Press Release: Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host a special evening of amateur boxing to raise funds for a cancer-stricken 8-year-old. The show will also pay homage to the late Mike “American Dream” Dietrich, a fan favorite in Baltimore who was a close friend of Baltimore Boxing CEO Jake Smith. Dietrich was a heavyweight with a 12-1 record when passed away at age 26 in 2010. The event takes place Thursday, November 10th at Michael’s Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie, MD.
Baltimore Boxing Promotions donated a significant number of tickets to the family of Nicholas Tasker, an 8-year-old football standout battling a rare abdomen cancer that spread to his lungs. The Tasker family resold the tickets and kept 100% of the money to help offset the boy’s medical bills. To further assist on fight night, Baltimore Boxing is hosting a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.
During fight night, Tasker will receive the Mike Dietrich American Dream Award by Baltimore Boxing’s Steve Wheeler.
“Cancer is a very dangerous and scary disease, even more so when a young child with his entire life ahead of him is battling it,” said Jake Smith. “When I heard about Nicholas’ story, I made it a mission not only to help personally but have our loyal fans give to a family in need. Nicholas is a real warrior with a great spirit. He will get through this.”
Smith is also glad that he will honor a fallen friend. “Mike Dietrich was literally like family to me. He went on vacation with me and we spent countless hours together in the gym. Anybody that knew him remembers his friendly personality, which made him one of the biggest local ticket draws. He was not only a pleasure to work with as a fighter, he was an important person in my life that tragically left us way too young. Every year, the American Dream award is awarded in his honor and will continue to be as long as I’m promoting.”
Headlining the card is a heavyweight title match between “Dangerous” Dallas Butts and Brian “Bam Bam” Haneschlager. The two previously met in an intense match, with Butts taking a competitive decision. The undercard will feature popular locals Clayton Fraser, Ameila Moore and Richie Hammons.
Tickets are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175 or going to http://www.baltimoreboxing.com/events. Those who are unable to make the event can still donate by going to https://www.youcaring.com/brittany-trail-and-richard-tasker-657517.