Pennington returns to ring April 19
HUNTINGTON -- Don Pennington has paid his dues in boxing and is looking for rewards.
Pennington, a professional boxer from Huntington, is scheduled to meet Austin Marcum of Logan, W.Va., for the Appalachian Boxing Association Southwest Middleweight championship in one of the co-main events April 19 on the Pullman Plaza Fight Night 2 show in the grand ballroom of Pullman Plaza Hotel.
"The main event. ... I'm pretty excited about it," said the Cabell Midland High School engineering teacher. "The first couple of fights I went out early. Got a couple of wins and it pushed me to this, the last guy fighting."
Marcum (6-4) won a decision over Tierre King on the Pullman Fight Night 1 show on Feb. 15 and that gave Pennington, 31, a chance to check his opponent out.
"I've seen him a couple of times. He's the best I've seen so far," Pennington said. "He's a little younger and maybe quicker. He's been on TV and fought some better people. He's used to the spotlight. He's very game."
Pennington (4-0) had a large following at Fight Night 1 when he scored a first-round TKO over Charlie Wade of Weirton, W.Va., in the scheduled four-rounder. Instead of driving to Logan or Madison, W.Va., to support him, Pennington's fans just had a short trip to downtown Huntington.
His backing is expected to be even bigger this time.
"Fighting in my hometown is something I always wanted to do," he said. "Now, a title fight in my hometown. People bought T-shirts last time and I'm sure they will again. I'm surprised I got here (title shot) this fast. That crowd support I believe is what helped us get there. No way can I lose now. I can't afford to disappoint anybody."
Knowing something about the opponent helps, but Pennington said he would be prepared regardless.
"I didn't know much about the first guy, but made it," he said. "I know something this time. You get a little bit of a plan. One of my strengths is being able to adapt. Sometime the best plan doesn't work. The motto is adapt or die."
Chase Hill, who owns Black Eye Promotions, is the show's promoter. He has two more Fight Night shows scheduled -- Aug. 23 and Nov. 1.
Three more titles will be on the line at Fight Night 2.
Adam Collins of Ironton will meet Matt Garretson of Charleston for the ABA Southwest Cruiserweight crown.
Jason Pettaway of Huntington will take on Jon Hill of Charleston for the ABA Southwest Heavyweight title.
And Alonzo Butler of Chattanooga, Tenn., will oppose Dante Craig of Cincinnati for the ABA Heavweight crown.
The card includes five pro bouts. Bell time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 304-785-9124. Seating capacity is roughly 700.
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