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September 4, 2013

Kattar goes from fighter to promoter for Combat Zone

Calvin Kattar isn’t stepping out of the cage, but he is stepping behind a desk.

The Methuen featherweight (145 pounds) has been a mainstay for the Combat Zone fight promotion over the years, debuting with the company in 2007 – his first pro fight – with nine of his 16 pro fights all coming under the Combat Zone banner.

All of those fights were orchestrated by former Combat Zone owner Dave George, who sold his promotion to Kattar and his brother, Jamison, following Kattar’s main-event victory over Gabriel Baino at Combat Zone 44 in June.

“The timing was right for all of us,” said Kattar, who was in the process of setting up his new office on Monday afternoon. “Dave owns many businesses and was looking to move on from the fight game and I was looking to get into the promotional aspect. Dave and I have always had a great relationship and it’s something we had been talking about for a while.”

Kattar, whose first show as promoter is this Friday at Rockingham Park in Salem, is joined in the business venture by his brother Jamison, who is a manager the Merrimack Valley Golf Course and has also handled all of his brother’s business dealings as his fight manager.

The family connection with Combat Zone won’t end there, Kattar says. Much like George, whose family was heavily involved on show night, Kattar says his family will be a noticeable presence at Combat Zone events.

“The work Dave’s dad did on fight nights was unbelievable,” Kattar said. “My brother’s helping a lot with the business part of it, he has so much experience there, and I come from a big family, so I know we’ll have a lot of help on fight night doing whatever needs to be done. That family business part of it is important to us, it’s something that’s going to stay the same.”

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