Local fighters will put their dukes up at Dayton History Fight Night

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We talk with participants and learn about what it takes to step in the ring for Dayton History.

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Twenty pugilists will take a step back in time and go toe-to-toe in benefit of Dayton History on Feb. 24 at Memorial Hall.

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The 1920s-themed Dayton History Fight Night pits two teams of men and women boxers -- the red corner and the black corner -- against one another in the historic venue. Proceeds from the event will go to non-profit organization Dayton History.

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Memorial Hall has seen many a fight since its opening in 1910, with legends like Jack Dempsy and Muhammad Ali dishing out blows beneath its lights.

Though the upcoming matches will feature the lesser-knowns in the annals of boxing lore, they promise to be no less competitive. The competitors, most of whom are experienced in organized fighting, have spent the better part of the last three months training for this event.

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Each fighter has been sponsored by a local business or nonprofit. This year’s sponsors include: 9Round West Chester, Breakout Boxing and Fitness, Coldwell Banker Heritage – The Cindy Buckreus, Cox Media Group, Clothes that Work, Friends & Family of Rachael Spitsnaugle, Houser Asphalt & Concrete, ImagiNATE, Joyvin Mobile Grocer, Premier Plastic Surgeons and Premier Orthopedics and Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons, Premier Plastic Surgeons and Premier Orthopedics and Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons, Riverside Masonry, Soul-utions Incorporated, Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Terenzi Audio, Soho Dayton, Turbo Zone, Vivial, Wm Brockman & Sons and Wright Party Bus & Limo. Additional sponsors have provided corner, ringside, decor and other support as needed for a successful event.

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Dayton History held its annual Fight Night boxing event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Memorial Hall in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dayton History held its annual Fight Night boxing event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Memorial Hall in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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Dayton History held its annual Fight Night boxing event on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Memorial Hall in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

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Guests attending the event are encouraged to dress in clothing from the period and will be invited to a Fight Night Speakeasy After Party with music, dancing and a full-service bar in the building’s lower level. Tickets are available at Carillon Historical Park, Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Old Scratch Pizza, Brixx Ice Company, Clash Gallery & Boutique, and Therapy Café.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Dayton History Fight Night

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

Where: Memorial Hall, 125 E. First St., Dayton

Cost: $15 presale online and at various locations; $20 at door

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