Three-time world champion Hector Camacho and unofficial four-round super heavyweight champion Eric "Butterbean" Esch headline the 10th annual Fight Night for Children charity event tonight at the Washington Hilton. The five-bout card is sold out.
The event, which annually draws some of boxing's biggest names, has raised more than $10 million since its inception, according to organizers. Among the former champions expected to be on hand tonight are Sugar Ray Leonard, Carmen Basilio, Joe Frazier, Jake LaMotta, Iran Barkley, Ken Norton and Emile Griffith.
Camacho (69-4-1) meets Miami's Emmanuael Esparza (19-5-1) in a welterweight bout that will be the main event. Esch (47-1-2) faces George Chamberlain (4-1) in a co-feature.
Washington's Juan Diaz (2-0) meets Baltimore's Mike McPhail (6-2-1) in a six-round junior middleweight undercard bout. Washington's Eric Gamble (5-2) faces Marlon Haynes (5-0-2) in a six-round welterweight bout, and Alexandria welterweight Luther Smith (14-0) fights Mackie Willis (4-16-1) in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Fight Night is the first of two area shows this weekend.
Saturday at Northern Virginia Community College's Ernest Cultural Center in Annandale, Capitol Heights junior lightweight Lamont Pearson (7-0-1) meets Reggie Sanders in the main event of a card that also includes area fighters Del Matchett (Laurel, junior welterweight), Han Kim (Chantilly, middleweight) and Beethaven Scotland (Brentwood, super middleweight). Tickets are available.