The most popular winter happening each year for Wharton MBAs is Philly Fight Night, an amateur boxing event that features business students sparring in the ring with their classmates and peers from other grad schools within the University of Pennsylvania.
The 2013 event, held on March 23rd at the Derby Ink Gardens in downtown Philadelphia, attracted more than 1,600 spectators and raised $75,000 for the local Boys & Girls Club. Fight Night Chairwoman—and Wharton MBA—Jackie Pangilinan credits the event's popularity to its unique nature. "People can only imagine what it's like to get in the ring in front of 1,600 of your peers and do something completely outside of your comfort zone," she says. "All of our fighters are 100 percent amateurs, and most, if not all, have never even thought about being in a boxing match."
The fight card included eight three-round bouts, with nine Wharton MBAs and one Wharton partner among the participants. Of the MBA boxers, four of the six men won their fights, and all four women in the two female bouts were representing Wharton.
The Wharton boxers prepare for the annual event through the school’s popular Boxing Club, a group of more than 200 MBAs from all skill levels, which trains a few nights a week at a local gym.
Pictured: Wharton student Dan "Balboa" Oppedisano receives words of encouragement from his trainer as he prepares to enter the boxing ring against Hamilton "Motion to Strike" Craig, a Penn Law student.