In two months fight fans could be flocking to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. That's because promoter Roy Englebrecht of Newport Beach will launch "Fight Club OC," that will feature boxing action and mixed martial arts matches in Costa Mesa.
"It's going to be a home run for us, the OC Fair and the fight fans," Englebrecht said Thursday. "We're excited about this happening."
Englebrecht delivered a 10-minute presentation to the OC Fair board of directors during a meeting Thursday morning. He said it was the highlight of the meeting, as he wowed them with renderings of the venue set up for the fights.
Englebrecht has garnered success from his "Battle In The Ballroom" series at the Irvine Marriott for the past 26 years. But he said he had been looking for something new, and for a new venue.
"One era ends and another begins," Englebrecht said. "We have been at the Marriott for 26 years, but the thing is we couldn't expand. I looked at other venues, but there was no other venue the size we needed. But once the Hangar was built, we saw a place where we could make it happen. It has been great negotiations. It's nice to have someone who wants you."