West Virginia’s toughest do battle in the Capital City

By Matthew Young, RealWV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Some 60 amateur fighters from five states descended on Charleston Thursday, to compete in the two-day West Virginia Toughman competition. The first night of the single-elimination tournament, which showcased both male and female boxers from five different weight classes, featured nearly 30 bouts. 

On night two however, the eventual champions would compete in as many as three additional matches. 

Welterweight Champ Roman Belcher of Saint Albans; Cruiserweight Champ Samuel Hale of Oak Hill; Women’s Heavyweight Champ Mercedes Trescott of Belpre, Ohio; Women’s Bantamweight Champ Morgan Stutler of Williamstown; Miss Ring Girl Jasmine; Men’s Bantamweight Champ Stefano Kanode of Princeton; Men’s Heavyweight Champ Beau Romine of Piketon, Ohio; and Middleweight Champ Caleb Henry of Gallipolis, Ohio show off their Charleston Toughman championship jackets. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

In the women’s division, Mercedes Trescott of Belpre, Ohio was crowned Heavyweight Champion, while Logan’s Alexis Meddies was runner up. Williamstown’s own Morgan Stutler took the bantamweight title, after defeating runner up Michaela Meddles, of Bellaire, Ohio by a unanimous decision.

Piketon, Ohio’s Beau Romine was crowned Men’s Heavyweight Champion after his victory over runner up and fellow Ohioan Joe Wheeler. In cruiserweight competition, Oak Hill’s Samuel Hale outlasted Charleston’s Teonno White to be named campion and runner up respectively. And in the middleweight division, White’s fellow Charlestonian Zuri McCallister lost in his fourth match of the competition to eventual Champion Caleb Henry of Gallipolis, Ohio.

Roman Belcher of Saint Albans won four straight matches over the two-night tournament. Belcher defeated runner up Elijah Fletcher of Portsmouth, Ohio after a first-round referee-stoppage to claim his first Toughman Championship. And in the bantamweight division, Princeton’s Stefano Kanode won a hard-fought judge’s decision over runner up Marvin Workman of Leon to earn the championship.

Kentuckian Davin Strunk competes against Logan County Tanner Meade during night one of the Toughman contest Thursday at the Charleston Coliseum. Video by Matthew young, RealWV.

The West Virginia Toughman Contest is an amateur boxing competition open to area residents. To be eligible to compete, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Competitors must not have won more than five amateur boxing, kick-boxing, or mixed martial arts (or any combination thereof) matches, must be a United States citizen, and must be in good health.

The next West Virginia Toughman Contest is scheduled to be held March 15 and 16 at the Berkeley Recreation Center in Martinsburg. To find out more about the West Virginia Toughman Contest, including upcoming events and how to enter, visit wvtoughman.com.

The Charleston Coliseum hosts night two of the West Virginia Toughman Contest on March 1. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

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