Don Elbaum. Beginning in 1981 when he struck a deal with the Tropicana to do monthly shows, Elbaum was a familiar and influential presence who put on approximately 175 fight cards during the 5-year run of his contract. A character's character, "The Bum" was as or more recognizable to ringsiders as some of the main-event fighters whose careers took off on his watch.

- Bernard Fernandez