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Men and women will be competing for $3,000 in prize money, with the
winners in the three divisions earning spots in the regional finals.
Divisions are men's 160-184 pounds and 185-400 pounds, along with an
open women's division.
Winners in the men's divisions will get $1,000, while the runners up
receive $250. In the women's division, first place will earn $500 and
second $100. All contestants are scheduled to fight on Friday, with the
winners moving onto the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals Saturday
All competitors have been given nicknames, and three of the four Pecos
entries will compete in the heaviest of the two weight classes. They
include "Fighting Postman" Lolo Machuca, "Fatboy" Nanchez and "The
Giant" Sly Williams. In the other weight class is "The Rattler" Trent
Davis, who works at the Reeves County Sheriff's Office.
The 17-year-old Toughman competition has over the years featured future
profession fighters James "Buster" Douglas and Tommy Morrison, along
with 1980s TV star Mr. T. The contest is open to men and women ages
18-35 who have no more than five amateur wins in the last five years,
and is limited to boxing, with no biting or kicking.
Fighters will be wearing 16 oz. gloves, and head gear, and pre-fight
physicals will be given to each of the 50-plus contestants.
Competition both tonight and Saturday gets underway at 8 p.m. Ringside
tickets are $21, reserved are $16 and general admission is $13 at the Ector County Coliseum box office.
Saturday night's meeting is for all coaches and managers, Reyes said,
while the June 14 barbeque will take place at the Reeves County
Sheriff's Posse Barn from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Plates will be $3.50 apiece, Reyes said.
Jones gave his reaction Thursday to Irvin's statement this week that he
has lost his ``intensity and emotion'' for the game and might retire.
Irvin missed a Cowboys minicamp last month and hasn't appeared at a
quarterback school this week.
The team owner said he accepts Irvin's assessment that his game is based
on emotion and he can't play without it.
``On the other hand, I think we would all expect him to play through a
down period of time,'' Jones told radio station KTCK on Thursday.
``As it turns out, a lot of us all over this country get up and do
things that we've contracted or that we've said we're going to do when
we don't feel like doing them. Many people do that, and they do it every
day in all walks of life.''
Jones said he won't put the receiver's well-being over the good of the
``He is a friend of mine. He is a son. He is a brother,'' Jones said of
Irvin. ``We're all of these things. ... Now having said that, it's
business time. It's business time. And let's do what we said we would
Jones didn't specify what he'd do if Irvin doesn't show at training camp
next month in Austin but said he had several options, including putting
Irvin on an involuntary retirement list.
Irvin has expressed his unhappiness in Dallas, saying he has been
unfairly scrutinized in the year since his arrest and eventual
no-contest plea to a cocaine charge.
Both he and Jones have acknowledged that Irvin would like to be traded,
but the owner has said that's not possible because of salary cap
Irvin's teammates on Thursday said they understood his feelings, but
they aren't sure he's ready to walk away from football.
``I don't think Michael could look me in the eye and tell me that he
doesn't enjoy playing the game of football anymore or that he doesn't
want to play the game of football anymore,'' quarterback Troy Aikman
``But after hearing the press conference yesterday, maybe that's true.
Maybe what he's been through away from the field, maybe, that's just
taken a lot out of him.''
Said guard Nate Newton: ``We need him, and that's what probably makes
some of the guys angry.''
Then Newton turned his comments to Irvin.
``Mike, c'mon man. Shave up, get the glare back, throw on the gold.
C'mon, let's kick some (expletive), man.''
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