The Original Toughman Contest is coming back to Elkins for a 10th consecutive year and will get under way Friday at Elkins High School's Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
"We're excited to be coming back to Elkins for another year," West Virginia Sports Promotions director Jerry Thomas said. "We've been planning for this event all year and there are no returning champions from last year back in the competition. So we're going to see some new champions this year."
Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Competitors will start trading punches at 7:30 p.m. on both nights. Buckhannon native Becca Hardy with begin each night by singing the National Anthem. She will be joined by the U.S. Army color guards.
Clarksburg boxer Daniel Martz will face Rocky Burch in a professional bout during Saturday night’s Toughman action at Elkins High School’s Richard P. Simmons Memorial Gymnasium.
A four-round professional bout between two boxers from West Virginia will highlight Saturday night's card as Rocky Burch?(1-1) goes toe-to-toe with Daniel Martz (1-0).
Burch, a 6-3, 225-pound slugger from Martinsburg, is a two-time toughman champion. Martz is listed at 6-7, 260 pounds.
"We just got the pro bout squared away this week, so we're looking forward to action on?Saturday night," Thomas said. "Both pro fighters are toughman champions in the heavyweight class, so I?highly recommend coming out and watching them fight - it should be very good."
There are 134 fighters slated to compete at the event. More are expected to throw their hats in the ring throughout the week. All the title bouts in each class are scheduled for Saturday night.
Elkins residents Josh Haun, Clinton McCauley, Chris See, Brady Albee, Matthew Arbogast, Tyler Bedford, Levi Doman, Chad Winans, Justin Beaule, Andy Howell, John Pritt and Matt Lindsay have already signed up for the event.
"We've got a lot of fighters from the Elkins, Beverly and Mill Creek competing, so hopefully we can get a good crowd out to watch this event," Thomas said.
Tickets are currently on sale at the Speedway stores in Elkins and Buckhannon, and the Rich Oil stores in Elkins and Philippi. Tickets can also be purchases online at www.wvtoughman.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
"We still have a lot of good seats available for both days," Thomas said. "I?want to thank Adam Roth and Todd Price from Elkins High School for all of their support and hard work to help organize this event."