Toughman not coming back to Logan this fall


By Paul Adkins - [email protected]



Melvin Russell has his hands raised in the air after winning a pro bout last year at the Logan Toughman. Toughman officials say the event will not be returning to Logan in 2016.


A yearly staple in Logan — the Original Toughman boxing event — has come to an end.

In a press release issued by Toughman, worsening economic conditions in Logan and the surrounding counties and perceived declining ticket sales has prompted the end of the annual Coal Area Toughman event.

The Toughman began coming to Logan in 1983.

Years later, it became an annual event.

Last year’s Toughman was the 27th-annual event in Logan.

Toughman promoter Jerry Thomas invites Logan area boxers and fans to attend or fight in the Huntington event on Jan. 6-7 at the Big Sandy Arena and in the Beckley event on March 31-April 1 at the Beckley Convention Center.

Thomas and the staff of West Virginia Sports Promotions want to thank all the sponsors, fighters, ring girls and fans for their past support of the Original Toughman Contest in Logan.

Thomas said the door is open for the Toughman to return some day to Logan.

“When economic conditions improve, we plan to be back in Logan in the future,” he said.

Melvin Russell has his hands raised in the air after winning a pro bout last year at the Logan Toughman. Toughman officials say the event will not be returning to Logan in 2016.
http://loganbanner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Toughman-Melvin-Russell-wins-pro-bout-CMYK.jpgMelvin Russell has his hands raised in the air after winning a pro bout last year at the Logan Toughman. Toughman officials say the event will not be returning to Logan in 2016.

By Paul Adkins

[email protected]

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).

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