Goodrich, Reedy capture Tough Man championships

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2004

Alexis Reedy and Casey Goodrich thought they were pretty tough.

They thought right.

Reedy, who has been making a name as an amateur women's boxer, and Goodrich both came away with Tough Man championships during competition held Jan. 17-18 in Huntington, W.Va.

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Reedy won the lightweight title by a decision over Shayla Bias after winning her opening match to finish 2-0 in the tournament.

"My plan was to go right at her, and it worked," Reedy said. "As confident as I was, I knew I wouldn't run out of gas. I trained hard, but it's been worth it. Coming in, I knew I would win. I wasn't going to let anybody get in my way."

A student at Morehead State, Reedy has been traveling back-and-forth to Fitness World in Raceland, Ky., to do her training. Reedy's boxing training has enabled her to spar with unbeaten professional women's boxer Nikki "No Slack" Eplion of South Point.

Facing a title contender like Eplion has only helped make Reedy ready.

"It's hard. Her nickname is 'No Slack.' She doesn't cut any slack. I try my hardest, but she works me real good," said Reedy. "But I figure if I can stay in there with Nikki, I can stay in there with anybody."

The 6-foot-5 Goodrich went through his four fights unbeaten including a split decision win over two-time defending champion Gary Elswick.

He went on to beat Daniel Adams in the heavyweight championship bout.

"It was hard. I had a strong local backing and that helped. I give the credit to God. He gave me the power and helped me to win it. I felt I had the points. When it goes to a split decision, you know it's going to be close, but I felt I had enough (points) to win.

Goodrich said he didn't feel any pressure during his bouts, but his emotions changed after winning the title.

"I was nervous after posing for post-fight pictures," Goodrich said.

Another Ironton boxer, Adam Collins, was the runner-up in the light heavyweight division as he lost a split decision to Joey Myers.

All three plan to fight in the Portsmouth Tough Man competition Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15.