When local promoter Kahren Harutyunyan persuaded the City Council more than a year ago to give him a shot at hosting a professional boxing match at the Civic Auditorium, the pressure was on.
The Police Department mobilized to ensure the event wouldn’t turn into the mess people thought it might have made decades ago — the reason for the ban on pro fighting in the first place. Neighbors were on high alert for any impact to their streets, and then on the night of the match, everyone pretty much held their breath.
But by all accounts, there was a collective exhale. There were no riots, raucous partying, or drug or gambling busts. The possible “unwholesome” effect that begat the ban in the 1960s appeared to be a dud.