When David Moore brought his boxing promotion company to Durham, he knew he was filling a long overdue void. He didn’t realize just how overdue until word spread like wildfire.
Moore’s company, One Hit Promotions and Management, has been promoting Triangle fighting events in Durham for the past several years. Professional and amateur boxers who used to travel Down East or out of state to fight, can now stay closer to home as the bouts are fully sanctioned by the N.C. Boxing Commission and USA Boxing.
For an area that’s basketball crazy, Moore is more than holding his own.
“Number one, it’s something else to do,” he said. “To be honest with you, a lot of people like coming. They bring their date, sit down and enjoy some food and get entertained. We sell out every single event.”
Moore’s next fight promotion, “Unleashed,” is Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Durham Armory in downtown. The event starts with amateur boxing from 1 to 4 p.m. that will showcase 26 boxers. Tickets range from $16 to $22.
The pros come out at 7:30 p.m. with tickets ranging from $32 to $38.
Moore says he holds six or seven sanctioned fights a year and 26 total, the same number that Las Vegas – the boxing capital – hosts annually.
“These kids have more than enough of what they need,” he said. “The opportunity here has grown tremendously.”
Boxing is an equal-opportunity employer. Many women enjoy watching and participating in the sport, and although most fight as amateurs, Moore has one female professional: Ebony Rivera, who also will fight on the card. She is ranked No. 7 in the nation.
James Edwards of Cary is Moore’s oldest fighter in the group at 48.
“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, 31, 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.
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.
He and partner Don Rogers recently began Triangle Kickboxing Promotions for those interested in kickboxing.
Moore, who takes boxers as young as 8 years old, says the sport has changed lives.
“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.”
With the popularity of boxing steadily increasing, Moore says he plans to move the events to the Durham Convention Center in the near future.
For event and ticket information, visit http://ittakesonehit.com.