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Marc McDonald talks Turf Wars title win

Marc McDonald

Marc McDonald

Marc McDonald (9-2) knew the pain of coming up short on the judge’s scorecards in a big fight. His first fight with Evan Samad (6-1) was a three round battle that saw Samad walk away the victor. Everyone wanted to see a second installment, even the fighters. Almost immediately after the first fight these two men agreed they would do it again. There were some shakeups to Saturday night’s event and this time McDonald and Samad would take the main event slot at Turf Wars 16.

It was a five round battle that would have been a nightmare to score as a judge. McDonald and Samad were relentless as each fighter would take the momentum. When the smoke cleared, it was McDonald who stood as the victor. We were able to catch up with the new Turf Wars champ. He was humble and still very complimentary of Samad. Here is what the young G-Force fighter had to say.


Recap: Turf Wars 16

Recap: Turf Wars 16

Recap: Turf Wars 16

Talk about adversity. The event was left in turmoil at the last minute when the professional fights were all scratched from the card. It left many wondering how the show was going to turn out. This did not affect the amateur fighters who were scheduled to compete. In fact, all sixteen of them put on stellar performances inside the cage, leaving everyone in attendance on the edge of their seat.

This was made evident in the heavyweight title fight between Jesse Childrey and Maurice Henry. Never has a fighter had their chin tested as much as Childrey did last night. Smith, during the first round, unleashed practically everything he had, landing numerous devastating knees. Somehow Childrey was able to survive the round, making it to the second where he was able to finish Smith.

With the victory, Childrey claimed another title while also keeping his undefeated alive. See the rest of the results from the action and more after the break.


Results: Turf Wars 16

Results: Turf Wars 16

Results: Turf Wars 16

We are here at Turfway Park for Turf Wars 16. The Pro/AM card is set to feature 9 bouts, with 1 in the professional division and the remaining 8 fights all take place in the amateur ranks. The main event bout was scratched as Cody Gabelman was medically suspended and will no longer fight tonight.

Gabelman was not the only fighter suspended, his teammate Joe Pegg was also medically suspended from action tonight as well. Officials with the promotion were left scrambling last minute for replacements. They talked with the opponents of Gabelman and Pegg to see if they would be willing to fight one another. James Gray and Josh Killion both agreed to the match-up. The two will now headline the event.

Check out the results from the event and more after the break.


Turf Wars 16 returns to Turfway Park this Saturday with a stacked event

Turf Wars 16

Turf Wars 16

Turf Wars returns to Turfway Park this Saturday night for their 16th event. The Pro/AM card currently features 16 bouts including 4 professional and 4 title fights. One of the amateur title fights features a rematch between Evan Samad (6-0) and Marc McDonald (8-2).

Over the past few months, the organization has made some internal changes including the addition of matchmaker Adam Gomez. The promotion is slowly becoming the top in the Tri-state area with future expansions into other Kentucky cities. This past weekend Gomez was on the “Knockout Hour” with Carlo Kellem talking about the upcoming card.

Rumored to headline the event is a professional match-up between Cody Gabelman (1-0) and James Gray (4-0). The two undefeated fighters will be putting their streaks on-the-line in a loser suffers their first defeat bout. We will be breaking down this fight, as well as many others this week leading up to the fight.


Gabelman, Pegg, and Childrey helping Turf Wars 16 event take shape

Cody Gabelman

Cody Gabelman

We are just a month away before the next Turf Wars event at Turfway Park and the event is looking solid with several big match ups already booked. This will be the 16th event for the promotion that has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.

Cody Gabelman (1-0) will look to score his second professional win as he meets James Gray (2-0). Gabelman made his professional debut back in January. Joe Pegg (6-2) will return for the first time since September to face an always tough Josh Killion (9-5) in Florence. Every win for Pegg has come by way of finish in the first round. He has that one touch knockout power. Killion has notched back to back wins but hasn’t fought since September either.