Following a successful charity boxing event at Richmond Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, professional boxing promoter Mike Bazan on Monday expressed interest in hosting more events at the center.
Saturday’s bouts by Bazan’s Square-Vision Entertainment included the region’s best up-and-coming fighters. They fought for charity, as every dollar from tickets sold benefited multiple sclerosis research.
The auditorium was nearly sold out for the event dubbed “A Night of Glory 2: Battle for the Golden State.”
“The Richmond Auditorium is a classic masterpiece, a spectator’s dream as elevated, 360-degree seating guarantees a great view of the action,” he said.
He added, ‘We hope to make Richmond our home base for these events.”
The auditorium has had a long history of hosting boxing matches. The article below was printed in The Billboard on Feb. 10, 1958, and talks of bouts being held twice monthly at the auditorium.
Saturday’s matches, like those back in the 1950s, are proving to unearth promising local boxers. In one of two main events on Saturday, Bilal Mahasin handily defeated Will Walters to capture the GBO belt, according to Inside the Ropes. The second main event ended in a draw between Casey Morton and Blanca Raymudno.
In its report, Inside the Ropes also pointed out that boxer Luis Garcia “made his debut in his hometown of Richmond” by delivering a first-round knockout victory over Daniel Morales.
The post, by Lukie Boxing, describes the fight further: “Garcia started a bit jittery coming out hyper aggressive pushing the pace and getting into wild exchanges, but finally caught Morales with a left hook that floored him. Later he would catch him with a body shot that tested Morales’ will to get up. Moments later, the fight was called to a stop as Garcia rushed him and got a knockout victory in front of his hometown crowd.”
Fightnews.com listed the full results of Saturday’s charity bouts:
Results: Bilal Mahasin UD-4 over Will Walters, junior-welterweights; Casey Morton draw-4 with Blanca Raymundo, junior-bantamweights; Adam Feil UD-4 over Manuel Romero, featherweights; Moises Benitez TKO-1 over Khrys Daniels, junior-welterweights: Joel Siapno TKO-3 over A.J. Safi, welterweights; Brandon Adams KO-2 over Rasheed Lawal, welterweights; Federica Bianco KO-1 over Laura Deanovic, bantamweights; Victor Torres TKO-1 over Israel Cortez, junior-bantamweights; Otis Seymore KO-2 over Mario Aguirre, welterweights.