Blaine Garner & Jimmy Burchfield Promote
Fight At The Arena At Philadelphia Press Conference:

Main Event Matt Godfrey vs. Shawn Hawk


By Tim Donaldson


Friday night, July 10, at The Arena and televised on ESPN 2, Matt Godfrey will take on Shawn Hawk in the main event. Also televised will be the bout between Shaun George and Chris Henry. And fighting on the undercard will be local favorites Tony Ferrante, Derek Ennis, and Olivia Fonseca.

Blaine Garner’s Shalyte Entertainment is promoting the show in association with Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports. It would be big deal for many promoters to get a show televised. It is really a big deal for Blaine Garner to get this card televised because it is his first show.

The Godfrey, Hawk fight and George, Henry fight were originally to take place in Houston, TX. When that fell through, Philadelphia was chosen. Jimmy Burchfield explained why he lobbied for Philadelphia. “I knew I wanted to come to Philadelphia for several reasons. One because I love the city. Two because of the boxing history it has. And three because my NABF champion, this is his second home.”

Burchfield expects great things from Godfrey and the fight. As Burchfield made clear, Godfrey “does not get associated with fighters unless they can fight.” He believes that this will be the best card that ESPN has had all year. Godfrey has been ranked #10 by Ring Magazine and holds two titles, the NABF Cruiserweight Title as well as the Sovereign Nations Boxing Council Cruiserweight Title. Both of these will be on the line since Shawn Hawk is also of Native American descent. Burchfield knows that Hawk is a great fighter, but he believes that Godfrey will do what has to be done to win. As he said, “Matt Godfrey is just inches away from a world championship fight.”

Matt Godfrey also pointed out that Philadelphia was a place where he wanted to fight. He noted that he has trained at Joe Hand’s Gym, Upper Darby, and James Shuler Memorial Gym, and he has sparred with “Fast” Eddie Chambers. He has trained here, but this will be his first fight in Philadelphia. Of his opponent Shawn Hawk, he said, “He doesn’t know how to lose, like Jimmy says. That’s the best thing he has on his side. I’m looking forward to the challenge of being in there against someone that’s hungry.” Godfrey has been the main event on ESPN three times prior, and all have ended with knock outs. It was clear that Godfrey believes that he can do it again.

Godfrey appeared confident throughout the press conference. At the end, he joked, “Friday night, after the fight, we’ll all go down to the steakhouse and enjoy a nice steak on me, excuse me, on Jimmy.”

Along with the Godfrey fight, local favorite, Derek Ennis will be fighting John Mackey. Mackey is known for defeating many in their home towns. Ennis did not seem too concerned about that. “If he thinks he is going to come in here and beat me, he’s got another thing coming,” he told everyone in attendance.

If you are planning on coming to the show, Blaine Garner says that you need to get your tickets now. There are very few left, and they are expecting a sellout. Tickets are $45 for advanced, $60 for ringside, and $65 for VIP. They can be purchased by calling The Arena at 267-687-7650, Shalyte Promotions at 215-287-7949, or Le Crown Barbershop at 215-927-5027.