Looking back on my debut as a boxing promoter on Sept. 30 at the National Guard Armory, it turned out to be the most important experience of my life. The fights were exciting. Some ended in ways I expected, others did not, and that is what I love about boxing–the unknown. There was a little bit of everything on my card–a blistering knockout, a controversial decision, a toe-to-toe battle and a steady beat-down.
With six of the eight fights going the distance, it was nice that the casual fans as well at the first-timers were able to feel the energy in the crowd when there was a clean knockout. This happened when welterweight Chase Checkmate Corbin, of Philadelphia, knocked out Mario Alexander Blanco, of Mexico, in the first round.
I missed parts of some of the fights–practically the entire six rounds between welterweights Grayson Blake, of State College, PA, and DeCarlo Perez, of Atlantic City, NJ—because there was work to be done. Of the ones I watched from beginning to end, I agreed with the judges’ scorecards.
You couldn’t ask for a better fight—if I must say so myself—than the six-rounder between super middleweights George Armenta, of Silver Spring, MD, and Charles Hayward, of Philadelphia (pictured). That was the disputed one but I agreed with the split decision favoring Armenta. What about the six rounds of toe-to-toe punching between junior middleweights Julian Williams, of Philadelphia, and Eberto Medina, of Newark, NJ? I also agreed with the judges’ scorecards which showed Williams winning clearly.
I enjoyed watching my friend, welterweight Ray Robinson, return to action by stopping Manuel Guzman, of Lancaster, PA, in seven rounds in the main event.
The most stressful part of promoting the card was the weigh-in the night before. We hit a bump in the road when two fighters were over the weight limit for their respective matches. I remembered saying early in the week that things were running too smoothly and I almost expected there to be a dilemma or two at the weigh-in. Eventually, everybody made weight.
I have been receiving feedback and it appears the fans were impressed with the show. Things ran exactly the way I had hoped. I am thankful to have had the best staff I could have asked for and for many of them it their first live boxing event.
Since there is always room for improvement, I can promise that as time goes on that is exactly what Bam Boxing Promotions Inc. will be doing—improving.
It was a pleasure to work with those involved with the show. As a company, we are happy to donate money to the Fox Chase Cancer Center as well. By giving back to the community I hope to increase the company’s brand image to show the importance of giving back.
There were two fighters introduced to the crowd at the event—heavyweight Fast Eddie Chambers and lightweight Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. There were others who I got a chance to talk to, including ex-world junior middleweight champs Robert Bam Bam Hines, Buster Drayton, as well as former middleweight contender Bobby Boogaloo Watts, the first man to beat Marvelous Marvin Hagler. There were several current fighters in the crowd who helped to support me.
This process has been harder than I had expected because not only did I promote a show, but also I built a foundation for Bam Boxing Promotions Inc. This was just The Beginning. I want people to know that I am here to stay!
I had planned to run another card in 2011, but have decided to shoot for January due to the upcoming holidays and the fact that Philadelphia’s welterweight contender Mike Jones is fighting Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card and I will be there to support him. Good luck Mike! Make us proud!
Brittany Rogers contributes the BAM on Boxing column to PSC. You can also check her out, as well as everything else you need to know on Philly boxing, at PeltzBoxing.com. Follow Brittany on Twitter @bamonboxing and Peltz Boxing @PeltzBoxing.