MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis native Langston “Lank the King” Hampton Jr., brought the first championship boxing fight since 2008 to the Bluff City last year, now Lank the King wants to do it again, but even bigger as a celebration of the city’s 200th birthday.
The fight is called the Bicentennial Beatdown Championship, and it will take place on May 17 at the Agricenter International, during one of the busiest months in Memphis.
“Everything that I had in my mind that I wanted to do was in the fall time," Lank the King said at the Bicentennial Beatdown announcement on Friday. “But, I said, ‘there’s just something about Memphis in May, and celebrating the 200 years of this great city.'"
Lank brought The Big Payback Championship Boxing Fight to FedExForum last July. He said it was a good fight, but he wanted to make his next fight better.
“We want to give you guys a great quality main event,” Lank the King said. “We’re looking to do at least four to five world title fights on this show.”
Lank is once again partnering with DeJuan Blake, the cousin of boxing legend Floyd "Money’ Mayweather, to put together The Bicentennial Beatdown. Mayweather himself will also be involved in promoting the fight.
“Lank is a good guy," Blake said. 'He brings good business. We saw a way to capitalize on a market that wasn’t really tapped into yet. We gave him a shot. The first show was good, but with a little bit of help and guidance we can do some amazing things. Also with the Red Wing group, we just put our minds together, and came up with some great ideas, and we’re off to the races now.”
Headlining the event is Orange Mound’s, LaDarius “Memphis” Miller. Miller is a part of Mayweather Promotions and The Money Team.
“Good look for LaDarius Miller to come out here at home,” Blake said. “We were looking for a way to bring him out to his hometown to showcase his talent, and no other time to do business with Lank Promotions and Red Wing group to bring them out here.”
Other fighters in the event include, Donald Ward, Lanell “KO” Belows, Grover Young, Amron Sands, Quashawn Toler and Ava Knight. Knight, who was a part of the first female professional boxing fight in Memphis last July, said she’s appreciative of the support the Bluff City showed her.
“I’ve never seen so many women support a female fighter,” Knight said. “That to me was a big deal, because everywhere I go, I get men who are like, ‘you’re too pretty for this.’ It was great to see the women come out and say, ‘we’re so excited to see you fight.’ That was different to me.”
Lank the King said the official fight card will be announced at a later date.