November is just around the corner.
And that means one thing for area boxing fans.
The Coal Area Toughman event at Logan is almost here.
This year’s Toughman — the 26th-annual event — is scheduled for Nov. 15-16 at Logan High School’s Willie Akers Arena.
The popular Original Toughman Contest is one of the Logan area’s largest sporting events and is enjoyed by thousands of fans each year.
This year’s event is being sponsored by Mike Ferrell Toyota-Scion, The Marines, Suddenlink Media, Network West Virginia and 96.1 The Wolf.
More than 40 fighters have already signed up for the Logan area Toughman and fighter’s registrations are still being acccepted for the event.
The Toughman is a single-elimination boxing tournament that is open to area men and women 18-35 years of age with no pro fights and limited or no amateur fighting experience.
All bouts are scheduled for three one-minute rounds with fighters wearing 16-ounce gloves, protective head gear and a mouthpiece.
All applicants must be in good physical condition.
The weight divisions for men and women are: lightweight (up to 139 pounds); middleweight (140-159 pounds); light heavyweight (160-184 pounds) and heavyweight (185-400 pounds). There is no entry fee.
Also on Saturday, Nov. 16, there will be a professional cruiserweight bout featuring Jason Pettaway of Huntington (12-1) against an opponent to be determined later. The fight is scheduled for six rounds.
Up to $12,000 in prize money will be awarded. The champion in each weight class will receive up to $1,000 and the runner-ups will each receive up to $300. In addition, each champion will receive a Toughman championship jacket. Each weight class runner-up will get a trophy or plaque.
There will also be a Ring Girl competition. The ring girls will share a total of $1,600 in cash prize money with Miss Ring Girl winning $1,000. The first, second and third runner-ups will each receive $200 plus additional prizes.
To sign up to fight or to be a Ring Girl, call 1-800-296-3897 or enter online at: www.wvtoughman.com.
The event is sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1.