China Smith’s Fight Night at Robarts July 16

China Smith 2Hometown hero, world heavyweight boxing champion and dedicated kid’s advocate and mentor, China Smith presents another exciting fight night event dubbed  ‘In the Heat of the Night,’  Saturday, July 16 at the Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., in Sarasota. Doors open at 5 p.m. Come witness talented fighters from all over Florida, most, as China says, “future professional and Olympic fighters.”

Tickets are $20 and are available online at EventBrite or through China’s website at Special VIP ringside tickets are available by calling 941-587-1671 or 941-536-3598. The fight card is subject to change.

Sarasota’s own China Smith, the two-time former National Boxing Association Heavyweight Champion of the World, is known as the ‘People’s Champ’ for his commitment to his community and specifically to the youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. China has a non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids called China Smith & Friends, runs the Manatee County Police Athletic League kids’ fitness program and Team China Smith’s Boxing Extreme Fitness Program and summer camp.


The heavyweight champion southpaw, known in the ring as The Dragon, has been
honored with a Key to the City of Sarasota and even has a day named for him in Sarasota: China Smith Day.


China’s Golden Gloves Boxing event in February of 2016 was a knockout and was featured online and on broadcast TV.


For more information about ‘In the Heat of the Night’ amateur boxing event at Robarts Arena on July 16, visit China’s website at