Case Study: Big-Time Boxing in Washington, D.C. is a Knockout
Events DC is center stage as championship boxing has returned to Washington, D.C. with a bang. Since 2011, four major championship fight cards have been held in the nation’s capital with a who’s who list of national broadcast partners on the scene televising the action. The DC Armory alone has held three championship fights in the last 14 months, prompting Events DC’s Erik Moses to proclaim, “D.C. is a great fight town, and fights of this caliber only add to the rich history of professional boxing in the city. It’s great to see the DC Armory alive again with big-time boxing.”
In 2011, Washington, D.C. hosted its first major fight card since Mike Tyson’s final fight in 2005 with a welterweight championship match between D.C.’s own Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The primetime event was aired on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing,” the network’s first fight in the District in 18 years. Since then, the Convention Center has continued to host several bouts, including Pro-Am cards that showcase some of the area’s best boxers.
The DC Armory hosted the IBF Junior Welterweight Title fight featuring Peterson and Kendall Holt as part of ESPN Friday Night Fights in 2013, truly reigniting boxing’s allure in the District. In January 2014, Peterson returned to claim the IBF Light Welterweight title against Montreal’s then-unbeaten Dierry Jean during a Showtime Championship Boxing®
On April 19, another historic event will take place in the nation’s capital when IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins faces IBA and WBA World Champion Beibut Shumenov in an attempt, at 49-years-old, to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles in the Showtime Championship Boxing®