Alex & Andre Kut step into the Dog House: KEA Boxing, Where You Get Your Buck’s Worth!
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Dec 2, 2014)
L-C-R: Alex Kut, Welterweight Prospect Juan The Beast Rodriguez, and Andre Kut
|| Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing: Where You Get Your Buck’s Worth!
New Jersey’s Andre Kut and his son Alex promoted their first show back in June of 2004 and have continued with 23 shows in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. You can guarantee it’s “where you get your buck’s worth!” Solid shows every time out.
In New Jersey, they have promoted at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, the Birchwood Manor and Hanover Marriott in Whippany, Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Township and the Wildwood Convention Center in Wildwood, NJ.
In Pennsylvania, they have promoted at the Asylum Arena and the South Philly Arena in Philadelphia, Woodlands Resort in Wilkes-Barre, and the Mt. Airy Casino in the Pocono’s. In South Carolina, they promoted at the Citadel in Charleston.
Some of the fighters used were Jameel “Big Time” McCline, Bryant “By By” Jennings, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack, Omar Shieka, Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez, Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr., Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor, Agapito “El Ciclon” Sanchez, Kendall “Rated R” Holt, Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio, Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak, Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa, Bobby Rooney and Wayne “Lights Out” Johnson.
Kut’s regular ring announcer has been Boxing Historian Henry Hascup, who is President of the NJ HOF. They have used the NJ HOF writer Jack “KO” Obermayer and Fight News Feature Writer Kurt Wolfheimer for publicists. “Andre and his son Alex put the fighters and fans first always putting on a great show with exciting competitive fights. I wish we had more people in the business like them,” said Hascup.
Danny “The Fight Lawyer” Serratelli writes for Doghouse Boxing and owns Brick City Boxing. He has worked with Andre and KEA in various capacities since he was in law school back in the early 2000’s leading up to the first show promoted by KEA in 2004 and up until present. He is currently listed as general counsel for KEA Boxing. They met at Red Brick Gym in East Newark through a fighter than Andre managed at the time named Yolanda “Prosecutor” Gonzalez who used to train with Serratelli.
“Andre has told me from day one that he is in this for the long haul, and it has always been clear that he meant it. He is driven, honest and loyal…..almost to a fault and in that regard we are very similar and that is why we have probably always remained good friends. I believe his love for boxing, determination and refusal to quit have helped KEA Boxing establish a very solid reputation over the years, and I still believe that KEA’s best days are to come,” said Serratelli.
Zac Pamilio is KEA’s current matchmaker. “I met Andre when he was representing fighters like Ross Thompson, Dorian Beaupierre and the late Jamar Carter. I did one show for him back in 2004 which featured the Agapito Sanchez Rogers Mtagwa fight. It was one of the best fights I ever made. I got back in touch with Andre when I came back to the east coast from Las Vegas. I lived there from 2004 to 2010. I helped him out with the show prior to the last one. I made his main event for Alex Perez. I took over after that and made all the fights on the last show. Andre is a good guy who keeps his word with everyone. The challenge now is to make him successful and get him the fighters that can elevate him, his promotion to the casino / TV level”.
“Good dude. Seems to have his heart in it and never has a bad show. He’s done a lot to keep grass-roots cards alive all around Eastern Pennsylvania and Jersey for years now. A lot of promoters appear on the scene with big plans and are gone in a few shows. Andre has certainly stayed for the long course,” said Jeff Jowett (writer Seconds Out).
“Andre is a great guy and a good friend. He is a terrific promoter. All of his shows are, “All Action”. He works harder than any promoter I know to put on great cards. He gives anyone who can fight a chance to shine. I love the man as a promoter, as a friend and a great guy who is trying very hard to knock out a living in boxing. He has a terrific family run operation with his wife and children all involved. I am so proud to call him my friend,” said Harold Lederman. (HBO Boxing Judge). - There’s an old saying “save the best for last and Lederman proved it with this quote prior to leaving for China last week!
First, I asked Alex a couple of questions before I did Andre.
KEN HISSNER: When did you join KEA Boxing?
ALEX KUT: I first started working with my dad in corners when he was managing fighters when I was in high school in the early 2000’s. We would travel all over the United States and I got to work with many great fighters, and trainers in the corner like Tommy Parks and Lenny DeJesus.
KEN HISSNER: What is your main role with KEA?
ALEX KUT: My official title is Vice President of Operations. I took a strong role in KEA Boxing once my father started promoting his own shows. I have been handling logistics and operations of the events such as pre planning and day of coordinating. I make sure everything is in place and ready to go once the doors open for the event. People don’t realize how much planning and work go into an event. It takes us about ten weeks of solid planning
KEN HISSNER: Andre, you have always had good competitive shows. Who have been some of the matchmakers you have used?
ANDRE KUT: Keith Terceira, Jim Borzell, Sonny Mistretta, Nick Tiberi, Renee Aiken, Diana Rodriguez, and currently Zac Pomillio.
KEN HISSNER: You’ve helped develop Alex “Brick City Bullet” Perez and Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. You just signed former USBA Champion Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack from Philly. Are there any other boxers on the horizon you are looking at?
ANDRE KUT: I’m open to suggestions. The trainer has to fit as well and a manager if one is involved
KEN HISSNER: When you promoted Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr., and Greg Hackett in Philly in 2011 they won the Briscoe Awards “Fight of the Year”. Did you ever consider re-matching them?
ANDRE KUT: Good Fight for both of them, No need for a rematch unless a belt or ranking is at stake.
KEN HISSNER: You have used heavyweight contenders Jameel “Big Time” McCline and undefeated WBC No. 2 contender unbeaten Bryant “By By” Jennings. Do you normally stay away from the big guys?
ANDRE KUT: NO! If the price is realistic and the fans would welcome it I would be foolish to limit myself.
KEN HISSNER: You have used former and future world champions like Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor, Kendall “Rated R” Holt and Agapito “El Ciclon” Sanchez. Was it difficult matching them up?
ANDRE KUT: NO! Real fighters want to compete at a level that will test them, and should welcome the challenge.
KEN HISSNER: What would you change in boxing if you could?
ANDRE KUT: Qualifications for Trainers, Managers, Matchmakers & Promoters. They need to be held accountable such as the NFL, NBA, MLB or any Professional sport.
KEN HISSNER: The show you promoted in Charleston, SC, is that where your son Alex attended?
ANDRE KUT: Yes. All three of my sons went there. The school is known for its historical, significant honor code, strict discipline and strong academics
KEN HISSNER: Have you worked with any cable companies?
ANDRE KUT: As a manager yes, promotionally I’m still waiting, and would welcome any help.
KEN HISSNER: Thank you for taking the time for this Q&A.
ANDRE KUT: We need writers such as you to show that boxing has a culture of its own. People think very little of those that work in the boxing and mostly they are right. As in anything you have the good, the bad and the ugly. I stay away from the BS and gravitate towards the good guys. Boxing is unlike any other sport. It’s like a chess game with precision and dance. You need a heart like a boulder. Rather than a street brawl, where anything goes, people sitting outside that ring will comment, “those guys suck.” I welcome them to try getting in there for three minutes with someone that sucks and you will watch them climb out as fast as possible. Most of the kids are good guys, but they get involved with those body peddlers who fill their heads, while most of them have no clue and are only there to collect the kid’s blood money. My son has learned the in’s & outs very well and has even taken an amateur fight so he can really understand it. He has been a great asset for KEA and hopefully he will carry it to the next level. My wife also has been very supportive of this. She knows of the risks involved and has gotten to know a number of our friends in boxing. Thank you for your time & keep writing the good fight.
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