Boxing: havoc boxing

Disregard the previous post.

Well, disregard the part about Santander Silgado fighting Harvey Jolly at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn tonight.

The Silgado-Jolly fight was scratched from the card, which now features eight bouts, headlined by the Amanda Serrano-Kimberly Connor IBF super featherweight title scrap.

Havoc CEO Rob Diaz tells NYFightblog that Silgado-Jolly evaporated because
Silgado was four pounds over the weight limit (200 pounds) at Friday's weigh-in.

He said Jolly was offered more dough to fight the-four-pounds-over Silgado, and Jolly didn't want to do it.

"Jolly said he could fight ex cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell for $4500, so I called his bluff, and he didn't take it. He took the $1000 guarantee and went home," Diaz said. For the record, Jolly has fought three of his last seven bouts at heavyweight (over 200 pounds).

Jolly was going to receive $2500 originally, and a bonus of $500 if he kayoed Silgado, according to Diaz.

NYFightblog is looking to touch base with Jolly, and get his side of the story ...
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 ...