Boxing events coming to Menominee Nation Arena
OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Basketball won't be the only sport to watch at Menominee Nation Arena.
The newly-opened Oshkosh arena will be hosting a series of boxing events, starting April 28.
"I couldn't be more happy about it. We have a home now bringing professional boxing to the Fox Valley," explained Murid Muhammad, the president/CEO of Supreme Hits Promotions.
Arena leadership and Supreme Hits Promotions have signed a three-year agreement to bring four boxing matches here annually. They told FOX 11 News there is a market locally.
"I think if you go and look at the pay-per-view numbers and just the bars on MMA fight nights, or boxing nights, there's a lot of people that are interested in that," explained Greg Pierce, representing the arena.
"Boxing has been around a long time, but, you know, there's always those super stars that really bring it. And are fortunate to have a couple super stars on our roster," Muhammad told us.
"We're starting out at the top. We've got a championship bout on April 28 and we'll continue to bring fighters of that quality here," Pierce added.
One of the fighters in that first bout will be Duarn "The Storm" Vue from Sheboygan. He is the World Boxing Federation's World Super Featherweight Champion, boxing's first world champion of Hmong descent.
"Expect to see a lot of action, action-packed fights, a lot of punches, skill together with it too," Vue told FOX 11.
And bringing boxing here is part of the overall goal to keep the arena as busy as possible outside basketball.
"Out to the fall and we have, probably, 15 announcements coming. We're spending all of our time right now trying to get the fall all booked up," Pierce told us.
According to leadership, other events like boxing need to be successful if the arena is going to be successful.
The first fight, titled, "The Undisputed Truth," will feature WBF World Super Featherweight Champion, Duarn "The Storm" Vue and WBA World Champion Nehomar Cermeno of Venezuela for the WBA Intercontinental Championship.
The Storm, a world championship boxer, threw a record-setting 1,800 punches in the championship bout while becoming the first Hmong world titleholder.
Other featured fighters will be Deonte “Bomaye” Wilson, Danny Torres, Rashid Stevens, Donte Randall and more.
“The Undisputed Truth” will be Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$175 and are available now at ticketstaronline.com or by calling (920) 744-2035.
The second and third events in the series will be held July 7 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.