MIAMI — Members of the Four State Franchise are free agents.
Promoter Tony Holden in a text message Saturday, March 10, said, “I will no longer be doing boxing at the Buffalo Run.”
His last show at the casino was a “ShoBox: The Next Generation” telecast on July 14, 2017, that saw a pair of unbeaten fighters suffer their first loss.
A FS1 Premier Boxing Championship card on Aug. 25 that originated from in front of the Coleman Theatre turned out to be Miami’s last show.
There have been a total of 37 shows at Buffalo Run dating back to 2004. A number of those were televised by ESPN and Showtime.
Two of the most memorable fights at BRC were the 2013 boxing debut of the late Kevin Ferguson — a.k.a. Kimbo Slice — that lasted only 17 seconds and Allan Green’s nationally televised 18-second knockout of Jaydon Codrington in 2005.
“I still want to keep the 4SF there in the market,” Holden said in his text. “I am having other markets wanting me to relocate the team. Just don’t want to take them out of the four states.”
Trey Lippe Morrison, Dillon and Jesse Cook were charter members of the Four State Franchise, with Jarrett Rouse added in 2014.
Additional expansion included Kenzie Morrison, Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk and most recently, former Olympian Charles Conwell.
Lippe Morrison, Baranchyk and Conwell all posted impressive wins Friday, March 9, in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Holden wants to have a show in Joplin, but he’s had three places express interest in having the Franchise relocate there.
“I think I can keep them home,” Holden said. “All the boys want to stay where we are.
“We’ve worked too hard and the press and fans are the best.”