Roc Nation Sports is on the boxing map!
The Hot Zone USA went to the first ever Throne Boxing event created by Roc Nation. The event was held at The Theater At Madison Square Garden. When I first came into the theater, things seemed the same. I haven’t been to the theater since I was little and was surprised to see that the theater has changed very little. The venue was a little bit cramped but somehow they made it work.
Sitting in the press box, I had a great vantage point of the matches. It was so close that you can hear the punches being thrown.
Stars flocked to fill the TOWN Residential VIP ringside seats alongside Roc Nation Sports founder JAY Z to take in all the action. Special guests included Rihanna, Jake Gyllenhaal, CC + Amber Sabathia, Rosie Perez, Michael K. Williams, newly signed Roc Nation Sports’ athlete Andre Ward, Zab Judah, Bryant Jennings, Spike Lee and Vinny Guadagnino. JAY Z was seen sitting alongside his new signee Andre Ward, Rihanna and Jake Gyllenhaal as they all loudly cheered on some of the Roc Nation Sports’ boxers taking the ring. Jay Z especially seemed into the matches.
Lets get into the fights. In the main event, undefeated Dusty “The Beltway Boriqua” Hernandez-Harrison, sporting his custom Roc Nation Sports and GEICO shorts, took on Long Island’s own Tommy “The Razor” Rainone and held onto to his winning streak earning the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship. In an intriguing co-featured bout, 2008 Bahamian Olympian Tureano Johnson overtook Alex “El Principe” Theran of Barranquilla, Colombia with a knock out for the vacant WBC Silver Middleweight Championship and the vacant WBA International Middleweight Championship.
To me, the best fight of the night was the Rainone/Hernandez-Harrison fight. The most hyped fight lived up to its expectations. Both fighters went blow to blow and the crowd was very into the fight.
Besides the fight, Hit master DJ Mustard served up tracks as each boxer entered the ring while notable event emcee and “Voice of New York” Angie Martinez took over host duties throughout the evening. She did a great job.
World famous ring announcer Michael Buffer offered up his infamous “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” line before the main event.
Rising Roc Nation artist Justine Skye belted out a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem preceding a tribute to ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott. Gus Johnson, who has worked many boxing events in the past, called the blow-by-blow for the telecast on FOX Sports 1, sitting ringside with expert analyst Rich Marotta and Mike Woods. Two-time platinum record artist Fabolous performed a 4 song set starting of with his new hit Lituation. Safe to say, Fabolous still has it after all these years.
Overall, it was a historical night as Jay Z’s vision came to life. It was nice to see a breath of fresh air in the world of boxing. A great night for Roc Nation and all boxing fans.