Boxing was banned 62 years ago under the pretense that the matches would have an “unwholesome” impact on the city. But local boxing promoter Kahren Harutyunyan last year successfully lobbied the City Council for a test run. His company, Art of Boxing Productions, hosted two events at the Glendale Civic Auditorium, generating $19,342 in revenue for the venue.
Harutyunyan Wednesday said he was glad he had the chance to demonstrate that boxing could be beneficial to the city.
The number of homeless people in Glendale rose 65% this year to 428, according to figures released this week.
City officials and social service representatives attributed the rise to the county winter shelter, which returned this year to the Glendale National Guard Armory, and the recession.