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Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions truly stamped its footprint on the boxing landscape in 2015, and the promotion has full expectations to build upon that momentum in 2016.
When the spotlight was on the promotion this past year, the results were powerful. With no other fighter was that more evident than light heavyweight Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson, who won five bouts in 2015. Among those victories was a decision over former world title challenger Cedric Agnew, as well as a pair of knockouts on ShoBox: The New Generation over prospects Jerry Odom and Lavarn Harvell.
“I am over the moon about the Samuel Clarkson signing,” said Ronson Frank, President of Uprising Promotions. “It has worked out so well for us because we got a guy who is just as hungry for success as we are. He has never once asked for a handout. All he has ever wanted was an opportunity or platform to showcase his skills. And when the lights have been turned on, he has shined brightly. I am not just speaking as a promoter when I say that I am genuinely proud of him.”
The mentality and demeanor of Clarkson has also spread momentum throughout the entire Uprising Promotions roster.
“The other fighters on our staff are taking notes, and they are all anxious to prove themselves in the same capacity,” Frank continued. “This past year has had a huge effect on how people look at Samuel Clarkson as a fighter, and they view him as a real contender now. That has also helped us in being viewed as a serious promoter and that all of our fighters are dangerous. We have other guys who are also hungry, and it is my job to create opportunities for them. It is someone else’s job to make the mistake of putting them up against one of their undefeated prospects. Overall, we have a solid team of fighters who work very hard. I am looking forward to an exciting 2016 for not only Samuel but all of our other guys as well.”
After a big 2015, Frank cannot help but look towards the future with much anticipation.
“I am really excited about the future,” the former professional light heavyweight emphatically stated. “I put the same type of work into being a promoter that I did as a fighter. I go hard every day, and there is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about what we can do as a team. I now have great help with my brother Rory stepping up and with our media work by John Archibald and Resolution Sports. We are getting more things done, and we have been very innovative in working with other promoters.
“Coming from where we started, where we had no experience, to the point where we are now – developing fighters and consistently growing the brand of Uprising Promotions with a solid team around me – I feel so blessed. I really can’t put into words how grateful I feel as we step forward with each round. We have been creating opportunities for the guys we have on our roster, and I feel so proud to see them grow and watch our team grow with them. I am expecting nothing but incredible things for us in 2016.”
Uprising Promotions will return to action for Friday Night Fights on Friday, Jan. 29th, at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, Queens. The first bell is scheduled for 7:00 PM sharp, with doors opening at 6:30 PM. Tickets are priced at $60 for general admission and $100 for ringside seating, and there is also a table option with dinner. For pricing on those tables, call (516) 451-6773.
Friday Night Fights will continue the initiative of Uprising Promotions to KO Autism, with proceeds from the night getting donated to The School For Language and Communication Development (SLCD) in Glen Cove, New York. This card is also being sponsored by Brooklyn Brothers, Sleep Inn and Charlie’s Auto Collision in Long Island City.
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MEDIA CREDENTIALS: John Archibald, jarchibald@ResSports.com