Marietta boxers attempt to defend their title at Throwdown 2

Trevor Bell of Marietta attempts to defend his title at 152 pounds during Saturday’s Summer Throwdown 2 event at Parkersburg South’s Rod Oldham Athletic Center. (Photo: Jay W. Bennett)

PARKERSBURG — The place to be for fight fans Saturday night is inside Parkersburg South’s Rod Oldham Athletic Center, where Dawghouse Promotions will have The Dugout Summer Throwdown 2.

Marietta’s Trevor Bell, an area construction worker and 2018 graduate of Federal Hocking High School, will put his 152-pound Dawghouse Promotions belt on the line when he fights Dillon Murphy of the Tommy Thomas Boxing Club.

“I wrestled for an ABA regional amateur title in Madison on Saturday,” admitted Bell, who said he has no problem fighting again on such short notice.

“I lost the decision. It was three, three minute rounds. He was definitely a more experienced guy than me, but those kinds of fights make you better.

Bell admitted that when he started with Toughman, he would fight each other on the weekends.

“Now in the amateurs I’m fighting higher level guys now. I don’t usually do that” Bell said of the game last week.

“I took that fight with three weeks’ notice. I was told they asked like six different guys and no one would come in with him. They set up the regional title.

– It was a close match. It was a good way to test where I was at. I think he’s in his 30s and he’s been boxing since he was 18 and he’s got a lot more experience than me. The fact that I was able to stay in there and make it a close fight, that says a lot in itself.

As for his opponent Murphy, Bell is not taking anything for granted.

“After Murphy I plan to move down to 147, 145,” Bell admitted. “I’m getting tired of these guys who are naturally bigger than me all the time. I want to go down and be the bully, for once, you know. I know he’s done really well with that Rough N’ Rowdy. He’s fought in a few Toughmans and he trains with some pretty high level guys.

– He has a good team around him. I don’t think as far as three, three minute rounds, as far as him making it a boxing match and not a fight, I don’t think he’s at my level. I made the transition from one-minute rounds to three-minute rounds, trying to rip people’s heads off. It’s a different game. I’m curious to see how his cardio holds up.”

Murphy said he has been training hard and is “excited for it” although once again he becomes the lesser fighter.

“Everybody said he fights well,” Murphy added. “A tough kid who won’t quit. We want to find out how well he can box.”

A trio of mixed martial arts bouts kick off the card. Wellston’s Luke Coon will open the show at 7:30 pm against New Martinsville’s Joey Weaver. St. Marys’ Jeremy Pratt meets Ground Zero’s Sebastian Morris. Clay County’s Nathan Gill and Parkersburg’s Daryl Davis will fight for the DHP 155-pound MMA title.

Two other DHP amateur boxing belts will be in place. Virginia’s Andrew Toppin will box Justin Milam of Mineral Wells for the 145-pound title. The women’s 112-pound belt will go to either Autumn Miller of Parkersburg or Elizabeth’s Jocelyn Brown.

The lone professional bout on the card features V02 Fitness’ Ron Brown squaring off against TTBC’s Trae Stout.

Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant and Little Hocking’s Morrison Dailey line up for the fourth bout, an amateur kickboxing showdown.

Numerous other amateur boxing bouts are also on the card, including a Parkersburg bout featuring Kenneth Arnold and Aydan Edwards.

Barboursville’s Amy Elkins and Parkersburg’s Jalyn Kerby will also go toe-to-toe as will Marietta’s Dawson Snider and Quaker City’s Trace Roby in the Buckeye State.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 and all tickets at the doors, which open at 6:30 p.m., cost $30.

Second row table availability can be checked by texting 304-483-5503. All proceeds from the concession sale will benefit Parkersburg South volleyball boosters.

Fight fans unable to attend the show have the option to watch via pay-per-view at

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