Maybe it’s a father who never showed affection. Maybe it’s
one-too-many viewings of “Fight Club.” Maybe it’s just the urge to
be the best.
Whatever the incentive, people lined up on Tuesday to get
weighed in for Fight Night at the Aggie Theatre, 204 S. College
“Organized fights get you into a lot less trouble than the
unorganized fights,” said Charlie Mattie, a freshman chemical
engineer major who participated in Fight Night.
Participants from many weight groups, ages and both genders
prepared themselves for the three, one-minute rounds in the
single-elimination tournament. Most of the night’s fighters had
little or no boxing experience.
“My friends told me that I am always messing around and fighting
too much,” said Nick Elder, a freshman open-option major. “They
told me I should just take it to the ring.”
Shane Swartz, who started Fight Night in his parent’s back yard,
has turned the event into a profitable operation and has become a
successful amateur boxer in the process.
“There’s over $100,000 each year in profit,” Swartz said. “We
expect around 400 people to show up each night.”
The fighters are provided with a mouth guard, tape and 16-ounce
gloves. An ambulance waits behind the theater in case someone gets
While waiting in line for weigh-in, the competitors eyed one
another, perhaps wondering about whom in the crowd they would be
facing first. Many fighters tried to hide their nerves by cracking
their knuckles or listening to music.
“I’m here to whoop some ass, but I’m also a little scared
s**tless,” said Lacy Miller, a freshman biology major. “I’m a cross
country runner so I’ve got endurance going for me. They’re gonna
have to knock me out for me to quit.”
Spectators paid $10 to get inside for a chance to see someone
get taken down or to root for a friend who was competing.
“I like the violence,” said Ivey Hardin, a senior theater major
who came to the fight with her friends. “A lot of the fighters are
probably just good street fighters so it’s fun to watch them try
Many of the fighters also used the event as an outlet for their
“There’s some sort of attraction to violence and aggression,”
Swartz said. “But some guys are in the ring just to let off steam,
not just to win.”
The winner of each weight class won a cash prize along with the
respect of every competitor they had to knock around to get
There are plans for Fight Night to return to Fort Collins along
with other boxing events including one promoted by Lonny Noah of
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