If you are a boxing fan the Logan Memorial Fieldhouse is the place to be this weekend.
That’s when King of the Coal Fields II will take place.
The Friday and Saturday night event features a mixture of amateur and professional bouts with some big names on the card.
Daniel Hensley, a Chapmanville area undefeated pro boxer, is scheduled to make his return to the ring after 10-plus years.
Also on the card is the popular Jordan Moore, a Verdunville native and Logan High School graduate, who will be stepping into the ring for his second pro fight.
The event is being put on by Black Eye Sports, a promotional company based out of Boone County. The company put on King of the Coal Fields I back in March at Logan and drew around 1,500 fans, according to event officials.
“We hope all the fans had a good time at KOTCF I,” said Chase Hill, a Logan/Madison chiropractor and one of the boxing company’s promoters. “We expect more of the same at this event. As the popularity grows, we will attract bigger names to the events and will continue to showcase local talent from across the area.”
Brian Mallory, one of the other King of the Coal Fields promoters, said he expects another huge event this weekend in Logan.
The promotional company’s goal is to provide young local and regional boxers with a big-time atmosphere close to home.
It has been a success so far.
“We try to focus on local fighters, especially in the amateur divisions,” Mallory said. “Our first event, KOTCF I, was held on March 24 in front of over 1,500 people. It was a one-night event that featured 10-plus amateur fights and four pro fights. Some amateur fights were for KOTCF belts and the winners will have to defend at KOTCF II and future events. Due to the number of requests to fight on the next card, we expanded to two nights and now have a total of nine professional fights. We are going to do an event every three months, focusing on adding bigger names in the pro division and continuing the amateur title fights. The doors open at 6 and fights start at 7 on both nights.”
On Friday night’s card, Coy Witt of Virginia will be making his debut.
Austin “Speedy” Marcum of Mingo County, will also be fighting on Friday night in his second pro bout. Marcum is a former Toughman and Rough and Rowdy winner.
Keith Barr, who sports an 8-1 record in the heavyweight division, will also be on the Friday night card. His only loss was in the West Virginia Heavyweight championship bout.
The main event on Friday night pits Jason Pauley against Warren Browning of Mingo County.
“Pauley is a very tough fighter who is not afraid to fight anyone,” Mallory said. “Browning’s only two losses came in WBC title fights.”
On Saturday night, Virginia fighter Chris Jones is scheduled to have a bout.
“He has never lost in amateur or pro boxing or MMA. Both wins were via KO with body shots,” Mallory said.
Saturday night also features Madison’s Zack Kuhn (3-1). Kuhn was on the main event of KOTCF I and scored a fourth-round knock out win. He also won a pro fight last November at the Coal Area Toughman event at Logan.
Jon Hill (1-0), a former Toughman champion from South Charleston is scheduled to fight as well on Saturday night. He fights out of the Dawghouse Gym and scored a first-round KO at KOTCF 1.
Saturday night’s co-main events are Moore and Hensley, who are each scheduled to have bouts in their respective weight divisions.
Moore, nicknamed “The People’s Champion,” is 1-0 after notching a win in his professional debut last November on the final night of the Logan Toughman event.
“Jordan is a former baseball star at Logan High School and current coal miner,” Mallory said. “He’s a very popular fighter in southern West Virginia.”
Moore defeated Smithville’s Ryan “The Rock” Britton via unanimous decision in a professional men’s light heavyweight fight last fall.
“It’s going to be a tough fight for me,” Moore said in a recent interview with The Logan Banner. “The boxer I’m facing has a record of 3-3 but he’s faced a lot of good opponents. There’s going to be a lot of good fights. We’ve got a good thing going here in Logan and we’re trying to bring boxing back to Logan County. It’s not been that big over the years. Our objective is to bring boxing in and get more kids involved.”
Going back to his first pro bout, Moore said it was a rewarding experience to be able to win in his hometown.
Moore defeated a Britton, a tough fighter and former Parkersburg area Toughman champion in his own right, who had brought a 2-0-1 record into the bout.
“He came into the bout undefeated in three pro fights and I was a little bit nervous about that,” Moore said. “For my professional debut I probably shouldn’t have boxed against someone that was undefeated for my first fight. But I wanted to show him, the City of Logan and the state of West Virginia that I could compete in the sport of boxing. It’s all about hard work and dedication. I showed that I can compete at the world class level.”
Moore said he’s stayed in shape and has trained with many locals.
“I’ve trained with Daniel Hensley of Chapmanville, Carlos Turner, Jason Smith, Terrance Kelly and Noah Kirk,” he said. “I’ve trained with just about anyone I could get my hands on over the weekends.”
Hensley also makes his return to the ring on Saturday night.
“He hasn’t fought in a few years but has huge following in Logan and Mingo counties. He has sold out all of the front row and floor seats on Saturday by himself,” Mallory said.
Moore said he encouraged Hensley to come out of retirement. Hensley retired with a perfect 6-0 record and stepped out of the ring in 2000 as a pro boxer.
“We’ve got a good card of fights,” Moore said. “Daniel Hensley, who has trained me and my brother and has trained me for 12 years is coming out of retirement. He was 6-0 as a professional. Daniel’s last professional fight was in November of 2000. He is, believe it or not, looking better than he’s ever looked. I’ve stayed on him for the last six years since I competed in my first Toughman event in Logan. I’ve actually rode him pretty hard about it but he’s made me a much better fighter. He was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the Toughman competition. He’s a good fighter.”
Mallory said he’s pleased to put together such an impressive boxing card this weekend.
“When you combine all the talent on the card, we have been told by numerous people in boxing that it’s one of the best events they have ever seen in the state,” he said. “We are confident Saturday will be close to a sell out and hope to see 2,000-plus on both nights.”
To find out more on the King of the Coal Fields II, check out the King of the Coal Fields Facebook page for full fight cards and updated info.
Matches begin at 7 p.m. both nights.
Tickets are available for Friday night, priced at $15 for general admission and $25 for floor seats.
General admission for Saturday night’s card is $20.
Tickets can be purchased through Hill at 304-785-9124, Mallory at 304-444-0251 or at Hill Chiropractic in Madison and Logan.