Advertisement
Advertisement

Main Events' Duva Reflects on Mohegan Sun Memories

By Jake Donovan

Saturday’s fight card at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. invokes fond memories for Kathy Duva for a number of reasons.

The show represents the one-year anniversary of the launching of NBC Sports Network Fight Night series. Tonight’s edition – the eighth of the series thus far – is headlined by a light heavyweight scrap between unbeaten Sergei Kovalev (19-0-1, 17KO) and former champ Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1, 8KO).

As fond as she is of what the series has become, the location is what prompts Duva to travel back down memory lane.

“Main Events promoted the first ever boxing show on this property. I guess that goes to show how old I am,” jokes the tireless promoter. Main Events in its previous form helped cut the ribbon at Mohegan Sun in presenting a Dec. ’96 card which aired live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.

The main event saw Phillip Holiday outpoint Ivan Robinson in a lightweight title fight which saw non-stop punching. In the co-feature, then-unbeaten David Tua rallied to stop David Izon in the 12th and final round. It was the closest the Samoan had ever come to losing at the time, trailing on one scorecard before ending the fight with just a minute to go.

More than 16 years later, Main Events kicks off its second season of ‘Fight Night’ at the same venue. Plenty of memories have come of the relationship in between. The first fight between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward was the only one of the series to take place at the venue. It didn’t quite turn out as hoped for Gatti and Main Events, but served as arguably the best bout of the trilogy, including the legendary ninth round.

It also served as the last time Main Events has hosted a fight card in the building, more than a decade ago. Prior to then, the New Jersey-based company staged several prospect-loaded shows at the venue. Saturday’s night is a return to the way things were for the company, a move they are able to make with fighters like the unbeaten Kovalev in their stable.

“The thing I love about Sergei is that when he signed with us, the first thing he asked was ‘How fast can you get me to the title?’ Not, ‘How many tune-ups can you offer me?’ He just wants to know how fast we can get him to the title,” insists Duva. “After he wins, Sergei will be making a statement saying ‘Yes, I am ready to fight for the light heavyweight title.’”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Video: Crawford's Trainer Media Interview - Two Parter Tommy Coyle Aims To Make History in Leeds Showdown Crawford Senses Fear: Postol Refused To Look Me in The Eyes Viktor Postol-Terence Crawford: Pre-Fight Report Card Canelo: Golovkin Fight Has To Happen, I Want It To Happen! Ruben Nieto Retains EBU Belt, Stops Gonzales in a War Adam Lopez Furious Over Draw: That Decision Was Bullsh*t! Muhammad Ali’s Training Camp Sold To John Madden's Son Adam Lopez Fights Reynoso To a Draw, Jonathan Guzman Next? Arum: Pacquiao Has Said 'Yes' To Fighting Terence Crawford! Jerry Odom With Crushing Knockout of Julius Jackson in Three Santana on Jose Benavidez: My Goal is To Chop The Tree Down! Ian Green With Stunning Stoppage of Khiary Gray on ShoBox Felix Verdejo-Terry Flanagan Eyed By Arum For Pacquiao Card Shumenov Says Lebedev Refusing To Fight, Calls For Purse Bid Photo: Roach Bets on Postol To Knock Crawford Out Photos: Valdez vs. Rueda, Benavidez vs. Santana Weighin Photos: Crawford, Postol Ripped and Ready For War in Vegas Gilberto Ramirez Shakes Head, Says Golovkin Being a Hypocrite Video: Orlando Salido Talks Lomachenko Rematch, More Weights: Terence Crawford 140-Pounds, Viktor Postol 139.5 LIVE STREAM: Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol Weighin Photo/Weights: Delvin Rodriguez vs. Shawn Cameron Weights From San Antonio: Maidana 143.8, Maysonet 141 Valdez: This is What I've Been Dreaming About Since I Was a Kid Video: Roberto Duran Discusses His Movie, Crawford-Postol Arum Sees Anticipation Worldwide For Crawford-Postol Clash Crawford's Trainer: I KNOW How To Beat Manny Pacquiao! Adam Lopez: I'm Looking For a Breakthrough Victory on ShoBox Video: Gilberto Ramirez Talks Injury, Golovkin-Brook, More Tony Bellew vs. BJ Flores Possible For October, Says Eddie Hearn Sam Soliman Hints at Retirement After Loss To Derevyanchenko Joshua-Pulev Possible For This Year or Next, Says Sauerland Ryan Burnett To Defend WBC International Against Ramirez Sanchez: Brook Will Weigh More Than Golovkin on Fight Night Roach Hopes Postol Gets "A Fair Shake" From Referee, Judges Arum: Haymon Never Mentioned Garcia, Thurman For Pacquiao Braehmer vs. Cleverly Set For October 1 In Neubrandenburg Delvin Rodriguez Has Goal of Big Fight, Canelo Showdown Frank Warren Explains Why Smith Shocks Canelo, Faces Saunders
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement