It was a special night last Saturday at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena as the Coal Area Toughman celebrated its 25th-annual event.
The action in the ring didn’t disappoint the 2,000 fans in the stands.
The highlight of the evening was when Chapmanville pro boxer and hometown hero Daniel Hensley defeated Orion Bolds of Canton, Ohio, in a cruiserweight bout. Hensley, 38, who made a recent comeback to pro boxing, won with a TKO in the second round.
Hensley then announced his retirement from boxing with an undefeated 8-0 record. Hensley won a match back in June at Logan in his first bout in 12 years.
Five new Toughman champions were crowned.
“Mad” Micah Mahon, a McCarr, Ky., native and former athlete at Matewan High School, won the men’s light heavyweight title with a three-round split decision over Derek “The Butcher” Dingess of Chapmanville.
Jarred “Mongo” Steiner of Elk View was the winner in the men’s heavyweight championship bout as he took a decision over Matt “Hitman” Hizer of Foster.
Gilbert’s Ricky “Redemption” Vinson won the men’s middleweight title with a decision over Logan’s Raheem “The Dream” Norman.
In the men’s lightweight championship fight, Man’s Kevin Whitt scored a second-round TKO over Michael “Pretty Boy” Coleman. Whitt is the younger brother of former Logan area Toughman champion “Laughin’” Larry Whitt, also of Man.
The women’s title was won by “Killer” Chelsea Keathley of Willow Wood, Ohio. She defeated Staci Spaulding of Man in a three-round decision.
Miss Ring Girl 2012 was won by Jennifer (last name not given).
Steiner advanced to the heavyweight finals with a decision over Tony “Iron Man” Costa of Warfield, Ky., in the semifinals.
Vinson won in the middleweight semifinals over William “The Warrior” Hauserman of Chapmanville in a third-round TKO.
Dingess advanced to the light heavyweight finals with a third-round TKO over Ace Waller of Fort Gay, the defending champion.
Whitt moved on to the lightweight finals with a second-round TKO over Chad “Uncle C.” Bradford.
Mahon won via second-round TKO in his semifinal match over Bruno’s Jim Nelson.
In quarterfinal action on Saturday night, Vinson was a winner over Eli Cisco of Red Jacket in a decision. Cisco is an 18-year-old senior at Mingo Central High School.
Waller won in a unanimous decision over “Tiny” Tim Cline of Warfield, Ky.
Whitt advanced with a walkover over Brandon Frye.
Chris “The Ghost” Clay of Logan won a split decision over Chris “The Country Boy” Austin of Holden.
The fifth fight of the night was won by Dingess over Dan “The Jackhammer” Williams in a decision.
Steiner then won over Gary Miller of Lyburn in a first-round KO. The match was stopped after Miller, a former Logan and Man high school basketball and football standout, appeared to have injured his shoulder only 15 seconds into the bout.
Coleman advanced to the semifinals with a decision over Shawn Maynard of Williamson.
In the eighth fight, Nelson moved on with a split decision over “Bad” Billy Jessup of Logan.
Hizer then won a split decision over Nick “Popeye” Ulbrich of Danville.
Bradford was then a winner over Chris “Bad (Censored)” Robinson in a walkover, in another apparent case of “Toughman Flu,” according to Toughman promoter Jerry Thomas.
Hauserman won bout No. 11 with a second-round TKO over Austin “Hard Head” Walker.
Mahon then had a first-round TKO over Leonard “The Killer” Hall of Dingess in the men’s light heavyweight quarterfinals.
Norman advanced in a decision over Sheppard.