Raging Beauty: One-Time Female Boxing Champ Is Winning Bouts in Sports Management Arena
El-Amin, Zakiyyah, Black Enterprise
Six years ago, former boxing champion Isra Girgrah Wynn (a.k.a. "The Raging Beauty") and husband Marry Wynn came together to showcase their latest main event, Raging Promotions Inc. The sports and entertainment management company specializes in boxing events and services a roster of clients, including professional boxers Darnell Wilson and Jimmy Lange. The Largo, Maryland-based firm also promotes performances by entertainers such as Justin Timberlake, Ja Rule, and Christina Aguilera.
The firm's first independent boxing event was at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The duo received $50,000 up front from the venue and were later compensated another $40,000 in ticket sales. The funds covered expenses for the boxers' undercards (purses), medical bills, liability insurance, and the boxing commission. The event brought in a $55,000 profit. Last year, the 15-employee firm had $270,000 in revenues and projects $850,000 this year.
The company was launched as a way for Marry to help manage Isra's career as well as a means to help other fighters become more informed about the industry. "Many boxers are told to simply fight and not be concerned about their contracts or any other part of the business," explains Isra, who earned a degree in biology from Queen's University in Canada before moving to Atlanta in 1994. During that same year, while working part time in security, she developed a keen interest in boxing to stay in shape. She had no intention of competing in the sport professionally. But that soon changed. Isra picked up the skill easily and was urged by others at the gym to go pro. She went on to win her first IBF lightweight title in February 1995. The five-time world champion was later signed under Don King Productions. …