Asylum Fight League has announced that not only is the New Jersey based promotion going to put
on a middleweight grand-prix this November, but that the competition will be a single night, elimination tournament, old school
style. According to veteran promoter Carl Mascarenhas , the tournament is expected to take place November 2nd, in the
Caribbean Island of Saint Lucia.
“We’re there; we found a home in Saint Lucia. The people were fantastic” Mascarenhas
told Caged Insider.com. “The boxing commission there, the Prime Minister of Sports, the Prime Minister of Tourism, they
were fabulous to deal with and they welcomed us with open arms.”
Asylum Grand Prix will feature 16 middleweight fighters, and the promotion aims to recruit two competitors each from the U.S.,
Germany, Russia, Brazil, England, Italy, Holland and the Caribbean. The winner of the grand prix will take home $100,000.
“The fighter will fight a total of 25 minutes on route to his title,” said Mascarenhas,
while discussing the format for the single night, elimination tourney. “We’ve broken that down into different
rounds, and we’ve also broken down the fact that we won’t have a replacement fighter coming in.”
“I think that was one of the biggest pet peeves of mine, is seeing these guys go to town
and give everything, and then a person get’s injured, and all of a sudden a fresh guys walks in and takes the title,”
furthered Mascarenhas. “That’s so unfair. Our unique format now eliminates that process altogether. Every fighter
who fights in our tournament will have the same level of bumps and bruises, and fatigue as the next guy.”
The AFL plans to hold tryouts in the U.S. this June in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Fighters
who are interested in competing can email their resumes and links to their fight footage to email@example.com.
“My whole goal in this tournament is to find a fighter out there, who’s
undiscovered, who can turn around and beat any champion, whether it be Anderson Silva to anybody at 185,” Mascarenhas
noted. “I want to find that guy.”