Glove Love

Brawlroom Boxing promises big hits.

TUES, 9/20

The 1770 Sherman Street Events Complex is a 99-year old building known not only as one of the area's finest examples of Moorish Revival architecture, but as one whose access was once on a members-only basis. Since the building's sale in 1995, the facility has become highly fought after on the wedding and prom circuit, but the hostility looks to increase considerably as some of the area's most proficient pugilists take over Sherman Street for an evening of Brawlroom Boxing.

Although the sport governed by the rules of the Marquis of Queensberry was not sanctioned in our state until 2000, Colorado has long been known for producing champions, with a lineage that includes heavyweights Ron Lyle, DaVarryl Williamson and, possibly the state's greatest athlete of all time, Jack "The Manassa Mauler" Dempsey. Tonight's spotlight will be firmly focused on junior welterweights and Thornton natives Adrian and Anthony Mora, who both bring in untainted records in fourteen professional fights.

"The Mora brothers have legitimate talent," says Tuesday Night Fights promoter Kevin Maloney. "They both can be champions."

Other locals scheduled to get it on are super heavyweight Chris "Da Future" Green and Jose Morales, a gym addict making his professional debut. The venue will hold about 1,000, according to promoters, who say the "no bad seats" rule should be in effect. Fifteen bucks will get in you in the door, $50 will put you on the floor, and $60 will get you into the exclusive "elevated ringside" balconies. For tickets and more information, call 720-434-4515. -- Cub Buenning

Got Wood?
The Woody Open brings back retro tennis.
SAT, 9/17

Although you could argue that leaving the house in polyester short shorts, a headband and knee-high striped socks is an event in and of itself, once you throw in mixed-doubles tennis played exclusively with yesteryear's wooden rackets, a catered lunch and a boatload of gifts and prizes, what's really left to argue about?

Couples and coed friends will leave their domestic squabbles on the sidelines today and instead serve up the week's stress at the 3rd Annual Woody Open at the Gates Tennis Center, 100 South Adams Street. Presented by InMotion365.com and benefiting Denver's YouthBiz, the throwback tourney promises to please players of all abilities.

"The event itself is hilarious," says InMotion365 co-founder Kelly Trotter. "People come out and they totally dress the wooden-racket part."

Got the garb but don't have the retro racket? Trotter and a gang of determined friends took the nation's thrift stores by storm, gobbling up almost ninety wooden rackets from Denver to Ohio -- enough for everyone to share. For $60, you and your partner can have a seriously sweaty day that includes tennis, lunch, a Woody Open T-shirt, gift-bag goodies and the chance to grab prizes for things such as winning, losing and best outfit. Interested players can get more information at www.InMotion365.com. -- Drew Bixby

Av Fun
FRI, 9/16

More than seventeen months have passed since we last saw the likes of Joe Sakic and Rob Blake donning the burgundy and white of the Colorado Avalanche. The wait for puckheads is finally over, as tonight those colors will be split down the middle for the city's Peter Forsberg-less glimpse of the Avs at their annual Burgundy & White Game. The University of Denver's Magness Arena, 2240 East Buchtel Boulevard, will lay out clean ice for the intra-squad scrimmage, showcasing the team's entire revamped roster. The puck drops at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets fall between $12 and $35, but you'd better skate fast to the Pepsi Center or Magness Arena box offices, or call 303-871-2336 for more information. -- Cub Buenning

The Beautiful Game
Soccer comes with an Afro-Caribbean flair.
SUN, 9/18

Pelé once predicted that an African nation would win the World Cup by the end of the twentieth century. To date, only Cameroon and Senegal have progressed even as far as the quarter-finals. Nostradamus, he ain't. But hailing from Brazil as he does, the land of eye-popping samba soccer, Pelé must have recognized something in the urgent, exciting style of play practiced by many African countries and simply gotten fired up. Watch one match with Nigeria, Cameroon or even up-and-comers the Ivory Coast and you'll forgive the old guy his zeal.

There may be no Samuel Eto'o at today's Caribbean/African Network International Invitational Soccer Tournament and Picnic in the Park, but there'll be plenty of passion as local teams with players originally hailing from various African and Caribbean nations go at it in City Park. A precursor to a full-blown international league that CAN is hoping to establish in Denver, the tournament and picnic begin at 1 p.m. and will include food and reggae music. The event is free and open to the public. Ball in! For more information, call 720-366-9366. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

 
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