Meet Our Team

Joe Kelly
Joe KellyPresident/Founder
Joe Kelly has been promoting boxing and mixed martial arts events since the age of 24. A promoter with over twelve years of experience, Mr. Kelly has promoted televised events for SHOWTIME, HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports Net, CBS Sports Network, AXS TV, and HDNet. Kelly’s accolades include being the youngest to promote a show with ESPN and SHOWTIME. Additionally, he was also the first to promote an international event for ESPN when he took ESPN Wednesday Night Fights to Nassau, Bahamas. Kelly also managed the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City for five years for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, a 3,500 seat arena and event space that holds all types of entertainment, meetings, and special events each year. He also holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Drake University in Political Science and History. After completing college, Kelly went on to get two Masters in Business Administration Degrees in Entrepreneurship and General Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His work-related experience beyond his own endeavors includes serving as a Vice President/General Manager of Ringside/Combat Sports; Vice President of Live Events for M-1 Global; and Executive Director of Operations for Bellator MMA. Kelly is widely considered one of the best known and most experienced executives in the combative sports field. In 2013, Kelly sold Titan Fighting Championship to an investor group and left the fight game to enter into the sports and fitness industry where he owns and operates multiple Protein House franchises, a health food and meal prep endeavor. In 2019 at the push of family and friends he decided to reenter the realm of professional boxing and launched JGK Entertainment a company named after himself and his late father who cultivated his love of fight sports at an early age.
Amber Kelly
Amber KellyDirector Of Operations
Amber Ashworth is a Brand and Marketing Strategist who handles the growth of all of JGK Entertainment’s professional brands and human-to-human interaction through the company’s social media platforms. She also coordinates all live event setup and teardown at each venue JGK promotes and event. After spending nearly, a decade working and owning a successful clothing brand and e-commerce platform Amber has now transitioned her numerous skills to the entertainment industry. Amber knows what truly drives conversions, sold-out events, and creating lifelong patronage—and it’s not mastering the marketing flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.

Amber holds a BS in Education from the Avila University. Amber and her husband Joe have four beautiful daughters and reside in Leawood, Kansas.

Joe McDonald
Joe McDonaldDirector Of Media & Marketing
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Doug Freeman
Doug FreemanVice President/Matchmaker
Doug Freeman is a American professional boxing matchmaker, fight coordinator, scout, trainer for JGK Entertainment ,with a passion for professional fighting. Doug Freeman has been involved in every aspect of boxing for over 33 years as a professional fighter, manager, Promoter of Combat Promotions, Fight Night Promotions and Real Fight Entertainment and co promotions with Top Rank Inc. and telefutura. He has also had the opportunity to be involved with Fox sports net, espn, showtime, telefutura. Doug Freeman has had the pleasure to fight or make a fight in every state in the United States and Canada, Europe Fighting has been in his blood since the day he was born, and became a passion at age 14. When he was 14 years old, he was asked to fight a golden gloves champion in a ring that was made of boys in a school yard in Grandview, Missouri. That was the day he knew he had something special, the school yard bout lasted a total of 30 sec and from that day forward it became his dream.

Doug Freeman was a professional May Thai and Boxing champion with a combined record of 48 wins, 10 losses with 36 wins coming by way of knockout. His accolades include K.I.C.K Welterweight United States kickboxing champion, K.I.C.K Welterweight North American Muay Thai champion, K.I.C.K World Welterweight champion, and IBC Continental Americas Welterweight boxing champion. Doug Freeman feels blessed to have had the opportunity to train, promote, manage, mentor some of the best fighters in the world, in and out of the ring. He is now able to give back and share all that this career has taught him. Learning from some the best coaches in the world, Chuck Wolfe, Tom Cummings , Steve Homan, Jesse Garcia, Brason Hollenbeck,and the United States Military. Doug Freeman has put together, one of the Worlds best training camps, with coaches like former NABO and IBF Featherweight champion Marcos “Flaco” Ramirez, Bruce Gentry, Jake Stiers, IBA Welter wt. champion Donovan Castaneda at Flaco Ramirez boxing club in Kansas City, Kansas.

When Doug Freeman is not Matchmaking, Managing, Training fighters, he’s spending time and thanking his wife of 28 years and former undefeated female fighter Cathy ” Wildcat” Freeman and 5 children and 7 grandchildren, for allowing him to eat, sleep, and breathe boxing.

Doug Ward
Doug WardTalent Relations
Including an amateur boxing career that started in 1980, Doug has since spent nearly four decades working in almost every facet of the boxing industry. That includes twenty-one years in the gym, as a trainer, sixteen as a fight manager, twelve years in the equipment industry, over nine years promoting numerous amateur tournaments and professional boxing events and, through it all, has been an ongoing advocate for the sport, as a whole. Having immersed himself in the various aspects of the game from the beginning, Doug has developed a unique understanding and appreciation of the sport, from every participant’s perspective. Whether it’s been across a boardroom table or from the opposing corner, he’s gained a reputation for always putting the FIGHTERS FIRST because he WAS A FIGHTER FIRST. At the end of the day, when the final bell has rung, that is what it should really be about anyway, right?