About Rumble Time Promotions
It's origins dating back to 2005, Rumble Time Promotions has
become a leader in boxing and MMA events. Rumble
Time's founder, the late Steve Smith (pictured above), set the business into
motion in collaboration with its current leader, Blake
Fischer, as a way to bring back boxing to the St. Louis
Once home to some of the sport's greats, Henry Armstrong, Archie Moore, Sonny Liston and the Spinks brothers, Michael and Leon, Smith felt that some of the shine had been lost from St. Louis' historic fight community.
Rumble Time's beginnings may have been meager, but it's history has burned bright. Starting in small venues like suburban hotel ballrooms and music venues, the brand quickly grew to a 2007 card at St. Louis' Scottrade Center and then an ESPN televised show at the historic Playboy Mansion. A partnership with Lou DiBella's DBE Promotions brought additional fighters into the mix and gave the Rumble Time stable additional outlets to hone and display their skills.
In 2009, Rumble Time's first world title contender, Deandre "The Bull" Latimore, challenged Cory Spinks, son of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, for the vacant IBF super middleweight championship. With a knockdown of Spinks in the first round, Latimore almost retrieved that belt for his own, but Spinks survived and squeaked out a razor-thin decision victory. In 2011, Dannie Williams emerged as a powerful lightweight fighter, punishing opponents into submission with his hammer-like fists. Williams eventually captured the WBA Continental Americas title, a belt whose lineage traces back to Roger Mayweather and Freddie Roach. September 2012 saw the 154 pound Willie Nelson pick up the NABF super welterweight title belt, defending it twice.
With those events came worldwide broadcasts from ESPN and Showtime and suddenly, big-time boxing was back in St. Louis, just as Smith had planned. The Rumble Time team continued to grow, finding and signing prospects to keep the heritage of St. Louis boxing alive. Rumble Team partnered with USA Boxing to showcase young talent and from that relationship, brought additional local fighters into the professional ranks.
Heavyweight Tex Trismegistus and Derrick Murray, a heralded featherweight are under the Rumble Time promotional wing, giving the promotion a firm foundation to build upon.
Sadly, on October 2, 2015, we lost Steve following a series of strokes. The boxing world mourned with ceremonial ten-counts rung around the globe and a stirring tribute paid to him the following night by Showtime's Jimmy Lennon Jr. prior to the Adrien Broner - Khabib Allakhverdiev contest. A tribute show was produced in his honor on October 23, 2015, allowing those in attendance to pay their respects to a man who truly loved combat sports.
Without our founder, we soldier on, producing the best fights that can be made. The Rumble Time Promotions team knows that the key to success lies in hard work, dedication and getting back up when life knocks you down.