This Saturday night, Mountaineer Casino & Racetrack and Resort in association with 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and TNT Promotions presents live professional boxing at The Harv. In the main event, undefeated welterweight Wilkins “The Hispanic Hurricane” Santiago (9-0, 1 KO) taking on perennial contender Gilbert “Gordo” Venegas (12-9-3, 8 KOs). Fans can expect constant fireworks in this classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup. Santiago seeks to fight his way into contention against Venegas who is best known for his shocking knockout victory over current WBC & WBA #3 ranked contender Ed Paredes & highly disputed draw with world renowned Jesus Soto Karass.
Undefeated super middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (9-0, 4 KOs) faces his toughest foe to date in Billy Bailey (12-16, 4 KOs). Big Chief, currently ranked #19 in the U.S., has performed well in previous Mountaineer appearances, but will need to step up his game against Bailey who’s known worldwide as “The Gatekeeper” to the top 15 in the division. The last time the native Californian traveled to the tri-state area he lost a razor thin split decision to undefeated top contender & 2008 Olympian Azea Augustama in a hard fought battle that took Fight of the Night honors that evening.
In the evening’s “Special Attraction”, Heavyweight Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha 20-10-1, 8 KOs) returns to face Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins (23-21, 7 KOs). It will mark Akron, OH’s Firtha first bout at Mountaineer since 2008. Hawkins has traveled the world in some of the biggest matchups in the Heavyweight division vs. the likes former Champions David Tua, Samuel Peter, Oleg Maskaev & current #1 contender Bermane Stiverne to name a few.
Crowd favorites Billy “Hutch” Hutchinson (6-1-2, 4 KOs) and Joey “The Hitman” Holt (3-0, 3 KOs) are back. Hutch goes toe-to-toe with tough as nails Angel “The White Tiger” Rios (9-17, 6 KOs) while Holt does the same with popular Dustin Caplinger (2-4, 1 KO).
Greg Brady (0-0) and Travis Reeves (1-2, 0 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash and more and as always don’t miss the beautiful Ring Dolls.
Base ticket prices are VIP starting at $100, Section A $50, Section B $35 & Bleachers $25 plus service fee. Tickets can be purchased at Mountaineer Casino’s Players Club in person or by calling 1-800-80-40-HOT x8297 or online at www.MOREatMountaineer.com or www.Etix.com. Free parking. First bell 7:30 P.M. Bouts subject to change.