If you live in the Los Angeles, Memphis, or Miami areas, I highly recommend you check out your local World Series of Boxing team. Sunday night was the first time I saw a World Series event, and it was a blast. The LA Matadors hosted the Miami Gallos in their new home — Avalon Hollywood — a former nightclub turned boxing ring, for five fights between the teams.
Several big names in the boxing world were on hand to take in the evening, including Evander Holyfield, Paulie Malignaggi, Rashad Holloway, and Vanes Martirosyan. The packed house witness four fights as one was scratched, and the Matadors swept Miami 4-0 to earn three points in the standings.
The World Series of Boxing is an international league featuring four franchises in three different global conferences — one in America, Europe, and Asia. The American teams include LA, Miami, Memphis, and Mexico City, and the fighters are paid a salary. Though the boxers are paid, they are still eligible to compete in the Olympics, which is the goal for most of the fighters. The league combines elements of amateurism (ability compete in Olympics) and professionalism (no head gear, 10-point must system for scoring) in its rules, and it can be seen televised on Versus. The league is owned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and IMG, which has a 25% stake in the company.