Boxing in Beach Haven Is ‘Brutal’ Brendan Barrett’s First Fight Since Hand Injury
A fight will go down at Veterans Park in Beach Haven on Saturday, Sept. 26, and everyone is welcome to watch. Boxing by the Beach, which will showcase some of the greatest talent in boxing from all over the world, is Tuckerton resident “Brutal” Brendan Barrett’s first fight back since he shattered his hand defending his Ring of Combat Heavyweight title at the Tropicana Casino Showroom in Atlantic City more than a year ago. The six-time heavyweight mixed martial arts champion and four-time submission grappling victor will go up against Satario Holdbrooks in his first boxing match after crossing over from MMA.
“It’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve been able to fight and over six years since I last stepped foot into a professional boxing ring. I feel truly blessed to be able to fight on an event that is sure to leave its mark on local history,” said Barrett, who spent some of his time retraining at the park this summer.
The event is being hosted by HITM Productions, a promotional company Barrett started in July, after he got stuck waiting for the right opportunity in boxing.
“It is an honor and a pleasure to have such great athletes competing on our first show, and we are very excited to bring boxing to Beach Haven,” he said.
Other fighters slated for the event include Dustin “The White Tiger” Fleischer, one of the top welterweight fighters in the U.S. right now, who will be taking on Ira Frank just coming off a win in his June 12 bout. Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna, boasting a record of 17-1 with seven KO’s, will be taking on Ayi Bruce, bearer of 15 KO’s, for the middleweight fight that night. Middleweight Ian Green (6-0) is paired with K Lon Spencer of Texas (4-2) to see who emerges victor of that bout after six rounds. Four rounds of light heavyweight fighting will transpire between Chinese Olympian Meng Fanlong and Michael Mitchell, presently ranked 72nd in the U.S. O’Shanique Foster (7-0) will take on newcomer Darius Jackson for four rounds of lightweight boxing. Sidney Outlaw, also a fellow pro-MMA fighter, will be making his professional boxing debut as well, against Angel Concepcion (6-0) in the light heavyweight division. Undefeated Arturo Trujillo (6-0) will be taking on North Carolina native Alex Asbury (0-2) for four rounds of middleweight fighting.
The event, held under a tent in the park, will take place rain or shine. Food and beverages will be offered by Shorty’s of Tuckerton, and music will be provided by DJ Marc V, with the help of MK Productions.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and fights will commence at 5:30 p.m. with famed announcer David Diamante taking to the ring. Seating is first come, first served.
VIP ringside (rows 1 and 2) tickets cost $125; ringside (rows 3 and 4) tickets cost $100; center mezzanine (rows 5 through 7) tickets cost $75; and general admission (remaining rows) tickets cost $50. Tickets can be purchased online at hitmpromotions.com or at The Chicken or the Egg in Beach Haven, The Ice Cream Shop of Manahawkin, or the Jon Miller Car Care Center in Tuckerton.
Event sponsors include Advantage Vapors, Lombardi Construction Management, GH3 Promotions, The Sea Shell Resort, Defensive Fit, Richard Catena Auto Wholesalers, 597-Taxi, Coastal Sign and Design, Ocean Tents, JDM Andrews Inc., Point Tees and Eastern Shore Associates.
For more information, visit brutalbrendanbarrett.com.
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