Photo provided by Tatiana Moton, Contact for Nation’s Fight Night
The iconic American tradition of boxing is returning the district on August 12, 2017, with the debut of Nation’s Fight Night (NFN) from 6pm-12am at the Howard Theatre, located at 620 T St NW, Washington, DC 2001. Sponsored by local fashion leader Downtown Locker Room (DTLR), NFN anticipates rejuvenating the rich culture of boxing in the district by displaying local talent from the highly coveted ‘Headbangers Gym’ located at Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southeast, DC.
Featured bouts include local fighters: Patrick Harris, 11-0 (7KOs), two-time gold medalist Frachon Crews, 1-1, world gold medalist, Tiara Brown, 2-0 (1KO), Tyrek Irby, 3-0 (1KO), Shyngyskhan Tazhibay, 4-0 (2KO) and much more.
In foresight of the event, the fighters displayed their humble beginnings and the impact that boxing has taken on their lives. Harris who’s related to DC boxing legends Anthony and Lamont Peterson expressed how boxing is a therapeutic aspect of his life. “Boxing allowed me to stay away from negative aspects of life when in doubt I was in the gym,” Harris said. “I just want to be great when it’s all said and done, in the history book with the big names, my uncles, and my dad inspired me so I just tell myself why not,” he continued.
Tazhibay, a native of Kazakhstan explained how through strict discipline, he is aspiring to be the best fighter he can be. “Lamont and Anthony [Peterson] laid the foundation for us to be great. We’re not doing this for health, being the best is simply the goal, and you must be disciplined in your training and your diet,” he said.
Irby, the newest professional fighter of the group explained his mindset of being a DC native and carrying the tradition of one of the nation’s capitals favorite sports. “It’s a grind,” Irby said. “DC has a bright future in boxing because we’re hungry, we aren’t letting anyone tell us we can’t have anything and we’re going to be successful,” he continued.
In addition to showcasing DC’s next generation of boxers, nearly 1,000 heavyweights of business, government, philanthropy, sports, and entertainment will be brought together for an epic evening of enjoyment.
Tickets can be purchased at nationsfightnight.com ranging from $60 to $150, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Midtown Youth Academy (MYA). MYA serves as a local area non-profit organization dedicated to inner city youth empowerment and enrichment through boxing and therapeutic recreation in an effort to make a positive impact in the community in a memorandum of Nation’s Fight Night’s co-founder, Lamont “Monte” Weaver.