Big Time Boxing Back in Sacramento; Otis Griffin’s Road Back to the Title

Immediate Release

Big Time Boxing Back in Sacramento; Otis Griffin’s Road Back to the Title

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – Upstart promotional company O.P.P. Presents, headed by Mark Nanney, brings world class professional boxing back to the fight town of Sacramento on Friday, August 24 th with their initial event, “Hot August Fights,” at the beautiful DoubleTree Hotel. Perennial light heavyweight contender and hometown favorite Otis “Triple OG” Griffin will headline in the eight-round main event as he begins another trek towards his goal of becoming world champion at 175-pounds, along with a supporting bursting with promising local talent.

Otis Griffin getting ready for Hot August Fights.

“It is almost like reinventing myself,” says Griffin of returning to Sacramento with the help of O.P.P. Presents. “I have been through a lot of ups and downs throughout my career with tough decisions and outright robberies. I still have always fought my way back to the top. If you look at it, I have fought eight title fights and about five title eliminators and I’m poised to go right back up to the top. We are going to do five shows here in my hometown of Sacramento, and bring boxing back to the capital city, which has been a hotbed for boxing over the years and I am excited about it.”

New promoter Mark Nanney is determined to give Griffin the best opportunity possible at achieving his career goals, while developing the next wave of potential contenders and champions out of the area. “It started out with my partner Mr. Pratt, who managed Otis Griffin the past four years,” says Nanney, explaining how this event came together. “His involvement pretty much set us in the direction of putting on cards here in Sacramento. We knew Sacramento as a fight town in the ‘80s, and we want to give the fans what they have been looking for the past 20 or 30 years. Mike Ortega, who has been known in the
area for his great amateur career, and Juan “Chico” Martinez, are two of the names that are looking to jump out and get as much exposure as possible. It’s a card full of local Sacramento talent, and we expect to draw out the Sacramento fan base.”

In addition to a new promoter, local fight fans should be excited that a new venue has decided to play host to the sweet science. “The DoubleTree was a venue that opened their doors to us,” says Nanney. “There is another local promoter in town in Nasser Niavaroni, and with all due respect, he’s been doing it for many years, but we did not want to step on any toes and get involved in any of his sites. We wanted to start out fresh, and the DoubleTree gave us that opportunity. We look forward to establishing a new arena in Sacramento and that is why we chose the DoubleTree.”

Not only have O.P.P Presents and the DoubleTree committed to the August 24 th event, but a five-fight series has been planned, with the second event penciled in for the month of October. “We are looking to do three or four fights at the DoubleTree, and then with either the fourth or fifth fight, step into the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, with Otis Griffin in the main event fighting for either a regional title
or a world title elimination bout,” outlines Nanney.

For Griffin, this new partnership with O.P.P Presents gives the career-long road warrior the ability to fight on a level playing field, something “Triple OG” has rarely seen in recent years. “I have been right there so many times,” says Griffin. “To quote the Rosie Perez saying, ‘Sometimes when you lose, you actually win and sometimes when you win you actually tie.’ I can say that because I have been robbed. You have to realize, I’m a fighter out here on my own without a promoter right now. I’ve been doing this independently. So when people left me for dead, it is not like I had a promoter like a Golden Boy anymore or a Don Chargin or anybody like that. It was just Otis Griffin and my manager Mr. Pratt. We
put together these wins the hard way on the road against credible opponents and former champions and we got back into the limelight that way. So that’s what we are going to do with Mark Nanney and O.P.P. Presents. We are going to roll right back into the driver’s seat again.”

“We want to let the people of Sacramento that we are here to stay, and we are here to bring the fight game back to the people of Sacramento,” states Nanney. “We want to bring the sport back to the level it was here twenty or thirty years ago, when big time boxing was thriving in the city. We are building the stars of tomorrow, like Mike Ortega, Juan Martinez and a great blue collar fighter in Larry Ward, who will turn around his career with O.P.P. The main thing is, follow these shows and you will see a little bit of everything. You are going to see former world champions come through as well as the stars of tomorrow that are going to keep this chain going.”

Tickets for the event, promoted by O.P.P. Presents, are available at the DoubleTree gift shop, all Dimple Record locations as well as online at

2 thoughts on “Big Time Boxing Back in Sacramento; Otis Griffin’s Road Back to the Title

  1. C/O Mark Nanney:

    Hello Mark,

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    Mark, after seeing your ad in SN&R and then visiting your website, I could not help but notice what a perfect fit “Hot August Fights & Car Show” would be would be with the readers of Health & Fitness Magazine.

    Cover packages are usually sold out months in advance but as of today, our August/Sept. 2012, cover is still available!

    This high profile spot is our most coveted and is sure to create a buzz for your events!

    A little bit about Health & Fitness Magazine:

    Health & Fitness Magazine is a monthly publication serving the Greater Sacramento Area. We have a readership of approximately 40,000 and distribute to roughly 800 locations throughout the region. Our distribution covers not only Sacramento, but also Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Granite Bay, Elk Grove, Folsom, Citrus Heights, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Orangevale, Gold River, Davis and many of the surrounding areas.

    In addition to our hard copies of Health & Fitness Magazine…we also post our latest 4 issues on our website, ( So, that means you would have a presence on the Health & Fitness Magazine’s website for the next four months!

    Health & Fitness Magazine delivers an informative and entertaining look at the lifestyle choices for health, sports, nutrition and fitness. We provide a regional marketing opportunity for a variety of recreation, health, sports, fitness, nutrition, beauty, products and services.

    We are the largest health & fitness publication in the region and have been serving the Greater Sacramento Area for over 20 years.
    We are currently running specials on full page, full color ads, and half page, full color ads. They are both 50% off the rate sheet price! That means you can have a full page, full color ad for as little as $800.00 a month! You can have a half page, full color ad for as little as $535.00 per month!

    Last but not least is our “Round-up” special. It is a great inexpensive way to have a presence in the community. The “Round-up” special is for a 1/6 page, full color ad for six months. The rate sheet price is normally $483.00 per month. Your Special “Roundup” price is only $150.00 per month! (Ad size 4.875” in width by 3.125” in height”)

    The deadline for the upcoming issue is July 31stx….but sooner is always better.

    Please let me know that you received, and were able to open and
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Gary G. Burns
    Health & Fitness Magazine
    P.O. Box 19311
    Sacramento, CA 95819
    916-567-9636/fx 916-254-6031

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *