The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 3, 2012

Sports Briefs - Thursday, Oct. 4

— Two Oak Hill boxers will be featured in special professional bouts as part of the 14th annual Budweiser Original Toughman Contest, which will be held Nov. 2-3 at the State Fair Grounds in Fairlea.

On Nov. 2, Shawn “The Thrill of Oak Hill” Laughery (2-0) will fight “Tiger” Mike Wilmer (3-3) of Greenbrier County in a four-round light heavyweight bout. On Nov. 3, fight fans will be treated to a 10-round WV state cruiserweight title fight, when reigning champion Bobby Thomas, Jr. (11-1), of Oak Hill, defends his title against the No. 1-ranked contender, Warren Browning (16-2-1), of Lenore.

Toughman fighter registration is now being accepted for the single-elimination boxing tournament, which is open to area men and women ages 18 through 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).

Prospective Toughman and Toughwoman fighters, as well as ring girls, may enter online at or by calling 1-800-296-3897.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 15.

Additional information is available online at


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When turning in scores or statistics, coaches/statisticians are reminded to provide at least last names of participants.

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