The Fight Party Returns to Copeland Tower

“Smash House”

It seems as if destiny has brought us to this point in Joey Ancona’s promotional career with the Mixed Martial Arts event, “Battle of New Orleans” returning to his old stomping ground near Fat City. The show is steamrolling after 3 extremely successful events, previously held at Visions Men’s Club in New Orleans East & The Mel Ott Center in Gretna, and with BNO#27 on the horizon, something had to be done before we quite literally blew the roof off of the Mel Ott center. Which leads us to the ALL NEW date and location. Battle of New Orleans is proud to announce that BNO#27 will be held at the iconic Copeland’s Tower (formerly known as the Landmark Hotel), just off the Causeway exit of I-10 at 2601 Severn Ave. The event will take place 2 weeks after the end of Mardi Gras on Friday February 23, 2018. Joe began promoting in 1981 at Grace King high school where it would later move to St. Bernard Parish civic center during 82 and 83 before finally returning home to Metairie at the then all new Landmark Hotel where he continued to promote from 1984-1987 during which time he opened Ancona’s Gym in Fat City in 1984, above Fletcher Night Club. A few years later Joey would go on to purchase Fletchers, making it his first official night club and naming it  “Club Rivera” along the way. 

On July 24, 1984 Joey Ancona produced his first PKA kickboxing show there as the hotels ballroom became the new Las Vegas style fight venue for New Orleans area. This famed location was hosting boxing & kickboxing throughout the 1980’s with names as big as Evander Holyfield taking the ring in the now Copeland Tower along with several MMA events over a decade ago. The location has long served as an amazing venue for combat sports and live action of any kind. With the renovation and transformation of the Landmark hotel to the new Copeland Tower, Ancona hopes to bring back the glitz, glamor, & excitement of this popular combat sport back to New Orleans & this beautiful new venue.

Mr. Al Copeland Sr. and Joey Ancona had a good relationship during Joey’s early career as a fighter/promoter and sponsored  many of the events he produced for ESPN back in the 1980’s. After Mr. Copeland Sr.’s unfortunate passing, that relationship continued through Al Copeland Jr. & his friend UJ Mollere owner of R&O’s Seafood restaurant in Bucktown, who have both been advocates for getting Battle of New Orleans back at the Copeland Tower. The night's festivities will host a who’s who of local celebrities, business owners, lawyers, doctors, avid fight fans & political figures all excited to come out and enjoy the show Fight Sports Entertainment has in store for you. This will be a New Orleans FIGHT PARTY indeed! Tickets for the event are currently available online at www.fightsportsent.com. FightSportsENT offers FREE ticket delivery for tickets in the New Orleans and Metro Area. Call 504-810-2101 for questions and information. We look forward to seeing you all come fight night!
-Joe Treadaway
 
Anyone familiar with the sport of mixed martial arts in Louisiana has probably at least heard the name Joey Ancona. From owning his own gym Ancona’s Martial Arts Gym, to traveling the world and fighting some of the toughest kickboxers of the 80’s & 90’s, to being the owner of his own successful MMA venue, Ancona has laid some of the critical ground work for local mixed martial arts. As early as 1981 Joey was involved with passing legislation to get local kickboxing sanctioned and licensed. By 1995 he was also helping Mixed Martial Arts make its way to Louisiana. Joey's Battle of New Orleans MMA venue returned from a 7-year retirement in August to a booming local mixed martial arts market. Being that the last two shows BNO #24 & BNO #25 were so successful, I met with him recently to get his opinion on some of the changes that have happened since the organization had left the scene as well as what the future holds for BNO.

March 14, 2017
By: Angela Chustz

New Orleans, LA:  Many may consider him a little rough around the edges, a loud and colorful character, but behind all the fight, Joe Ancona has a heart of a nurturing grandfather.

Ancona grew up in the streets of New Orleans, a graduate of Jesuit, and at the age of 15, he began a Korean martial art, Kuk Sool Won. By the age of 20, he had received his first black belt under mentor and now long time friend, Ken Duncan. As time passed, Ancona also took an interest in competitive boxing and kickboxing.

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By: Joe Treadway


Battle of New Orleans returns August 11th for BNO#25. With the first event being held behind gentlemen’s club Visions in New Orleans East, some were skeptical whether the show would be a success, but after selling out and people even hanging over the fences to catch a glimpse of the action, there’s a huge amount of hype around the organizations second event after a 7-year hiatus. The venue returns with an upgrade to its location. This time, the show will be conveniently located at the Mel Ott Center, 2301 Belle Chase HW in Gretna, Louisiana, right across the GNO bridge. Grandfather, and man responsible for laying the foundation for local MMA, Joey Ancona, has put together a who’s who of both semi-pro and professional fighters to perform on what is already a stacked card.

By: Angela Chustz

New Orleans, LA: Joe Ancona, along with good friend and fellow promoter, Justin Verdin, will be making a big mark on New Orleans MMA presenting, “Battle of New Orleans 24: The Comeback”, a LIVE Mixed Martial Arts outdoor event, on Friday, April 21st.

MMA fans, get ready for a night filled with cage shattering action, along with some blood, sweat, and tears. This stacked fight card lineup includes four championship fights that are guaranteed to leave fight fans on the edge of their seats.