Boxers for Pi Kappa Alpha’s (PIKE) 14th annual Fight Night sized each other up yesterday night at the pre-fight weigh-in, giving themselves and the public an idea of what to expect at UCSB’s annual brawl.
Eleven out of 14 boxers weighed in at 7:30 p.m. at Q’s restaurant and club on lower State Street. Seven matches, including one women’s bout, will be fought at the Friday night event, which filled the Thunderdome to its 6,000-spectator capacity last year. Art Madrigal, a second-year law & society major and coordinator of Fight Night, said the pre-fight weigh-in gives event planners the exact weights of the fighters and confirm the weights initially reported. Madrigal said it is also a chance for the fighters to find out what they are up against.
“The purpose of the weigh-in is so that the fighters look at each other, size each other up and have an idea of what to expect at Fight Night,” Madrigal said.
Madrigal said the fraternity has been the planning for about three months, and proceeds from Fight Night will go to Say Yes To Kids – a Santa Barbara-based, non-profit, after-school boxing program for underprivileged children.
The event’s main fighters – fourth-year political science major and PIKE member Kevin Barger and his opponent, Nick Orloff, a first-year philosophy major – both showed up to the weigh in to confirm a 50-pound difference. Barger weighed in at 142 pounds while Orloff weighed a heavier 190 pounds. Despite the disparity, Barger, who said he has been boxing for about a year, said he is not worried.
“It’ll be a good match up,” Barger said. “I want to box someone bigger so it can be more challenging.”
Orloff said he will defeat Barger with a knockout in the first round and that Barger does not know what he’s up against.
“He’s never been hit with a right hand as hard as mine,” Orloff said.
Tanya Erazo, a third-year law & society major and one of the two women contenders, weighed in at 125 pounds. Erazo said she has been boxing since January and will be fighting against a non-student, who she met at the boxing center they attend in downtown Santa Barbara. Erazo said she wants to participate at Fight Night to see if boxing suits her.
“Its kind of like a pre-cursor, to see if its something I really want to get into,” Erazo said. “Fight Night was just something I had in my head at first. But I thought that it would be a pretty cool thing to do.”
Erazo said although boxing is usually considered a men’s sport, it is still a good opportunity for women.
“I think it’s good for girls to get into boxing,” Erazo said. “Even though it’s male-dominated, it’s something that makes you different from other girls.”
Another participant, fourth-year global studies major Dan Angeloff weighed in at 199 pounds. Describing himself as a rookie when it comes to boxing, he said he has been training hard during the last couple of weeks and is involved in Fight Night because of the chance it offers to box at a high-profile match.
“Fight Night’s a really unique opportunity to go big without having to train for six months and make boxing your life,” Angeloff said. “I’m doing it for fun. I’m not interested in bragging. I’m interested in stepping into the ring and fighting. It’s a chance I’ll never have again.”
Angeloff said Fight Night provides a unique opportunity for both fighters and spectators.
“I mean, how many people have a chance to see other people get knocked out in front of 5,000 people?” Angeloff said.