Contest returning to Elkins

ELKINS — Jerry Thomas’ West Virginia Sports Promotions, Inc. and the Elkins High School Athletic Department will present the 15th annual Original Toughman Contest March 10 and 11 at the Elkins High School Gymnasium.

Fighter and ring girl entries are now being accepted for the very popular annual event that is a single elimination boxing tournament, open to area men and women, age 18 to 39, with no pro fights and limited amateur experience.

All bouts are scheduled for three one-minute rounds, with all fighters wearing 16-ounce boxing 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 (139lbs and under), middleweight (140-159), light heavyweight (160-184 lbs.) and heavyweight (185- 400 lbs.). There is no entry fee.

Up to $12,000 in cash prize monies will be awarded. Each man’s weight class champion will receive up to $1,000, and each runner-up will receive up to $300. Prize money for the women’s classes may be different depending on the number of fighters. Each champion will receive a Toughman Jacket. Each weight class runner up will receive a trophy or plaque. “Miss Ring Girl” will receive $1,000 and a jacket. Second-, third- and fourth-place ring girls will each receive $200. To enter visit or call 1-800-296-3897

The featured pro fight March 11 will feature former two-time Elkins Toughman champion and West Virginia super lightweight pro champion Dakota “The Lone Wolf” Linger, of Buckhannon, who has a record of 7-0-1.

Linger will face an opponent yet to be named. Also featured on the second night will be a special “Battle of the Champions” women’s bout featuring Samantha Pill, of Shinnston. Pill is undefeated in eight bouts and is a two-time champion.

The event has been sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 25 at area Speedway and Rich Oil Stores.

This year’s event is being sponsored by Performance Chevy, the North Central West Virginia Airport, the Marines, 5 News WDTV, 98.9 WDNE and NETWORK WEST VIRGINIA.