Heavy weight action, local fighters featured in “Spring Beatings”

Photos by Kim North Travis “The Terror” Clark, right, throws a punch at Paul “Zeus” Zalus during their main event Saturday night at “Spring Beatings” inside the former W.Va. State Penitentiary in Moundsville. Clark lost by TKO in the second round.

MOUNDSVILLE — Travis “The Terror” Clark’s return to the professional boxing ring after a 5-year absence didn’t last very long Saturday night during “Spring Beatings” inside the former W.Va. State Penitentiary.

The Belmont County native who has been training in Los Angeles, suffered a TKO just 1:56 into the second of six scheduled rounds in the heavyweight division. He took a standing 8 count in the first round after being knocked down by Paul “Zeus” Zalus, of Tarentum, Pa., but after another body shot midway through the second round sent him crumpling to the mat in a neutral corner, he couldn’t answer the referee’s 10-count.

It appeared as though Clark suffered some type of injury to his middle torso, but nothing was confirmed.

Clark fell to 14-3 in his elongated career, while the 6-3, 250-pound Zalus improved to 5-3 and snapped a three-fight losing streak in the process.

A pair of local products collected semi-professional victories on the undercard as Barnesville’s Hunter “The Polish Hammer” Markovich and Bridgeport’s Michael Kidwell both won by unanimous decisions.

The 6-7, 202-pound Markovich, a three-time Ohio Valley Toughman champion, pounded his way past Tommy “The Popular” Pendland, of Monongalia, Pa., in a three-round heavyweight bout. It was Pendland’s first loss in five fights.

“I had him the whole fight. It shouldn’t have gone past the first round, but I just couldn’t take him out,” Markovich said. “I didn’t let his antics in the ring get to me, I just kept my composure and did what I had to do.”

The 6-4, 179-pound Kidwell, now 3-1, hurt Donovan Van Fradenburgh with a flurry of punches late in the first round and never let up from there in their junior middleweight bout. Van Fradenburgh stood a mere 5-9 and weighed 179, giving Kidwell a decided reach which he used to his ability.

“There’s always some things that you need to work on,” he explained. “First, who can never have enough cardio. You never have a big enough gas tank in this game. Secondly, your footwork is key. You have to keep your feet under you. I let that lax a couple of times and every time I did, I got myself out of position.”

Kidwell recorded a knockdown in the first round and knew then he had the fight.

“I noticed he was dropping his left hand and I capitalized upon it,” he said.

Other winners on the 10-fight card were Angel Menu; Justine Filiponne; Daniel Olorundate; Asabek Saidov; Rob Mayernik; Niko Payne; and Eric Palmer.


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