Wyman remains optimistic after Bangor boxing show is sidelined as UFC event takes center stage
|By Ernie Clark, Bangor Daily News, Maine|
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But his plans to bring a show to Bangor this summer will have to wait.
"It wasn't meant to be right now," said the owner of
Wyman had hoped to team with Young's MMA of Bangor to stage an
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship agreed to bring an internationally televised UFC Fight Night 47 card to the Queen City on
A UFC spokesperson said the mixed martial arts organization did not ask for an exclusive combat sports window in
Wyman, who said he did not have a signed contract with the
"Having the UFC here is going to be great for the economy of
"And whoever goes to see the UFC I'd hope would want to come to a boxing show when we do bring one to Bangor. I don't want to create waves, I just want to be at the Cross Center when the time comes."
A boxing trainer for more than a decade as well as a commercial fisherman, Wyman promoted the last card with pro bouts held in
But the legalization of mixed martial arts in
Pro boxing in
That show featured the professional debut of Berry, a former regional amateur standout who works at his family's general store in northwestern Maine but trains at Wyman's club along the coast.
Since the Skowhegan show, two cards -- one last fall drawing an estimated 3,000 fans and the second earlier this month drawing some 2,500 fans -- have been held at the
And Wyman promoted a show headlined by Berry featuring both professional and amateur bouts in late April at
He said plans are in the works for a return show at that Somerset County locale this fall.
"We're just taking it one step at a time rebuilding boxing in
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