The Hollywood Athletic Club will give boxing a fresh spin in retro surroundings Thursday night with four sanctioned amateur bouts. "The Schlitz Bouts, a Night of Heritage Boxing, Style and Entertainment" kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with flappers, barbershop quartets and a cocktail party, followed by matches in four weight classes.
Early 20th century fashion and vintage entertainment will be featured throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to dress in classic 1920s style. Performers include a dance troupe, comedians and cigar makers.
The four bouts will be three rounds each, in four divisions: light-, welter-, middle- and heavyweight. The eight fighters are all based out of L.A. gyms. The lightweight match pits Mark Wade of Los Angeles (26-1) against Tenoch Nava, a fighter out of Mexico with a 28-2 record. In the heavyweight division, George Alvarez of Los Angeles (19-1) takes on Dharmveer Sharma of India (20-2).
The matches are the second stop in a Schlitz Brewing campaign that began in Chicago in July and is slated for a nationwide tour, producer Davis Mersereau said.
The Hollywood Athletic Club is at 6525 Sunset Blvd. Doors open at 7:30; bouts begin an hour or so later. Limited tickets are available on a website raffle, schlitzbrewing.com/bouts/.