TULSA, Okla. - The state of West Virginia had a win and loss here Saturday during Xtreme Fight Night 7 inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Wirt County's Mike Sheppard was denied the ISKA World Heavyweight kickboxing title when the judge had to stop the fight during the fifth and final round, which gave Randy "Boom Boom" Blake the championship belt and improved him to 22-0 with 17 KOs.
Earlier in the fight, Blake managed to open a gash above Sheppard's eye via a knee and although trainer Leon Ramsey of Glenville's Dawghouse Gym was able to treat it, the cut reopened up again in the fifth round, forcing the TKO.
Sheppard, who dropped to 23-7-1 with 18 career knockouts in kickboxing, was victorious in his previous fight this past March when he captured the IKF Pro World Heavyweight kickboxing crown in Australia. Sheppard was going after his second ISKA world kickboxing title, having won the World Super Cruiserweight title in Russia back in 2007.
The news for "Wild Wild" Wes Hanson was a little bit better as the former Glenville State College football player continued his successful run as an amateur MMA fighter.
In the first round of his match against James Warren (6-2-1) for the 145-pound MMA title in the XFL (Extreme Fight League), Hanson needed a mere 28 seconds to put a devastating guillotine submission on Warren to roll to victory. Hanson improved his MMA record to 7-0 with six wins coming by KO.