Team Certified Sports Brings Historic Live Professional Boxing to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 80th Sturgis Rally

[Sturgis, S.D., April 3, 2020] From bikers to boxers, a partnership between a biker-run boxing team and the world’s largest motorcycle and music festival will deliver high-impact entertainment this August during the 80th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Team Certified Promotions and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® have teamed up to present “The Takeover” professional boxing event on Aug. 8, 2020 at the legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip. This historic professional boxing event will feature two ABO title bouts and will be broadcast live worldwide through Adversary Sports Entertainment directly from Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The Takeover will be featured on the opening weekend of the Sturgis Rally, preceding a headlining knockout performance from rock band Shinedown.

Team Certified Sports is the first-ever professional boxing team founded by a motorcycle club. Coach Ernie Haines, whose family has had MC chapters for over 16 years, dreamed up the idea of bringing professional boxing to the largest gathering of bikers anywhere because it promises to be one of the most unique boxing events in the history of the world. When Team Certified Sports makes the transition from the road to the ring at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, some real heavy hitters will come out to play.

The ASE team will be led by broadcast producer and boxing hall-of-famer Ira Glass, and will include Emmy Award winning program host Jay Adams, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame play-by-play color commentator Bob Alexander, and TV sports commentary announcer Dan Hewitt.

“The lineup of fighters will be announced soon and will be action packed”, says M. Talley of Team Certified Sports.

Special guests at the event include:

  • “Sugar” Ray Seals, the 1972 American boxing Olympic gold medalist and former NABF and USBA middleweight champion
  • Craig Houk, a retired pro fighter and CEO of the Indiana Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Leon J. Muhammad, who worked with eight world champions, including heavyweight champs Muhammad Ali and Michael Spinks

Team Certified Sports and Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff are determined to broadcast this competitive boxing card for free.

“It’s important for fans to be able to share the sports they love with the people they love, and we won’t allow cost to be a factor,” says Tom Reed of Team Certified Sports.

For more information about the boxing event, fans may access Team Certified Promotions’ website (​​)​ and email at [email protected]​ for more information, including sponsorship and investment opportunities.

For more information about the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, or to reserve passes fans may visit ​​.

About Team Certified Sports:
Team Certified Sports is the first-ever professional boxing team founded by a motorcycle club. The owner and head coach of Team Certified Sports’ (Ernie Haines) family members are the founder of Team Certified Motorcycle Club, which originated in Gary Indiana and now has chapters in several states. The team is comprised of more than 15 pro fighters located in seven states and three countries. They have over 20 staff members, which include Hall of Fame boxers, gold medal winners, veteran Kronk Gym fighters, IBF retired boxing champions and more.

About American Boxing Organization:
The American Boxing Organization (ABO) is the American title of the Americas. Since September 14, 2015 the American Boxing Organization (ABO) has produced the most admired and respected Champions to date. The goal of the American Boxing Organization is to be the stepping stone for fighters that inspire to fight for notable world titles. We want for our champions to conquer the Americas, then conquer the world.

About Adversary Sports & Entertainment:
Adversary Sports & Entertainment Co. (“ASE”) produces and distributes sports and entertainment television programs in addition to providing promotional, event management, event publication services.

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip:
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast, awarded AMA Track of the Year in 2016, American Flat Track Event of the Year and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner in 2017. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. It is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. More details are available at


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