It’s not every year area boxing fans are treated to a professional fight at Logan’s annual Coal Area Toughman.
This year, though, a pro bout will highlight the Toughman weekend.
On Saturday night, there will be a professional cruiserweight (200 pounds) bout featuring Jason Pettaway of Huntington (12-1) against Terrance “T-Rex” Smith (8-15-2) of Kansas City. The fight is scheduled for six rounds.
The two will weigh in at Logan High School’s Willie Akers on Friday night prior to the first evening of the weekend boxing event.
Toughman promoter Jerry Thomas said Pettaway has all the tools to move up in the world boxing ranks. Pettaway’s only loss to date was a March 2012 defeat in four rounds to Makhachkala, Russia native Magomed Abdusalamov at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Pettaway has since reeled off 10 straight wins, many via KO.
“Jason Pettaway is 12-1 as a pro with eight knockouts,” Thomas said. “Jason is the real deal. He was a five-time Golden Gloves champion and has fought more than 150 amateur fights. He’s been around. He’s had a few setbacks in his career like everyone has with some injuries. His only loss has been to an undefeated Russian fighter who was 20-0 with 20 knockouts in a fight at New York City in Madison Square Garden. That’s been his only loss.”
Thomas said Pettaway may very well be the best pro boxer in the state of West Virginia.
“He is considered probably pound for pound the best fighter in West Virginia,” he said. “He’s got great skills. Wait to you see this guy. Not only does he look the part he can also play the part.”
Pettaway’s opponent, Smith, doesn’t have a good record but has proven to be a very tough boxer to put down on the canvas. Smith currently resides in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“His opponent has a modest record,” Thomas said of Smith. “Terrance Smith has fought 28 bouts but he is one of those fighters who wasn’t able to get a lot of fights locally, so he hit the road. He has pulled off some upsets against some pretty impressive fighters with records like 11-2. He beat one guy who was 8-4. His last two opponents were undefeated and he lost close decisions to them. He has fought all over the country. Four out of his last six opponents were undefeated. He’s battle tested and he’s lost a lot of close decisions. He fought to a draw with Dewey Cooper a few years ago in California and Cooper was 16-1. Then he lost a close decision to Daniel Sackey who was 11-1.”
Thomas said Smith should give Pettaway a good fight.
“His most recent fight a few months ago was in Maryland and he fought a guy who was 9-0 in Alex Guerrero and lost in an eight-round decision,” Thomas said. “He also fought Philip Jackson in Washington DC and he was 9-1. He is battle tested and road tested. He’s not getting blown out by these guys.”
Bell time for the Logan area Toughman is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.