LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Because of the death of a Pennsylvania man, the Kentucky Athletic Commission has ordered amateur boxers taking part in the local 'Toughman' contest next weekend to wear protective headgear.
The decision by Commissioner Fred Lampson followed the death last Sunday of Ronald Miller, 23, a former Marine who was knocked down several times in a 'Toughman' bout Saturday in Johnstown, Pa.
The Louisville round of the 'Toughman' contest is part of a nationwide series of local elmination bouts leading to a $50,000 championship round in Pontiac, Mich.
The promoter of the Louisville 'Toughman' bouts, Don Stoddard, said he would abide by the athletic commission order, which he called a public relations-oriented move intended to 'ease some minds' about the risks involved.
Stoddard said the death of Miller 'is something we're sorry about. But I understand a kid died there last week too after playing basketball.'
Stoddard defended the safety of his program, saying all participants must undergo physical exams by the state athletic commission.