By Paul Adkins
The 27th-annual Coal Area Toughman boxing contest rolled into Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena on Friday evening for Night One of the weekend event.
Eighteen amateur bouts were on the card.
However, the highlight of the night was a men’s light heavyweight professional fight featuring “The Romantic Redneck” Melvin Russell of Greenup, Ky., going against Turner “Money” Williams of Beckley.
Russell improved to 3-0 in his pro career with a second-round knockout over Williams, who was making his professional debut. Russell was last year’s men’s light heavyweight Toughman champion in Logan.
Pro fighters Turner Williams and Melvin Russell meet before Friday night’s professional bout at the Logan Toughman. (Video by Paul Adkins)
“The Romantic Redneck” Melvin Russell fights Turner “Money’ Williams in Friday night’s pro bout in Logan. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Melvin Russell knocks down Turner Williams with a standing 8 count. (Video by Paul Adkins)
Melvin Russell knocks out Turner WIlliams. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In the first Toughman bout of the night, heavyweight Mike Shark of Cole Grove was a winner over Don Jemerison of Mallory in a first-round TKO.
Bout No. 2 went to Cody Warner of Leon, who won a heavyweight fight over Caleb Lovejoy of Danville in a decision.
Josh Workman of Man then won fight number three over Seth Adkins in a light heavyweight bout via third-round TKO.
Seth Adkins fights against Josh Workman. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In the fourth fight of the night, Jake Taft of Raceland, Ky., won in a decision over Dan Faine of Logan in a middleweight bout.
Lyburn’s Josh Blair then defeated Mike Glenn in a first-round KO in a lightweight bout.
Josh Blair scores a KO over Mike Glenn at Friday night’s Coal Area Toughman on Friday night at Logan. (Video by Paul Adkins)
In fight No. 6, Jeremiah Hatfield of Gilbert won in a split decision over Cody Spears of Lovely, Ky., in a heavyweight bout.
In the seventh bout of the evening, Charleston’s Colton Taylor scored a second-round KO over James McNeely of Man in a light heavyweight fight.
Colton Taylor knocks down James McNeely with a standing eight count. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The eighth fight went to Kayla Frye of Holden in a women’s bout. She beat Anita Wade of Alum Creek in a unanimous decision.
Fight No. 9 was won by heavyweight Russell Rhodes of Charleston. He beat Andrew Johnson of Raccoon, Ky., in a decision.
Jacob White of Rio Grande, Ohio, then scored a first-round KO over Chris Newsome of Breeden in a light heavyweight bout.
Jacob White knocks out Chris Newsome. (Video by Paul Adkins)
The 11th fight was won by Omar’s Denis Idyle in a middleweight bout over Cody Ingels of South Point, Ohio, via decision.
Denis Idyle fights Cody Ingels. (Video by Paul Adkins)
John Hendricks of Gilbert took the 12th bout with a second-round TKO over Justin Adkins of Harts in a lightweight fight.
In the 13th fight of the night, Chris Holcomb of Madison won in a decision over Robear Caudill of Man in a heavyweight bout.
Chris Blankenship beat Cody Porter in a second-round TKO in a middleweight fight and Cody Taylor beat Ricky Browning in a decision in a light heavyweight fight.
Brad Browning also fought Traivs Whitten but no results were available. Johnathan Maynard went up against Cody Gooslin and Jason Caserta fought Paul Bowman in the final bouts of the evening.
Ryan Warren, Scotty Ray, Ronaldo Dominguez and Sabrina Lambert all received byes to second-round action on Saturday night.
Ring girl Miriah at Friday night’s Logan Toughman. (Video by Paul Adkins)