“It kind of fell apart after (the 1980s and 1990s),” said Pope, who is originally from Maryland and hadn’t fought on the station in “at least 10 years. I love it. here”.
Fans of the sport want more championship boxing here, and they’ve made that clear with an electric atmosphere, like one regularly felt years ago. Mist poured from the ceilings and lights shone in the ring. Fans were seated all around the exhibit hall, and the many seats filled up as the night went on.
There were near-full crowds (at least more than 500) when the three main fights, nationally televised on Showtime, began. The music played between rounds, the cheers and chants from the crowd after the big hits were infectious.
“It’s a great place,” said Gary Corriero, of Tuckerton, who watched with his son, Pete, a row away from the action. “It’s good to have him back. It really is.”
Gary and Pete are big boxing fans and watch fights on TV.
“It’s good to see boxing coming back here,” the elder Corriero said. “It’s good to see competitive fights. We appreciate that. I think they should do more big fights here.”
Borgata had not held a boxing card since Nov. 15, 2007, when WBO featherweight champion Juan Guzman earned a unanimous decision.