DiBella Entertainment Signs Nick ‘King Beamen’ Givhan
Kalamazoo boxer Nick Givhan is now a signed fighter.
The 28-year-old signed a contract with promoter Lou DiBella Friday and will likely fight under his banner for the first time in August or September.
“It’s a blessing, nobody really expected it,” Givhan’s trainer Terry Thompson said. “I always knew it would come if I stuck to the plan I laid out. I knew it would happen.”
Thompson didn’t think it would take as long as it did, but said he understands the reasoning.
“I thought it would be at 10-0 but Nick doesn’t have a big amateur background so I’m happy.”
DiBella, the founder and CEO of DiBella Entertainment in New York, is the former head of programming of pay channel HBO who created the fight series Boxing After Dark.
He also promotes the New York City boxing series Broadway Boxing.
“A lot of people take advantage of these young fighters and I wanted to keep that from happening to Nick,” Thompson said.
DiBella promotes middleweight titlist Andy Lee, former middleweight titlist Sergio Martinez and formerly Bernard Hopkins, Paulie Malignaggi and Andre Berto.
Thompson is hoping the move gets Givhan where he needs to be: On television.
“The most important thing when you sign with any promoter is what promoter can get you on TV,” Thompson said. “Who has the TV dates and who doesn’t.
“Lou DiBella has some and he works with people who do. He gets his fighters on TV and that’s the big thing, keeping Nick busy on TV.”
The challenge in the world of pro boxing is often money. Fighters moving their way up the ranks often forego a payday for the opportunity at a matchup.
That changes with signing, Thompson said.
“He’ll be getting paid now for every fight, that’s one perk,” Thompson said.
“We’re in it together but my main goal is to get him where he needs to be. I want him to make a living doing his dream.”
The dream is in motion.