The Arena is happy to partner up with the Bartender Boxing Organization, which looks to expose bartenders to a new sport and provide inspiration for healthy living and discipline. Twelve bartenders will be selected to train for 2 months and compete in amateur boxing bouts.
My name’s Raj Nagra. I’m the founder of the Bartender Boxing Organization. We’re a registered non-for-profit charity. So we raise money for underprivileged boxing communities, and we support health and wellness in the bar community. We’ve been running for about two years. Our purpose is to train bartenders through the great sport of boxing, get them into fighting shape, to reprogram them, give them more discipline, and make them mentally tougher, just to create better habits and have a better, more positive lifestyle outside of working the late nights, and so on, that are associated with the bar industry. I’m a great fan of boxing. We all are at the Bartender Boxing Organization.
We have just kicked off here at The Arena in San Diego, which… There’s an amazing training facility. We’ve got some great coaches here in Joe and Basheer. So we’ve just selected the 12 bartenders today. They’re going to be training here for the next 12 weeks, and then they’ll have a USA-sanctioned amateur-level boxing fight here locally in San Diego. And then they’ll fight their counterparts in Portland come March. So it’s an incredible opportunity for them to learn boxing around a familiar environment with the coaches through the Bartender Boxing Organization program. And hopefully our intention is that they continue to box long after this and become students of the sport.
We do what we do with the support of Cazadores tequila, who are our sole sponsor. And they fund the program entirely that allow us to do these types of education and training all over the country. We’re currently all over North America, and we’ll be going internationally in 2019 as well.