- MMA KOs BOXING IN OHIO

February 28, 2007
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by Joe Maxse, Plain Dealer Reporter







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Mixed
martial arts knocks out boxing

Young
males embrace Ultimate Fighting

By
Joe Maxse, Plain Dealer Reporter

 

Where
has all the boxing gone?

 

What
was once one of this country’s mainstream sports is now most often buried in
the back of sports pages.

 

Just
look at Cleveland. Three recent shows sum up the state of boxing in this town:

 

Promoters
reduced a Dec. 9 professional card at Public Hall to all of three bouts,
mismatches at that. The crowd of about 400 received refunds.

 

A
week later, the national amateur championship qualifier at the Salvation Army
Boxing Academy on Hough Avenue produced eight entries and three matches.

 

On
Feb. 10, a women’s title bout featuring Northfield’s Vonda Ward headlined a pro
show at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center. Four men’s undercard matches ranged
from less-than-mediocre to ridiculous.

 

A
different scene will unfold Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

 

The
Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championships will showcase its brand of
mixed martial arts matches in "UFC 68."

 

The
event will take place in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,000 and produce a
state-record gate approaching $2.7 million. The pay-per-view television buys
will fetch millions more.

 

The
monthly UFC mixed martial arts shows – featuring punching, kicking, martial
arts and wrestling in a fenced-in octagon, with pounding rock music and video
to boot – have become the rage, especially among males 18-35…

 

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