Casting Call, Champions of Tomorrow Series continues and Feldman is on the move…

Celebrity Boxing founder, Damon Feldman seems to have struck gold again with his latest venture, Champions of Tomorrow.

The events feature just what the name implies, the next generation of boxing greats. Damon has the knack or should I say the talent, he no doubt inherited from his well -respected father, Marty Feldman, the most qualified boxing trainer on the east coast, to put together cards with the hungriest of young boxing talent.

The first two Champions of Tomorrow events took place in a small, intimate club setting and were huge successes. With firm roots starting to take hold, it is time for this venture to move into a larger venue, perhaps a casino setting and time for Damon who is not happy unless he is juggling several big projects to help a friend in a major way.

Feldman’s business partner and friend, Meldrick Taylor was on the losing end of one of the most controversial bouts in the history of the sport of boxing. Taylor who is from Philadelphia first found his way into the ring at the age of eight. That night he carved, I will be a champion, into his dresser. The young man strengthened his skills in the gyms of his hometown and posted a 99-4 record as an amateur. At the age of 17, he earned a spot on the Olympic Boxing Team and went on to claim the gold medal in the featherweight division.

Meldrick could have hung his dominating gloves up at that point and easily gone on to a successful career in any number of directions but this truly driven young man chose to go pro.

With 6 years and an impressive, well deserved, record of 24-0, another undefeated fighter, Julio Cesar Chavez, challenged Taylor’s welterweight title. The infamous match-up took place at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990.

The world championship fight was a historic event. Promoters called the match ‘Thunder meets Lightening’.

The battle, hyped to be exciting, delivered but no one predicted the intensity that transpired or the lasting fame due to the bouts controversial ending.

Chaves vs Taylor poster

Entering the final round, Meldrick held a firm lead. All he had to do was to dance around Chavez. With one minute left in the round, Chavez hit Taylor and continued to hit him with well, placed shots. With only 25 seconds to go, Chavez landed a hard right. Taylor staggered and the referee gave the mandatory 8-count. He returned to his feet but the referee [Steel] with 2 seconds left until the final bell, called the fight off resulting in a TKO win for Chavez.

Conspiracy theories abounded because, Steel was accused of making ridiculous calls and/ or taking bribes several times prior to this fight and Chavez, was promoted by Don King who also seemed to always be submerged in his own controversy.

In his controversial, truth- telling autobiography Meldrick Taylor revealed some shocking beliefs.

That book, 2 Seconds From Glory is currently, being shopped around Hollywood as well as Sun Studios in Delaware County, Pa. and will no doubt be one of the hottest boxing movies of all time. Damon will be adding producer to his already impressive resume. There is a lot of buzz already that another Philadelphia native, Kevin Hart will star in the movie. A casting event is planned and details will be available very soon. [September 13, 2013]

The two also partnered for a Fight for Autism Awareness, which will feature a bunch of fighters volunteering to step into the ring for Autism Speaks. Every time his six-year-old son or his ten-year-old daughter, speak to him Damon thinks of the parents who may never hear the children speak. The event will be held in Philadelphia at the end of September. More details will be available in the next few days.

Another venture Damon and Meldrick had a hand in putting together in conjunction with John Linder, the mayor of Chester, Pa., James Gibbs [Big Cat Last Round Foundation] and Greg Hackett of The House of Pain Gym in Chester is an attempt to lure teens off the streets of Chester. They are hoping to convince teens to put their guns down and step into the gym. They will learn conflict resolution, respect and value for their own lives as well as the lives of others. Raffles, will happen at all Feldman events. The money raised will be donated to the Mayors initiatives to get these at risk kids off the streets.

Damon Feldman has always wanted to be rich and famous. He has reached celebrity tabloid status more than once thanks to his Celebrity Boxing series, which by the way will be returning, soon in a big way. Now, success is more about happiness, family and friends and a more lasting fame rooted in respect.

The Champions of Tomorrow series will return in October. Tim Witherspoon, Jr. will be featured. Whether you are a boxing fan or not these matches have something for everyone. They are all well attended, exciting and star studded. You never know, who you may run into…

Photo credits Damon Feldman.

Photos: Damon Feldman and Sylvester Stallone and Damon with Vince Young (90210)

Damon and Stallone

Damon and Vince Young 90210

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