There will sure to be plenty of fights this weekend at the Coal Area Toughman boxing event in Logan.
Around 80 area boxers have signed up for this year’s event, which is scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday nights at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
A total of 30 have signed up to box in the men’s heavyweight division (185-400 pounds). They are: Seth “Pretty Boy” Adkins of West Hamlin; Thomas Banks of Cross Lanes; Brent “Big Dip” Bigley of Harts Creek; Paul “Solid Honky” Bowman of Whitman; Cory Bringle of Mallory; Jason “The Punching Postman” Caserta of Accoville; Robear Caudill of Mallory; Brent Chapman of Orgas; Justin Cooper of Nitro; Jeremy “Farm Boy” Frazier of Green Valley; Cody Gooslin of Matewan; “Walking Tall” Jon Hall of Elsmere, Ky.; Jeremiah Hatfield of Gilbert; Chris Holcomb of Madison; Donald Jemerison Jr. of Mallory; Andrew Johnson of Raccoon, Ky.; Caleb “Wildman” Lovejoy of Danville; Johnathan “Devil Dog” Maynard of Pecks Mill; Adam McClung of Stollings; and Seth “The Gladiator” McCoy of Pikeville, Ky.
Also set to box in the heavyweight class are: James “Mad Man” McNeely of Man; Tony “The Beast” Meyers of Lesage; Russell “Big Baller From the Hollar” Rhodes of Charleston; Travis Salmons of Baisden; Mike Sark of Coal Grove; Cody Spears of Lovely, Ky.; Doug “Ice Man” Thomas of Chesapeake; Verlin Vinson of Paintsville, Ky.; and Ryan “All-American” Warner of Leon.
Sixteen have inked to take part in the men’s light heavyweight class (160-184 pounds), including: Larry Brandon of Kenova; Brad “Fearless” Browning of Logan; Jonathan “You’re Gonna Need a Stretcher” Fletcher of Chapmanville; Zachary “Ares” Gillenwater of Madison; Andrew “The People’s Champ” Gunn of Oak Hill; Byron “The Convict” Kling of Logan; Richard Rosenberry of Fort Gay; Steven Stacy of Switzer; Jake “From State Farm” Taft of Raceland, Ky.; Colton Taylor of Charleston; Cody “Wildman” Warner of Leon; Jacob White of Rio Grande, Ohio; Resean “Pretty Boy” Whitfield of Huntington; Travis “Popeye” Whitten of Oceana; and Josh “The Joker” Workman of Man.
There’s a total of 15 in the men’s middleweight division (140-159 pounds), including: Scottie Ray Adkins of Indore; Chris Blankenship of Leon; Ronaldo Dominguez of Pineville; Caleb “Raging Red” Ellis of Holden; Daniel “Dangerous” Faine of Logan; Andrew “Killer” Floyd of Fairdale; Jeremy Frazier of Man; Corey “The Kistler Infection” Hall of Man’ Cody “Cut Throat” Ingels of South Point, Ohio; Cody “Killer” Porter of Huntington; William “Ghost” Russell of South Point; Anthony TJ Sammons of Delbarton; Jessie Swan of Harts; Bobby “Dirty Bob” Trout of South Point; and Roy Walker of Amherstdale.
A total of 12 men have signed up to fight in the lightweight division (up to 139 pounds). Those men are: Justin Adkins of Harts; Zack “Redneck” Artrip of Russell, Ky.; Josh “Boogieman” Blair of Lyburn; Ricky Browning of Amherstdale; Bryan Chapman of Huntington; Michael Glenn of Buffalo; David Harmon of Colloden; John “Hitman” Hendricks of Gilbert; Weusi Johnson of Charleston; Jimmy “The Roughneck” Nelson of Hamlin; Cody Taylor of Leon; and Kevin Whitt of Accoville.
Seven women have also signed up for the Toughwomen contest, including: Kayla “K-dub” Frye of Holden; Brittany “Bad Momma” Chippent of Henlawson; Mickie Neihart of Marietta, Ohio; Lindsey Wooten of Wharton; Raven Adkins of Logan; Ashley Collins of Danville; and Amber “Ginga Ninja” Sweeney of Beckley.
Toughman boxing promoter Jerry Thomas said a few more may still sign up.
“Our heavyweight division is loaded with about 30 fighters. We’re just under 80 people. We will get some even at the last minute. We don’t have a whole lot of fighters 159 pounds or less. It’s got to be the food,” Thomas joked. “There’s some big boys. There’s one guy that kind of reminds me of one of the characters on Duck Dynasty. A buddy of mine recruited him. He looks like he just got off the set.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).