BALLROOM BOXING AND TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS TEAM UP FOR 2009
BALTIMORE, MD, (March 2, 2009) Scott Wagner’s Ballroom Boxing and Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, have teamed up for 2009 to present six world class professional boxing events this year at Baltimore’s Michael’s Eighth Avenue as part of the nationally known “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” series.
Ballroom Boxing is one of the longest running professional boxing series in North America . The upcoming card on April 2nd will be its 93rd spanning thirteen years. Scott Wagner has created and masterminded the highly successful series since its first show on February 15, 1996.
Said Wagner “We have three exciting shows planned for this spring and if all goes according to plan Ballroom Boxing and TKO Boxing Promotions will really make its mark in this area at the same time as it establishes itself as one of the home bases for TKO.”
“My father and I have always believed in promoting our "Hometown Heroes", so it will be exciting to work with TKO and their concept of “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS”, It’s a great fit for both sides.”
Ballroom Boxing has featured world champions Hasim Rahman, Kermit Cintron, Nate Campbell, Wayne Braithwaite, Vincent Pettway, Luis Collazo and has been an important part of the development of local standouts Lamont Pearson, heavyweight Tony Thompson, Darnell "The Ding A Ling Man" Wilson, and Teddy Reid, as well as featuring rising stars on their way up such as Yuri Foreman, Mike Arnaoutis, Mario Santiago, Roman Martinez and Andre Dirrell.
Said Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions “’We’re thrilled to work with the Ballroom Boxing team as we move into the Baltimore area with our “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” series. Boxing fans across the country are packing venues to see their favorite local fighters in world class action and that’s our commitment to Baltimore fight fans.”
Ballroom Boxing and TKO Boxing Promotions first worked together on the annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation benefit boxing show this past October 30th and followed that up with an outstanding card on November 20th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue with the relationship now turning into a strategic alliance. The promoters will work together to continue to showcase the best area talent in the context of the world class professional fighters that are being promoted by TKO.
Said Koerner “We had a packed house on November 20th and the passion the fans had for the fighters really drew me to making this deal with Scott. Working with the legacy of great fights in the Ballroom Boxing series over the last thirteen years, starting with these six shows we will continue the standard of terrific events they’ve had over the years.”
Through the years, Wagner and Ballroom Boxing have stayed away from signing fighters. Scott Wagner realized early on that if he signed a fighter and they developed into a world class prospect that in order to take the fighter to the next level that he would have to sign the fighter over to a promoter with national visibility.
Said Wagner "With this strategic alliance with TKO, I can now sign a fighter, develop him together with TKO, and if he really becomes a top pro, with TKO's cross country reach, we can promote him nationally. This will be a very exciting year for not only Ballroom Boxing, but also Ballroom Battlefield. And working with TKO will allow my firm to have greater reach and greater strength going forward."
Long time matchmaker for Ballroom Boxing, Chris Middendorf, is also a partner and the matchmaker for TKO. “Chris knows how the shows work here and what sort of quality that our fans demand. With him already working for both Ballroom and TKO, this will be a seamless transition” continued Wagner.
Further information on Scott Wagner’s Ballroom Boxing can be viewed at their website, www.ballroomboxing.com
Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweight Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes and Terrance Crawford, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Plascencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.
Further information on TKO Boxing Promotions can be viewed at www.tkoboxingpromotions.com