Representatives from the Budweiser Original Toughman Contest will be on hand at the State Fair of West Virginia on Aug. 16 and 17.
According to Jerry Thomas, president of West Virginia Sports Promotions, fighters and ring girls will, for the first time, have an opportunity to sign up in person for any future Toughman event, including the 15th annual Greenbrier Valley event that will be held on Nov. 1 and 2 at the State Fair Grounds, inside the WV Building. Toughman souvenirs and various other information will also be available at the Toughman tent.
This year’s Greenbrier Valley event is being sponsored by Budweiser, The American Beer Company, Bill Lewis Motors, 103.1 The Bear, Suddenlink Media, A-Bail Bonds and Network WV.
Fighter’s registrations are now being accepted for the single-elimination boxing tournament that is open to area men and women, ages 18 to 35, with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. All bouts are scheduled for three one-minute rounds, with all fighters wearing 16-ounce gloves, protective headgear and a mouth piece. All applicants must be in good physical condition. The weight divisions for both men and women are; lightweight (139 pounds and under), middleweight (140-159), light heavyweight (160-184) and heavyweight (185-400).
Up to $12,000 in prize monies will be awarded. The champion in each weight division will receive up to $1,000 and the runners-up will each receive up to $300, depending upon the number of fighters in each weight class. All champions will also be awarded a Toughman jacket. Runners-up will each receive a trophy or plaque.
Miss Ring Girl will receive $1,000, while second-, third- and fourth-place ring girls will receive $200 each, plus various prizes.
Prospective Toughman and Toughwoman fighters, as well as ring girls, may enter online at wvtoughman.com, by phone at 1-800-296-3897 or in person at the State Fair. There are no entry fees.
For additional information about the 89th annual State Fair of West Virginia, visit statefairofwv.com. For additional information about the Toughman events, visit wvtoughman.com.
In addition to the Lewisburg event, other planned Toughman events include:
Nov. 15-16 — Logan High School Field House, 26th annual
Jan. 10-11 — Huntington, Big Sandy Arena, 26th annual
Jan. 17-18 — Short Gap, Frankfort High School, 15th annual
Jan. 24-25 — Clarksburg, Nathan Goff Armory, 35th annual
Jan. 31-Feb. 1 — Parkersburg High School, 29th annual
Feb. 21-22 — Martinsburg, Berkeley Rec Center, 23rd annual
March 7-8 — Wheeling, WesBanco Arena, 34th annual
March 14-15 — Elkins, Elkins High School, 12th annual
March 28-29 — Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 35th annual