The shows will look to feature a wide variety of talent/skill levels- with the aim of the shows being to showcase local, grass-roots boxing. Fights are to be 3-4 round contests, with an 8 round as the main event, and are aimed at those looking to turn professional but may not have the biggest support/backing to do so.
Both Amatruda and Ellis maintain that this proposed formula of shows is something that Australia hasn’t seen just yet- and may result in a potential resurgence of the sport in the time to come. With fights being much easier to make, they believe that they can give the young, up-and-coming fighters a chance to not only turn professional, but provide the regular fights they need to establish themselves within the sport.
Amatruda: “There are only 4 promoters in Victoria that do boxing. The average person does 3-4 shows a year. The chance of young aspiring boxers getting on cards is very slim. With this formula there’s an opportunity for all fighters- regardless of who they’re aligned with, to get fights. It’s going to benefit all the fighters. There seems to be an influx of young people turning pro- and they often won’t get an opportunity because the traditional promoter will tend to favour ticket sellers- meaning that they’ll get bumped off the cards. If a fighter is able to sell tickets, then these shows will allow them to earn decent amounts of money- with the highest based financial incentive system ever seen in boxing. You’re going to get an opportunity of being on shows that are evenly matched- with a real chance to develop their careers. Why would any young, aspiring fighter want to fight on any other card in Victoria? There will be 24 fights on this card- which could never be done with any other type of show.”
Ellis maintains the same belief- likening the formula to the successes seen internationally in England; and the way the sport operates abroad.
Ellis: “The fact that we are now able to bring consistency to a fighters career and get them fighting as often as they would like- as opposed to them having to go and source fights on their own is a big thing for the sport. Often, fighters can have sketchy starts to their careers due to inactivity in search of fights. There are a lot of guys who need the time to ripen and mature in the sport. With us, having the most shows and most fighters under our stable in the state, there is no better company to be a part of if you want to take your career seriously.”
Ellis: “I see guys like Scott Quigg over in the U.K and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr from Mexico- both are from very successful countries on the world scale, and both had about fifteen 4-6 round contests to start their career- allowing them to mature before they stepped up to the 8-12 round level, with them both eventually working their way to become world champions."
Whilst they will meet to co-promote these exciting combined shows 3-4 times a year, both Ellis and Amatruda will continue to do their own respective shows throughout the year. Both promoters are excited about bringing their platforms/network together to create this new range of fight shows- which will not only give the fighters the opportunity but the fans what they want to see.
Amatruda: “I think that it is a concept that’s really going to work- because you’re putting on evenly matched fights. The most exciting fights in Australia are corporate fights- guys who have never had a fight before but just get in there and have a crack. This format encourages everyone- including novices and females to get in and have a go. The problem with the traditional format is that promoters will have their stable of fighters who they will always favour. It might be a 60-40 split but there’s always that element of a favourite. When guys have records, they don’t want to risk their records, and when guys get titles, they don’t want to risk their titles. This is just two blokes getting in there and having a crack which is exactly what grass-roots boxing should be about. I can guarantee these shows will be better than 99% of the bigger shows in Australia- because you get guys that will hop in and have a crack. It takes the sport back to what it was in the 1920’s- a couple of blokes having a fight. I think it’s great for the young kids- and even older blokes who want to have a fight. You can put two 40 year olds in there; and if they’re matched properly you’re in for a good, exciting fight between two blokes giving it their all.”
Both Ellis and Amatruda believe that running these shows will allow local talent to stay local- and not need to travel abroad in search of fights.
Amatruda: "Between Jake and myself, we can guarantee most fighters that fight with us 7-8 fights a year; which is unheard of. It gives these guys an opportunity to stay in Australia. Hardly any Aussies have won overseas. They've all won their world titles in Australia. This provides an opportunity that if they can build a big enough following, they’re going to get enough fights here, and should be able to map out their careers. We have a range from grass-roots level all the way to the biggest shows in the country. We can cover it all. If you have got extraordinary talent, you can go all the way in our system."
Ellis: "With Brian proving time and time again that he's able to put on shows that weigh in on the world scale, and me being able to consistently supply some of the best action-packed local vs local fights at a regional and Australian Title level, we feel that everyone will benefit from this partnership. We will now be able to combine networks and create a whole new market in these grass-roots boxing shows. This will allow the fighters in our stable to go from grass-roots all the way to a world title shot; with a home town advantage to give them the best chance at success."
For all fighters looking to fight on one of the joint-promotional shows between Ellis and Amatruda, simply contact Jake at 0406 996 237, or message their matchmaking service, Matchbox - Boxing Matchmaking here
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.