Hawaii's professional boxing scene to get revival from upcoming event
By Kainoa Carlson HNN Staff
KAHILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From 1987 to 1994 Elorde Promotions put on 26 professional boxing fights in Honolulu. It was a popular social event that has since faded from the island scene.
But the sport is getting a revival in an effort to resurrect professional boxing events in Hawaii.
On November 15, the Island Fight Fest will take place. The fights will be held at the Hawaii Events Center at 5:00 p.m. It will feature eight bouts with 12 local boxers.
Elorde Promotions is putting on the event. Their VP of operations Ivan Elorde says there's still an abundance of boxing fans in Hawaii.
Ivan Elorde has been apart of the fight business his whole life. He is the grandson of boxing hall of famer and former WBC junior lightweight champion Gabriel "Flash" Elorde.
His father Gabriel Elorde Jr. started Elorde promotions back in the late 70's. From 1984 to 1997 Elorde Promotions put on two shows in Honolulu a year.
In their final fight card in 1994, over 20 years ago, they highlighted an up and coming Filipino boxer that went on to become a world champ.
"That's when we brought Manyy Pacquaio over," Elorde said.
If the Island Fight Fest is successful, Elorde Promotions hopes to continue doing professional boxing events around the state and to continue promoting local fighters to the masses.
Moloka'i native and light flyweight contender Kawelo Alcos will be making his professional debut in the Nov. 15 event. He has over 50 victories as an amateur, but Alcos said this is the biggest fight of his life.
"Right now I'm all butterflies right now," said Alcos. "This is a big opportunity for me to display my skills now it's time to expand an give Hawaii a name ya know? hopefully be the next Brian Vilioria or Jesus Salud"
Alcos and 15 other fighters will get their chance at glory November 15th at the Hawaii Events Center. This could be the first of many more boxing events in Honolulu. Ivan Elorde says they are targeting the Blaisdell for the next event sometime early next year.