A fight lover’s delight on a Saturday night, mixed martial arts and boxing will once again co-exist at Boyd County Community Center.
Ten duels are on tap — six MMA, four boxing — for this Saturday's second annual dual event, called Double Impact 2.
Tom Hanshaw, of East Coast Promotions, along with MMA organizers Spencer Fisher and Brian Knipp decided upon Round 2 following last year’s unsilenced success. In fact, Hanshaw doesn't want to wait another full year after this one.
“We’re going to try to get a big fight team together here in Ashland and do a show every three months,” said Hanshaw, who added that several area MMA facilities have had to close their doors. “This is a good show for the community.”
“We hope for a good turnout,” added Knipp. “I know they’ve been training their butts off to put on a good show for everybody.”
Main events feature Tom Hanshaw Jr. inside the ropes and J.P. Felty in the octagon.
Travis Hanshaw, a Kentucky Welterweight Champion who holds an 8-1 professional record, is the younger brother of Tom Jr. While he’s also on the card, he's not in his usual finale slot.
“Now I can sit and cheer (Tom Jr.) on, maybe even work his corner,” Travis said. “I’m usually worrying about my fight when he’s in the ring.”
Tom Hanshaw Jr., who is 3-2, faces Shawn Laughery in a six-round bout for the ABA International Continental Title, according to Tom Sr. If he wins Saturday, he'll move on to the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio, in March. Travis is expected to compete there as well.
Hanshaw Jr. lost to Dustin Echard by majority decision this past November. Echard defeated Laughery by unanimous decision last August.
Travis Hanshaw said his brother got "ripped off" against Echard, and that his motivation has mounted since.
“I’m more excited about his fight than anything,” Travis said. “I’ve never seen him train this hard … He’s hard to deal with.”
Felty will highlight the MMA side of the docket. The Olive Hill native, who is 3-5, will take on Erick Jordan. Jordan, originally from North Carolina, is 0-3 as a professional.
Other local MMA fighters include Jason Pritt, Ryan Smith and Bobby Brown. Fighters from Iowa and Tennessee will also be featured.
Jason Reinhardt, formerly of UFC, and Bernard “Swiftkick” Robinson, a four-time world kickboxing champion, will also be in attendance, according to Knipp. They have fighters on the card and will be available to take pictures and meet and greet.
Reinhardt has already committed to participate in the next event of this kind, set for May, said Knipp.
Weigh-ins are set to take place on Friday night at Callihan’s American Pub & Grill at Kyova Mall on Friday at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $20 for general admission and $15 for students. Ringside tables for six, which include pizza and soda, are $200 apiece.
AARON SNYDER can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 326-2664.