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`Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble!’

Tim Mutrie

“The Crippler at the Tippler.” That’s what a fight card might proclaim for an upcoming Tough Man competition at The Tippler nightclub in Aspen.

Promoters Don Martinez and Lance Trippett, of Problem Child Productions, are putting on the multibout card Feb. 25, featuring amateur boxing and no-holds-barred semi-pro fights. And they plan to covert The Tippler’s heavily used dance floor into a boxing ring for “fight night.”

“It’s going to be all amateur tough man boxing,” Martinez said. “And on the same card, we’re going to throw some semi-pro, no-holds-barred, mixed-martial arts-type fighting.”

Martinez and Trippett are recruiting local “tough men” to compete in the amateur boxing fights – in two divisions, over and under 200 pounds – and hope to entice some “tough women” fighters too.

The semi-pro fights are not open to public entries.

“As far as the no-holds-barred fights go, it’s like the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but with more rules,” Martinez said. “And it’s a closed card. We’re not taking people off the street because that’s a whole other level of fighting – those guys are good.”

Martinez and Trippett hope to hold three semi-pro bouts, featuring two, five-minute rounds, with purses approaching $300 for the winners.

“They’ve got kick-boxing and wrestling backgrounds,” Martinez said. “It’s not a true `anything goes’ fight, it’s a hybrid mix between kick-boxing and wrestling with rules.”

In the amateur boxing category, eight fighters in each division will compete in a single-elimination tournament. To enter, fighters must front $35, though each bracket champion will receive $300 in prize money. The winners may also be invited to fight on a semi-pro card Martinez and Trippett are organizing in Pueblo in April or May.

Each amateur bout will feature three, one-minute rounds, “assuming there isn’t a knockout,” Martinez said. Fighters must wear 16-ounce gloves; headgear is optional.

“We’ve had a really good response from aspiring boxers in the valley,” Martinez said. “But we’re still looking for fighters, the amateur guys, and gals.”

Ringside seats are $35, and general admission is $20. Martinez said approximately 300 tickets will be sold for the event.

Anyone interested in fighting and/or tickets should call PC Productions, at 379-7433 or 927-2554.


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