Doing business in New York can be prohibitively expensive. NYC is the most expensive city in the US to exist in, and No. 32 in the world.
So if you’re trying to launch an enterprise here, you best come in armed with money, and be prepared to weather some time when your cash flow is merely a trickle ... or a river of out outlays, instead of income.
Rob Diaz, the 37-year-old CEO of Havoc Boxing, a newish promotional company on the block, seems to have his eyes wide open on the perils of this business. Havoc is running a show tonight, the evening of Sept.10, at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn.
Diaz entered the fight promotion business through Andre Rozier, the local trainer/fashion designer who started an apparel line. Rozier made gear to be worn into the ring by boxers, and then branched into the promotion business. Diaz has a recording studio in LIC. Two years ago he took the lead reins of Havoc. So, which business is tougher, NYFightblog wondered?
“The music biz is not what it used to be. This biz is equally as hard,” Diaz said, chuckling.
It will cost around $25,000 to put on the club-level show. But Rozier and Diaz won’t be losing their shirt, because they put fighters who can sell tickets on the program.
That’s one of those quirks of the business that many fans aren’t aware of; not only do boxers at this level work a 9-to-5, and then train their tail off. They also have to be salepersons, pushing tix to their own fights, to help insure they appear on cards.
Promoters at this level, to reach a point of solvency, build one or more “lottery ticket” fighters, guys they believe can move to the world-class level, and secure world-class paydays.
So, who is Havoc’s top “lottery ticket” pugilist?
It turns out he’s fighting at the Aviator; he’s cruiserweight Santander Silgado, a 26 year-old from Colombia. Now 18-0 with 16 KOs, Silgado sort of dropped into Havoc’s lap. He recently came to the US, hoping to make a splash on the fight scene. He landed in NY, hunted for a gym, and found the New Legend Boxing Club in Ozone Park, Queens, and the guys at Legend hooked him up with Havoc.
“That’s who we’re pushing,” Diaz said. “A miracle fell in our lap.”
Silgado’s foe tonight, 34 year-old Harvey Jolly from Detroit, will help determine if he’s a miracle, or a mirage. Silgado has fought soft touches in Colombia and Argentina mostly to this point. Jolly has a 12-17-1 record, but is no falldown artist. He will make Silgado work for the W, and expose him if he’s all resume, and little skill.
If all goes to the Diaz plan, Silgado will get past Jolly, then trim down to make light heavyweight (175 or less). “Then we’ll throw him to the wolves,” jokes Diaz. “We’ll look for the big names.”
I’ve bought enough scratch tickets to know the odds of the lottery. We shall see if Silgado can prove an exception to the odds ...