Its not hard to find a fight promotion in Arizona; at least a half dozen have emerged in the past 4 years. Most are now defunct. Yet the few that are still around have flourished, proving that Arizona is big enough for multiple promotions to succeed. Based in Flagstaff, Dark Sky Promotions is one of the newest.
The Dark Sky brand will debut tomorrow with Impact in the Pines, an amateur boxing event. For this event 25 bouts have been booked, mostly in youth divisions."As my team becomes more experienced it becomes harder to find them match ups," Dark Sky and Monster Fitness founder Michael Martinez explained in an interview. "Having a show close to home gives our kids another chance to compete. There are kids from Flagstaff that have been training for years but have yet to compete for the simple reason there is nothing in town."
Flagstaff is a city that has yet to prove itself capable of supporting any kind of promotion. Yet filling a void can be advantageous. Dark Sky is tapping into a previously untapped market with no other promotions to compete with.
Moreover the credibility and connections Martinez has developed over the years as a competitor have carried over to his new venture. "Being in the fight business now for a number of year and having ties with different promoters and gyms is helpful in planning events. It helps to bring top talent!" Martinez added, “I've also received some great advice from local promoters Master Bob Karmel(of Bounded Fist Muay Thai) and Thiago (Azaredo) from Siam Fight Productions. They have helped me with the little things most promoters miss.”
Dark Sky has already lined up its second show for November 2nd of this year, a combined USA Boxing/USMTA event, the first of it‘s kind in Flagstaff, perhaps in Arizona. Martinez, who runs Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai programs out of his gym made clear he wants his show to encompass more than just Boxing. “Dark Sky Fight Promotions plans on having a boxing event every couple months with 3 or 4 Muay Thai shows over the next year.”