Battle of the Greeks: Greek fight night proves popular once again

CHRIS WILSON/HERALD Evan Goddard of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, left, blocks a punch from Joe Montano of Kappa Alpha fraternity during Friday night’s middleweight championship fight at the “Battle of the Greeks” at Jaycee Pavilion. Goddard defeated Montano to claim the title of middleweight champion.

Joanna Williams

Hip-hop music blared from the speakers, and paramedics stood on call as a crowd of more than a thousand people packed inside Jaycee Pavilion on Thursday and Friday nights to watch Sigma Chi fraternity’s seventh annual “Battle of the Greeks.”

The event lasted two nights, with each fight leaving a boxer bloodied and exhausted.

Glasgow senior Jack Miller, an organizer of the event, said this year’s event was the best they have put on thus far.

“When you get live boxing with a college atmosphere it just makes a great event,” he said. “Every single sponsor I’ve talked to said that this was the best event we ever had.”

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, and the Sigma Chis might also donate some to the Japan relief, Miller said.

Brownsville freshman Cordelia Martin won the women’s championship.

“It’s amazing,” Martin said after her victory. “It means a lot, and I’ve learned a lot. I’m just happy to be able to participate even if it’s usually for the Greeks.”

Her fight was the only matchup with non-Greek participants and the only one that featured women.

The Panhellenic Council ruled that Greek women were not allowed to fight during the event, said Alyssa Johnson, president of Sigma Kappa sorority.

Representatives from the Panhellenic Council declined to comment on why that decision was made.

Despite receiving a busted nose and a black eye, Frankfort senior Evan Goddard of Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity won the middleweight championship.

Goddard said he’d been training since November, after catching mononucleosis and breaking his hand kept him from starting sooner.

“I just wanted to win in front of so many people,” he said. “When you get in front of that many people, there is nothing worse than losing.”

Goddard’s parents were there to see their son win for a third consecutive year.

His mother, Susan Goddard, said she was “relieved and happy” when the fight was over.

“The first year he did it, I didn’t come,” she said. “I was on the phone with his friend who was giving me the play by play, and then he started saying, ‘There’s so much blood, there’s so much blood,’ and he dropped the phone. I was so afraid; I almost got in the car and drove up here. After that I told my husband no matter what I had to come and see him fight.”

Evan Goddard said the fight was tougher than in past years, and winning again meant a lot to him.

“This one is going on the wall,” he said, pointing to the championship belt around his waist.