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Advertiser Spotlight: Pavia, Clark, and McCarthy to speak at Fight Promoter University

The groundbreaking Fight Promoter University series is now approaching its seventh installment, but FPU founder Roy Englebrecht refuses to rest on his laurels. Instead, the renowned promoter is looking to take the course to the next level in August with the addition of the first ever Combative Sports Roundtable, a 90-minute event that will take place shortly before FPU VII’s Commencement Ceremonies.

“Over the past three or four FPU sessions, I have seen the FPU enrollment nearly be split in half, between individuals wanting to becoming boxing promoters and those wanting to get into MMA show promotions,” said Englebrecht. “So with so much talk going on about each of the sports and their growth or lack of it, I thought what better way to explore the current and future business of these two sports than to bring in some of the top experts and let them face off, state their thoughts on where they see their sport now and in five years, and also take questions for the FPU VII students.”

Moderated by Englebrecht, the August 6th event will bring together six of boxing and mixed martial arts’ most prominent figures to discuss the past, present, and future of fight promotion. Set to appear are:

Jeff Clark – A manager and trainer from the sport of mixed martial arts, currently handles the careers of MMA superstars Diego Sanchez and Roger Huerta.

Frank Espinoza – Founder of the Espinoza Boxing Club, respected boxing manager Frank Espinoza may be best known for his work with Israel Vazquez, and he was also voted 2007 Manager of the Year by the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

David Itskowitch – A respected executive in the world of boxing who got his start working in the HBO Boxing department and then with DiBella Entertainment, David Itskowitch currently serves as COO for Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles.

Ben Lira – One of the California boxing scene’s most revered figures, trainer Ben Lira is the heart and soul of the south El Monte Boxing Club and a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to the intricacies of the sport known as “the sweet science.”

John McCarthy – The most respected and well-known referee in mixed martial arts history, “Big John” McCarthy is synonymous with excellence in MMA officiating.

Ken Pavia – A longtime baseball and hockey agent, Ken Pavia launched MMAagents in 2005 to provide representation for mixed martial artists. Since then, Pavia has soared to the forefront in the field, working with such athletes as Anthony Johnson, David Loiseau, Brett Rogers, and Martin Kampmann.

This Combative Sports Roundtable is set for Friday morning, August 6th, the final day of FPU VII, which begins on August 3rd. This session will be the last FPU VII classroom session prior to Commencement Ceremonies, which begin at Noon. did a great story on Fernando Vargas getting into the fight promotions business, and Vargas attended FPU VI last November. Here is link to story that is a great read:

Fight Promoter University VII is set for August 3-6 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California, and this four day classroom and hands on training experience will also include the August 5th Battle In The Ballroom show featuring a six bout card of four boxing bouts and two MMA bouts.

For further information or to register for FPU VII, go to


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