After promoter Dan Goossen died at age 64 on Sept. 29, just a few weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer, there were many questions about what would happen to his company, Goossen Promotions.
Tom Brown, Goossen’s brother-in-law, close friend and the company matchmaker, said after Dan’s death that the family business would carry on even though it would be impossible to replace their beloved leader.
“It's full steam ahead," Brown said less than a week after Goossen’s death. "I'm working on closing a few things between now and the end of the year. It's not going to be the same without Dan, but he wouldn't want us to just quit. No way. He gave me an opportunity when some people said, ‘Are you crazy?’ So we are going to move forward. He would expect nothing else.”
The first efforts of Goossen Promotions carrying on were unveiled Monday with the announcement of a card -- in Goossen’s honor -- Nov. 20 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California.
“My Dad was the ultimate San Fernando Valley guy and the continuation of this series is the perfect way to honor his devotion to the sport and passion for the Valley. ‘Live at the Lodge’ will be a key ingredient to his legacy,” said Craig Goossen, one of Dan’s four sons, who has been involved in the family business for most of his adult life.
Said Brown: “Dan loved promoting high-quality shows in his hometown. He's been a staple in the Southern California boxing community going all the way back to the Reseda Country Club, where he first made his mark, up to major championship bouts at Staples Center."
The Nov. 20 card, which won't be televised, will be headlined by junior welterweight Lydell Rhodes (22-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder against an opponent to be determined. In the 10-round co-feature, welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (24-1, 20 KOs) will face an opponent to be named.
Another fight on the card will mark the return of 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada (15-0, 13 KOs), who has not fought in two years. Estrada, who has struggled to make weight and not fought since August 2012, will fight an eight-rounder against an opponent to be named at light heavyweight, Brown said.
Goossen promoted several cards at the Sportsmen's Lodge in the late 1990s and then more shows there in 2012. Like the Reseda Country Club shows in the 1980s and '90s, the idea is to use the shows to help build younger fighters into future contenders and eventually champions. Now his son and brother-in-law will look to carry on his legacy beginning with the card Nov. 20. As Brown said of Goossen Promotions, it’s full steam ahead.