Prize Fight Boxing promoters (from left) Nate Yoder, Brian Young and Russ Young
Stan Carroll The Commercial Appeal
Prize Fight is entering it's 14th year in business and has promoted over 200 fight cards since July 31st, 1999. Prize Fight produced it's first World Champion when Ivan "Choko" Hernandez knocked out future Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson September 25, 2004 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN via an 8th round kockout. Our second World Champion came on May 8th, 2004 when Ann Wolfe captured the Vacant International Boxing Associates Light Heavyweight Championship by knocking out previously undefeated Vonda Ward in the first round. In addition, Prize Fight has had nine NABO/NABF Champions and was named "2007 NABO Promoter of the Year."
Currently, Prize Fight has sold out over 88 straight casino shows and is in the 9th year of it's highly successful "Fights at the Fitz" series at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS. ESPN and Prize Fight regularly do "Friday Night Fights" where our highly regarded stable of fighters are showcased. Our office and boxing gym are located just minutes south of Memphis, TN in Southaven, MS. Additionally, our fighters routinely are showcased on HBO and Showtime.
Prize Fight is owned and operated by brothers Russ and Brian Young along with Bray Deavours.
Prize Fight is honored to be recognized by the NABF as it's 2011 Promoter of the Year as well as having it's own Nate Yoder being recognized by the NABF as it's 2011 Matchmaker of the Year. This past year saw Prize Fight's top prospects Shawn Porter and Fernando Guerrero rise to prominence and capture NABF titles at Welterweight and Middleweight
In 2007, Prize Fight Promoters was honored by the NABO as Promoter of the Year and then again in 2010 for the highest number or Championship Fights Promoted.
Prize Fight co-promoted the biggest bout in boxing history on June 8, 2002 in Memphis, TN with Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. The fight shattered both the live gate record with a $17 million live gate and $108 million gross pay per view sales.
Prize Fight returned to the Pyramid Arena in Memphis, TN on February 22, 2003 with the Mike Tyson vs. Clifford Etienne fight carried live on Showtime Network Television and drew over 15,000 fans.