Fight Night returns to the Falls
Boxing at Scotiabank Convention Centre on June 2
It may have took a standing eight count, but professional boxing will return to Niagara Falls next month.
A main event featuring NABA Welterweight champion Samuel Vargas (29-3-1) and Argentine challenger Maximiliano Godoy (30-3) will anchor a night of eight fights at Scotiabank Convention Centre June 2.
It’ll be the first Niagara Falls show presented by Toronto-based Lee Baxter Productions, and will feature highly-touted Niagara Falls welterweight Josh Lupia on the undercard.
“This is your future star, from Niagara Falls,” said Baxter during a media conference Wednesday.
Lupia’s opponent hasn’t been named yet for the quickly assembled event, but he’s confident against anyone thrown at him. It will be his third professional fight.
“I’m ready for anything right now.” The bouts will take place in the convention centre’s 1,000-seat theatre on the same weekend as the Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Baxter, a former manager, says after numerous “hurdles” trying to bring fight cards to Toronto, he saw a “sweet spot” in Niagara Falls.
“It’s like anything, once you start building a platform for (fighters) to
see where they can take their careers, there’s going to be a stronger attachment to it,” he says.
Baxter is the second promoter to test the Niagara Falls waters in two years. Last year saw two fight cards at the convention centre put on by Les Wood’s Global Legacy Boxing, but there have been no further events since December’s Thunder at the Falls.
“We have different agendas,” says Baxter. “Les centres more on events, I centre more on fighters.”
The June 2 card will also feature bouts with Morgan Hughes, Ross Mylet and female fighter Natalie Brown of Oakville.
A 20-year veteran of the ring, Brown will take on fast-rising Canadian fighter Jessica Camara.
“She wants to retire me,” she says, “and I want to teach her a lesson.”
The Canadian-Colombian Vargas, who has had tough bouts with the likes of Danny Garcia and Errol Spence Jr., will defend his NABA Welterweight belt for the fifth time.
He’s the biggest name in Baxter’s stable so far, and he intends on grooming more.
“You need to build stars,” he says.
“Stars build fans, fans sell tickets. Without building stars, it’s no different than another party with a boxing ring in the middle.”
Ticket range from $70 to $300. www.leebaxterpromotions.com
Boxers Natalie Brown and Samuel Vargas help to promote a championship boxing match that will take place in June at Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.