Return of Fight Night Could Electrify NHS
By Brad Arata
Picture this: February 10, 1982, an event that draws in a full crowd takes place in Novato High’s very own Gordon Gym. The occasion called “Fight Night” entertained over 1,000 people and put smiles on everyone’s face.
This night, hosted by the school, allowed students to compete in the ring and brought in tons of money. The price of entry was $5 and the gym was packed with approximately 1,400 people. Boxing was officially a part of the high school landscape.
Bringing this event back could potentially bring in a substantial amount of money that Novato High could definitely use.
Senior Marcello Cattaneo loves the idea of Fight Night.
“It could make a lot of money for the school, bring in a lot of heads and get some cash flowing around,” Cattaneo mentioned. “It would probably bring in more money than any other event, to be honest.”
Fight Night could be held a couple times a year in the New Gym, but having the school on board with the plan seems far-fetched. Since then, Novato High has become smarter about the sport of boxing and head injuries in particular. Our school is aware of the trauma boxing causes on brains and the violent nature of the sport itself. However, I know that a lot of people would be on board with the idea.
P.E. teacher Bruce Ferrigno began teaching at Novato High just after the days of boxing.
“All that was left was an old punching bag in the corner of the weightroom,” Ferrigno said.
However, on the topic of boxing returning to the high school level nowadays, Ferrigno doesn’t see it happening.
“Not today, I mean come on,” Ferrigno said, implying that it would be immediately denied as an idea because of new societal norms.
Additionally, there would be no shortage of potential fighters, as you could find willing participants all over the campus.
Seniors Jason Hines, Laurence Dikow, and Colin Farrell would all be willing to fight during Fight Night if there were no consequences. Such as, if there was no collateral coming from administration and the school was on board.
Juniors Matheus Borges and Eric Avina would also be willing to enter the ring in a heartbeat.
Fight Night is a great collaborative activity, which could clearly do a lot of good for the school. Our school has no lack of school spirit and nothing would get students more fired up than competitive boxing matches. Giving spirited students an outlet to get excited should be a priority for NHS.
Assistant Frosh-Soph football Coach, and NBI teacher Danny Kambur described his thoughts on the idea.
“I think it is a great idea because I think Novato does need those type of sports and I think there is a sort of creative outlet. You'd be surprised at the amount who have expressed an interest in boxing and have some level of boxing talent,” Kambur said. “Lord knows kids are getting into fights anyways, so you know it might be creative.”
Fight Night could potentially be the most entertaining event to happen at Novato High in a very long time. Seeing two of your classmates compete in the toughest way possible would intrigue anyone.
Additionally, boxing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, so it could force participants to get in shape in preparation for their next fights.
Sophomore Tyler Abreu loves the idea of Fight Night at Novato.
“Fight Night would probably be the highlight of my high school career. If I were to witness a knockout I think I would lose it,” said Abreu.
The Fight Night from the 80’s (covered in the school newspaper The Buzz) hosted a group of fighters from a variety of different weight classes, including a heavyweight bout between Tec Childers and Bob Glover that resulted in a draw. There were also fights at the Junior Heavyweight, Middleweight, Junior Middleweight, Welterweight, Featherweight, Bantamweight, and the Flyweight divisions.
For a particularly aggressive pair of fighters, the match began the day prior to Fight Night in the parking lot! The pair was broken up and was still allowed to resume their fight in the ring.
Fight Night would undoubtedly entertain everyone in the stands and bring this school together in a positive way.