One man on a mission is difficult to stop; two are almost impossible. Nathanial Green and Keith Wier are a perfect example. These two men are determined to establish themselves as northwest boxing trainers, managers, and promoters. Their new PNW Professional Boxing Promotions prove they are on the right course. They have just completed their third promotion, Brawl at Harmony Hall 3, in Lacey, Washington. Each promotion has been better than the last. The trend should continue. These are smart men – and dedicated.

They are unusual in the world of boxing where the bottom line is money. Although they are both businessmen, their goals are, as boxing aficionados, more altruistic. They want to promote local boxers, get them started in the right direction, keep some young men from the street life that drags so many of them into a life of drugs and poverty. Boxing gives these men a goal, a focus, and increased self-confidence. Of course, not all boxers fall into this cliché. Boxers fight for different reasons and many young boxers, like Vancouver's rising star, Victor Morales, have firm family ties. What all new prospects need is an honest promotion and a venue to hone their skills.

Wier has spent his life in boxing. His father boxed, he boxed amateur at the Auburn Elks, and his son has boxed. He is presently the boxing coach for the White Center PAL Boxing Club.

Green was also born into boxing and worked with Steve Corrin. His son is also an amateur boxer. Wier and Green were inspired to promote because of the success of people like Oregon boxer/promoter Milk Wilson.

Boxing, especially in the northwest, has been like a kid on a pogo stick. The highs have included such boxers as Al Hostack, Rocky Lockridge, Sugar Ray Seals, and Greg Haugen. The lows have been no boxing, at all. During the highs such characters as Mike "Motormouth" Morton and George Chemeres were long time rivals in the managing area. After the low of the 70's, the flood of casinos returned boxing to the local scene. Rochester, Anacortes, Shelton, Sequim, Fife, and Toppenish, were just some of the cities holding events. Some extremely competitive events were staged. Bennie Georgino, at the Lucky Eagle Casino, was a match-making legend.

Boxing then hit another lull. Casinos earn their money not from events but from the "drop" before and after the event. Georgino staged the best shows in the area. With his assistant Richard Jackson the shows ran smoothly and boxers were treated with decency and respect. Goergino's fights were so good that a knowledgeable fight crowd developed. People no longer gambled before and after the fights. Fans attended the fights then went home. On the surface Little Creek seemed to have a good idea. They decided to stage only television fights, a big mistake. The shows started fine but soon fell apart. Only the main and semi-events were televised. The remainder of the bouts featured local prospects. Soon, most of the fighters were flown in. Local fans, who had no idea who the television fighters were, nor did they care, stopped attending the events. Eventually only the Emerald Queen Casino and Brian Halquist's Battle at the Boat series remained. They saved boxing in Washington.

Boxers need to fight. To do that they need venues. PNW is a start. They feel boxing is again on the rise. The Brawl at Harmony Hall is just the start. It is work - all work. Green and Wier do almost all the work: arranging the hall, setting up and tearing down the chairs and tables, match-making, erecting the ring, dealing with the commission, buying insurance, getting the ambulance and doctors, various contracts, and everything else usually handled by a full office staff.

Costs of staging a show can also be tremendous. Thousands of dollars must be paid to the state commission and for the insurance. There are transportation costs for fighters and their corners, medical, hall rental, everything that happens at an event.

“We consider ourselves the new mini-Bennie Georginos,” said Green. “We like to give fighters something to work for.”

“Boxing can even save lives,” said Wier.

Their association with the WBU (World Boxing Union) give fighters an added incentive, a belt to keep them motivated. Rob Diezel recently won their Pacific Northwest Super Featherweight Championship. More championships are on the way.

They are attempting to do more than just promote fighters. They are trying to help them become better businessmen. Fighters need to keep track of their weights, their bouts, and especially their money. They attempt to make fighters accountable. Fighting is not just a way to make extra money; it is also a business. If fighters want to advance they need to choose opponents carefully. Entering into tough fights too early can be dangerous and stall a career, although a good fight, win or lose, can advance a career. Many a boxer has made a decent living by being a tough and well-respected opponent.

At the moment the PNW is trying to get into a casino. Having a casino venue eliminates much of the hassle and stress of putting on a show. A casino offers a ready-made venue, food, beverages, and seating. Any casino would be fortunate to work with these two enterprising young men and a person would be hard pressed to find anyone with more boxing knowledge.

They hope to eventually stage one show a month. Their motto was to survive. Now it is to advance. Access TV may be in the future. It is just another way to showcase local boxing talent and help build for the future.

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