FLINT — Throughout the years, Flint has had to fight for its honor, for its integrity, for its livelihood. It’s a city built on struggle, labor and hard work. And no matter the circumstances, whether it’s the collapse of the auto industry that once sustained the entire city or the recent water crisis, Flint will always strive to come out on top. This struggle is the driving force behind the upcoming Fight for Flint boxing event, set for October 1.
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties, professional boxing promoter Don Elbaum, Flint and Genesee Convention and Visitors Bureau and many others have teamed up to present this worthy and noble event, which is fittingly titled Fight for Flint.
The evening, which will host a number of professional fights, will be filled with legendary special guests, including Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, the winner of five world titles in five different weight divisions; longtime HBO World Championship Boxing Commentator Larry Merchant, largely considered the greatest television boxing analyst of all time; a number of boxers, including Juiseppe ‘Joe’ Cusumano, Ed Ortiz, Robert Daniels (former world champion), Nat Green, Jeremiah Williams, Cory Gregory, Tim Littles, Paul Koon, Troy Albrine, Jeremiah Carr, and Jonathon Banks.
Along with the litany of boxers and special guests, Houston native Roy Foreman, the brother of legendary two-time heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist George Foreman, is proud to be a part of Fight for Flint, producing a live internet feed for the event, which he says is “great for the city and great for the sport.”
Foreman, who has been a boxing promoter, broadcaster and producer for decades, is thrilled to see Fight for Flint come to fruition, saying, “When this opportunity came up for me and for Flint, I knew this is a chance to do something really good. With a lot of things, people will get involved because it’s their job, or they do it for money, but not very often do you get the chance to really give back.”
Fight for Flint will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center. Tickets will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets visit www.fightforflint.org. Donations can be made to Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, at 901 Chippewa St. in Flint