Sycuan & Warriors Vow to be Major Force in Boxing
26.10.06 - Two Native American promotional entities, Sycuan Ringside Promotions of California and Seminole Warriors Boxing of Florida, considered by many to be sleeping giants of the boxing industry, may prove in the immediate future they are just that--giants. Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing have announced they are pledging their considerable resources to better establish themselves as more influential and important participants in the sport..
Article posted on 26.10.2006
Their first joint effort will be an attempt to promote a bout between International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion Jesus Chavez and IBF lightweight interim champ Julio Diaz.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing co-promote Diaz and have co-promotional rights to newly crowned World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero.
“The so-called ‘sleeping giant’ is more than just Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions. “That term indicates the financial strength and breadth of commitment that can and will be brought to boxing by the entire Native American community.
“Today we are two promotional entities. But already there are other Tribes and Bands getting actively involved in boxing, and that’s when our solidarity and resultant might will make an even bigger positive impact.”
“With the success both Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing have enjoyed this year, we believe now is the time to step up the pace and make larger and stronger inroads within the sport,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.
“Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing are going to commit their resources, which are considerable, to achieve just that.”
While both promotional entities are well funded, neither Woodworth nor representatives of Seminole Warriors Boxing elected to disclose what exact dollar amount may be committed.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego is considered to be the fastest-growing and most dynamic promotional entity in the sport. Sycuan Ringside Promotions made its promotional debut during 2004, but already has five current world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts on premium cable networks across the country.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions recently became the first non-Nevada Native American entity to be granted a promoter’s license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, undefeated World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez plus Diaz and Caballero.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Quiroga; Woodworth; and Willie Tucker, executive vice president.
Seminole Warriors Boxing of Hollywood, Fla., was formed one year earlier, during 2003, and also has presented numerous bouts and cards on premium cable networks and on a pay-per-view basis.
One pay-per-view card was a co-promotional effort between Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing, the inaugural “Tribal Pride” during May in Hollywood, Fla., in which Diaz won the IBF lightweight interim championship.
Seminole Warriors Boxing’s world champions include WBC cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango.
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