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Prize Fight

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.

Promoter of the Year

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.

Lewis vs Tyson

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.

Tyson vs Etienne

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.

Lewis vs Klitschko

Prize Fight co-promoted the Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko Heavyweight Championship fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on June 21, 2003. This memorable event drew the largest viewing audience in the last four years on HBO.


  • Prize Fight has sold out 88 straight casino shows in Mississippi since 2003.
  • Prize Fight had three fighters named in the 2011 "ESPN Top 25 Prospects in The World" - Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter, and Dominic Wade.
  • Prize Fight was given the "2010 Special Recognition Award" for having promoted the second most NABO Title Fights.
  • Fighters in the Prize Fight stable have fought  for 8 World Titles since 2004.
  • Prize Fight has had 12 NABO/NABF Champions.
  • Prize Fight's Russ Young was the promoter for the 2008-2009 "Fight of The Year" on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
  • Prize Fight has the longest running casino fight series in the sport's history - Fights at the Fitz.
  • Prize Fight owns and operates a world class boxing gym in Southaven, MS that features programs for pro's, amateurs, and working professionals who want to use boxing to obtain an optimal fitness level.
  • Brian Young was named one of the top 50 influential people in Desoto County, Mississippi in June 2004.
  • Prize Fight holds the live gate record for largest grossing championship boxing match - Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson, June 8, 2002 in Memphis, TN. Live gate receipt: $17,200,000.00.
  • Prize Fight promoted the largest boxing event ever in the State of Tennessee - June 8, 2002.
  • Prize Fight promoted largest women’s bout in the history of professional boxing - Laila Ali vs. Christy Martin, August 23, 2003 in Biloxi, MS. Sold out crowd 9,882. Largest grossing live gate in women’s boxing history: $600,000.00.
  • Holds State of Mississippi record for most sold tickets to a boxing match.
  • Co-promoted the largest HBO viewing audience in recent history - Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko, June 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Prize Fight was honored with the Keys to the City of Memphis by Mayor Willie Herenton in January of 2003.
  • Prize Fight was honored with "Tennessee State Resolution", March 2003.
  • Prize Fight is the most highly recommended boxing promotional company in the south and one of the most recommended in the country by state boxing commissions, casino executives and corporate sponsors.
  • Prize Fight promoted the largest attended casino show in the State of Mississippi history - 4,000 in live attendance at the Grand Casino Gulfport on March 15, 2003.
  • Prize Fight hosted the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials at the Paul Battle Jr. Arena in Tunica, MS.
  • Prize Fight promoted Roy Jones Jr. vs. Glenn Johnson on September 25, 2004 from FedExForum in Memphis, TN.
  • Prize Fight promoted Glen Johnson vs. Antonio Tarver on June 18, 2005 from FedExForum in Memphis, TN.
  • Prize Fight promoted the June 17th mega fight between Jermain Taylor and Winky Wright for the Undisputed Middleweight World Title from FedExForum in Memphis, TN.
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