Boxing at the Los Angeles Athletic Club has been around since the club was founded back in 1880. The first LAAC champion boxer, Sam Dewey, was one of the founding members directly involved with naming the club. Keeping the tradition going was Richard “Duke” Llewellyn, who was also a respected fighter in his day having fought the legendary Joe Louis in an exhibition match.
Maintaining the boxing tradition today, The Los Angeles Athletic Club and Espada Boxing are once again teaming up for The L.A. Collegiate Boxing Invitational. Fights will include battles between USC, UCLA, Cal Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Cal State University of Northridge, UC Davis, CSU Los Angeles and University of Washington. There will be more than eight bouts with each bout going a maximum of three rounds. The main event will be USC vs UCLA. USC is leading 3-1 in the four previous years of this cross-town battle.
Join the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Espada Boxing for a night of food, fisticuffs and fun as we present “Rivals in the Ring”, The Los Angeles Collegiate Boxing Invitational.
Rivals in the Ring is a black-tie optional event featuring dining, whiskey tastings and a good old-fashioned collegiate boxing rivalry (USC vs. UCLA).
Three levels of seating are available for this event. Exclusive Balcony VIP seating includes a special whiskey tasting with complimentary wine and beer, VIP Ringside seating reserves premium seats for groups of four or more, and General Admission seating provides an opportunity to enjoy all the action.
All tickets include lavish hors d’oeuvres, pre-fight buffet and post-fight dessert. Cigars will be available throughout the night to enjoy on the club’s outdoor rooftop with breathtaking views of downtown. Relive an era at our historic club where boxing was the centerpiece of an exclusive night of socializing.