Original Toughman Contest venues
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Event: Original Toughman Contest
Founder: Art Dore
Promotional Company: West Virginia Sports Promotions Inc.
Central Location: Clarksburg, W.Va. (though events have been held in Michigan and Ohio in the past)
Original Toughman Contest TicketsFormer boxer-turned-promoter Art Dore got tired of hearing people boast that they could beat someone else up. In 1979 in Bay City, Mich., he got the idea of arranging a contest to allow the people making such boasts to actually prove themselves. In that way, the Original Toughman Contest was born. From the beginning, the contest was meant to pit regular guys against one another — not professional athletes with trainers and a staff surrounding them, but just ordinary tough guys ready to duke it out. In fact, the rules strictly prohibit anyone who has participated in more than five amateur boxing, kickboxing or MMA fights from entering the contest. All fighters must wear groin guards and mouth guards, use 16-ounce gloves, be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be residents of the area in which they’re fighting. Get tickets to the Original Toughman Contest in your city at StubHub.
Who are some of the previous winners of the Original Toughman Contest?Some recent winners in the Huntington, W.Va., Original Toughman Contest include Deric Gibson, who won in the Heavyweight division in 2019; Chris Miles, who won in the Heavyweight division in 2018 and 2017; Antoine Davis, who won in the Light Heavyweight division in 2019; Baxton Blair, who was Light Heavyweight winner in 2018 and 2017; and Colby Pearson, Middleweight winner in 2019. Some female winners from the same city include Virginia Goodwin (2018), Tiffany Ross (2017), Ashley Grizzle (2016) and Jordan Isaac (2015).
What are some of the future Original Toughman Contest events set to be held in 2020?The official website of the West Virginia Toughman Contest provides a list of upcoming events, including one event scheduled for Feb. 21 and 22, 2020, in Wheeling, W.Va.; another event scheduled for Feb. 28 and 29, 2020, in Martinsburg, W.Va.; a third event scheduled for March 13 and 14, 2020, in Elkins, W.Va.; and a fourth event scheduled for March 27 and 28, 2020. As time goes on, the Toughman Contest will schedule even more events and you’ll have the ability to buy tickets for those events when they go on sale. Be sure to watch the StubHub page of the Original Toughman Contest in order not to miss the chance to attend an event.
What are some of the venues that have played host to the Original Toughman Contest?Despite its original beginnings in the state of Michigan, in recent years, Original Toughman Competitions have taken place in a number of different sporting venues across West Virginia. Some of these include the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va.; the Beckeley 2000 Recreation Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.; and the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va. The Hara Arena Conference & Exhibition Center in Dayton, Ohio, has also been a frequent past venue.
What are some of the cities in which an Original Toughman Contest has been held?Local Original Toughman Contests have been held in dozens of cities around the United States, with regional winners moving on to receive the honor of fighting in the national contest. Some of the cities in West Virginia that have hosted the Original Toughman Contest in the past are Wheeling, Short Gap, Parkersburg, Beckley, Clarksburg, Elkins, Huntington, Morgantown, Martinsburg, Logan and Lewisburg. Regional contests have also been held in cities like Dayton and Trotwood, Ohio.
What are some other boxing events that are similar to the Original Toughman Contest?The Original Toughman Contest is intended for amateur boxers, but amateur boxing far from exhausts the range of events to which boxing fans can treat themselves. StubHub can offer tickets to many different kinds of events and promotions, including pages that boxing fans can visit to get their fill of great fights. These include Top Rank Boxing, Matchroom Boxing, Premier Boxing Champions, Championship Boxing, IBF Boxing, Joe Hand Boxing, the World Boxing Organization and a local promotion like Star Boxing.
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