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April 30, 2014

Double Impact 3 set for Saturday

SUMMIT — Double Impact 3 will hit the scene on Saturday night at Boyd County Middle School. It's the third boxing/mixed martial arts combination event in the area since February 2013. The previous two took place at the Boyd County Community Center.

A total of nine fights, including an exhibition MMA match, are currently on the card. Scheduled are three six-round boxing bouts and six MMA clashes. Fights are subject to change.

Felty, of Olive Hill, said the harmonious relationship formed between area boxers and MMA fighters brings together "the best of both worlds at the same event."

Tom Hanshaw and Brian Knipp are again co-organizing the event for East Coast Promotions.

Boxer Tom Jr. said the middle school will offer a completely different perspective than the prior events.

"There'll be more people, and I think they'll have a better view of the ring and cage," said the ABA belt-holder.

Travis Hanshaw is adopting his brother's style of fighting, he said. Normally a welterweight, Travis is fighting as a light heavyweight at 168 pounds.

"At first, I'm coming in as a brawler," said Travis, referring to the more aggressive, hard-charging approach. "I want to be a crowd pleaser."

Several potential fights have recently fallen through for Travis. His sole loss came against Taras Shelestyuk, a Ukrainian Olympic bronze medalist, last June. He is one of just two fighters to not lose by knockout to the undefeated Shelestyuk, according to boxrec.com.

Travis said he's gone through six possible opponents for this Saturday.

"One day I gotta weigh 150, the next day 170," Travis said with a laugh. "If this guy backs out, there's another guy on standby at 156 (pounds). I'll be at the Y (tonight) sitting in the sauna, sweating, if that happens."

Tom Jr. will take on Daniel Craycraft, of Gallipolis, Ohio. He is 14-19-3, according to boxrec.com. Tom Jr. is coming off a frustrating majority decision defeat against Brian Holstein in March in Columbus.

"I hit him with two body shots, then hit him with a head shot, and still lost," Tom Jr. said. "People were flipping me off and cussing me. They weren't about to let a Kentucky boy come in there and take an Ohio boy's belt from him."

Tom Jr. (7-2) has been running five miles and doing additional three-hour workouts daily in preparing for Saturday.

Felty (5-5) is facing a familiar opponent in the MMA cage. He beat Frank Young last May on a guillotine choke in 44 seconds.

Felty has poured much of his energy into his stand-up technique.

"(Young) has a good stand-up," said Felty, holding his snoozing 14-week-old son, Logan, in his arms on Wednesday. "So I've been working on my stand-up a lot, but just getting the win is the biggest thing."

Brown, of South Point, won a close split decision at Double Impact 2. His match also garnered Fight of the Night recognition.

Brown's opponent is Wade Strait, of Iowa.

"I know he's left-handed, about 5-8, 250," Brown said. "He's supposed to be good on the ground; his hands are decent."

Brown (5-9, 265) expects to win, he said, pointing out that he's "changing up a little" from his first fight.

Brown's brother, Chris, is a professional MMA fighter. Watching him lured Bobby into the cage, he said.

Brad Wiler, a 15-year-old from Grayson, is another local MMA fighter. He's participating in the exhibition match.

Some other MMA fighters include Carlos Lemos Jr., James Lee, Robert Foster and Jack Asquini. Lemos Jr. is a five-time national Jiu-Jitsu champion from Brazil.

Promoter Dave Bowers, a booking agent for Don King, is flying in a pair of boxers from Florida for the event.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The action begins at 6.

Cost is $20 per ticket. Children 5 and under get in free. Ringside tables, which include six seats, soda and pizza, are $200.

Contact Knipp at (606) 316-6733 or Mindy Hanshaw at (606) 571-3601 for tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available at the door.

A weigh-in session is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Callihan's American Pub & Grill at Kyova Mall.

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