Toughman's death being investigated

Updated: February 24, 2010, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission is investigating the death of a Toughman contestant.

Commission director Joe Miller said Wednesday that 23-year-old Nathan Johnson of Latta apparently suffered a head injury during a weekend event at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market.

Miller says Johnson was lethargic and non-responsive after winning his second fight Saturday.

OU Medical Center spokesman Allen Poston says Johnson died Tuesday, but he can't release details about the ex-college baseball player's death.

USA Boxing doesn't regulate Toughman bouts, which feature novice boxers.

The state commission licenses the events and requires a doctor and paramedic to be at the matches. It also requires participants to have pre- and post-bout physical exams and wear protective head gear and gloves.


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