Friday Night Fights at the Faro
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Dec 15, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Friday Night Fights at the Faro
As the calendar heads toward 2012, the last few remaining shows in the world of boxing are being staged. This Friday night at the El Faro Discount Center in Vernon, California, the always busy club show schedule in the “Golden State” moves forward with a card that features a main event of Arman Ovsepyan vs. Augusto Gamez.
Ray Alcorta, who is running the promotion says, “The card is with Showdown Promotions in association with UBM-Union Boxing Management. Union Boxing is a relatively new boxing management group that represents a variety of fighters, Mexican-American, Russian, Russian-Armenian fighters. They really have no barriers on who they have. They want to make a name for themselves. They're starting to sign a lot of talent. They got a couple of guys like Jesse Villanueva and they have a guy, Andrey Klimov, who was just signed by Top Rank and on this card, the 154-pound California State Championship between Ovsepyan and Gamez. Gamez is a veteran fighter who's coming of a win versus Robert Valenzuela and he lost a 10-round decision to Gabriel Martinez. So we know he's a durable guy who's going to come to fight.”
The hope is that they can turn this into a regular series where young boxers can be developed and records built before they go on to bigger, televised platforms.
“One of the hard parts of doing a steady schedule is finding the right venue where you can do it,” explained Alcorta, who has run various promotions from a variety of venues in Southern California throughout the years. “And I think we got with the El Faro, which is right next to the Alameda Swap Meet, which is a venue we used with  Top Rank before we did a couple of real memorable Telefutura shows.” Alcorta, who said that he has a television deal with the “Russia 2” network to distribute this show, added, “So we know the venue is a real boxing-friendly venue and they want to do something on a regular basis. They want to go at least every other month, so I think if we're able to schedule ahead of time, this is going to be a regular venue where we can do a show at least every other month next year.”
Local club shows, often devoid of television money to fund these promotions at the top levels of the sport, are the real essence of promoting. Every ticket, sponsorship and ancillary cost is on the dime of the organizers. In major metropolitan cities, there is still a market for boxing. The last two weekends have shown that.
“Absolutely, there's a real steady audience. People like boxing. If you give people a good match, they're going to go. When you had [the rematch between] Cotto-Margarito, there was a real big storyline there. There was some bad blood there and the people came out and they paid their money to go out there to see it despite the real bad economy or whatever they want to say or ‘Boxing's dead,’” said Alcorta, alluding to the card that played to a sold-out Madison Square Garden with over 20,000 patrons in the house.
This past weekend saw over 9,000 fans in Washington D.C. when Lamont Peterson upset Amir Khan. The reality is, for all that is said about boxing, people still go to live shows. “Amir Khan was not really drawing well in Vegas because that really wasn't his place to be. But they had a good B-side. They had Peterson, who came to fight and he had a hometown. He had a fan base and they gave people something they wanted.
“People will show up for something they want to see.”
In the past I've referenced how more referees need to adopt the tact of Keith Hughes, the third man in the ring when Andre Berto and Luis Collazo battled tooth-and-nail back in 2009. Hughes played a large part in that fight being as entertaining as it was by penalizing Berto early on for his bear-hugs on Collazo. Hughes didn't do anything special except enforce the rules of the sport and the spectators benefited from it.
John Chavez of The Boxing Truth put together another video detailing his work that night in Biloxi:
Boxing needs more referees like Hughes and Joe Cooper because, after all, this is the “Sweet Science,” not the MMA.
The El Faro Discount Center is located at 4433 S. Alameda St. in Vernon, California 90058. Doors open at 7 PM on Friday with first bell scheduled at 8. Tickets are $30 and $50. For more info, please call 323-233-2261...Lupe Contreras will be the ring announcer for this show...The eighth season of “Broadway  Boxing” from DiBella Entertainment kicks off on Jan. 21st from the Roseland Ballroom in New York and features NABF light welterweight titlist Gabriel “Tito” Bracero...I give the Clippers credit. They went “all in” regarding Chris Paul. If this works out for the Clips, David Stern has to be the runaway choice as the NBA Executive of the Year...As for the Lakers, well, I'm not so sure what to think...With all these juniors leaving Miami for the NFL Draft, it almost makes it seem like the Hurricanes were better than 6-6 (unfortunately, they weren't) ”…The latest episode of “Maxboxing Radio” featuring Corey Erdman and Yours Truly can be found right here:

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