Bearkats prepare for annual boxing showdown

In one of the biggest parties of the year, students will be transformed into boxers and pitted against one another as the members of Sigma Chi Fraternity hold the 54th annual Sigma Chi Fight night this Thursday.

The annual charity event is the single biggest event for the fraternity and brought in $12,000 last year to build furniture for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This year, event chair Rob Howard said he hopes the event will be a lot bigger thanks to more fighters and a big name band to end the evening.

“Our goal this year is to raise $20,000,” Howard said. “We usually have about 14 fighters, but this year we’ve got 21. It’s definitely growing bigger every year.”

This year, the members of Sigma Chi chose to donate the proceeds to the construction of a statue to be erected at the new Hearts Veteran’s Museum in honor of all of the fallen soldiers from Huntsville.

“We wanted to do something for the soldiers, so we came up with the idea of the statue to honor the soldiers from Huntsville who have died,” Howard said.

Pre-sale tickets to the event are available for $8 while regular admission at the door is $12. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from Cavender’s Boot City, Humphrey’s or in the mall area on campus.

In addition to revenue from ticket sales, the event also attracts business sponsorships to add to the proceeds. In return for their donations, Sigma Chi advertises the businesses at the event.

This year, fighters from every level will be competing with students, non-students and even an alumnus is signing up to take their place in the ring.

“We’ve got guys and girls. We’ve even got alumni who fought in the past coming to fight again,” Howard said. “We’ve got guys coming from all over to fight.”

In order to participate in the fights, each boxer was required to submit their information and be sanctioned by USA Boxing, the governing body of boxing.

To add to the excitement of Fight Night, a variety of outside attractions will also be available for those in attendance to enjoy. For the less daring there will be moonwalk boxing as well as a rock wall, compliments of the Bearkat ROTC. Local radio station K-STAR will be hosting a live broadcast from the event and the National Guard plans on making an appearance as well. To cap off the festivities, the Eli Young Band will be performing an outdoor concert following the boxing matches.

“This is probably the biggest party Sam has,” Howard said. “This year, we’re spending more to make more. We just want to try to put on a good show.”

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