Make no mistake, as a Florida resident, boxing and combat sports will be up and running next week in the Sunshine State.
What if I told you that boxing could happen on Memorial Day?
What if I also told you in 2020, it would be a fight arranged by Hall of Fame promoter Don King?
I assure you I’m not under any substances or influences while writing this.
In an email obtained from the Florida State Athletic Commission, the fight calendar for May will kick-off on the 9th by the Ulitmate Fighting Championship (UFC). The UFC has three fight cards taking place in a studio setting with essential personnel only at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
The other two cards for the mixed-martial-arts outlet are on the 13th and 16th and can be seen on the streaming service ESPN+.
What perked my attention to this was on May 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Event Center in Hollywood, Florida is an event scheduled by Don King Productions, Inc.
Is this possibly an oversight? Perhaps, as the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood has suspended operations since March 20, 2020. Also, on their website, it has no events planned at this time at the event center, but you can still purchase tickets to see famous comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias for June 19.
Based on Iglesias on Twitter recently, I’m going to do you all a service and pass on this opportunity until the social distancing guidelines are lifted during this pandemic.
So Cameo keeps hitting me up asking if I wanna make money doing personal videos. I don’t like charging fans 4 shout outs so I passed. NOW If by 2021 the country doesn’t let me go back to performing, I’m gonna be a big #FluffyHoe saying yes to everything 😅 https://t.co/LjVJuWIITd
— G a b r i e l – I g l e s i a s (@fluffyguy) April 25, 2020
It begs to ask the question now, however, what was King planning for the 30th?
King, 88 well-noted boxing promoter whose outfit is based out of nearby Miami, has had a long recent string of not making fights happen as of late. Most recently, winning a purse bid between Manuel Charr vs. Trevor Bryan ensuring the long-reigning WBA secondary titleholders at heavyweight would’ve likely stayed inactive in the ring, pandemic or not.
This date was the only posted fight card in May that is likely would’ve been for boxing as other events outside of the UFC were MMA events held by Titan FC and TS-1 Promotions.
In the meantime, we will have to wait and see what the next boxing card would be in the states as Bob Arum hinted about going 2 to 3 times a week starting back up in June with boxing cards. A location destination for those fights could be the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida (where they are taping wrestling events for TV without fans), which Arum hinted could be a possibility as soon as he speaks to WWE CEO Vince McMahon.