BIGGER’S BETTER 7 . September 23 . VILNIUS . LITHUANIA
* VENUE : SIEMENS ARENA
PROMOTED by Mr Egis KLIMAS.
BB7 OFFICIAL STAFF : Supervisor / Mr Emile IRIMIA ( ROMANIA )
Coordinator / Mr Bruno WARTELLE ( FRANCE )
Referee : Mr Steve SMOGER ( USA ) Mr Klaus HAGEMANN ( GERMANY )
DON ELBAUM : THE MAN THAT INTRODUCE DON KING IN THE BOXING SPECIAL GUEST AT BB7 !
Don Elbaum Tale of the tape
Name: Don Elbaum
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Ohio, USA
Don Elbaum is a promoter, manager, and matchmaker based in the midwestern and eastern United States.
Career as promoter
Elbaum promoted his first fight at age eighteen, and has gone on to promote or co-promote over one thousand cards, including 196 shows at the Tropicana Casino over one five-year period alone. He promoted some of the final fights of Willie Pep and Sugar Ray Robinson, in addition to an early fight of world heavyweight title holder Nikolay Valuev.
Elbaum is known for staging cards with unusual themes, such as one show that featured a match between winless heavyweights which was billed as an attempt to crown the “Worst Heavyweight in the World.” He is also the source and subject of many anecdotes; for example, during his tenure as Robinson’s promoter, he located two very old and well-used boxing gloves, and presented them to Robinson at a press conference as the gloves that Robinson had worn in his professional debut nearly twenty-five years earlier. Robinson became very emotional, and cradled the gloves in his arms, but when he attempted to put them on, it was discovered that Elbaum had given him two left gloves.
Elbaum, in telling the story to journalist Thomas Hauser, claimed that promoter J Russell Peltz had once offered him $5000 for the gloves in question, and added that “I’ve got to find those gloves, or two gloves that look like them.”
Elbaum also helped Don King get his start in the boxing business, by helping him stage a charity boxing event in Cleveland in the early 1970s. Elbaum later portrayed himself in an HBO-produced movie about King’s life, released in 1997.
Career as manager
Elbaum has either managed or worked in an advisory capacity for a number of fighters, including Aaron Pryor, Tony Tubbs, Simon Brown, Maurice Blocker, and David Telesco.
Career as boxer
In addition to an amateur career, Elbaum had a number of pro fights in the 1960s. Many of them took place on shows that he promoted, where he filled in as a last-minute substitute when no other fighters were available.
DON T MISS IT AT THE SIEMENS ARENA / VILNIUS
OFFICIALVIDEO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CysAbvOXJac
BB7 fight card :
Mourad RAID . DENMARK ( KICKBOXING )
Sergej MASLOBOJEV . LITHUANIA ( KICKBOXING )
Tofan TOFANI . SWEDEN (KICKBOXING . THAI BOXING )
Tomacz SARARA . POLAND ( KICKBOXING )
Constantin BEJENARU . ROMANIA ( BOXING )
Oazcan CETINKAYA . GERMANY/TURKEY ( BOXING )
Goran DELIC . BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA ( BOXING )
Alex KRICHANOUSKI . BELARUS ( BOXING )
QUALIFIQUATION FIGHT . 3×3 mn
INCLUDED TOP WKN CHAMPIONSHIP IN MUAY THAI and KICKBOXING
WKN EUROPEAN THAIBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP . 64,400 kg . 5×3 mn
Andrei KOTSUR ( BELARUS ) vs Danila DEIVIDAS ( LITHUANIA )
WKN BALTIC KICKBOXING ORIENTALES Rules . +96.600 kg . 3×3 mn
Martynas KNYZELIS ( LITHUANIA ) vs Alexander PANTUKHOV ( BELARUS )