Broadway boxing TONIGHT in New York City

Those club shows, like Broadway Boxing Lou Dibella performed in New York City at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square have declined in number over the past decade or more. This is mainly to do with the high cost of doing business at some level and as a result we are seeing fewer events of this nature than we used to. It’s a shame, because I enjoy them differently than before. These kinds of shows don’t see or hear the stupidity that’s an integral part of the “big price war” of this age. None of the people on this map have made it big, made that much, so egos aren’t inflated and money hasn’t distorted their behavior or feelings about the sport. When I call fights Fight Night LiveI’m more focused on the core principles of why people get into the sport aside from wanting to win that lottery ticket fight.

“As we approach the 20th anniversary of Broadway boxing, I am extremely pleased to offer this stacked card,” said newly installed International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Lou DiBella. “What started as a local club show for the New York area has grown into an international brand. Outside of the United States, we’ve broadcast events from places like Germany, Monte Carlo, Canada and Costa Rica. While those in attendance enjoy gourmet food and beverages, fans watching at home will experience a world-class production of entertaining fights, with Broadway boxing staples that have evolved throughout the series and celebrity guest commentators enlivening the action recite.”

He gave other reasons why going on the show tonight is a good idea. “Tickets include dinner, there’s still a few ringside seats left, it’s a really, really powerful show, a TV-level club show, in a VIP environment, 400 seats max,” DiBella said. “It’s rare to get such a good show in such an intimate setting Vicinity. It’s also Broadway boxing’s return to Broadway. We haven’t found a permanent home, but through a deal with our friends, the Wartski brothers, we can be in the wonderful Edison Ballroom.”

Mykquan Williams (18-0-1, 8 KOs) from East Hartford, CT Clarence Booth (21-5, 13 KOs) from Saint Petersburg, FL in the 10-round main event. Williams, a former WBC-USNBC titlist, is a Broadway boxing veteran who has made 13 appearances on the show to date. Booth has won six of his last seven fights, including five by KO. Williams needs to win to move further up those important leaderboards so he can get to the fights that pay and are worth delving into the sweet and wild science. Booth (below) is the underdog on this Broadway boxing card, and one to join once you know his backstory.

Clarence Booth fights Mykquan Williams on November 22, 2022 in New York City

Booth is lucky enough to fight and be alive. It was in St. Petersburg, Florida the week before Keith Thurmana fortification from Florida, should fight Manny Pacquiao (July 20, 2019). “I was shot, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, I was shot at three times. I came out of the gym, took my nephew to my cousin’s, I got out of the car to talk to him because my kids were in the car. A car rolled by, they started shooting, they thought we were different guys. It was a mistaken identity. The car slowed down, the first shot went, I think it hit me through my right leg. I turned around, another hit me in the leg and I fell onto my face. Another bullet hit my right elbow, but thank goodness the way it happened. I could have easily been killed! They never caught the guys, about three or four people shot.”

The elbow was the worst injury, he went to physical therapy for a year. However, he knew he wanted to come back. “The doctor told me, ‘Change your career, you’re not going to box.’ I said, “You’re talking to the wrong person.”

And now, he says, he’s fine. “I have strength in both hands,” he says, making sure everyone knows the elbow is fully healed.

I asked Booth if he was actually a “late bloomer.” Yes, he said, that’s exactly right. “I think I’m a late bloomer, I came into the sport (age 18) with only street fighting experience. I had 28 amateur fights, turned pro, after (about 10-11) fights I signed with Top Rank.” That union broke up, Booth lost to Alex Saucedo (a Top Rank boxer) and the fighter said he asked for to separate from TR. No, he says, he doesn’t regret it, he sees lessons in such situations, no reason for regret.

Boxing probably saved another soul when it got into Booth’s blood. “I’m off the street, but I’ve got the stuff behind me,” he insists. Giving him the benefit of the doubt… “I came from that lifestyle and could have been great.” he said. “I saw the cycle, I could see this shit. I watched my house boys die, turned 15-20 at 15, no truth, honor, loyalty (on the street). I’d rather have something more positive in the world! I remember looking at some kids who thought they would impress me, the things they said and did, and it broke my heart.”

Clarence has five children so he’s basically struggling to support them and a Broadway boxing win will help him in his quest.

Stephen “Big Shot” Shaw (17-0, 13 KOs; age 30), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank, will be featured in the Broadway Boxing Co-Main Event against Rydell Booker (26-6-1, 13 KOs; age 41). Booker is an underdog and should lose but will try to hit smart, catch Shaw with something and steal some enthusiasm from the undefeated hitter. Shaw, if he wins, will likely be compared to the prospect Guido Vianello, Beginning of the year. “Shaw is in the top five American prospects, and I think if more people know him, it’s him and Jared Anderson,” DiBella continues. “Plus, Juan Carlos Carlos versus Matthew Tinker, Tinker is a really efficient, tough guy. The fighting lady Michia Kreps is also a really, really tough opponent. And there will be a party mood!”

There might be 50 tickets left as of 3:30 p.m., so you’re in luck if you come by, DiBella said.

The Edison Ballroom is located at 240 West 47th Street, New York, NY 10036. Doors open at 6:00 PM ET on the night of the event, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00 PM ET.