Opening night of Toughman Contest in Clarksburg features first-time boxers


Friday night was the first night of the 40th annual Toughman Contest at the Nathan Goff Armory. 

A packed crowd enjoyed more than twenty five bouts.

Some matches went the full three rounds, while others ended early because of technical knockouts, or even with a punch that put one fighter on the ring mat. 

While this year’s contest featured a number of past competitors, it also had some first-time entrants, some of which have lofty goals to continue their fighting career.

“Yeah, I’ve actually got a trainer – a personal trainer. He’s helped me very much throughout these last eight months. I could tell when I got in the ring I prepared more than the other guy did. That made me happy. So I’m just going to keep pushing forward,” said Chad Rowan, who is looking to start a career of profession fighting that he hopes can lead him to competing in the UFC. 

“I actually signed up for this competition about a week ago. So I had about a week to get a little bit more cardio, a little conditioning, some met com work in . I mean, outside of boxing, my conditioning should be in my favor,” said Jordan Burke, who won his first Toughman Contest bout by way of Technical Knockout. 

This year’s contest not only features ring girls, but also features the first ring guy, who was popular with part of the crowd. 

The Toughman Contest continues Saturday at the Armory. 

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