Fight promoters Benjamin Nogueras, Patrick Harrington and Alvin Brown want Kansas City to recognize the boxing potential in this town. So they've made it their job to create diehard fans -- fans who follow hometown fighters' careers and pay to see them in action. Now they're going one step further with Friday Night Fights. Beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Municipal Auditorium (301 West 13th Street), the seven-bout card boasts three main events, including a match between St. Joseph heavyweight champion Rob Calloway and Jeff Pegues, a former college linebacker and Washington Redskins draft pick. KC natives Sumya Anani and Alvin Brown compete for titles, and four additional bouts reveal up-and-coming local boxers. Tickets start at $30; call 816-931-3330. -- Annie Fischer
O Christmas Tree
Thy leaves distract from football.
While the Sooners are preparing to destroy the Buffaloes Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in the Big 12 Championship game, we won't be loafing around waiting for the sissies to kick off on ABC at 7 p.m. No, we'll be out performing the far manlier task of acquiring a real, fresh-from-the-forest Christmas tree for the family hearth. Indeed, while thousands of couch potatoes gather the PBR and trans fats in pregame ritual snack hoarding, we'll be driving the sleigh to Fleming Park, south of U.S. Highway 40 on Woods Chapel Road, where, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., mighty men and women of winter who bring $10 and their own saws can cut down a fresh eastern red cedar for the adornment of their football-free mead halls. Call 816-561-1061.-- Jason Harper