Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

September 17, 2013

Kentucky Toughman a weekend successs

Hanshaws sweep main events

CANNONSBURG — The first installment of the Kentucky Toughman Contest was a big success in the area.

Thirty-eight fighters participated in the two-day event held at El Hasa Shriners Temple this past weekend.

"I was wanting to get 40, but 38 was perfect. It turned out great," said promoter Tom Hanshaw, of East Coast Promotions. "We had good fights, no blood, some knockouts, and a lot of puking going on."

Winners were Dakota Taylor (heavyweight), Gary Haley (light heavyweight) and Trent Blankenship (lightweight). Runners-up were John Fryer (heavyweight), Jeremy Ward (light heavyweight) and Anthony Wade (lightweight).

It was a Hanshaw clean sweep in the boxing main events. Both Tom Hanshaw Jr. and Travis Hanshaw enjoyed knockout victories.

Tom Jr. floored J.P. Felty in the third round on Friday. Travis knocked out Clifford McPherson in the first round on Saturday.

Tom Jr., 28, said he feels like he's in the best shape of his life.

"I'm going up when I'm supposed to be going down," he laughed. "I just had too much reach on (Felty), too much power … I'm ready to fight in October."

Travis, whose early professional success has made him a well-known name outside of the area, rebounded from his first pro loss with the knockout of McPherson. Travis fell to Taras Shelestyuk in an ESPN Friday Night Fights event in June.

Travis said he had to alter his game plan soon after Saturday's bout began.

"(McPherson) caught me with two jabs right off the bat," Travis said. "But I started loosening up, got him in the ropes, and got him with two body shots and a head shot."

When the bell rung signaling the second round, McPherson, a Cleveland native, called it quits.

Both Tom Jr. and Travis may fight in the next Kentucky Toughman contest — time and location have yet to be determined.

There is also a possibility of a Fall Brawl II, a follow-up to last year's MMA/boxing hybrid event.

As for Toughman, Taylor, Haley and Blankenship each advance in the statewide competition.

Tom Hanshaw hopes the state finals will take place in Louisville by December.

Visit kytoughman.com to keep up with Toughman news, including upcoming fighting events in the Bluegrass.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Eagle Trace Invitational: Draw it up Drew

    Facing a tricky shot on his final hole of the Eagle Trace Invitational, Drew Burke came through with his best work. At the moment, he just didn’t know how clutch.

    August 2, 2014

  • Senior Sixers state runners-up

    The Ashland Post 76 Senior baseball team nearly pulled off the same feat as the Junior Sixers did in the American Legion State Baseball Championships this week.

    August 1, 2014

  • Salyers, Walters Players of Year

    The Walmart Kentucky PGA Junior Tour saw its season come to a close on Wednesday at the Tournament of Champions at Henry County Country Club.

    August 1, 2014

  • Tee Party: High school golf season opens

    A flurry of area tournaments will usher in the high school golf season, which begins today.
    Rowan County’s traditional boys opener, the Eagle Trace Invitational, tees off this morning at 9 with a field of 13 teams.

    August 1, 2014

  • Paintsville senior Miller Baseball Factory selection

    Paintsville baseball player Taylor Miller is currently participating in an elite event at the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training facility in Bradenton, Florida.

    July 31, 2014

  • Barboursville 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer host

    U.S. Youth Soccer announced Thursday that Barboursville and the West Virginia Soccer Association will host the 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I (East) Championships as part of the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship Series.

    July 31, 2014

  • Highlands’ Artists Market to begin today

    Up-and-coming artists are being offered a rare chance to show and sell their work during the First Friday art walk.

    July 31, 2014

  • AARON SNYDER: Five Teams? Pretty Kool

    If these unseasonably cool July mornings aren’t enough to have your mind on the fast track to football, maybe some Kool Hits news will help.

    July 31, 2014

  • Golf scramble will benefit Paramount Arts Center

    Paramount Woman’s Association’s seventh annual Ladies’ Golf Scramble is scheduled for Aug. 11 at Bellefonte Country Club.

    July 30, 2014

  • Kittens call on Ingram

    Somebody had to follow Dave Miller.
    Scott Ingram is pleased to be the coach to fill the vacancy for the man who built Ashland Blazer softball into a perennial state Top 25 program. The Kittens have won the 16th Region championship every year since 2009.

    July 29, 2014