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‘Tribute to Octavius James’ Fight Night This Friday

by on Nov.11, 2009, under Boxing News

Highly Anticipated Returns Scheduled Along With A Rematch And Professional Debut


MERRILLVILLE, Ind., November 10 – One In A Million Boxing, Inc. and the world lost a great person on July 24 of this year in Octavius James, but at “A Fight To Remember: A Tribute To Octavius James” O.I.A.M.B. has chance to continue the dream that its former C.E.O. had for his company.

“I can’t put into words exactly how much Octavius James impacted my life and the world of boxing,” said current C.E.O. Tyree Ortiz of his relationship with James. “That’s why this night is for him and everyone is on board to make this the most spectacular fight night possible for someone that was truly One In A Million.” (continue reading…)

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‘One in a Million’ Honors Late Octavius James in Tribute Show November 13th

by on Oct.20, 2009, under Boxing News

Silent auctions/raffles scheduled with proceeds going to a newly created O.I.A.M. Foundation in James’ honor

MERRILLVILLE, Ind., October 20 — Former One In A Million Inc. C.E.O. and Gary’s own Octavius James impacted thousands of lives during his life and on Friday, November 13 at the Radisson Hotel @ Star Plaza in Merrillville it will be time to give back with a spectacular fight card dubbed “A Fight To Remember: A Tribute To Octavius James.”

This exceptional night of boxing will feature the returns of Jimmy “The Fighting School Teacher” Holmes (18-1-2, 9 KOs) and Ed “2 Fast 2 Furious” Ochoa (9-0, 8 KOs) as part of the co-main events. (continue reading…)

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WBC President Jose Sulaiman Says Goodbye to Octavius James

by on Aug.01, 2009, under Boxing News, Obituaries

Editor’s note:  I just received this touching eulogy on the late Mr. Octavius James written by the president of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman.  Mr. James a beloved boxing promoter who produced popular shows in northeastern Indiana.  He passed a week ago and his funeral was held today. 


Consejo Mundial de Boxeo

W.B.C.                                                                                          31-Jul-09       
Jose Sulaiman Ch.

  It is impossible to know the mystery of life, nor the way that our Lord acts to take with him the people that the Almighty needs with him; but we must rejoice that our dear and unforgettable friend Octavius James came to life and left an indelible mark of his passing through life with a career in boxing that will be for long remembered.

We will remember always the devotion that he had for the green and gold WBC belt, as a signal of glory that he always wanted for all those that he promoted and fought to win it.  He has left love, loyalty, dedication and an exemplary life that is and will always be the pride of One in a Million Promotions, of his beloved family and of the inseparable Ortiz family with whom he worked so close, and who with all the members in the world of the WBC will never forget him. (continue reading…)

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James Put Area Boxing on the Map

by on Jul.28, 2009, under Boxing News, Obituaries

By Bob Franko, Post-Tribune correspondent
Courtesy of

While Gary might have lost its most famous son with Michael Jackson’s death, the city suffered perhaps even a more important loss last week with the death of Octavius James. James, CEO of One In A Million, died in his sleep last week. The Gary native was 36. (continue reading…)

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Viewing & Funeral Info for Octavius James

by on Jul.28, 2009, under Boxing News, Obituaries

The late Octavius James (second from right) with Tyree Ortiz (second from left) at the weigh-in for Ortiz' fight last week.

The late Octavius James (second from right) with Tyree Ortiz (second from left) at the weigh-in for Ortiz' fight last week.

Editor’s note:  Indiana Boxing Commissioner Jake Hall forwarded this email from “One in a Million Boxing” General Manager and Site Coordinator Tyree Ortiz (who boxed this last Friday in Chicago) regarding the viewing and funeral arrangements for Mr. Octavius James, the late CEO of  “One in a Million” and beloved boxing promoter of northeastern Indiana.  It is posted below in its entirety.

If you have any further questions, please email Tyree Ortiz at:

The Cyber Boxing Zone extends its sympathies.  Rest in Peace, our dear friend.

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I wanted to send the information about Octavius’ Viewing and Funeral.

Viewing: Friday, July 31, 2009 – 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Funeral Service: Saturday, August 1, 2009 – 1:00PM


New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

2307 Rhode Island St.

Gary, IN 46407

I also attached the last photo I have with him. This was taken this last Thursday at the weigh-ins before the fights. Thank each and every one of you for being an important part of Octavius’ Life. I know he personally considered each of you allies and most importantly friends and I thank you for that as well.

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