LAKE OSWEGO, OR (KPTV) — A “fight club” organized by a Lake Oswego teenager is drawing hundreds of spectators – and also the watchful eye of police.
Pranav Sharan, 16, told Fox 12 it started at the beginning of the school year when a friend wanted to box him and just blossomed from there.
“After that there were other people who heard about it and wanted to fight me, too,” he explained. “I didn’t even come up with the name ‘Fight Club,’ other people started calling it that.”
But the high school junior said he’s never seen the cult classic film by the same name, and he doesn’t mean to cause any problems.
“The whole thing behind it is just to fight people for fun. I wasn’t trying to hurt anybody or break the law,” Sharan said. “I just started boxing people because I like boxing.”
The matches have become so popular over the last several months, Sharan says 200 people showed up to watch a recent match at Uplands School.
Sharan says the matches aren’t a free-for-all: there are three 90-second rounds, no punches allowed below the waist and no taking someone to the ground. While participants – including Sharan – have been bloodied and banged up in the fights, he says nobody has been seriously hurt.
Lake Oswego police have also been called twice – to a school and also Westlake Park – but when officers arrived, nobody was actually fighting and there was no evidence of a crime.
However, officers have warned the teens they could be charged with disorderly conduct if the matches continue and want them to take the “fight club” off the streets and into a sanctioned boxing gym.
“What they’re doing is dangerous, whether they realize it or not,” Sgt. Tom Hamann told Fox 12.
The matches are not affiliated with Lake Oswego High School in any way and have not taken place on school property.
Sharan said a school administrator told him if someone gets hurt, he could be held liable.
“My parents want me to stop pretty much, and I guess I have stopped – there hasn’t been a ‘fight club’ in a while,” Sharan said.