Boxing is coming to Tulsa on August 15, but not in the traditional sense.
No fans will be allowed to attend the outdoor Matchroom Boxing event at the intersection of 5th and Boston, but there is still plenty to be excited about.
Hollywood Florida and Seattle were both in the running to host Matchroom boxing but Oklahoman native and veteran boxing promotor Tony Holden looked out his window at 5th and Boston said, “I have a better venue to host the fight right here in the heart of downtown Tulsa."
"I'm just like, this is great, I sent them a photograph of the street and got an answer 2 days later over all cities," said Holden.
The event will be streamed live on Dazone for less than $20 and hopefully this will jump start future boxing matches in outside venues.
"There’s very few live sporting events, it’s very good for boxing and we are setting a trend for something we will see a lot of and its starting right here in Tulsa,” said Holden.
Tulsa city council members are excited to showcase the city to a worldwide audience, and the decision to bring boxing to Green Country was an easy one.
Ben Kimbro, District 9 Tulsa City councilman said, "Matchroom has globally about 8 million subscribers so this is an opportunity for us to share our downtown that we love and enjoy so much with the world."
Two world titles will be up for grabs next month. Matchroom Boxing Chief Operating Officer Shaun Palmer said the card and venue will make it a special night.
"We are coming back with a great card, headlined by a unified world title fight, and then we've got some of the hottest young talent in the us on the card. Obviously, we have had the great honor to do events all around the world for us, I can say this is truly unique,” said Palmer.