NEW YORK (March 6, 2009) – Irish Ropes Promotions announced today that its scheduled March 16th “Erin Go Brawl II” pro boxing show at WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden had been cancelled due to the poor economy in the United States and Ireland that adversely affected advance ticket sales.
2004 Irish Olympian Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) was slated to fight 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) in the main event, while 1992 Olympic silver medalist Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough (27-7, 18 KOs), former WBC bantamweight champion, had been matched against Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (19-7, 9 KOs) in the 10 round co-feature.
“This was a very difficult decision to make but ticket sales were way off compared to two years ago when the economy was much better here and back in Ireland,” Irish Ropes Promotions president Eddie McLoughlin explained. “We apologize for any inconveniences, especially to all of the boxers who worked so hard to prepare for their fights.”
Tickets will be reimbursed in full at points of purchase.
Editor's note: We can only speculate, but the cost of putting on a show in NYC is prohibitive. The purses, travel, hotels, etc. all add up---and if advance ticket sales are not stellar then it makes sense to pull the plug.
Also not that having a Monday show isn't easy. That means Irish looking to come over would miss at least a day of work...
Who will win #HOPKINSKOVALEV