Hard Knocks Fight Night 30 Coming to Wheeling Island

     (Wheeling, WV) Jerry Thomas’ West Virginia Sports Promotions, Inc. and the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack are pleased to present “Hard Knocks Fight Night 30”, a special night of live boxing and kick boxing featuring the region’s top MMA fighters, professional Boxers, Kick Boxers and more. Coming this Saturday, October 23rd  at 7:30pm in the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Showroom.

          The main event will feature former two time World Toughman heavyweight champion “All-Lee” McGinnis, who is undefeated in three professional boxing bouts, with all wins coming by way of knockout! McGinnis, who is from Pittsburgh, PA is 6’-3” and weighs 250 lbs. His opponent is Jeremiah Williams, who is a veteran of five professional bouts and is form Cincinnati, Ohio. Williams is 6’-2” and weighs 225 lbs.

The Co Featured bout on the card will match undefeated heavyweight Jeremiah Karpency, (2-0,1KO) of Adah. PA versus Johnnie Davis, (1-1-1), of Buffalo, NY. Karpency, who is 6’-2” and weighs 230 lbs and is the younger brother and stable mate of world rated light heavyweight Tommy Karpency. The Karpency brothers are managed and trained by their father Tom. 

          The amateur Kick Boxing portion of the card will feature Mike “KO” Kidd, (5-1) of Bannock, OH, who is a former two time Toughman champion. Also featured on the card will be undefeated Josh “Pretty” Flowers, (4-0) of Bridgeport, OH. Fans will also be treated with several exciting Kick Boxing matches featuring the area’s top MMA fighters, Kick boxers, Boxers and Toughman fighters. 

   Tickets are on sale now at Convenient Food Marts on Huron St in Wheeling and at the Convenient Mart located on Main Street in St. Clairsville, OH. Tickets are also available at Napple’s Bullpen. Ticket prices are $20, $30 for reserved seating and $50 for Gold Ringside seats (first two rows). For additional information or to charge tickets by phone, call 1-800-296-3897 or online at hardknocksfightnight.com. Event sponsors are Budweiser, WTOV 9 and EAGLE 107.

     Promoter Jerry Thomas of West Virginia Sports Promotions, Inc., of Clarksburg, WV, is the top fight promoter in the Mountain State, with over 30 years of experience. Thomas and his staff have promoted and/or co-promoted numerous championship bouts, including televised cards on ESPN, USA, HBO, SHOWTIME and Madison Square Garden networks.  He has also promoted numerous regional cable broadcast events on Suddenlink Communications and Network WV.  Thomas is also known for his promotion of the “Original Toughman Contests” in West Virginia, of which he produces twelve events annually, in twelve different cities throughout West Virginia. In 2007 Thomas created a new event known as “Hard Knocks Fight Night” and has promoted several events, with several more planned…
      
      The event has been sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.  Chairman Steve Allred, Commissioners; Tony Figaritti, Doug Pauley, Brian Simpson and Dr. Julian Bailes.  
    
      Wheeling Island won 16 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2010 readers poll including the coveted “Best Casino” award.   Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

   For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.