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David Moore has hit a gold mine. And unlike most people who want to keep their winnings a secret, he wants everyone to know it.

Moore is the owner of One Hit Promotions and Management, a boxing promotions and management company based in Durham. One Hit has been promoting Triangle fighting events for the past few years.

For some, that’s not a secret; for others, there’s boxing in Durham?

“We haven’t been known to have a big boxing program, as many people don’t consider us as a boxing state,” Moore said Friday by telephone. “But so many people actually like boxing and were waiting for someone to bring boxing here to the Triangle. We sell out every single event.”

Moore’s next fight promotion is Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Durham Armory. Slated to appear are undefeated Armando Alvarez of Miami; Durham’s Antoine “The Future” Alston, heavyweight Miree Coleman of Fayetteville; and the oldest fighter in the group, Cary’s 47-year-old James Edwards whom Moore recently signed.

“He has a huge following and is in tip-top shape,” Moore said. “You couldn’t tell he’s 47 – and don’t tell him that.”

Edwards, who is 1-1 as a pro, trains almost daily at East Coast Boxing in Cary – one of over 10 boxing clubs in the Triangle. And, no, he doesn’t look even close to 47.

“I want people to stop thinking they’re old after any type of number,” he said on YouTube. “As long as you’re living and your dream lives within you, then don’t let it die. You’ve got dream killers – haters. Get around like-minded people.”

Moore, 30, has a degree in exercise sports science. He started in the business training fighters and that turned into becoming a Mixed Martial Arts manager. Soon regular boxers asked for assistance, and that prompted him to become a boxing promoter.

“They were hungry for the boxing promotions,” he said. “They would go to places only to be told they couldn’t fight there. We have a flood of guys who have trained for months and years, and they found it hard to find a fight.”

Moore will introduce Ebony Rivera, his first female boxer, at his next event on Feb. 28 back at the Armory.

“She’s fun to watch,” he said.

In addition to boxing promotions, One Hit has empowerment programs to give back to the community such as youth mentoring, youth sports, and community outreach and reentry programs.

Moore, who takes boxers as young as 8 years old, also is not interested in the “dream killers” who denounce boxing as being too violent. Football, hockey, anyone?

“Our company has been able to save a lot of lives,” he said. “We have ex-gang members and drug dealers who are no longer selling drugs or in gangs. They spend their Saturdays and weekdays in the gym preparing for fights. We not only want to produce champions in the ring, but in life as well.”

As of Sunday, only 16 balcony seats were left for Saturday. The event also will be televised on local channel CW22.

For more information, visit ittakesonehit.com/.