A BRIEF HISTORY OF FORUM BOXING
Forum Boxing has long been recognized as one of the premier boxing organizations in the world and has more than lived up to its reputation for putting on consistently good, competitive fights.
Forum Boxing has averaged nearly 20 fight cards a year at Great Western Forum since 1982. Since 1988, it's averaged more than 25 shows (including six a year at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim). Amazingly, there has never been a cancellation.
Since February 1989, Forum Boxing has promoted 95 world title fights, 67 of which were at the GW Forum. In the last 97 months, it also has promoted or co-promoted world title fights in Las Vegas, Sacramento, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Corpus Christi, Tex., at the Arrowhead Pond.
Besides world title fights, Forum Boxing also has staged countless boxing tournaments. World class boxers in all weight classes compete in these tournaments, some of which have offered as much as $106,000 to the eventual winner.
Simply, Forum Boxing, under the direction of president Dr. Jerry Buss, who also owns the Los Angeles Lakers, is the reason why boxing is alive and well in Southern California.
Forum Boxing also is responsible for introducing not only to Southern California but to the United States many of the top prizefighters from south of the border.
If you didn't know, a difference between Forum Boxing and the vast majority of promoters is that, for the most part, it promotes fights, not fighters. In other words, it does not stage mere formalities; that is, "house fights" where one guy not only is expected to win but will look good doing so. Bottom line is, it does not tolerate matchups that insults the fans. Forum Boxing doesn't care if a favorite wins, of course, providing he has to fight to win.
Even world champions haven't had it all their way in Forum Boxing-promoted title fights. In a five-month stretch in 1989-90, for example, four consecutive WBC champions were dethroned at Great Western Forum, aka The House of Upsets.
Forum Boxing is no stranger to pay-per-view, having promoted several successful pay-per-view events since 1991, among them the first two fights in the memorable Chiguita Gonzalez-Michael Carbajal series. Other main events on our PPV shows were Chiquita-Jesus Zuniga, Marco Antonio Barrera-Jesse Benavides, Chiquita-Saman Sorjaturong and Thomas Hearns-Virgil Hill.
Forum Boxing established a first in March 1994 on pay-per-view when it promoted a world title fights from each of the four major organizations -- the IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO.
Forum Boxing's Monday fight cards are shown nationally on Fox Sports West. KCAL-TV, Channel 9, televises six shows a year live on Saturday nights in Southern California. The popular fight cards get terrific ratings. KCAL won an Emmy in 1996 for their June 1995 presentation of the WBO world title fight between Hector Lopez and Sammy Fuentes in Las Vegas.
In the past, Forum Boxing has been honored many times by various boxing groups and publications (Fight of the Year, Upset of the Year, Round of the Year, Promoter of the Year, Site of the Year, Ringcard Girls of the Year, etc.).
All the accolades are nice, to be sure.
Even more satisfying, however, is forever knowing that the type of fights it promotes leave a good taste in the mouths of the fans, who come away feeling that they got their money's worth.
Some of the boxers who have appeared on Forum Boxing Fight cards at the GW Forum in the past (including the days of promoters George Parnassus and Don Fraser) are Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Ruben Olivares, George Foreman, Bobby Chacon, Thomas Hearns, Alexis Arguello, Chucho Castillo, Jerry Quarry, Jean Josselin, Alan Rudkin, Billy Backus, Julio Cesar Chavez, Lionel Rose, Terry Norris, Roger Mayweather, Jorge Paez, Jose Naploes, Carlos Zarate, Raul Soriano, Alfonso Zamora, Jesus Pimentel, Oscar De La Hoya, Greg Page, Albert Davila, Jose Legra, Hedgemon Lewis, Marty Monroe, Tim Witherspoon, Bonecrusher Smith, Ernesto Marcel, David Kotey, Danny Lopez, Sean O Grady, Lupe Pintor, Art Frias, Enrique Pinder, Randy Shields, Rafael Herrera, Rodrigo Valdez, Hedgemon Lewis, Emile Griffith, Rodolfo Martinez, Ahzuma Nelson, Marcos Villasana, Juan “ Kid” Meza Curtis Cokes, Micheal Carbajal, Jonny Tapia, "Chiquita" Gonzales, Arturo Lomeli, Ben Villflor, Rodolfo Martinez, Dwight Hawkins, Takao Sakurai , Frankie Narvaez, Evan Armstrong, Irish Frankie Crawford, Rafael Herrera, Raul Cruz, Enrique Pinder, Ruben Navarro, Manuel Pulgarcito Ramos, Jack O'Halloran, Rafael (Bazooka) Limon, Paul Ferreri, Erbito Salavarria, Mike Waever, Juan Kid Meza, Ruben Castillo, Frankie Duarte, Marcos Villisana, Jaime Garza, Andy Price, Jose Medal, Ernie Red Lopez, Rojelio Lara, Romeo Anaya Irish Art Haffey, Genero Hernandez, Julio Cesar Barboa Vincente Saldivar, Mark Johnson, Marco Antonio Berrera, Sammy Fuentes, Luis Santana and Bollilo Gonzalez.