Resorts World hosts live boxing event on CBS
by Rodney Gantt
Feb 19, 2015 | 18777 views | 1 1 comments | 751 751 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Boxing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine's Day, but Resorts World Casino in Queens hosted the International Boxing Federation North American Heavyweight Championship, the first of its kind broadcasted live from the casino on CBS Sports Network.

"CBS has not covered boxing live ever, so this is the first time and we're proud that it's here at Resorts World," said Michelle Stoddart, director of Public Relations and Community Development.

The event, comprised of seven fights, took place on the casino's third floor "Central Park" center stage. Three of the fights, including both title fights, were broadcasted live.

The casino has held boxing matches in the past, including 50 Cent's Big Apple Boxing, according to Stoddart. However, the event on Saturday was the first title fight and several of the staff agreed having the event broadcasted live meant big exposure for the casino.

"The better the caliber of the event. it just gives us more exposure and the fact that it's a live broadcast event that's happening here is huge for Resorts World and for Queens, so we really lucked out," said Stoddart.

In organizing the event, Entertainment and Events Manager Angela Gozzi worked closely with fight promoter Sal Musumeci. Gozzi said she was introduced to Musumeci through a contact at the Daily News and she spoke with him for several months about putting on an event at the casino.

They spent the past two months organizing the event. Musumeci said he chose Resorts World Casino because of it's atmosphere.

"This is our first event tied in with CBS Sports so we wanted to get the right casino. that's why we chose Resorts World," said Musumeci. "It has the atmosphere, it has the fan base, it has everything to launch a big series like this."

Because of his many fight promotions and working with other networks like ESPN, HBO and Showtime, Musumeci said he was able to establish a connection with CBS and get the show broadcasted live.

"I've been in the business for 20 years and I've done over 200 pro shows, so because of our experience and my company and the shows we've done now we've tied in a series with CBS Sports," said Musumeci.

Musumeci said there was no hesitation, and that Gozzi saw the value it brought to both the boxing and casino worlds and they stuck an immediate deal which he said was a win-win situation for all.

"It's great exposure for us in branding our name and getting out into the community and showing that we're a place to come with several things to do,” said Gozzi. “A place to gamble, have dinner and also see a great fight."

Musumeci said he would like to work with the casino on future endeavors and moving forward Gozzi said there was already a meeting scheduled to discuss future events, including boxing matches.

"We do have other boxing events scheduled for 2015 that are not televised at the moment, but if they could be that would be great for everyone involved," said Gozzi.

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Crystal Moye
February 19, 2015
Good work Rodney!! I'm proud of you, man!