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Letcher brothers promoting fights

Fighters from Letcher County will be on the bill next week when full-contact fighting returns to the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

Some of the toughest men in America are scheduled to be in Pikeville Saturday, Oct. 6 for the Gladiator Fighting Championship’s Halloween Mayhem II, which begins when the Expo Center doors open at 6 p.m. Fighting in the octagon steel cage starts at 7.

Seven of the more than 25 scheduled matches are title fights for an official championship belt. The fights are being promoted by Letcher County’s Trotter Brothers, who have filled arenas with fans during the nearly 20 events they have presented.

The main event features Jon Cook of Whitesburg against Les Stapleton of Prestonsburg. Both are former champions seeking the heavy weight belt.

Also on the card are non-title fights between Billy Slone of Fleming-Neon and Tony Fisher of Clay City, and Chris Walker of Whiteburg against Larry Rogers of Pike County.

Another exciting belt match features a “no place for lovers” dispute between two Virginia natives, undefeated Shane McClanahan of Grundy and Chico Yeary of Pennington Gap, who are fighting for the 135- pound belt. Virginians Kevin Yeary of Pennington Gap will battle Joe Stone of Charleston for the 145-pound belt.

Richard Dorton of Paintsville is pitted against Adam May of Clintwood, Va., for the 155- pound belt. Sean Beller of Wise, Va., will take on former Pikeville College football standout Jason Wolf for the 170-pound belt.

Undefeated Brandon Hall of Prestonsburg will take on Aaron Butcher of Paintsville for the 185-pound belt. Dean Hamilton of Pikeville is scheduled to go against Aaron Marcum of Grundy for the 205-pound championship belt.

Among others scheduled to fight are Whitesburg’s Jesse Bates, Jared Newsome of Virgie, Dustin Cook of Wise, Josh Cook and Thomas McDavid, both of Paintsville. and Josh Pelfrey of Clay City.

Fans are advised to arrive at the Expo Center early, as previous Gladiator Fighting Championships have drawn large crowds.

Advanced tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-606-433- 1793 or 1-606-444-5500, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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