.
Weigh-ins are scheduled April 18 in Roosters at Pullman Square.
Pennington (4-0) stopped Charlie Wade in the first round at the Pullman Fight Night 1 show on Feb. 15. Marcum (3-4) won a unanimous decision over Tierre King. Collins ended a lengthy ring layoff and got a decision over Jackie Holland of Pittsburgh. Butcher (1-2-1) and Derick Lambert fought to a majority draw at the Pullman show.
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