WARREN, Ohio – Saturday’s boxing championship was Warren’s first in decades, but it won’t be the last.
The show was the first sold-out edition of the new year at Packard Music Hall and the largest audience there since 2019, according to a press release from JAC Management, which operates the venue.
Saturday night’s card featured six title fights, including the WBC Cruiserweight Championship and the WBA Heavyweight Championship.
“My immense gratitude goes to the phenomenal Ohio boxing fans and the wonderful people at Warren for making this unprecedented six-championship fight card at Packard Music Hall a forever sold-out event,” said Hall of Fame Boxing promoter Don King, in the edition. “The warm welcome I received during this triumphant return to my beloved home state will remain etched in my heart forever.”
King is a Cleveland native.
The event created the blueprint for future boxing cards for JAC Management. The company sees it as a first step in developing a new avenue for future sporting events, the press release said.
Packard Music Hall is a hybrid venue, with a stage at one end and a “horseshoe” of fixed seats that face the center floor—and not the stage—on the top floor. Portable chairs are placed on the floor for boxing. The venue’s capacity in the theater configuration is 2,250, and the boxing event on Saturday would have been close to that number.
The venue looked “almost unrecognizable” when it was converted into a Vegas-style boxing ring, according to JAC.
“We’ve always had in mind to pay tribute to Warren’s rich boxing history, and as we began discussions with Don King Productions, it became clear that this event was the perfect way to restore that legacy,” said Ken Bigley. , vice president of JAC Beheergroep.
Not only was Packard Music Hall at full capacity on Saturday night, the event was also broadcast live to approximately 8 million people around the world.
JAC Management Groups believes that the economic impact of this event has laid a foundation that will not only cement a promising relationship with Don King Productions, but also attract other events
promoters of this size to Trumbull County.
“The Trumbull County Tourism Board realizes that these types of events are so important to the development and growth of tourism in our area, and we are delighted that JAC Management Group offers our residents unique opportunities to experience this level of entertainment and surrounding states to enjoy it too,” said Beth Kotwis Carmichael, executive director of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau.
Photos: David Martin-Warr/Don King Productions
Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.