Morgan Adams Foundation 2017 Friday Night Fights

DENVER (November 18, 2017) Friday evening, November 17, the Morgan Adams Foundation 5th Annual Friday Night Fights, Knocking Out Pediatric Cancer, was another successful, spectacular charity fundraising event in The Morgan Adams Foundation fundraising effort designed to benefit kids with cancer. This 5 bouts boxing extravaganza was again held at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom and Poolside Terrace, 1111 14th St. in downtown Denver, from 5:30-10:30PM.

Providing critically needed funding for pediatric cancer research, The Main Event of The Morgan Adams Friday Night Fights was appropriately termed: The Morgan Adams Foundation vs Pediatric Cancer, with 5 additional quality bouts providing fantastic entertainment for those lucky enough having been in attendance. This event is the premier, formal, black-tie affair of The Morgan Adams Foundation with steak, scotch, cigars and boxing the preferred entertainment of the evening. Once again, Poor Boys Boxing (Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith) provided what always persuades those in attendance to open their wallets/purses in the never-ending research for a cure of pediatric cancer.

Sponsorships were available at $15,000 (Main Event), $5,000 (The Haymaker), $3,500 (A Straight Right) and $2,500 (The Uppercut) with recognition offered throughout the evening and beyond in various forms. A delicious dinner menu began with a Watercress and Baby Arugula Salad with granny smith apple, candied pecans, potato crisps, and white truffle apple vinaigrette. Next was Grilled Beef Tenderloin & Lobster Tail with garlic whipped potatoes and sautéed spinach. The dessert of Triple Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Chantilly ganache, left room for only a premium cigar and/or fine beverage situated in the cigar lounge on the 3rd floor.

Morgan Adams

Morgan Adams was a normal, healthy 5-year old girl when she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor in December of 1997. She battled her cancer for 11 months before she succumbed to the disease. Two years after Morgan died, her parents Steven Adams and Joan Slaughter joined the Oncology Advisory Board at The Children’s Hospital in Denver as a way to learn more about research and treatment options for childhood cancer, and to take a more active role in addressing the unmet needs in the field of pediatric cancer research.

Unfortunately, Steven Adams has passed away but his legacy and that of daughter Morgan Adams continues through the efforts of Joan Slaughter and the Morgan Adams Foundation. Through careful consideration and placement of funding, The Morgan Adams Foundation encourages and supports research intended to improve treatment effectiveness, improve treatment outcomes and improve the quality of life for children battling cancer.

The boxing entertainment this year included a special addition of an ‘Ambassador Bout Sheet’ pitting children battling their own specific cancer. This added touch was an inspiration to the fighters, the children and everyone in attendance. The Colorado State Boxing Commission was well represented by Ringside Physician: Dr. Matt Morgan; Chief Inspector: Rob Mullings; Referees: Tom Johnson, Tim Mills and Curtis Thrasher; Judges: Ed Kugler and Tyrone Short; Inspectors: Brian Campbell and Carlos De La Cruz; Timekeeper Lee Peters; and Tally Judge: Julian Clay.

Fight action was hot and heavy beginning with (Exhibition, female super lightweight) Amorena Baca (Denver, CO) and Brittany Cruz (Thornton, CO) were in a spirited bout that drew a standing ovation for its action. (Light heavyweight) Henry Anaya (Albuquerque, NM) was stopped by Cesar Ruiz (Sonora, Mexico) after Anaya was flattened in round 1 but amazingly rose to survive but had nothing much left. (Cruiserweight) Terrance Brown (Cheyenne, WY) stopped Steven Lee, Jr. (Cheyenne, WY) in round 1 of a fight that, for as long as it lasted, was action-packed. (Light middleweight) Daniel Calzada (Denver, CO) got the unanimous decision win over the always game Corey Alarcon (Aurora, CO) in an exciting match. In the featured bout of the evening, (junior middleweight) Brenton Swanson (Grand Junction, CO) won by unanimous decision over Chris Arguello (Colo. Springs, CO), ending an exciting evening of boxing entertainment. Fight results per Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith (Poor Boys Boxing) who somehow always comes through for fundraising events and should be applauded for his tireless efforts.

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer may seem like an overwhelming goal, but it is definitely attainable. Every day, researchers are getting closer and closer to finding a cure, but they can’t do it alone. Please consider joining The Morgan Adams Foundation’s efforts to fund critically needed pediatric cancer research and make a difference in the life of a child today. For more information contact

Each year limited seating remains a challenge for this exclusive event with all inquiries for Table Seating and other information sent the direction of Joan Slaughter, or Kirby,