More fans and more knockouts during Saturday's boxing card at Boardwalk Hall will mean more money for the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Golden Boy Promotions announced Monday that it will donate $2 per ticket sold for the Antonio DeMarco-Adrian Broner WBC lightweight championshp fight and $1,000 per knockout on the nine-fight card to the Boys and Girls Club to help with its recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
"We are hoping that the Broner vs. DeMarco fight will afford people the opportunity to forget their worries for an evening and enjoy this great night of boxing," Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said in a statment. "At the same time we understand the severity of the situation and would be remiss not to make a donation to help those directly effected by this terrible storm."
In addition, Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya and fight host Caesars Atlantic City will match the funds raised. The Boys and Girls Club, located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Atlantic City, suffered significant damage during this month's storm.
"(Hurricane) Sandy not only breached the walls of the Boys & Girls Club, but the lives of each and every member here in Atlantic City," John Smith, senior vice president and general manager of Harrah's Resort in Atlanti City, said Monday in a statement. "So it's with great honor that I announce this donation to an organization that embodies the never-give-up attitude of New Jersey. We will not sit idly by and allow anything to compromise these impressionable youths."
Golden Boy will also will tickets to Boys and Girls Club members to see the fights. Broner and heavyweight Seth Mitchell, who will fight Johnathon Banks in a co-feature, will visit the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday afternoon.
The Broner-DeMarco fight has the potential to be one of the year's best. Broner (24-0, 20 KOs), the former WBO super-featherweight champ, is moving up one weight class to take on DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs). Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) vs. Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) is regarded as a matchup of the two of top American heavyweights.
"I know Johnathon Banks is going to be bringing his 'A' game and I'm expecting a very tough fight," Mitchell said Monday on a conference call. "But this is my time."
Tickets for Saturday's fights are priced at $25 to $200 and available at pressofatlanticcity.com/tickets. HBO will televise the two top fights.
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