Yamanto's Grand Hotel aims to be No 1 fight site
THE November 29 fight-night at the Grand Hotel Yamanto shapes as a trial run for what could become a new home for big-time boxing in Ipswich.
"If all goes well," Grand Hotel manager Michael Falvey said.
Falvey, himself a boxer, has aligned with the Boxing Express gym at Kangaroo Point.
He hopes to provide the venue to the gym's stable of boxers to regularly showcase their talent.
The first step is selling out the event on November 29.
"I'd like to break even," Falvey said.
To do that through tickets he needs to sell 550.
"If I break even I'll be stoked," Falvey said.
"If I get close I'll be happy because we've still got the bar.
"But you're not a successful promoter if you rely on the bar."
If he can do it on a regular basis the next step is trying to get Foxtel on board to televise the fights.
Falvey is keen to make it work for several reasons, with money not top of the list.
Instead, it is about giving good friends like Liam Hutchinson and Brad Hore the chance to succeed.
"It's something I've got an interest in and a passion for," he said.
"The Grand Hotel gives us the opportunity to do it.
"I'm sick of seeing Liam have to sell 30 tabled seats to get himself a fight.
"Every fighter is the same.
"I hate seeing Liam pulled aside before a fight and being asked by the promoter, 'how many tickets have you sold?'.
"But if you don't have a following you just don't get fights."
A successful venue with a reputation for quality fight nights, such as the one the Eaton's Hill Hotel at Brendale now enjoys, makes it a whole lot easier. All Falvey needs is the Ipswich public to get on board and turn out in numbers on November 29.