WHEELING - Jerry Thomas' West Virginia Sports Promotions, Inc is pleased to announce the 33rd Annual Budweiser Original Toughman Contest will return to Wheeling's WesBanco Arena on March 8-9. Fighter registrations are now being accepted for the popular event that is a single -elimination boxing tournament, open to area men and women, age 18-35, with no pro fights and limited amateur experience. Jocks, bar brawlers, bar bouncers, street fighters and MMA fighters are welcome. All bouts are scheduled for three 1-minute rounds, with all fighters wearing padded 16 ounce gloves, protective headgear and a mouth piece. All applicants must be "Tough" and in good physical condition. The weight classes are the same for both men and women. Lightweight (up to139 pounds), Middleweight (140-159), Light Heavyweight (160-184) and Heavyweight (185-400).
Up to $12,000 in prize monies will be awarded. Each of the men's division champions will receive $1,000 and each of the runners up will receive $300. Prize money for the women's divisions may vary depending on the number of contestants and bouts. 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 will each receive $200. Fighters and Ring Girls may enter online @www.wvtoughman.com or call 1-800-296-3897.
The event is sanctioned and will be supervised by the West Virginia State Athletic Commission.
Tickets will go on sale at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets will be available at the WesBanco Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone call (304) 233-4470.