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Dayton 'Fight Night' Comes To Memorial Hall


On February 25th at Memorial Hall, Dayton History will host Fight Night, an evening of boxing. Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and other boxing legends have battled it out inside the hall and this event keeps that tradition alive. To get the details WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Jeff Brown, founder of the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, in Centerville who’s been training the athletes for their fights.

Here's the press release with more details from Dayton History:

On Saturday, February 25th, 2017, historic Memorial Hall (Est. 1910) welcomes nearly 1,500 spectators to Dayton History's Fight Night, presented by Steve R. Rauch Inc. Fighters train for several weeks alongside Jeff Brown, founder of Brown Institute of Martial Arts, before going three rounds in the same venue where Muhammad Ali, Jack Dempsey, and many other boxing legends once went toe-to-toe. 

Guests are encouraged to dress in their best 1920s outfits to match the theme of this historically inspired boxing exhibition. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and concessions will be served throughout the night. 

After the fighting has ended, Fight Night's Speakeasy After-Party will just be getting started in Memorial Hall's lower level. Featuring music and a full-service bar, party-goers can mingle with the fighters and dance the night away.

Pre-sale tickets are available at Carillon Historical Park, Brown Institute of Martial Arts, and various Dayton establishments. 

Credit Jerry Kenney
Jeff Brown is the founder of the Brown Institute of Martial Arts in Centerville.

Click here for a full list of ticket sales locations. 

All proceeds benefit Dayton History -- a Dayton-based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the region's past to life to understand the present and inspire the future.

More Info: 937.293.2841 // daytonfightnight.com

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.