Fight night is back in Detroit and you can thank Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, Hall of Fame boxing legend, and Jackie Kallen, known as the first lady of boxing.
In conjunction with Ten Count Promotions, they will present the first Boxing in the D series on Saturday, June 23 at the Atheneum Suite Hotel, 100 Brush Street, when eight undefeated fighters will put their records on the line.
“Boxing has been my passion for four decades, and I am committed to see top-notch fight cards return in a big way and become a staple in our thriving city,” says Kallen, who was portrayed by Meg Ryan in the Paramount Pictures feature film, “Against the Ropes,” and appeared on the NBC television series “The Contender,” with Sylvester Stallone.
The Night of Future Champions will feature undefeated local fighters Taylor Duerr, an Irish light heavyweight from Royal Oak, as well as Detroiters Isiah Jones, Derrick Colemon, Jr., and Cedric Paul. The card will also feature Nigerian-born Oluwafemi Oyeleye, an All Africa Games gold winner, Donald Brown, making his pro debut, Paolo Parente, a real-life Rocky originally from Italy, and Andre Holmes.
There will also be a couple of surprise bouts to be added.
“I have always wanted to be on the promoting side of the sport I love and can’t wait to bring the best up and coming fighters, boxing celebrities and renewed excitement for the sport back to the city I love,” says Hearns, a seven-time world boxing champion.
While you’re enjoying Boxing in the D you might also find your best friend.
Between each fight, the Detroit Dog Rescue will step into the ring and introduce fans to dogs up for adoption in the hopes that they will find their forever families.
There will also be a silent auction with sports and other Detroit memorabilia to benefit Detroit Dog Rescue.
Ringside seats are $100, reserved seats are $55, and standing-room general admission tickets are $35. Tickets can be purchased at NEPTIX.COM or at the door.