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When prize fighting, a boxer is fighting for money to provide for itself, family or loved ones. The better you are, the more promotion you have, the more money you make.

In the world of white collar boxing, sanctioned amateur bouts between white collar professionals, the combatants have already established their means of making a living. You have chefs, entrepreneurs, financial consultants, investment bankers, attorneys, doctors and so on and so forth.

Just like prize fighters, some make a better living than others. But, the money they make outside the ring is not the prize, its what they accomplish during training camp and fight night that truly fulfills white collar boxers.

“Its about empowerment,” says Terri Moss, promoter of Atlanta Corporate Fight Night. “It takes a lot of guts to get in there (the boxing ring) and survive without getting humiliated or hurt.”

On May 22, Moss will be promoting her eighth Corporate Fight Night card in Atlanta. Launching her brand in 2010, Moss says it hasn’t been an easy road, but its getting better.

“Eventually, I want to franchise this thing (Corporate Fight Night), you know, venture out into other parts of the country, the world even,” she says.

Moss is definitely following up on her ambitions, as Corporate Fight Night is already set to hit Nashville, TN later in the year. Nashville Corporate Fight Night is just another savory entree added to the plate of this busy trainer-promoter. Besides Corporate Fight Night, Moss owns and operates Buckhead Fight Club, where she trains her CFN participants, as well as her own promising crop of fighters.

Due to her location, along Buford Highway in Brookhaven, GA, Moss says its easy for her to attract Latino boxers, in a city where the majority of the population is black. To understand the power Latino fighters command in the sport of boxing, the two highest grossing Pay-Per-View boxing matches in the history of the sport co-featured a Latino fighter.

Moss is also working closely with film and television producers, seeking to get her brand and fighters more exposure. There is already “Boxing Chicks,” a documentary that features Moss and other female fighters she trains. She is also looking to turn Corporate Fight Night into a reality based series.

“Its all about the boxers,” says Moss. “I wanted to make it (Corporate Fight Night) a boxing show. That’s why the boxers are a part of the promotion. They help sell the show.”

However, its not hard to see the fulfillment and joy Moss receives every moment she interacts with her fighters. Every word she speaks about her fighters, from the ones with the most potential to the ones with least, she is glowing with happiness. That’s her prize.

On May 23, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 8 will be in the books, and Moss will continue fighting. Fighting to build her brand, fighting to build her fighters. And most of all, although blue collar in nature, Moss is fighting her way to the top of the white collar boxing ranks.

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