CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha Prosecutor Mark Plants fights most of his battles in a courtroom dressed in a suit and tie. But on July 30 he'll put on gloves and jump into the boxing ring.
Plants said he agreed to fight in a special event at Appalachian Power Park if a portion of the proceeds go to a domestic violence resource center that he recently helped establish.
He'll be hoping for a knockout instead of a conviction.
"I had two amateur fights while I was at WVU," Plants said. "I boxed during the summers to keep in shape. It's a hobby I enjoyed."
But the former football player hadn't put on the gloves in 11 years when he got a call from his former boxing coach and promoter, Steve Simons in Morgantown.
"He asks me every year," Plants said. "He puts on these boxing matches every year at Power Park, and this year I thought it would be a good way to raise money for my victims' rights center."
That program, housed at the prosecutor's new offices across from the county courthouse, was named for local victim Starlena Pratt. Pratt died after her ex-boyfriend, Farley Rhodes, set her on fire.
"He's paying me $1,000 to fight," said Plants, who doesn't know yet who his opponent will be. "Legally, I can't keep that money. All of it goes to the foundation."
In addition, Simons agreed to give 25 percent of the ticket proceeds to the victim's rights center. Plants hopes to bring in $2,000 to $3,000 for the cause.