I never, ever thought I would willingly go to a boxing match, but I’m thankful Iron Boy Promotions invited me to check out Solo Boxeo Tecate this past Saturday at Celebrity Theatre. The action was fun to watch, the crowd was rowdy, and the matches were glitzy – as close as we can get to Vegas here in the Valley.
The fight night was broadcast on UniMas and featured boxers from all over the country, including quite a few from right here in Phoenix. There were attractive ring girls, a charming, enthusiastic host, and loyal crews who pumped up the boxers – including a full marching band who came out for the title fight featuring local Jose Benavidez.
I was surprised we have such a big boxing scene here in the Valley, and many Mexican fighters made the trek up north to participate, too. I loved the event was presented in two languages, and it was fun to see such great audience support for the fighters. I was scared I’d see a lot of blood or a stretcher, but thankfully, the event focused on safety, ending fights if boxers were dazed. It was nice to see the competitors hug it out after fighting, too.
The boxing show wasn’t violent like I anticipated – it was all about the athleticism, and it was neat to see so much strategy and defensive skills on display, rather than solely fists of fury. I would encourage you checking out Iron Boy’s next bout – keep up with the promo company, which also includes a Phoenix training gym, here.