The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 28, 2013

Preparations continue for Toughman Contest

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

BECKLEY — How tough are you?

Over 140 fighters feel they are tough enough to win the 34th annual Beckley Auto Mall Toughman Contest, to be held April 5 and 6 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center.

“I want to make this year’s event the biggest and best event ever held in Beckley,” veteran promoter Jerry Thomas of West Virginia Sports Promotion, Inc. said. “We already have set a record number of entries. Who knows, we may have two hundred fighters this year!”

Among the more attention grabbing names already registered are 2013 Beckley Rough N’ Rowdy champion Brandon Blaylock of Itmann and Welch Rough N Rowdy runner-up, former standout wrestler from Independence “The Warrior” Shawn Sexton.

There are four weight divisions for both men and women: heavyweight (185-400 lbs.), light heavyweight (160-184 lbs.), middleweight (140-159 lbs.) and lightweight (up to 139 lbs).

Aside from being named the toughest man and woman in southern West Virginia, up to $12,000 in prize money will be available.

New this year will be a $100 prize for knockout of the night and $100 for most original outfit.

Prospective fighters may register by calling 1-800-296-3896 or by visiting

Advance tickets are still available at the convention center or by visiting Ticket prices are $15 general admission, $20 for reserved and $30 for VIP ringside seats.

And once again, if you’re more a shaker than a fighter, $1000 will also be available to the winner of the Miss Ring Girl competition.

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