Garone: Pinning Down Success
For over a decade Nick Garone has put his mark on the Boxing world with high quality, exciting events. Starting as a manager, Nick Garone maneuvered his way through the business with skill and tenacity realizing that the next phase would be the promotion side. Working with many television outlets and presenting competitive championship boxing events he has been able to work along side many top names in the business.
X-Cel Worldwide President and CEO Nick Garone has quickly put a chokehold on a reputation as one of professional boxing’s most promising new promoters.
A native of Patchogue, New York, Garone has a Master’s Degree in Communications from Syracuse University where he wrestled on a full scholarship. Among his numerous wrestling distinctions, he was a Division I All-American and an Olympic alternate for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992.
By having such accomplishments in a sport so similar to boxing, Garone says he is better able to empathize with his fighters. “I think what helps me relate to these guys is that I was an athlete. I know what it is to run in the morning and to have to lose weight. I was at the top of what I did at one point. Not many people can say that. I’m coming from the athlete’s point of view, but I’m educated as well. I can negotiate for my guys in a very professional way, but I can also relate when they’re frustrated and down. I have a champion’s mentality and that helps me with these guys and gives me the vision of what they’re going through.
The aggression required to head into battle with a snarling Russian strongman is a handy tool to have when faced with intimidation, or underhanded tactics, from some of boxing’s bigger players. “This is a tough business; it’s not for the weak. I go to war for my guys. I have to make tough decisions every day based on what’s best for my fighters. They go to war inside the ring; I go outside; I‘m very tenacious.”
Garone’s X-Cel Worldwide has already amassed an impressive stable of all-action boxers, including former NABF Heavyweight Champion and world #1 contender “Big” Michael Grant, as well as former 2x world super middleweight champion Byron “Slama From Bama” Mitchell and once-beaten Colorado super lightweight Adrian Mora to name a few. “They’re all hardworking guys and I have a strong commitment to helping them. I look forward to the future with these guys.”
Garone says X-Cel Worldwide is looking to stage shows all over North America, featuring their stable of boxers against world-class opponents. “We’re going to create our own opportunities. I decided to start promoting, because then instead of dealing with people that don’t care about the well-being of my fighters, I’ll be keeping everything in-house. We’re like a family.”
Garone is also the proud father of four children, daughters Isabella, Giovanna and Athena and son Rocco. “They are my life. That’s what motivates me, my four babies,” he said.