Wish Upon A Teen Hosting Celebrity Boxing Match At Bert’s Warehouse


The boxing match will provide resources and opportunities to teens with severe life-limiting medical conditions

Wish Upon A Teen will host A Fighting Chance, a premier boxing fundraiser, at Bert’s Warehouse on April 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The semi-formal evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, music and six Vegas-style boxing matches, including a faceoff between celebrity boxers Dr. Darrius of WJLB radio and former WBO light middleweight champion Bronco McKart.

The funds raised from A Fighting Chance will provide resources and opportunities to teens with severe life-limiting medical conditions through Wish Upon A Teen programs, including its flagship program, Design My Room ®, as well as other signature programs such as Spa Day, An Evening of Dreams Prom and family outings.

“Our fundraising goal for A Fight Chance is $100,000,” said Wish Upon A Teen’s Executive Director Nancy Sovran. “We have been doing a record number of Design My Rooms® and cannot do it without the generosity of the community. We want to be able to reach every teen who is facing a serious life-threatening illness.”

Wish Upon A Teen has held an annual fundraising event since its inception in 2011, but this is the first boxing-themed event the organization is hosting. Board member and owner of Jabs Gym, David Tessler, has played an integral role in creating an authentic boxing event.

“Bert’s Warehouse is an iconic Motown venue and is the perfect spot for this charity boxing night,” Tessler said. “There will be six boxing matches, including a celebrity match, with professional and amateur fighters.”

There’s an enticing roster for the evening that should lead to some exciting matches, including:

  • Darrius (97.9 WJLB DJ) vs. Bronco McKart (3x World Champion)
  • Willie Fortune (22-2 professional record) vs. James Ballard (8-0 professional record)
  • Isiah Jones (3-0 professional record and National Golden Gloves Champion) vs. Antonio Wade (3-0 professional record)
  • Zach Shamoun (4-0-2 professional record)
  • Plus two amateur matches

Tickets for $50 regular admission and $150 VIP can be purchased today

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Wish Upon a Teen is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing resources, time and opportunities to teenagers with severe life-limiting medical conditions. Through creative, social, and educational opportunities, our goal is to normalize their environment and rebuild their self-esteem as they transition to adulthood.


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