Chase Calloway has 145 amateur boxing fights, but only a handful of those have been in his hometown.
This Saturday, Aug. 26, “Kid Dynamite” returns to the ring in front of many of his friends and family as he puts on his third installment of olympic-style amateur boxing in St. Joseph. The 21-year-old is set to host the Calloway Classic 2 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, 1201 N. Woodbine Road.
The pugilist will box Roberto Torres of Omaha, Nebraska, in the main event of a card that will feature 15 amateur matches from ages 8 to 40. But that’s not all.
Calloway will host an after-fight party that will show the heavily talked about megafight between undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and UFC’s “The Notorious” Conor McGregor.
He said to expect the local matches to end around 8 p.m., just in time for the beginning of the pay-per-view telecast. Calloway added that he originally had the date set before the Mayweather-McGregor card was finalized, but once he found out both would be the same night, he decided to combine the events.
“There’s going to be a lot of exciting, quality fights with national level boxers of all ages,” he said. “I love boxing in my hometown and having the support of my family and friends in the crowd cheering me on. I expect it to be electric Saturday night. I can’t wait.”
The middleweight is coming off a second-place finish at the Ringside World Championships just three weeks ago, and has plans to continue his amateur career until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, should he make it.
Last year, the son of former local heavyweight champion Rob “All-American Prizefighter” Calloway defeated Chase Wilson of Arkansas by decision in the original Calloway Classic. And in his first promoted bout in an event titled “Night at the Fights,” Chase Calloway scored a first-round knockout. He again plans on performing at a high level with his third opportunity.
Before he began punching at the elite level, Calloway fought in St. Joseph three times at Civic Arena under the tutelage of his father and another three times at their health club in the mid-2000s. But since graduating from Lafayette High School in 2014, the Missouri Western student began promoting his own shows.
“Calloway Classic is going to be an annual event for years to come,” the once-nationally ranked top-10 boxer said. “I’m proud to keep amateur boxing alive and present in our community.”
Tickets for the card start at $15 and the after-fight party, along with the viewing of the PPV fight, is free. Smoothie King and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are providing some of the concessions at the event, as well as Stoney Creek’s full bar.
Boxing clubs across the four-state region will attend the event. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first bell is set for 5 p.m. For tickets, call 816-344-6609.