Boxers Alex Martin, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown have big bouts at Star Plaza
By Ryan Haskell Post-Tribune correspondent April 12, 2013 9:20PM
When: Doors open at 7 p.m.; first of 10 scheduled fights starts at 8 p.m.
Where: Star Plaza in the Celebrity Ballroom
Tickets: Ringside table seats are $101, VIP Table seats are $51 and general admission tickets are $31.
Updated: May 14, 2013 6:21AM
Local welterweight boxers Alex Martin and Ed “Bad Boy” Brown have made a name for themselves on the amateur circuit. Now they’re ready to take a step forward in the professional ranks.
They should provide quite a show on Saturday night, too, as Knockout Sports Promotions hosts Radisson Rumble IV at the Star Plaza on Saturday in the Celebrity Ballroom.
Martin — the top prospect out of the Harvey (Ill.) Boxing Club — won three Chicago Golden Gloves championships as well as numerous national championships and was an Olympic alternate in 2012. He is making his pro debut against Clifford McPearson.
Martin said boxing came easy because it was in his blood.
“It came naturally,” said Martin, who played football and basketball in high school. “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps; he was a boxer when he enlisted in the United States Army.”
Brown already made his pro debut on Dec. 14, 2012, when he recorded a first round TKO against Dontre King. But he’s got a lot to prove in his upcoming fights.
He’s already had quite a career himself, recording 340 wins and 10 losses in his amateur career. He won the national Silver Gloves title when he was 8 years old, and won 15 national titles overall.
Knockout Sports Promotions CEO Giovanni Gotti has high expectations for both boxers on Saturday night, too.
“This is a new generation of talent we are making way for with a number of highly touted amateurs making their professional debuts or making their first appearance in the region,” he said. “The area is going to see the highest caliber of fighters competing at the Radisson again.”
Brown, a 21-year-old Chicago resident, faces Lee Kriesher (1-5) in his second pro bout.
“Irish” Jimmy Murphy is another boxer to keep your eye on.
Murphy, who graduated from Loyola University in Chicago, is studying to be a lawyer by day and working hard to be a boxer by night. He starts classes at John Marshall Law School in the fall.
Murphy finished 25-7 in his amateur career and won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009.
But his toughest assignment was convincing his parents to allow him to be a boxer.
“I was always interested in boxing; there was something about the sport that just drew me to it,” the Chicago native said. “I had to keep trying to talk to my parents into letting me try boxing and have them give me permission to go to the gym.”
They finally buckled when he was 17. His dad, Dan, said boxing has really helped improve his son’s life.
“Boxing is assisting Jim in his career as a lawyer,” he said. “It has helped increase his discipline, helped him learn as a person and most importantly increased his determination and drive to succeed.”
Murphy (3-0, three KOs) is coming off a first-round knockout over Adam Alvarez in February at the Horseshoe Casino.
The main event will feature cruiserweight Junior Wright (6-0, six KOs) against Chris Thomas, while the co-main event has cruiserweight Raphael Murphy (6-0, 6 KOs) facing off against Jason Pauley.