Muhammad Ali said “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and Terri Moss totes that fine line with beauty and raw power. On August 8, nestled under the city’s skyline, Atlanta Corporate Fight Night took to the ring to benefit local charities at 595 North Event Center near downtown Atlanta. The air was hot and humid, the perfect backdrop for a night of competition. I have been to 595 North Event Center many times but the versatile space transformed its lofty New York appearance into that of the MGM Grand.
Doors opened at 5:30 pm for the VIP reception and silent auction. Over 300 guests dined on a gourmet buffet and sip complimentary signature cocktails from Fuzzy Vodka, which included the “Dirty Fighter” and the” Knock Out”. The matches got underway at 7 p.m. with wall to wall spectators. Atlanta Corporate Fight Night takes corporate professionals and trains them for competition in sanctioned amateur boxing matches.
Some of the charities that benefited from the “black tie, black eye affair” were Mental Health America, Chris Kids, The Mad Housers, and Church’s Partners Foundation, as well as a host of others. In order to participate in the bouts, contenders had to formally commit to a 10- to 12-week training program with a knowledgeable trainer and garner sponsorships for the charity of their choice. There were 10 matches and the fighters were paired together by weight class and go pound for pound for three two-minute rounds.
The gala has raised $20,000 for charities in the Atlanta area since its inception in 2010. I had a chance to speak with Terri and find out what inspired her vision for the event: “I got the idea when I was competing in New Zealand, I think boxing and charity should go together,” she said quite simply. I couldn’t agree more. It made me appreciate what a great concept she has going for herself; not to mention a great spirit, a fighter’s spirit.