Daniel Hensley and Jordan Moore were the “Kings of the Coal Fields” on Saturday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
Hensley, a Chapmanville native and Moore, who hails from Verdunville, each won pro fight main events at the King of the Coal Fields II, which was put on by Black Eye Promotions of Boone County.
Saturday’s 11-bout card completed the two-night event which began last Friday night with nine fights.
Hensley made a triumphant return to the ring as he came out of retirement to beat Gonzales Jones in a four-round unanimous decision by the judges.
Hensley stayed undefeated in his professional career and improved to 6-0.
Backing Jones into the corner several times in the first, second and third rounds with a series of hard rights, jabs and uppercuts, Hensley seemed to wear down Jones and nearly was able to score a knockout win several times.
After Hensley dominated the first round by taking the initiative to Jones, the fight was stopped briefly in the second as the Ohioan was given a head butt warning by official Ashley McNeely.
In the third round, Hensley backed a swaying Jones into the ropes but the Ohio boxer was saved by the bell.
Again in the fourth round, Hensley wore down his Buckeye State challenger and had him in the ropes but somehow Jones was able to survive to the bell as the local partisans chanted “Daniel, Daniel, Daniel.”
Hensley, bloodied by a cut over his right eye, showed no signs of rust as he boxed in his first pro bout in 12 years. Hensley, a winner of 27 boxing titles, a top 10 World Toughman ranking and three professional knockouts, ended up winning his first fight since 2000 when he retired.
In the other Co-Main Event, Moore, a former all-state Logan High School baseball standout and two-time Logan area Toughman champion, improved to 2-0 in his young pro boxing career as he won in a four-round unanimous decision over Orion Bolds, an under-19 USA Boxing champion from Canton, Ohio.
Moore, who won his pro debut back in November as part of the Toughman card, had Bolds on the ropes several times and had a knockdown early in the match but was unable to finish off the Ohio boxer.
Moore was 24-3 as an amateur.
In one of the other featured professional bouts of the evening, Madison’s Zack Kuhn improved to 4-1-1 with a third-round TKO at the 1:25 mark over Mike Arnold of Canton, Ohio. Kuhn, who also boxed and won in a pro fight back in November at the Logan Toughman, also has 155 amateur bouts under his belt.
In another pro fight, Charleston’s Jon Hill of Charleston won a four-round unanimous decision over Justin “The Teddy Bear” Navaria of Zanesville, Ohio. Hill is a former Logan area Toughman and Golden Gloves champion.
The first pro fight was won by Madison’s Chris Jones in a first-round KO over Travis Frederick of McCreary, Ky. Jones, a four-time Rough and Rowdy champion, is now 3-0 as a professional.
There were also six amateur bouts on the card, which were sanctioned by USA Boxing.
In the Amateur Main Event, Michael Belcher, a Columbus, Ohio native who trains in Madison, won in a decision over Nathan Hamilton.
In the other Amateur Main Event, Cyclone’s Michael Harless improved to 17-4 with a first-round KO over Randy Toney of Madison.
Byron “The Philadelphia Brawler” Moore, who trains in Madison’s Light’s Out Gym and hails from North Philadelphia, Pa., won won in a first-round TKO over Josh “The Fireman” Jeffrey of Mud Fork.
The first amateur bout was won by Chapmanville’s Boo Hensley, who took a second-round TKO over Andrew Barker of Madison.
Lee Dyess of Charleston then scored a first-round win over Hakeem Johnson of Huntington when Johnson sustained a shoulder injury and the match had to be stopped.
Austin O’Neal of Ohio then won a split decision amateur bout over Corey Newman of Newark, Ohio.
Boxing event officials plan on having King of the Coal Fields III in September.