Doc Watkins Classic
About The Show
Front Row (Ringside) - $500
Row Two - $400
Row Three- $300
Row Four and Five - $200
Peanut Gallery (Standing) - $100
The Doc Watkins Classic Charity event to benefit the musicians of San Antonio. Jazz pianist, bandleader and jazz club owner Doc Watkins is trading his piano keys for a pair of boxing gloves. He will headline this USA Boxing-sanctioned amateur event to raise funds to launch the San Antonio Musicians Medical Aid Fund. Musicians have always struggled to pay for health care but the challenge was exacerbated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Income for most musicians dried up, literally overnight, while medical bills did not let up.
Watkins decided to do something and it needed to be big. “Boxing is almost a metaphor,” says Watkins, who has never boxed before. “During the pandemic, we’re just getting hit and hit. My morale, the morale of the musical community was really suffering. We felt like we couldn’t catch a break and I had this inner urge to fight this. Boxing made the most sense.”
Twelve amateurs will enter the outdoor ring including two bartenders, Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez of Botika, a retired Navy Sailor, several business owners and fitness professionals. Two are women. Most have not boxed in a match before. Watkins will face off against Bob Ram, leader of a Tejano-Blues band. In addition to the six bouts, the evening will feature live music by San Antonio bands.