Hurricane Sandy left a giant mess that is going to take a while to clean up, especially on the New Jersey coast, which took a severe hit from the storm. There was considerable damage and flooding in Atlantic City, where even the casinos closed.
While boxing is certainly secondary to the problems that face the region, many boxing fans have been tweeting at me and asking if the Nov. 17 card there featuring the much-anticipated fight between lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) and former junior lightweight titlist Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) and the co-feature pitting heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) against Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) would still go forward.
I checked in with Golden Boy's Dave Itskowitch on Wednesday to see what was going on and he said that the show is still on as planned.
Caesars Atlantic City is sponsoring the Golden Boy-promoted and HBO-televised card at Boardwalk Hall and even though there has been storm damage along the boardwalk, the arena is OK.
"We've been told that Boardwalk Hall has sustained no damage and that was also the case with respect to the boardwalk in front of and around Boardwalk Hall," Itskowitch said in an email. "We were also informed that the casinos are ready to [re-open]."