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Kathy Duva examined her business one day not long ago and realized her company had lost its way. Main Events, which her late husband's family had founded a little more than 30 years ago, was losing its place in the 21st century.
From the mid-1970s through the early years of the 21st century, Main Events had been one of boxing's most successful promoters, developing elite fighters and popular personalities such as Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Arturo Gatti and Fernando Vargas.
It was a family-owned business that began promoting boxing cards at Ice World in Totowa, N.J., in the late 1970s. Dan Duva, Kathy's late husband, was the CEO. Kathy handled marketing. Dan's father, Lou, trained most of its fighters. Dan's brother, Dino Duva, played a major role in the business.
Its niche was competitive shows with a premium on scrappy fighters who made for crowd-pleasing matches. Soon, Main Events landed television coverage for its shows, andRead More »from Boxing's big fight is with tough economic times