It was another big night of Toughman boxing action on Friday night at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena as the 25th-annual Coal Area Toughman event was held.
In the main event bout, Logan’s Jason Smith improved to 8-1 in his professional career as he won in a second-round TKO over Jonah Cogar in a pro cruiserweight match.
Smith, a former Toughman boxing champion in his own right, didn’t disappoint the local fans as he cruised to victory.
In the amateur Toughman main event, former Logan and Man high school basketball and football standout Gary Miller of Lyburn won in a close split decision over John Graham of Matheny.
A total of 27 bouts were on Friday night’s card. The final night of the Toughman was scheduled for Saturday night at the field house as five weight class championship fights were to take place along with the return to the ring of Chapmanville professional Daniel Hensley, who was slated to fight Orion Bolds of Canton, Ohio, in a four-round pro match. Hensley has a 6-0 pro record.
In the first bout of the night, Shawn Maynard of Wilkinson beat Dakota Adkins of Mallory in a three-round decision.
The second fight was won by Man’s Austin Walker over Tim Starr of Chapmanville in a split decision.
Daniel Williams of Delbarton then won in a decision over Lawrence Tudor of Alkol in a light heavyweight match via decision.
In the fourth fight, Tony Costa of Warfield, Ky., was a winner over Adam Bates in a heavyweight bout.
In the fifth bout, Chad Bradford of Logan won a decision over Ryan Busick of Logan.
Fight No. 6 was won by William Hauserman of Chapmanville in a decision over Ira Rives of Oceana.
McCarr, Ky.’s Micah Mahon then won in a three-round TKO over Joe Clemens of Mount Gay.
The eighth bout’s victor was Kevin Litton of McDowell, Ky., who took a decision over Josh Black of West Hamlin.
Eli Cisco, a Red Jacket native and Mingo Central High School student, then recorded a second-round TKO over Nick Moore of Minnie, Ky., in a middle weight bout.
In fight No. 10, Tim Cline of Warfield, Ky., won a split decision over Mike McKinney of Minnie, Ky.
Logan’s Brandon Fry then won in a decision over Josh Monaco of Warfield, Ky.
Rocky Sheppard of Dingess won the 12th bout with a decison over Lorado’s Robert Riley.
Fight No. 13 was then taken by Wally Ferrell of Breeden over Jim Nelson of Bruno with a first-round TKO.
Jarrid Steiner of Elk View was the next winner as he won in a first-round TKO over Mikey Sparks of Dingess.
Man’s Kevin Whitt then won with a TKO in the first round over Anthony Struck in a light heavyweight bout.
Bout No. 16 was taken by Raheem Norman of Logan in a first-round TKO over Franklin Hall of Dingess.
Logan’s Billy Jessup then won the next fight with a decision over Charles Eplin of Chapmanville.
Then it was Matt Hizer of Foster who scored a unanimous decision victory over Cody Hager.
The 19th bout was the only women’s first-round fight of the night as Chelsea Keathley of Willow Wood won a split decision over Deyawna Baisden of Verdunville.
In the 20th fight of the evening, Mike Coleman of Delbarton won a decision over Josh Blair of Lyburn in a light heavyweight bout.
Then it was Rick Vinson of Gilbert who scored a decision victory over Jacob Chapman of Accoville.
Fort Gay native Ace Waller, last year’s defending men’s light heavyweight champion, then won in a second-round TKO over Mike Hunter of Accoville.
Bout 23 was then won by Chris Robinson of Henlawson over Randy Hall of Mount Gay in a split decision.
Holden’s Chris Austin was victorious in the next bout with a first-round TKO over Doug Depta of Lyburn. The referee had to stop the match as it appeared as if Depta had dislocated his left shoulder after a look by ring doctors.
Derrick Dingess of Chapmanville then won a first-round KO over Brian Haney.
Three boxers advanced to Saturday night’s finals with first-round byes.
— Look for results and photos from Saturday’s Toughman finals in Tuesday’s sports.