By Kyle Lovern
HUNTINGTON – Mingo County boxer Warren “The Hitman” Browning had a successful return to the ring on Saturday night in Huntington as he defeated Daniel Schull by a unanimous decision.
“I thought I hurt the guy all the way through the fight,” Browning said. “I really liked the workout I got.”
Browning, of Lenore, was returning from an injury. He broke his hand late last year while training for the state title bout.
This tune-up fight is what he needed to get ready for that boxing match in the spring.
“I’m ready for the state title bout on March 29th in Beckley,” Browning said. “I really appreciate all the support and all of those that came to this fight.
The March rematch will be with Bobby Thomas, Jr. Those two fought to a draw last year. Browning wants the title Thomas currently holds.
“This is my year and I wanna represent Mingo County and the state of West Virginia well,” the heavyweight added. “My hand felt great, but I gotta work some kinks out and bring home the gold.”
Another Mingo County boxer, Austin Marcum of Dingess, won by a decision over Tierre King in his bout.
In other bouts:
•Adam Collins of Ironton ended a lengthy ring layoff and got a decision over Jackie Holland of Pittsburgh.
•Nathan Butcher of Huntington and Derick Lambert battled to a majority draw.
•Matt Garretson won a decision against Eric Slocum.
They fight for boxing promoter Chase Hill, who owns Black Eye Promotions based in Madison, Boone County.
There were two three-round amateur fights. Joel Guerrero beat Brian Dotson and Justin Law got the best of Justin Pennington, both by decision.