The scheduled Main Event between Warren “Hitman” Browning vs. William “Wild Bill” Shahan took a turn for the worst a few days before these two were set to do battle as Browning was forced out of the bout due to breaking his hand before wrapping up sparring.
However, thanks to promoter’s Chase Hill commitment and hard work he found a willing fighter to step in on days notice to battle Shahan. That fighter was former TOUGHMAN competitor and brutal puncher Jon Hill.
Bill Shahan TKO 8 Jon Hill
In a very highly entertaining back and forth action packed heavyweight contest, William “Wild Bill” Shahan (9-5, 7 KO’s) earned an 8 round TKO victory over Jon Hill (6-4, 5 KO’s). Hill was dropped in the 5th round on a BIG right rand and issued a standing 8 count in the round. After the knockdown Hill somehow managed to get all his bearings back and dominated Shahan every round leading to the 8th round, dominating the action with length and his work rate. The fans were rarely sitting in their seats mainly because what they were witnessing in the ring was an all out war, between two warriors determined to get the victory.
Referee Billy Fox issued a curious standing eight count to Hill in the eighth round before a knockdown later in the round, Hill answered quickly and stepped forward… but Fox stopped it anyway and the reactions at ringside amounted to angry shock. Official cards had Jon winning every round but the 5th before the stoppage. Official score cards read 67-64 Hill on the cards.
Justin Novaria UD 4 George Oiler (Heavyweight)
Justin Novaria (4-13, 2 KO’s), was in control all the way, including a dominant fourth round with a knockdown in the final twenty second. Scorecards were 39-36 across the board. Oiler’s second boxing match after a long career in MMA, he drops to 0-2.
Cory Phelps UD 4 Jay Holland (Cruiserweight)
Cory Phelps (14-6-1,7 KO’s), who has fought for regional titles in the past, sees his first action in three years and shook off some ring rust en route to a unanimous decision. Holland drops to 2-21
Don Pennington UD 4 Tierre King (Super Middleweight)
Don Pennington of Huntington, WV, moved to 3-0 (2 KO) with a workman like win over King, now 0-8, from Akron, Ohio.