University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center plays host to live boxing for the first time ever Friday night. Local promoter Champs Management is producing a seven-fight card at the arena.
The company’s first event in February sold-out the 1,300 seat Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington
Champs Management’s Dave Tiberi says he hopes to build on that, but doesn’t expect to sell-out the 5,000 seat Bob. His goal is simply to prove there’s appetite for regular boxing events in the First State.
“[We want to show] that we have a very good [and] strong fan base that are going to be faithful and loyal so we can continue to hold big fights here in Delaware, said Tiberi. “This is a major fight card and people are responding to the fights. They love the match-ups. 2,000 people right now is my goal. If it goes past that, it would exceed my expectations.”
Tiberi admits drawing 2,000 fans is an ambitious goal for a summer event in this region.
“The fact that were doing it in August and all the other promoters on the East Coast dropped their fights in August, it tells you that it’s a very tough month to hold a fight card,” said Tiberi. “We’re doing it because we want to keep our fighters active, [and] we want to keep the local fan base excited after the Chase Center [card]. If it goes as well as planned, We’d like to come back in October and do the Chase Center [again].
Two title bouts featuring Champs-managed boxers headline tomorrow night’s event. Dorin Spivey (42-6, 30 KOs) defends his NABA lightweight title against Samuel Kotey Neequaye (20-0, 15 KOs) and “The New” Ray Robinson (15-2, 6 KOs) fights Ray Narh (26-2, 21 KOs) for the USBA welterweight crown. Tiberi says both could earn world title bouts with victories tomorrow.
The event also features local fighters Omar Douglass and Joey Tiberi on the undercard.
The “Boxing at the Bob” card gets underway at 7pm Friday at the Carpenter Center. Ticket prices range from $25 to $95 and can be purchased at the door or at the Champs Management website