By Paul Adkins Sports Editor
November 19, 2013
The 26th-annual Coal Area Toughman boxing event returned to Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena on Friday and Saturday nights and there were plenty of good bouts on the card.
A total of 26 fights took place on Saturday night during the finals with the main event — a professional cruiserweight bout between Huntington’s Jason Pettaway and Terrance “T-Rex” Smith of Kansas City. Pettaway outlasted Smith, originally from Oklahoma City, in a six-round decision.
Pettaway improved to 13-1. Smith dropped to 8-16-1.
There were five Toughman championships bouts on the card on Saturday night.
Reggie Dillingham of Charleston won the men’s heavyweight title with a decision over Dustin Pullin, also of Charleston.
Lamont Edney of Pikeville, Ky., was the light heavyweight winner with a second-round TKO over Jonathan Cossin.
Kermit’s Micah Marcum won the middleweight title with a decision over Lawrence Tudor.
Mike Brock of Barboursville took the lightweight men’s crown with a decision over Brandon Hendricks.
The women’s championship went to Karissa “The Cherry Bomb” Singleton in a first-round TKO over Ashley Osborne.
Marcum advanced with a third-round TKO over Chris Justice of Man in the semifinals. Marcum also beat Lawrence Champagne and had a second-round split decision over Heath Cline of Warfield, Ky.
Brock of Harts was a winner over Josh Blair in the second round and victor via second-round TKO over Steve Hensley of Holden.
Edney advanced with a unanimous decision over Zack Gillenwater of Madison.
Dillingham won a decision over Matt Hizer of Foster to advance to the finals in the heavyweight division.
Tudor won a decision over Cameron Johnson of Charleston.
Cossin scored a TKO in the second round over Tommie Spears to advance.
In other bouts, Edney had a first round TKO over Ralph Francis of Logan.
Dillingham, who beat Logan native Bo Darby on Friday night, defeated Aaron Taylor of St. Albans in a decision.
Hendricks, sporting his red, white and blue Rocky shorts, advanced with a decsion over Tom Riley of Lorado.
Gillenwater took a decision over Tim Cline, while Johnson won over Tim Spears in a decision.
In the eighth fight of the night, Hizer, nicknamed “The Hitman,” who was the 2012 heavyweight runner-up, advanced with a decision over Tom Baisden of Dingess.
Tudor then won in a decision over Chris Newsome of Breeden.
Cossin, a Charleston native, took a decision over “Bad (censored)” Bill Gessup of Logan.
Pullin advanced with a decison over Scott Estrathers of Holden.
In the 12th bout, Roy Walker of Amherstdate scored a second-round TKO over Chris Justice of Man.
Spears was then a winner in a decision over D.J. Smith of Harts.
Blair and Cline received byes.