2/24/2010 4:28pm, #1
- Join Date
- Mar 2005
- 37°58'38" North, 87°33'2" West
Contestant Dies After Toughman Contest
"He was favored to win his weight class and at the end of one of his fights he walked over to the corner, his eyes rolled up to his head and collapsed,"
I hope I never have to witness something like that at one of the events I attend.Real Join Date: Nov. 2003
Originally Posted by Dilbert
2/24/2010 11:13pm, #2
2/24/2010 11:16pm, #3
Is that a stock photo they're using? He is clearly not wearing headgear in that picture.
2/25/2010 4:03pm, #4
I am absolutely puzzled. The rules stipulate 16oz gloves, headgear, 3 rounds of 1 minute with 1 minute rest period. How did the damage occur inside 3 minutes. I see that many of the people that participate in Toughman are not trained, or are not actively training, but even so...Originally Posted by Goju - joe
2/25/2010 4:20pm, #5
1 minute w/ 16 oz gloves doesn't seem like it would prove fatal unless the guy had a previously undiagnosed heart or brain condition. Was he cleared by an athletic commission of some kind to fight?
2/25/2010 4:32pm, #6
You have to have a doc note and a waiver to fight Toughman. Nothing like a deep medical history though.
My guess is that as Kintanon suggests, he had a previous condition. The fact that he walked to his corner then effectively fell comatose and died seems to support the previous condition hypothesis.
Could be extreme dehydration too, if the guy was unused to cutting, over-did it and stressed his system without hydrating...
I'll be interested to see what the coroner reports.
2/25/2010 4:41pm, #7
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- United States, Florida
According to the following article, he died from from a cerebral hemorrhage:
A participant in last weekend’s Toughman fighting contest at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market died Tuesday following complications from the bout.
Nathan Johnson, 23, was cruising along in his fight Saturday night when he collapsed in his corner.
“He became more and more unresponsive and wilted on his stool,” said Oklahoma State Athletic Commission director Joe Miller.
Johnson’s suffered a fractured skull and was taken to OU Medical Center where he also had a cerebral hemorrhage before being placed into a medically-induced coma. He died Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s absolutely tragic,” said Farmer’s Market owner Burt McAnally. “I’m still in a state of shock.”
The event was sanctioned by the OSAC. The OSAC is a part of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and oversees all professional boxing, wrestling, kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts events in Oklahoma.
The fighters wore 16 oz. gloves and headgear. McAnally said this is the fourth year he has hosted the Toughman event at the Market.
Toughman contests use standard boxing rules. They consist of three one-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period in between rounds.
Toughman bouts allow amateur fighters to gain experience and are only allowed in states that regulate the sport and approve of its elimination tournament format.
Boxers Tommy Morrison of Ada and Grady Brewer of Lawton got their start in Toughman.
“This makes me pause and think about ever having another one,” McAnally said. “Even though I didn’t know the kid, this happened in my venue and has had a huge impact on me. It becomes personal.”
Johnson was a standout pitcher for Latta High School and was the winning pitcher when Latta earned the Class 2A state baseball championship in 2005. He pitched the last two seasons at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant after two years at Butler Junior College in Kansas.
“He was a great young man, a Christian man, who worked extremely hard,” Southeastern coach Mike Metheny said. “He did whatever we asked him to do and was the ultimate team player.”
Johnson and his fiancé, Andrea McKerley, were married at a ceremony at the hospital Monday morning. McKerley is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a girl who will be named Avyn Leigh.
Johnson's family declined to comment, according to a spokesman with OU Medical Center.
Anyone wishing to assist the Johnson family with its medical expenses can contact Susie Maeder at Legacy Bank in Blanchard (405) 485-9333.
2/25/2010 5:00pm, #8
How the hell did he end up with a fractured skull with 16 oz gloves and headgear? Was he fighting a gorilla?
2/25/2010 6:02pm, #9
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
- Judo, Muay Thai
Died after he walked back you say? sounds like the work of Pai Mei and his 5 palm strike exploding heart technique.
But seriously this is terrible must of been a real anomaly under the ruleset for this to happen.
2/25/2010 7:20pm, #10