Late Breaking

Don King to Stage First-Ever Boxing Card At BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., On Valentine’s Day


SUNRISE, Fla.—One of the premier arenas in America, BankAtlantic Center of Sunrise, Fla., will host professional prizefighting for the first time when Don King Productions presents a star-studded world-championship boxing event at the South Florida venue on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Promoter Don King has dubbed the event “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and already boasts World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell risking his crowns against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka; former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga meeting undefeated World Boxing Council No. 3-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo to determine the WBC’s

No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit; and another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez taking on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron.

“I have been trying for years to land a date at the BankAtlantic Center and finally the stars aligned for me to make it happen,” promoter Don King said of the Broward County venue not far from his Deerfield Beach, Fla., headquarters. “I have been able to bring a number of tremendous boxing cards to South Florida over the years, and this big Valentine’s Day card is going to be another fantastic night for boxing fans.”

King said he plans to have 10 fights or more on the card. Ticket prices and full event information will be announced at a South Florida press conference King is planning for next week.

The BankAtlantic Center is the home arena for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League and recently gained prestige after being named one of eight finalists for “Arena of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine, an influential trade publication that closely follows the entertainment touring industry.