By Rick Scharmberg
Damon Feldman announced his return to pro boxing with an anti-bullying and autism awareness show at The Deck in Essington, PA on Thursday, June 20. Billed as “Champions of Tomorrow”, the show will feature a host of local fighters including unbeaten heavyweight banger John Mercurio (6-0, 4 KOs), exciting Delaware lightweight Joey Tiberi (9-1, 5 KOs), super bantamweight Alex Barbosa (4-1, 1 KO), as well as two sons of former heavyweight world champions, welterweight Tim Witherspoon Jr. (9-3-1, 2 KOs) and unbeaten super middleweight Isiah Seldon (7-0, 3 KOs). “This is not a charity show, but a show to promote anti-bullying and autism awareness. We have Dr. Claudio Cerullo of Teach Anti-Bullying and Mike Squillacioti of Boxing against Bullying on board with us,” stated Feldman.
Feldman has teamed with his father, world renowned trainer Marty Feldman, along with former two-time world champion Meldrick Taylor and former heavyweight contender Tyrell Biggs to form Champions of Tomorrow LLC.
Since promoting his last show at The Deck – then known as the Lagoon Nightclub – Feldman made a name for himself by promoting celebrity boxing events around the country. He promoted such famous (and infamous) celebrities as Olympic figure skating bad-girl Tanya Harding, Partridge Family actor-turned-DJ Danny Bonaduce, former MLB slugger Jose Canseco, actress Lindsey Lohan’s father, Michael, and Nadya Suleman, better known as “Octomom.”
“I’ve been out of professional boxing for a while,” stated Feldman. “But I got the bug again. I feel a buzz again, and from a celebrity aspect, this is a great opportunity. We signed six fighters so far for the Champions of Tomorrow, and plan on doing a show every six weeks.”
The June 20 event will feature a pre-fight meet-and-greet which will include time with Larry Holmes, Meldrick Taylor, Tyrell Biggs, and other celebrities from inside the ring and out.
“I’ve known and respected Meldrick Taylor for years. I fought on one of his under cards when I boxed. He is smart and he knows what he is doing. He is a friend of Tyrell Biggs, who I’ve also known for a long time,” continued Feldman.
Feldman’s club shows at the Lagoon were always well-attended and memorable, and the tradition should live on at The Deck, which can accommodate a ring inside under the silver disco ball, or outdoors, where guests of an adjacent hotel can watch the fights from their balcony.
The card will be televised on a delayed basis on local cable Channel 4.
Prices for the event are $75, which includes the meet-and-greet from 5:30-7:30pm, $50, and $35.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting Webtix.net or by calling 1-484-318-6133.