Roy Englebrecht is the President and CEO of Roy Englebrecht Promotions California’s third largest fight promotions company. Oscar De La Hoya purchased Roy Englebrecht Promotions in December of 2001 and Golden Boy Promotions was formed with Roy serving as COO for the first three years. At the end of 2004 he left GBP and reestablished Roy Englebrecht Promotions. On June 15, 2017 Roy Englebrecht Promotions was acquired by Alliance MMA a publicly traded company out of New York City. Roy is now the General Manager of Roy Englebrecht Promotions (which is now going by the brand SOCA Fights)
Roy Englebrecht Promotions promotes the Fight Club OC fight series at The Hangar on the grounds of the OC Fair & Event Center now in its seventh season and on a three-year sellout streak. Prior to the formation of Fight Club OC in 2011 he promoted the highly successful Battle in the Ballroom professional boxing shows at the Irvine Marriott Hotel for 25 straight years. This bi-monthly professional boxing show was the longest running club pro boxing show in the country. 36 current or former world champions have fought at the Marriott, including Shane Mosley and Johnny Tapia. In 2007 he became one of the first boxing promoters to introduce Mixed Martial Arts shows to his Battle in the Ballroom concept. With the addition of the Rumble On The Water series at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA and the Coliseum Gladiator MMA Championship Series at the LA Coliseum Roy Englebrecht Promotions will promote close to 20 shows in 2017, more than any other promoter in the state of California.
Roy Englebrecht Promotions has developed and owns Fight Promoter University, the Mixed Martial’s Arts “Fist Series”, Entrepreneurship Dreams University, and Paparazzi University. Fight Promoter University held its inaugural four-day session in February of 2006 with 33 students, and this first of its kind fight promotions training experience gained worldwide attention. A total of 146 people have attended the eight FPU sessions over the past six years. Englebrecht was hired by Fox TV in 2002 to serve as Event Coordinator for their unique Celebrity Boxing Show which garnered great ratings.
Englebrecht has been involved with minor league sports for the past 32 years, as one of the original owners of the California League Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. He also had ownership in the Arena Football League’s Anaheim Piranhas and the West Coast Hockey League’s Reno Rage. For over 25 years he owned and operated Sportscaster Camps of America, the leading sports broadcasting training school in America with over 2,250 alumni.
In full disclosure – Englebrecht had his Nevada promoter’s license suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2016. The commission claimed that Englebrecht had forged a boxer’s license application. Englebrecht testified that this was not true and that the boxer in question had called in from out of state and over the phone he gave Englebrecht his application information and Englebrecht just copied it to the form and signed it per the boxer’s OK. Englebrecht further testified that with many boxers out of the country or difficult to get a hold, sometimes to move business along this is done. The California State Athletic Commission where Englebrecht is also licensed and promotes most of his shows, did not agree with the Nevada Commission decision and has kept Englebrecht’s license in good standing.
From 1975 – 1981 Roy served as Director of Promotions for the Los Angles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, and all Forum events. While at the Forum, Roy developed The Laker Girls dance team, and coordinated the 1980 Lakers Championship Parade. He is currently on the faculty and advisory board in the Sports Management Masters Degree program at Long Beach State. He also serves as a Commissioner on the City of Newport Beach’s Parks, Beaches & Parks Commission. In September of 2009 he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Roy has been married for 47 years to Nancy and they reside in Newport Beach. They have two children, Allison West, 42, a former college and pro volleyball player who is married to former pro soccer player Matty West, and a son Drew, 38, a 2004 graduate of Vanguard University and current Manager of Marketing and Operations for Roy Englebrecht Promotions. Englebrecht earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from John Brown University where he is a member of the school’s Sports Hall Of Fame, and a Master of Education graduate degree from Northeastern Oklahoma State University.