Caged Power 2 set for Mylan Park Expo Center
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 06:09
Caged Power 2, the latest combat sports event hosted by Simon Promotions, is scheduled to take place Saturday at the Mylan Park Expo Center.
The event, which features a blend of professional boxing and mixed martial arts, is set to make history as the first show in West Virginia history to feature professional bouts in both boxing and MMA.
"We are setting up the ring and the cage," said Stephen Simons, owner of Simons Promotions. "There will be four or five pro boxing bouts and four pro MMA bouts featuring some of the area’s best fighters."
Among these fighters is standout Morgantown, W.Va., boxer Eric Watkins.
The 26-year-old fighter has not competed in his hometown since November 2011, and he is eager to show the improvements in his game.
"When Eric is not in school, he’s in the gym," Simons said. "He’s one of the most determined fighters I have ever come across."
Also on the boxing side of the card is the much-anticipated rematch of one of last year’s most celebrated bouts between Bruceton Mills, W.Va., product Glen Walls and Pittsburgh’s Paul "The Piston" Pindroh.
When the two faced off last November at the Morgantown Event Center, there was no shortage of action and mayhem inside the ring, making it a fan-favorite matchup.
"That fight was an all-out war," Simons said. "There was not a whole lot of defense, and I cannot wait to see it again."
After the boxing matches conclude and action turns to the cage, fans are promised more of the same in the way of fast-paced, intriguing matchups.
The night’s feature attraction, undefeated wrestling phenomenon Jason Cardillo, is set to take on gritty veteran Jacob Clark in the welterweight division.
Cardillo, who trains at one of the area’s premier gyms, Fight Club Pittsburgh, has blitzed the local MMA scene since his professional debut in 2010, and it does not seem the former Slippery Rock University wrestler is slowing down any time soon.
After dominating opponents in his first seven professional matchups with his smothering wrestling and slick grappling, Cardillo showed off vastly improved striking skills in a July 21 event in Canonsburg, Pa., en route to victory.
With this evolving all-around game, Cardillo is quickly becoming a name to watch out for on the national radar.
"Jason really gets the crowd on its feet," Simons said. "He is really something special."
With a night packed full of high-octane fights, Caged Power 2 is certain to please the combat sport enthusiast looking to spice up his or her Saturday night.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at Kegler’s Sports Bar or at the Mylan Park Expo Center the day of the show.
General admission tickets are $30 at the door and $25 if bought in advance, but students who show a valid ID will receive a discount at Kegler’s Sports Bar. For students, tickets bought in advance are $10 for general admission and $20 for assigned seating.
VIP seating will be available for the event. Contact Stephen Simons at 304-290-0291 to inquire about pricing.