More than 70 area men and women have signed up to box at next week’s Coal Area Toughman event, scheduled for Nov. 9-10 at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
According to Toughman boxing promoter Jerry Thomas, up to 100 area men and women are expected to enter. It is not too late to sign up.
The highlight of this year’s Toughman — the 25th-annual event — are a pair of professional bouts.
On Friday Nov. 9, Jason Smith (5-1, 3 KO’s) of Logan will fight a four-round bout versus an opponent yet to be named. Then on Saturday, Nov. 10, Daniel Hensley (6-0) of Chapmanville will fight a four-round bout versus an opponent to be named later. Both Smith and Hensley are former Toughman Champions and fan favorites.
Hensley came out of retirement last June and won a four-round decision against a boxer from Ohio in a boxing card which was held at Logan. It was the first pro fight for Hensley in 12 years.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at Mike Ferrell Toyota-Scion, Town N’ Country Foodland, LA Liquor & Lottery and at Uncle Sam’s in Man. To charge tickets by phone call 1-800-296-3897 or buy online at wvtoughman.com
The event has been sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.
In addition, Top’s Dinner Club of Logan will once again host the annual competition to select the official ring girls for the Toughman.
The Ring Girl Contest finals are slated to be held at Top’s on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
A total of $1,600 in cash plus various other prizes will be awarded to the four ring girl winners with “Miss Ring Girl” taking home $1,000 in cash, the title and a Miss Ring Girl Toughman jacket.
Any area lady, age 18 or older, may enter online at: www.wvtoughman.com or contestants may also fill out an entry form in person at Top’s.
Miss Ring Girl will be chosen by audience applause on the second night of the Toughman.
Prize money for the boxers will be around $12,000.
The Toughman is an amateur boxing contest open to area men and women ages 18-35 with little or no boxing experience.
So far, a total of 26 area men have signed up for the men’s heavyweight division (185-400 pounds). Those are: David Barton of Paintsville, Ky.; Adam “The Beast” Bates of St. Albans; Michael Beagle of Chapmanville; Joshua Black of West Hamlin; Matthew “Demon” Cain of Lorado; Josh Carter of Gilbert; Austin “Tarzan” Collins of Chapmanville; Mark Corns of Whitman; Tony Costa of Warfield, Ky.; Derek “The Butcher” Dingess of Chapmanville; Joseph “Ice Man” Eads of St. Albans; Gary “Jar Head” Evans of Delbarton; Jonathan “Big John” Graham of Matheny; Cody Hager of Logan; Harley Harless of Tomahawk, Ky.; Michael Jarvis of Naugatuck; Josh Jeffrey of Logan; Kyle “The Real Deal” Linley of Tomahawk, Ky.; Kevin Litton of McDowell; Gary Miller of Lyburn; Billy Sheppard of Delbarton; Mikey “Iron Mike” Sparks of Dingess; Jared Steiner of Elk View; Marcus Sullivan of Dunbar; Christopher “Dr. Death” White of St. Albans; and Charlie “Jar Head” Young of Chapmanville.
Seventeen have signed on to fight in the men’s light heavyweight division (160-184 pounds). Those are: Timothy Cline of Warfield, Ky.; William Bradashur of parts unknown; Doug Ferrell of Hewitt; Wally Ferrell fo Breeden; Leonard Hall of Dingess; William Jason “The Ghost” Hames of Chapmanville; Matt “The Hitman” Hizer of Foster; Michael “The Convict” Hunter of Accoville; Billy Jessup of Logan; Matthew “The Demon” Kordusky of Charleston; Bobby Laws of Lyburn; Micah Mahon of McCarr, Ky.; Michael McKinney of Minnie, Ky.; Nicholas Moore of Minnie, Ky.; Skyler Seager of Dingess; Lawrence Tudor of Alkol; and Daniel Williams of Delbarton.
Seventeen have also signed to box in the men’s middleweight division (140-159 pounds). Those are: Mason “The Convict” Adams of Minnie, Ky.; Chris “Country Boy” Austin of Holden; Josh “Bad Wamma Jamma” Blair of Lyburn; Jacob “The Drunk” Chapman of Accoville; Michael “Pretty Boy” Coleman of Delbarton; Trent “Celtic Warrior” Cooper of Pikeville, Ky.; Winifred Green of Danville; Franklin Hall of Dingess; William Hauserman of Chapmanville; Daniel “The Clown” Kozee of Williamson; Jim “Lil Bones” Nelson of Bruno; Raheem “The Dream” Norman of Logan; Thomas Riley of Lorado; Rocky “Bill Clinton” Sheppard of Dingess; Timothy Starr of Chapmanville; Austin “Hard Head” Walker of Man; and Kevin Whitt of Man.
Eight have inked to fight in the men’s lightweight division (up to 139 pounds). Those are: Mark “Dynamite” Adkins of Paintsville, Ky.; Caleb Alford of Griffithsville; Chad Bradford of Logan; Josh Evans of Pecks Mill; Brandon Frye of Logan; Randy Hall of Mount Gay; Preston “The Fighting Game Cock” Harkless of Seth; and Joey Sparks of Dingess.
Six women have also signed up to box. They are: Renee Mahan of Paintsville, Ky.; Sabrina “Beanie” Lambert of Chapmanville; Deyawna Baisden of Verdunville; Kayla “Fearless” Hughes of Danville; Chelsey Keathley of Willow Wood; and Amanda Kordusky of South Charleston.