Fighting the Good Fight: Nate Tubbs and His Battle to Make a Difference
By Aaron Lloyd
During the better part of the 1990s, former heavyweight contender Nate Tubbs spent a lot of time fighting his way through the ranks, and flattening opponents with his vaunted right hand. Along the way he collected 18 wins against only 4 defeats (including 14 inside the distance) and his ring achievements included run ins with notables such as Lawrence Clay Bey, David Tua, and Corrie Sanders (whom he defeated by way of a spectacular second round knockout in May of 1994). Now Tubbs, at the age of 47, is involved in an entirely different fight, against the drugs, guns, gangs, and violence that threaten the welfare of today’s youth, and his once dangerous right hand has now become a welcomed extension for those in need of a new outlook on life and a fresh start from a troubled past.
As a youth growing up in Cincinnati OH, Nate Tubbs discovered early on the pitfalls that awaited many who turned to a life of crime as a coping mechanism for a life spent on the street. Through boxing, Nate found an outlet that enabled him to avoid the harsh realities of drugs and violence, and simultaneously challenged him to develop himself in both mind and body. It is therefore in that spirit, and with those goals in mind, that Nate established the Nate Tubbs Group Home & Amateur Boxing Program for Teenage Boys, a certified nonprofit organization, as a way to combat self destructive behavior and give young men the opportunity to grow as individuals through positive reinforcement. By offering anger management classes, tutoring services, academic monitoring, college preparatory programs, and world class boxing instruction, Nate’s organization has provided a vital service to the community, as well as assistance to more than 60 at risk teens at its peak in 2008.
After a three year hiatus, the realization of Nate’s dream to rebuild his organization and the continuation of his mission to help those less fortunate takes another step forward this Saturday, April 21, with a “Boxing for Charity” fundraising event, to be held at the Rising Star Casino in Southern Indiana. With the help of some high profile boxing friends such as five division titlist Thomas “the Hitman” Hearns, former world heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas, and legendary trainer Janks Morton, Nate has put together an exciting night of boxing with the proceeds going to a worthy cause.
The events will begin with a VIP meet and greet on Friday night, followed by an action packed night of boxing on Saturday. Featured on Saturday night’s card is 2008 Nigerian Olympic qualifier, and undefeated heavyweight Olandrewaju “the Viper” Durodola, along with 6’5, 278 pound Columbus, OH native John L. Smith, and Maryland heavyweight Duane Mobley. Smith will enter the ring under the guidance of trainer James “Buster” Douglas, while Mobley works under the instruction of famed trainer Janks Morton, who has worked with numerous Olympic and professional world champions including Sugar Ray Leonard, Greg Page, Razor Ruddock, and Riddick Bowe. In total, seven entertaining and competitive bouts are scheduled, and the bout sheet (subject to change) is as follows:
Heavyweight Olanrewaju Durodola 8-0 (7) vs. Calvin Rooks 3-3 (0)
Heavyweight John L. Smith 10-0 (3) vs. Ralph Lawrence 0-2 (0)
Jr. Lightweight Mel Crossty 4-0-1 (1) vs. TBA
Heavyweight Duane Mobley 1-0 (0) vs. Francois “the Hulk” Russell 0-2 (0)
Featherweight Salvador Perez 1-1-1 (1) vs. Jimmy Smalls 0-1 (0)
Heavyweights Tanzee Daniels vs. Tiffany “the Terminator” Woodward
So if you are interested in mingling with A-list celebrity guests, witnessing some hard hitting professional boxing action, and doing you’re part to contribute to a worthwhile endeavor, then get your tickets, come on down to the Rising Star Casino on April 21, and help Nate “Stop the Violence and Save the Kids!”
For those unable to attend, donations to the Nate Tubbs Group Home & Amateur Boxing Program for Teenage Boys nonprofit organization are welcome and greatly appreciated, and may be sent to:
350 Hearn St.
Cincinnati, Oh 45229
For further information please contact Nate at (513) 633-7345
Ticket & Venue Information
- VIP tickets for the “Boxing for Charity” event are $75.00 and general admission prices are $25.00.
- Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or the Rising Star Casino Resort box office by calling (800) 471-6311.
- Discounted Veteran and Group Tickets can be obtained by contacting Nate Tubbs (513) 633-7345 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday April 21, with the first bout starting at 7:00 p.m.
- Rising Star Casino Resort, 777 Rising Star Drive, Rising Sun, IN 47040 (800) 471-6311