This Friday, October 13, marks the 99th and final boxing event that will take place at the arena on Dana Shores Drive in Tampa that once went by the name of Egypt Shrine Temple and is now called A La Carte Event Pavilion. The arena that showcased world champion boxers such as John "The Beast" Mugabi, James "Bonecrusher" Smith, Frankie "The Surgeon" Randall, Nate "The Galaxy Warrior" Campbell and Keith "One Time" Thurman, was recently sold and faces December demolition.
All Star boxing promoted it's first show at A La Carte in 2010 and Friday's event will be it's 19th there
"Many promoters have done shows in this building, I remember when Brad Jacobs back in the 80's was doing boxing shows in that I building. I feel privileged and honored for All Star Boxing, Inc and the Telemundo Network to bid farewell to such an iconic building for boxing fans in Tampa, Florida" said Tuto Zabala, President of All Star Boxing, Inc
Thursday's OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN will take place on Thursday at 4 pm at the Tampa Stadium Hotel at 4732 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, FL 33614.
On Friday, DOORS OPEN at 7 pm and FIRST BOUT is at 8 pm.
Egypt Shrine Temple hosted it's first of twenty-seven boxing events on October 24, 1982 and the last on November 13, 1998. The first of seventy one boxing events under the present name of A La Carte Event Pavilion took place on April 13, 2002.
The main event Friday will be a ten-round super bantamweight bout between Daniel Lozano (14-4, 11 KOs) from Bowling Green, Florida against Ricardo Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico now residing in Los Angeles, California. Both fighters have a history of fighting at A La Carte. Lozano made his A La Carte debut on August 13, 2010 and has fought there ten times total (7-3, 4 KOs). This will be Rodriguez' sixth fight at A La Carte and he has 5 wins with 1 KO there.
In the co-feature, 2016 US Olympian and six-time US National Champion Teofimo Lopez (6-0, 5 KOs) from Brooklyn, NY now residing in Davie, Florida will battle Angel Sarinana (7-7, 3 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
EGYPT SHRINE TEMPLE / A LA CARTE EVENT PAVILION FACTS:
47 boxers made their professional debuts at Egypt Shrine Temple / A La Carte
On November 4, 1983, Egypt Shrine Temple hosted it's second boxing event which featured future World Heavyweight Champion James "Bonecrusher" Smith, in his 13th professional fight
On August 5, 1984, future world champion John "The Beast" Mugabi won by TKO against Frank "The Animal" Fletcher.
On September 11, 1984, future world champion Frankie Randall, 17-0 at the time, fought for the first of six times at Egypt Shrine Temple - he was 6-0 with 5 KO's there.
Tampa's own Don "Cowboy" Shiver, 22-1, 12 KOs over a four-year career, with his only loss against Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Breland, was undefeated in six fights at Egypt Shrine Temple
On June 20, 1985, Tampa native Joe "Jo Jo" Harris made his professional debut at Egypt Shrine Temple with a knockout win. He fought there again three weeks later winning again by TKO. Harris then lost 25 of his next 28 fights to finish his career at 5-25, 4 KOs
On March 25, 2004, Wauchula native Edner Cherry fought the first of 15 fights at A La Carte finishing 15-0 with 15 KOs at the Pavilion
October 7, 2005 Chevelle Lynette Hallback became the first woman boxer to fight at A La Carte - she would soon become WBC WBO WBA World Featherweight champ
On January 19, 2007, Tampa's Ahsandi Gibbs made his professional debut at A La Carte and would fight there ten times winning eight.
Jacksonville's Nate Campbell, future six-time world champion fought at A La Carte on March 2, 2007
Following in her father's footsteps, Jenna "Cowgirl" Shiver made her A La Carte debut on May 4, 2007 - she would fight there twelve times in her career, winning ten with two knockouts
On November 9, 2007, St. Pete's Keith Thurman made his professional debut at A La Carte. Keith fought seven of his first pro fights there and is currently 28-0, 22 KO's and world welterweight champion.
GB Boxing’s Rob McCracken and Peter McGrail have been honoured by the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain at its annual dinner at The Savoy Hotel in London.
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken was given the Joe Bromley Award for outstanding services to boxing and 2017 European Champion, Peter McGrail was named Best Amateur Boxer of The Year.
Birmingham-born McCracken’s award cited his 30 year career in the sport as a boxer, coach and Performance Director. As a boxer he won 33 of his 35 fights at middleweight and light-middleweight and fought for a world championship before retiring in 2001 to work as a coach.
He guided super-middleweight Carl Froch to three world titles and since taking over as Performance Director of GB Boxing in November 2009 has overseen a period of unprecedented success as men and women from Great Britain have won 63 medals at 19 major championships, including eight medals at two Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. He has also overseen Anthony Joshua’s rise to become the current IBF, WBA and IBO World Heavyweight Champion. He was awarded the MBE in the 2012 new years’ honours list for services to sport.
Peter McGrail, 21, has been GB Boxing’s outstanding performer in 2017 when he became only the second Englishman since 1961 to win the European Championship taking bantamwieght gold in Kharkiv in June. He went on to become Great Britain’s sole medallist at the September 2017 world championships in Hamburg where he secured bronze.
Born in Liverpool, McGrail boxes for Everton Red Triangle and enjoyed a successful career as a youth boxer wining a bronze medal at the 2014 Youth World Championships and Youth Olympic Games. He has been part of GB Boxing’s elite Podium squad for nearly three years.
Peter McGrail said: “I am over the moon to win this award, it’s a boss achievement. There have been so many good names win this award in the past, so it’s nice to be added to that list.
“I am happy with the medals that I’ve won at the World’s and Europeans. I would not have been able to do it without the GB coaches that train me in Sheffield so I would like to say a massive thank you to them for their support.
“I’d also like to thank my club coach, Paul Stevenson, who has coached me since I was ten-years-old along with my family and friends who came out to support me in Hamburg.”
GB Boxing’s Performance Director, Rob McCracken said: “Peter McGrail is a terrific talent. He has had a great year, winning the European Championships and getting a bronze medal in the world championships and ought to be extremely proud of what he has achieved in the last six months.”
The Amateur award was introduced by the Boxing Writers’ Club in 2008. Previous winners include Olympic gold medallists, James DeGale, Luke Campbell, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams.
PHILADELPHIA - Undefeated welterweight, Jaron "Boots" Ennis will take home "2016 Rookie of the Year" honors at Sunday's 10th Annual Briscoe Awards. In perhaps the best season for rookies in Philly's long ring history, Ennis led a talented pack of newbies that included Christain Carto, Darmani Rock, Branden Pizarro, and several others.
Ennis turned pro in April of 2016 and reeled off eight impressive victories, seven by knockout, before the year had ended. Throughout his rookie season, Ennis displayed enough skill, killer instinct, and star power to excite even the most skeptical of boxing fans. Currently zipping through his sophomore year, Ennis, now 15-0, 13 KOs, looks poised for a big future and has the Philly boxing fans excited.
Ennis was the "2015 Amateur of the Year" at last year's Briscoe Awards, and will be in attendance to receive his second Briscoe Medal.