Boxing Tickets for main events: Nothing quite beats the atmosphere of actually being at a big fight. Who wouldn’t have loved to have been sat ringside for the Rumble in the Jungle or the Thriller in Manilla?
Being right there in the arena, seeing the action close up creates the type of memories and experience you savour for a long time. That’s why ShopBoxing want to give you the chance to attend all the big fights. We want you to see your favourite boxers in action and catch all the upcoming title fights.
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Boxing Tickets: Recommendations
- Get to the venue early as this allows you to witness the next generation of boxers on the undercard; you may spot a few rising talents here!
- Book your tickets well in advance, as boxing is very popular in the UK at the moment so tickets do sell out fast.
- As well as the big events at the O2 Arena or Wembley Stadium, do try to get along to the historic York Hall Bethnal Green. If you look at the boxers that have fought there, then it is like a who-is-who of the UK boxing scene. It is a great venue, packed full of history with great atmosphere.
- Do plan your journey to the venue. Check travel routes/times for going to ensure you don’t arrive late. Also, check the bus or subway times for coming home. Venues such as Wembley or the Millennium Stadium can see huge numbers leaving all at once, so you may wish to get out before the crowds and beat the rush – but do wait until you have seen all of the main event of course!
Boxing Tickets: Running order on the night
As with almost all sports events and concerts, the doors open long before the event itself starts. This gives you plenty of time to get in, buy any food or drink, and find your seats. Note that most venues will have a bar and you can take your drinks to your seats.
On the night you can expect a series of undercard fights – they usually begin with some up-and-coming boxers, and often these fights may not even be televised. The ‘fight card’ will progress with more established boxers appearing later, before the main, headline event of the evening. Often there will be a fight or two after the main event – these bouts will usually feature younger or less well known boxers.
In the fight programme, or running order, you may see bouts listed as ‘floating’. This means that they don’t have a scheduled time or order of appearance. They are on stand-by, so to speak. Promoters will often have floating fights in case a bout ends earlier than expected – perhaps owing to a knock-out or a cut. This means they can stage that bout to keep the audience entertained without having to bring forward the start time of the main event. The promoters are under pressure from the TV networks to roughly start and end the main event at set times, so this definitely helps with that.
If all bouts go the scheduled distance, then the floating bout would be staged after the main event.
Boxing Tickets: The main event
For most people at the arena the main event is the reason why you bought tickets in the first place. These are the two boxers you really want to see. Often, for the big boxing matches, the main event can be very theatrical. Gone are the days when the boxers would quietly walk to the ring and proceedings would get underway soon afterwards. In this day and age people expect, and demand, entertainment and a ‘show’.
We have seen well known boxers appear with a display of smoke, fireworks or even flames! Who could forget Chris Eubank ridding to the ring on a motorbike or Naseem Hammed descending from above on a crane? Boxing is show-business and the fans have come to expect this sort of spectacle now.
It is customary for the ring announcer to introduce the challenger first, as tradition dictates that the champion enters the ring last. Each boxer will be given a brief introduction before he makes his way to the ring, typically accompanied by his trainer, cutman, ‘second’ and some music. Upon entering the ring each boxer will then be given a more in depth introduction with his read-out to the audience. For significant world title fights, the national anthem of each boxer may even be played. The referee will bring both boxers together to say his final words to them, and will make them touch gloves as a sporting gesture. Then, the action really beings…
Boxing Tickets: Seating
Prior to the main event you will often see a few empty seats at the venue. This is because a lot of casual boxing fans are only interested in seeing the main event. This is also very common among celebrities or people in the hospitality seats at ringside.
Commonly people will move to empty seats (closer to the ring) until the real occupier arrives. Also, you may see people stepping out to the bar during some of the undercard fights if it’s a boxer they don’t follow. This typically leads to a ‘musical chairs’ scenario where people are moving to better seats until the ticket holder returns. Don’t worry, it is all part of the fun of being at a live boxing match – and anyone sitting in your seat will give it up to you as soon as you arrive or come back again. It also means that you can get a better seat for a short while too!
This also means that when the main event is over, a lot of the seats close to the ring become vacant. You will then see people from the back of the arena moving forward to take up these positions. It gives them that special ringside experience even if ti is just for a low level bout.
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