Breathing new life into boxing
Philadelphia has produced some of the greatest fighters of all-time from the late-great Joe Frazier to the current light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins.
The city has also seen its fair share of successful boxing promoters, like the legendary Herman Taylor. But there's a new name in the game right now — a fresh young face, Brittany Rogers.
Rogers, a Temple University graduate with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management, is the youngest boxing promoter (male or female) in the country. In fact, she's the youngest in boxing history.
Rogers, the president of BAM Boxing Promotions, Inc., was guided by longtime promoter and International Boxing Hall of Famer, J. Russell Peltz. She still works closely with Peltz, and is in the process of advertising and looking for venues for bouts.
"Right now, we're just doing a lot of club promotions with boxing. We're currently looking for a new venue in Philadelphia," Rogers said. "We really don't want to venture out much further for our next solo show by the end of the year, if not early next year."
Rogers doesn't have any fighters under contract, but she believes it's a slight possibility for Philadelphia — or another East Coast city — to host a major, prime-time fight.
"I think a lot of it would have to depend on which fighters start coming out of Philadelphia, like with the way [light welterweight champion] Danny Garcia is right now, I think it's a great opportunity," she said. "But, it is difficult to have fights on the East Coast in general."
Always full of ambition, Rogers wants to team up with the sport's most powerful promoters, guys like Don King, Oscar De La Hoya, "if it benefits her company." The 24-year-old revealed she's no trailblazer in a sport dominated by men.
"I kind of look at it as more of a passion than a job," Rogers said. "Yeah, it's hard being so young — and it's hard being a woman, but this job is hard regardless of whom you are."