The Fight Party Returns to Copeland Tower
It seems as if destiny has brought us to this point in Joey Ancona’s promotional career with the Mixed Martial Arts event, “Battle of New Orleans” returning to his old stomping ground near Fat City. The show is steamrolling after 3 extremely successful events, previously held at Visions Men’s Club in New Orleans East & The Mel Ott Center in Gretna, and with BNO#27 on the horizon, something had to be done before we quite literally blew the roof off of the Mel Ott center. Which leads us to the ALL NEW date and location. Battle of New Orleans is proud to announce that BNO#27 will be held at the iconic Copeland’s Tower (formerly known as the Landmark Hotel), just off the Causeway exit of I-10 at 2601 Severn Ave. The event will take place 2 weeks after the end of Mardi Gras on Friday February 23, 2018. Joe began promoting in 1981 at Grace King high school where it would later move to St. Bernard Parish civic center during 82 and 83 before finally returning home to Metairie at the then all new Landmark Hotel where he continued to promote from 1984-1987 during which time he opened Ancona’s Gym in Fat City in 1984, above Fletcher Night Club. A few years later Joey would go on to purchase Fletchers, making it his first official night club and naming it “Club Rivera” along the way.
On July 24, 1984 Joey Ancona produced his first PKA kickboxing show there as the hotels ballroom became the new Las Vegas style fight venue for New Orleans area. This famed location was hosting boxing & kickboxing throughout the 1980’s with names as big as Evander Holyfield taking the ring in the now Copeland Tower along with several MMA events over a decade ago. The location has long served as an amazing venue for combat sports and live action of any kind. With the renovation and transformation of the Landmark hotel to the new Copeland Tower, Ancona hopes to bring back the glitz, glamor, & excitement of this popular combat sport back to New Orleans & this beautiful new venue.Mr. Al Copeland Sr. and Joey Ancona had a good relationship during Joey’s early career as a fighter/promoter and sponsored many of the events he produced for ESPN back in the 1980’s. After Mr. Copeland Sr.’s unfortunate passing, that relationship continued through Al Copeland Jr. & his friend UJ Mollere owner of R&O’s Seafood restaurant in Bucktown, who have both been advocates for getting Battle of New Orleans back at the Copeland Tower. The night's festivities will host a who’s who of local celebrities, business owners, lawyers, doctors, avid fight fans & political figures all excited to come out and enjoy the show Fight Sports Entertainment has in store for you. This will be a New Orleans FIGHT PARTY indeed! Tickets for the event are currently available online at www.fightsportsent.com. FightSportsENT offers FREE ticket delivery for tickets in the New Orleans and Metro Area. Call 504-810-2101 for questions and information. We look forward to seeing you all come fight night!