The modern sport of boxing evolved to give order to the wild brawls of old, just as fencing did for duels and Twister did for reckless contortionism. Experience reformed sport with today's GrouponLive deal to Windy City Fight Night 21, presented by 8 Count Productions at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, February 24, at 8 p.m. For $18, you get one general-admission ticket (a $31 value).
For the past 15 years, 8 Count Productions has wrangled skilled pugilists from around the world for exciting bouts of physical power and agility. Windy City Fight Night 21 marks the Chicago debut of Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry, named as ESPN's Friday Night Fights Fighter of the Year in 2006. Boasting a 28-6-2 record over his 10-year career, Cherry continues his quest for the junior-lightweight belt and a social situation in which it might be appropriately worn.
Next, Adrian "El Tigre" Granados and Jaime "The Truth" Herrera will step in the ring, with the welterweight powerhouses repping their hometowns of Cicero and Franklin Park to forestall the organizational hassle of an all-city dance-off. On the undercard, undefeated up-and-comers junior welterweight Luis Santiago and cruiserweight Dimar "Strongman" Ortuz test the strength of their sterling records, and additional contenders will be announced as the date draws near.