Woodland’s Friday Night Fights, and the Legacy Lives On
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It’s a warm late-June Friday night in Woodland, where a cozy community gym and a full card of pro boxers equals another success for a couple of longtime local promoters–Paco Presents and Don Chargin Productions.
The demise of boxing has been reportedly imminent for decades, but this part of the American sports scene, it’s safe to say, still thrives in small town venues like Woodland’s Community Center. Here, on June 23, ten boxers each with their own unique stories from California towns like Sacramento, Vacaville, Fairfield, and Vallejo, put on a show before an enthusiastic capacity crowd.
The story is best told through the images of the night, where Friday Night Fights in Woodland, a true piece of Americana, lives on.
A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.