- Between May 2002 and June 2003 Main Events promoted the classic trilogy of fights between Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward. Called “The Greatest Event in the History of Sport” by one media pundit, the Gatti-Ward Trilogy was voted the second-greatest boxing trilogy of all time behind Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier in a recent ESPN.com Poll.
- Between 1992 and 1995 Main Events promoted another classic boxing trilogy when Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe traded blows and wins in Las Vegas. The second fight of that series, won by Holyfield, is best remembered for a rather bizarre incident--the sudden appearance of the infamous “Fan Man” who literally flew into the ring during the seventh round in a home made flying machine, temporarily stopping the action in mid-fight.
- In 1991 Main Events promoted "The Battle of the Ages," featuring then-undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and the legendary George Foreman, which grossed over $80 million worldwide and, at the time, set a pay-per-view record that stood for six years.
- In 1983 Main Events promoted The Rematch between boxing legends Alexis Arguello and Aaron Pryor outdoors under the lights at Caesars Palace.
- Main Events’ first major promotion was the 1981 "Showdown" between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns for the undisputed welterweight championship, which grossed nearly $40 million worldwide, setting the gross revenue record for its time.
In December of 2008, Main Events crowned its newest World Champion. In front of thousands of adoring fans at Newark’s Prudential Center, Tomasz Adamek knocked down defending champion Steve Cunningham multiple times to thrill the crowd and win the World Cruiserweight Championship.
- In 2006 Main Events co-promoted a pair of PPV fights between Latino favorite Fernando Vargas and Sugar Shane Mosley. Mosley took both fights, scoring TKO’s in the tenth and sixth rounds, respectively.
- In 2005 Main Events co-promoted the PPV blockbuster between then champion Arturo Gatti and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Dubbed “Thunder and Lightening,” the bout drew the sixth of nine sold-out crowds in a row to Atlantic City’s famed Convention Hall. Gatti’s legion of fans were sorry to see their hero fall to the slick boxer, but not at all disappointed to witness the emergence of boxing’s current best pound for pound fighter.
- In September of 2002, Main Events co-promoted a title unification bout between Fernando Vargas and Oscar DeLaHoya entitled “Bad Blood.” Vargas knocked DeLaHoya down early in the fight, but the Golden Boy held on to win in the end, finishing Vargas in the eleventh round of the heart stopping, aptly-named battle.
- In 2000 Main Events co-promoted the classic showdown between Fernando Vargas and Felix Trinidad for the Undisputed Junior Middleweight Championship. After getting up off the canvas early in the fight Trinidad fouled the young Vargas repeatedly until he was able to dominate his opponent and unify the Junior Middleweight belts.
- In 1994, Main Events promoted the historic match between then champion Michael Moorer and George Foreman. Well behind on points going into the 10th round, Foreman, 45, knocked out the previously unbeaten Moorer to stun the boxing world by becoming the oldest Heavyweight Champion in history.
- In 1993, Main Events co-promoted the historic bout between Pernell Whitaker and his nemesis, Mexican legend Julio Caesar Chavez, dubbed by many boxing scribes “The Robbery of the Century.” While the bout was ostensibly fought for Chavez’ World Welterweight championship, the 50,000 fans who packed San Antonio’s Alamodome came to see exactly who was the Pound for Pound best fighter in the world. Whitaker administered a bruising boxing lesson to the crowd favorite, convincing everyone but the judges that he had won. Chavez’s own fans booed the majority decision draw when it was announced. Featured on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” that week with the word, “Robbed,” as the headline, Whitaker won the hearts of fans all over the world, if not the match and Chavez’ title.
- In another PPV classic, Main Events promoted the 1990 bout between Hector “The Macho Man” Camacho and Vinny Pazienza. Titled “Put Up or Shut Up,” the then unbeaten Macho Man silenced the Pazmanian Devil, keeping his World Junior Welterweight Title on a decision.
- In 1984, Main Events crowned four new world champions, to begin a streak that continues to this day. In January Johnny “Bump City” Bumphus got off the canvas to win the vacant world junior welterweight title on a 15-round decision. One month later, Johnny’s stablemate and close friend, Rocky Lockridge, upset heavily favored Roger Mayweather with a stunning first round knockout. In June, Buffalo, NY was the scene of another classic match-up between the legendary Ray Mancini and Livingstone Bramble. Bramble stunned Mancini and the rest of the boxing world with a 14th round stoppage of the popular Youngstown, Ohio hero in a bout that was hailed as the upset of the year. Then, to cap the outstanding year, Mike McCallum traveled to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden to win the vacant World Junior Middleweight crown with a 15-round decision.
Main Events gained a reputation throughout the 80’s and 90’s as the sport’s number one incubator for new talent. More than 30 years after the company’s birth, Main Events is still turning out boxing stars and future world champions. Among those whose careers were built under the Main Events’ banner and went on to win multiple world titles are quite a few recognizable names:
Five-time World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Evander Holyfield· Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis· Two-time World Champion and boxing legend Arturo Gatti· Six time World champion, Olympic Gold Medalist and undisputed best pound for pound fighter in the world in four weight classes, Pernell Sweetpea Whitaker· Two-time World Jr. Middleweight Champion Fernando Vargas· Two-time world champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Meldrick Taylor· Three-time World Heavyweight Champion Michael Moorer· Two-time Wolrd Welterweight, Olympic Gold Medalist and NY Golden Gloves Champion Mark Brelan· Two-time World Champion Vinny Pazienza· World Lightweight Champion Livingstone Bramble· Four-time World Champion in three weight classes Mike McCallum· World Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah· World Junior Welterweight Champion and NY Golden Gloves Champion Vivian Harris· Three-time World Welterweight Champion Vernon Forrest· Undisputed World Lightweight Champion Juan Diaz· World Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron · World Heavyweight Champion Pinklon Thomas· World Welterweight Champion Ike Quartey· World Light Heavyweight Champion and boxing commentator Bobby Czyz· World Junior Lightweight and World Amateur Champion John-John Molina· Two-time World Champion Jesse James Leija· World Junior Welterweight Champion and U.S. Amateur Champion Johnny Bumphus· Two-time World Champion and World Amateur Champion Rocky Lockridge· Heavyweight Contender and Olympic Silver medalist David Tua· Heavyweight Contender and Olympic Bronze medalist Andrew Golota· Featherweight Contender and Olympic Silver medalist Rocky Juarez· Heavyweight Contender and U.S. Olympian Calvin Brock· Current Undefeated Cruiserweight Prospect and U.S. Amateur Champion B.J. Flores· Current Undefeated Heavyweight Contender Malik Scott· Current Undefeated Top Ten rated Flyweight and U.S. National Champion Raul MartinezIn 2003,
Main Events orchestrated the return of professional boxing to network television. “The NBC Boxing Series” drew strong ratings and rave reviews in its May 2003 debut, and returned in April/May 2004. In 2005, Main Events joined forces with ESPN to bring pay-per-view boxing to the sports cable giant. The highly-acclaimed April 2005 event generated twice the number of buys than was predicted by many boxing insiders and television network executives.
In 2008, Main Events joined forces with Newark’s new state-of-the-art Prudential Center Arena to bring world championship boxing back to the Brick City for the first time since 1948 when Tony Zale successfully challenged Rocky Graziano for the World Middleweight Title in the rubber match of their epic trilogy at Newark’s Ruppert Stadium. Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham lived up to the significance of the match, thrilling the near capacity crowd with a stunning 12-round slugfest. Adamek, the local favorite, took Adamek’s World Cruiserweight title and helped give birth to “The Main Event Boxing Series” which will remain at the Newark landmark through 2009 with six scheduled events.