The boxing event kicks off July 28 at Label at the AvidXchange Music Factory, and doors open at 5 p.m., according to Carolina Fight Nights, which is hosting the benefit. The event’s second night includes the competition’s final rounds, as well as a professional boxing match.
Both nights will feature live entertainment like bands and DJs, too. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.
“You will also hear messages of hope from many people of the community who are ready to bring an end to the violence and hate and come together as one. Our message for this event is LOVE,” Carolina Fight Night says.
Tevin Crosby, 25, of Statesville, and Shane Tomlinson, 33, of Concord, were two of the 49 people massacred at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Crosby, a graduate of West Iredell High in Statesville and Strayer University South in Charlotte, owned a marketing firm in Michigan. Tomlinson graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School and East Carolina University, where he is remembered for his “contagious” personality and vocal talent.
The organization is still looking for competitors for the boxing event. No experience is necessary, the group says, and there is a $500 prize for each weight class. Those interested can reach out to Denise at Carolinafightnights@gmail.com.