The biggest night of fights Aron Anglebrandt has ever put on will also be his last as a fighter.
The owner of Amateur Fighting Club will be featured in one of the 16 fights the organization will put on Saturday night at McMorran Pavilion.
“It’s just too hard to train people – everybody comes to the gym and wants me to train them, and next thing you know, I want to get my workout in and it’s time to leave,” Anglebrandt said. “I’d rather just put my time into training other fighters, and pass on what I’ve learned over all these years.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Cost is $25 for VIP tickets and $20 for general admission at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the McMorran Arena box office.
For Anglebrandt, stepping out of the ring as a fighter is a decision he’s OK with.
“I’ve basically accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish in my fighting career,” he said. “Many years ago, I won Golden Gloves (state championship), and that was the biggest accomplishment of my career.”
Anglebrandt’s exit from fighting is far from all that spectators will see, however, as there’s a mix of newcomers to the fighting game and veterans who will step into the cage.
Among the featured fights are a matchup between Gary Ward and Justin Cardella, as well as a 135-pound women’s title bout between Angie Cook and CeCe Shuler, who won her debut fight in August by first-round stoppage.
“A lot of the people fighting on this card have put in a lot of time,” Anglebrandt said. “I tried to get the most amount of the best fighters to get in on this one.”
Anglebrandt is also hoping for a big crowd, which he has had before at McMorran, as the fights have drawn more than 2,000 fans for shows.
“For me, I live for that stuff,” he said of fighting in front of a big crowd. “I’m sure for a lot of people, it can be really intimidating, but for me, I like it. It gets me fired up.”
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AFC Cage Fights
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday — doors open at 5 p.m.
WHERE: McMorran Pavilion
WHAT: Amateur Fighting Club cage fights, featuring 16 fights
COST: $25 for VIP seating; $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the McMorran box office or at the door.