Dalton native Todd "The Punisher" Poulton had a slight scare while preparing for his upcoming celebrity boxing match against "Dangerous" Daniel Evans.
The match is the headlining event of "Wrestling Under the Stars" at Wahconah Park on Aug. 26, but while he was training for the bout in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Poulton was injured by a stingray, resulting in a trip the Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital last Thursday.
Poulton said he had a one-inch barb removed from his foot, and after receiving a tenus shot and medication, he was left to deal with the painful aftereffects of the barb's poison.
"I thought it was a shark attack," he said. "I thought my foot was gone. I thought something clamped down on me and took my foot."
The incident happened about 50 yards from the shore. After being stung, a lifeguard helped rescue Poulton and get him medical attention. At the hospital, the doctor made a small incision in Poulton's foot to remove the barb.
The Wahconah Regional High School graduate wanted to keep the bloody barb as a keepsake, but ultimately decided against it.
After taking a day off to rest, he resumed training, which consists mostly of light cardio and weight training.
"I'm a quick healer," Poulton said of the attack that he initially thought was much more serious. "It's just another thing I've got to fight through."
Poulton looks to improve his celebrity boxing record to 12-1. He's donating the purse to Christian Vonburg of Hinsdale, a senior at Wahconah who is battling brain cancer.
Other wrestlers involved in the undercard include three-time WCWA heavyweight champion Jerry "The King" Lawler, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, Mick Foley and Cody Rhodes, son of WWE Hall Of Fame wrestler Dusty Rhodes.