The show must go on, is the old adage, and it will go on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. But things are not business as usual in Atlantic City, nor on much of the East Coast, still licking its wounds after Sandy hurtled through the region leaving epic carnage in her wake.
Adrien Broner (24-0 with 20 KOs), on the short list as an heir apparent to pick up some of the slack when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao decide to exit the fistic stage, will meet the stiffest test of his career when he takes on lightweight titlist Antonio Demarco (28-2-1 with 21 KOs), in a bout to run on HBO.
The promoter of the event, Golden Boy, will donate money from the show to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, whose main and satellite buildings suffered extensive damage in the storm. Caesars Atlantic City, and Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya will match those funds. Golden Boy will donate $2 for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout registered during the event.
"We are hoping that the Broner vs. DeMarco fight will afford people the opportunity to forget their worries for an evening and enjoy this great night of boxing," said Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy CEO. "At the same time we understand the severity of the situation and would be remiss not to make a donation to help those directly effected by this terrible storm."
"The people of Atlantic City are in need now and I am happy to join in the effort and make my own contribution order to help some of the people affected by Hurricane Sandy," said De La Hoya, Golden Boy president. "A world of good can happen when everyone comes together to give back to people who are in need."
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell, who meets Johnathon Banks on the card, will be a contender to snag one of those KO bonuses for the club.
Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or through Ticketmaster.