An exhausting weekend of boxing activities ended on Saturday with a boxing show at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The weekend started with a Red Carpet introduction of former champions from DC, held at the famous Ben’s Chilli Bowl on equally famous U St in NW DC. Following that was the awards program and concert at the Warner Theater, where champions, Sharmba Mitchell, Keith Holmes, Mark Johnson, Winky Wright William Jobby and Chop Chop Corley were awarded the Sugar Ray Leonard award for excellence in the sport of professional Boxing. Leonard was in town, but came down with an illness and was unable to attend, according to his son, Ray Leonard, Jr.
The events were attended by some of the most respected boxing people in DC. Hall of Fame member J.D. Brown reflexes, “Im glad they had the activites for the former champions. The guys really deserved that and I am glad people came out to support it”. Brown has been involved in some of the biggest promotions of all time and had a comment about the promoters that put on this weekends events, GFS Entertainment, “The learning curve is still there, they made a few mistakes. They have the right idea and fortitude and attitude. They just can’t stretch things out too much because people get bored.”
Gary Williams of Boxing along the Beltway and another DC Boxing Hall of Fame member saw it this way, “It brought back a lot of memories for me personally. Seeing a lot of those guys over the years and following their careers and seeing them get the honors they deserve, I think over all it was a great weekend for boxing in this area.” As for the new promoters in town, “I think they had some big ideas, but they need to understand that the beltway region works a little different than any other part of the country. We don’t need the big names to headline shows. We have enough good fighters in this area to attract fans. They need to get to know the area better and know the boxers in the DC area a little better.”
DC Boxing Commissioner, Scotti Irving does offer a grade for GFS, “I give them a B grade for all of the outstanding work they did. I think the weekend went pretty good. They are young promoters and they are going to grow into what they are trying to do, but I was very impressed with everything they put into the fights tonight. I look forward to working with them and to making plans for good shows in DC.” GFS will be involved in co-promoting the Jimmy Lange vs. Tony Jeter rematch in November at the Patriot Center in Virginia. Please subscribe and follow these new DC promoters.