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Upcoming North Carolina Boxing Events
UPCOMING NORTH CAROLINA BOXING EVENTS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 (DURHAM): One Hit Promotions pro boxing event. Durham Armory. 220 Foster St, Durham, NC. For more info, visit http://www.ittakesonehit.com/
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 (DURHAM): Amateur boxing event hosted by One Hit Promotions. Durham Armory. 220 Foster St, Durham, NC.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 (MARION): Walter Johnson Promotions pro boxing event.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 (GREENSBORO): Walter Johnson Promotions pro boxing event. Holiday Inn Airport. 6426 Burnt Poplar Rd, Greensboro, NC.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 (WILMINGTON): NC Female Amateur Boxing Invitational
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (RALEIGH): Stop Running Promotions pro boxing event. J.S. Dorton Arena. 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC.
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27-28 (ROANOKE RAPIDS): Jasards Boxing Club amateur boxing event.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, MARCH 11-12 (CHARLOTTE): 2016 North Carolina State Golden Gloves amateur boxing event.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 (ELIZABETH CITY): Anointed Corner Promotions will feature a pro boxing event at the Police Athletic League venue in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12 (MARION): Walter Johnson Promotions pro boxing event.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30 (FAYETTEVILLE): One Hit Promotions pro boxing event.
SATURDAY, MAY 21 (CHARLOTTE): Tommy Hill Boxing pro boxing event. The Carole Hoefener Center. 610 E. 7th St Charlotte, NC 28202. Tickets can be purchased at tommyhillboxing.com
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 (CHARLOTTE): One Hit Promotions pro boxing event.
SATURDAY, JULY 23 (DURHAM): One Hit Promotions pro boxing event.
NORTH CAROLINA BOXERS OUT-OF-STATE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16: Joshua Hinnant (0-5; Wilson, NC) vs. Carlos Sanchez (debut; residence unknown) at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia. Scheduled 4 rounds.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16: Henry Mercer (1-3; Tarboro, NC) VS. Edgar Torres (7-0-1; Springfield, VA) at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia. Scheduled 4 rounds.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 22:Jared Robinson (16-2-1; Charlotte, NC) vs. Bakhtiyar Eyubov (9-0; Aktjubinsk, Kazakhstan) at the Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. TV: Showtime.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30:James Winchester (17-11; Reidsville, NC) vs. Ramon Alvarez (22-4-2; Guadalajara, Mexico) at the Centro De Convenciones venue in Rosarito, Mexico.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13: Henry Mercer (1-4; Tarboro, NC) VS. Luke Spencer (Debut; West Virginia) at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16: Vernon "Antoine" Alston (8-6-1; Durham) vs.Trakwon Pettis (2-0; Las Vegas) at the Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall venue in Las Vegas, Nevada. A FOX Sports/Mayweather Promotions event.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20: Charles E Jones (3-16; Asheville, NC) vs. Ranel Suco (15-8-2; Philippines) at the Shrine Temple venue in Macon, Georgia.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5:Zed Mitchell (4-0; Arden, NC) vs. Reggie Miller (0-4; Philadelphia) at the Masonic Temple venue in Norfolk, Virginia.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5:Roger Belch (3-0; Hobbsville, NC) vs. Alan Beeman (0-10; Rhode Island) at the Masonic Temple venue in Norfolk, Virginia.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5:Arthur McCrow (0-1; Greensboro, NC) vs. Matthew Abregu (1-0; Washington D.C.) at the Masonic Temple venue in Norfolk, VA.
SATURDAY, MARCH 12:James Winchester (17-11; Reidsville, NC) vs. Scott "Cujo" Sigmon (25-8-1; Lynchburg, Virginia) at the Roanoke Sheraton Hotel venue in Roanoke, VA.
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Interview: Boxing Promoter Bellonora McCallum, World of Champions (Charlotte, NC)
Professional boxing returns to Charlotte in 2013 thanks to
the World of Champions promotional company headed by Bellonora McCallum,
located in the Queen City. In 2012, WOC featured four evenings of boxing during
the year, all taking place at the ReelWorks Studios Music Factory venue. We had
a chance to catch up with Ms. McCallum, fondly known as “Bell”, to learn more
about what to expect.
1) Ms. McCallum, the
first thing most boxing fans around Charlotte probably want to know is if there
will be any amateur or professional boxing events taking place in 2013 in our
area. Are you actively planning any, and can you tell us about it?
BM: World of Champions will have its first boxing event of
2013 on January 19. We plan to continue to have events every other month in
2013. The Charlotte boxing Academy also promotes amateur events throughout the
year. Coach Al and I have worked together on a couple of my cards. He places at
least 3 amateur bouts on the card to start the show and then we have about 10
professional bouts the rest of the evening.
2) It seems you
promoted boxing events taking place at the ReelWorks Studios Music Factory
venue in Charlotte in February, June, August, and October. Looking back, how
would you rate the success of those events?
BM: 2012 was a big year for World of Champions. We learned
some important lessons that will prepare us for 2013. Our events continued to
grow and our last show was our most successful.
3) What was the
crowd’s demeanor and reactions throughout the events?
BM: The crowd always enjoyed our events. We continued to
receive positive feedback. Everyone enjoyed our VIP area, the atmosphere, and
the fights that were scheduled. WOC has created a growing fan base and we plan
to increase these numbers in 2013.
4) Are there other
names you would like to mention of those beside yourself that “helped make it
BM: The entire McCallum Enterprise and World of Champions team
are hard workers. I definitely could not continue to do these shows without
them. Coach Al Simpson from the Charlotte Boxing Academy planted the seed that
lead to these events. Special thanks to all of our fans that continue to
support our events and all the fighters who enjoy fighting on our cards.
5) Should you be
holding events in the near future, do you intend to continue using the Music
Factory venue or other locations?
BM: The January 19 event will take place at Amos’ Southend
on South Tryon.
6) Can we expect to
once again see some of the bigger names in professional boxing such as the
prizefighters that came to town in 2012? And more importantly, will our local
North Carolina fighters be competing as well?
BM: WOC has always made a point of placing NC fighters on
the card and more importantly Charlotte fighters. Our goal is to provide a
platform for local fighters so that they can fight in front of their fans and
family at home. WOC will have prizefighters again in the future, but we have to
have Charlotte’s support to make this happen. We will continue to put together
fantastic shows for Charlotte’s Boxing Fans.
7) What opinion would
you offer about the state of boxing as a whole? Would you say it is making a
comeback and the fan base is growing?
BM: I definitely think boxing is making a comeback. As a
promoter, it’s my goal to get boxing fans really excited again. I constantly
come in contact with fans who love boxing and would love to attend shows in the
local area. The challenge is getting the word out in time. Boxing fans will definitely come out if they
are confident it will be a great show and they know about the show in advance.
8) Can you briefly
summarize how you became involved with boxing promotions?
BM: I grew up watching boxing and wrestling. I have always
enjoyed watching the sport. When I moved to Charlotte, I decided take boxing
lessons as a form of exercise. I did some research and found Coach Al Simpson
with the Charlotte Boxing Academy. Coach Al took the time to teach the
techniques and mechanics of boxing and this sparked my interest even more. I
took my research to the next level and decided that NC would be a great place
to promote boxing. I talked to my team. They jumped on board and I planned my
first show in February 2012.
9)What is the best way for fans all around the
Charlotte region to learn of upcoming events you may be involved with?
BM: Fans can visit www.wocboxing.com, visit
www.facebook.com/woc.boxing and like our page, or follow us on twitter
10) Would you like to
add any comments?
BM: Thank you so much for your interest and support. WOC is
very excited about 2013. We need all the help we can get to get the word out to
boxing fans in the Charlotte area and all surrounding areas. We can’t continue
without our fan’s support!