March 04, 2007

Hand-in-glove relationship

Casino venues revive professional boxing“Where casinos are, boxing isn't far behind,” said Teddy Atlas, the voice of ESPN's Friday Night Fights. “Anywhere there's a casino where people gather to have fun, boxing is a viable--and valuable--addition. When Indian casinos and professional boxing team up for well-promoted, professional fights, it's a proven knockout punch for both of them.”

“Indian casinos and pro boxing are a perfect match--a hand-in-glove relationship--and the pun is intentional,” said Bobby Ferrara, a referee who has officiated more than 40 world title fights. “If Indian casinos hadn't come along and incorporated boxing as part of their venue, the sport would have continued to wither away. Now that pugilistics have been added to games of chance and stage entertainment, that's a combination that will make the sport of boxing grow in popularity.”

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