It’s been a long time since fighters or rock bands could make a living without hitting the road. But while there’s no help on the horizon for inert rockers, the disappearance of boxing from national broadcast networks has had an interesting impact on the fight game: It’s allowed for the return of the regional sports star.
Jimmy Lange, for example, is famous in D.C. only. The 31-year-old light middleweight and Great Falls resident is the best-known boxer in the area. His ring record is good—-28-3-2—-but boxing observers wouldn’t put him in the same class as, say, either of the Peterson brothers, Lamont and Anthony.
But at least for now, Lange is a bigger draw than the undefeated Petersons, though only in this market. Because while the Petersons, who were born and raised here, have built up decent national followings by fighting almost exclusively out of Memphis since turning pro, Lange has developed a big name locally by staying very close to home, even after getting some national exposure on NBC’s unwatched reality series The Contender a few years back. His last five bouts have been atop well-attended and well-received—-but non-televised—-cards before crowds of thousands of fight fans at the GMU Patriot Center.
Now, Lange’s brand is sturdy enough around these parts that he’s hosting and promoting a fight card on July 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City.
The event is billed as a benefit to the family of Diego Corrales, an internationally popular former featherweight champ who was killed in a motorcycle crash last month. Tickets for the Lange promotion go for $75 to $300. For more info, call (703) 536-3650.