A day after being stiffed by promoter Peter Broudy on a Feb. 4 boxing show, The Pond's general manager, Brad Mayne, announced that the arena will present a card that includes four world championship bouts.
The show, tentatively scheduled March 31, will be promoted by Forum Boxing's John Jackson and Don Ebert and will be carried on per-per-view television.
Although Mayne was reluctant to announce the entire card Thursday, he did say that a junior lightweight world title bout between Genaro Hernandez and Jorge Paez would be one of the fights. Mayne said light flyweight champion Chiquita Gonzalez, and featherweight champion Alejandro Gonzalez would also be on the card.
"If you've never had boxing in your venue before, this is a great card to start with," Mayne said.
Broudy announced at a press conference a week ago that he would promote four non-title bouts on Feb. 4, but he decided instead to promote monthly boxing shows at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, located in an area of Los Angeles he called "unsafe" last week.
Broudy, who said he had hoped to promote 12 monthly shows at The Pond, is taking over the promoting rights at the Olympic from Bob Arum of Top Rank. Mayne said he wasn't hurt by Broudy's sudden switch of venues.
"I wish Peter Broudy the best of luck," Mayne said. "He's still welcome here at The Pond if he wishes to come back and promote again. But I do hate to see the February date go away."
Clearly, the key to the Forum deal with The Pond is the pay-per-view arrangement that will help cover the arena's high overhead costs. Broudy's costs at the Olympic are considerably lower than they would have been at The Pond.
Mayne said he is still talking with other promoters about boxing dates at the arena and he's expecting The Forum to put on as many as four more shows this year. Mayne said he hopes to announce the details of his late March show early next month.