Pro-Am Boxing Returned To Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Boxing returned to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY May 12th when Pugnacious Promotions presented “Spring Fever Fight Night at the Plaza." Mike Faragon moved to 15-0, 6 KOs with a hard -fought, crowd-pleasing eight-round decision over Miguel Rodriguez (7-3, 3 KOs), Kimdo Bethel (5-1, 4 KOs) stopped Mujaheed Moor (4-5, 3 KOs) in the fourth, Troy's Ray Velez (2-0, 1KO) beat Jamell Tyson (1-2-1) by majority decision and pro debuter Roger Zapata (1-0) kept Borngod Washington (0-8) winless. Albany amateurs Amir Imam, Trevor Bryan and Greg Kehrer all won decisions along with Niagara Falls' Matthew Ventry. Some results and photos are below. Check back soon for more news and photos from the event.
Boxing matches from "Spring Fever Fight Night at the Plaza" will be rebroadcast on MYTV4 at 8 pm Saturday, with Dan Murphy and Kevin Rooney at ringside.
Faragon outpoints Rodriguez - May 12, 2011
Pugnacious Promotions @ The NYS Convention Center: Let’s Do Some
Fight Talk - May 12, 2011
SEEN: Spring Fever Fight Night - May 12, 2011
Valentine's Day Crush(ers) at Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (14-0, 6 KOs) extended his unbeaten streak against crafty - and overweight - Brooklyn veteran Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs) in the main event of Pugnacious Promotions’ “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” Pro-Am Boxing show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY on February 3rd.
On the undercard, Delmar fan favorite, lightweight Zach “Little Freak” Smith (5-2) dug down deep to beat the more-experienced Scott Paul (5-7, 1 KO), Niagara Falls, ON, CAN; Troy's Ray Velez impressed in his pro debut with a first-round TKO victory over Philadelphia's John Dippolito (0-2) and Bronx' Ilyas Aksabaev (1-0-1) defeated Schenectady light welterweight Bryan Abraham (2-5-2, 2 KOs).
In amateur bouts, Albany's Tajuan Williams defeated Ellenville’s Brandon Idrago (95 lbs, age 13); Tamar Williams beat Hudson's Ryan Maisenbacher (115 lbs, age 15); lightweight Abraham Nova, age 17, defeated Kingston’s Martin Murphy, 29, and welterweight Luis Vargas, 19, Syracuse, defeated Colonie's Javy Martinez, 23. For more about results, in words and pictures, see the links below:
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Pugnacious Knows How It’s Done - February 4, 2011
Faragon remains undefeated in ring (with photo gallery) -
February 4, 2011
Martinez turnaround started in the ring - February 4, 2011
Faragon defeats Reyes - February 3, 2011
Boxing action back after 21 years - February 3, 2011
Local fighters Ray Velez, Mike Faragon set to crack the Egg -
February 2, 2011
Annual Saratoga Fight Card Results and Photos
Pugnacious Promotions’ annual summer fight card showcasing young prospects at the Saratoga Springs City Center highlighted a thriving local boxing scene with young talent recognized among the best in the country.
Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (12-0, 6 KOs) dominated RI’s Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs) en route to a fifth-round stoppage in the eight-round main event. Faragon knocked Soto down in the first wth a brutal body shot that had Soto in survival mode until his corner stepped in to stop it. World-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (15-2, 9 KOs) won the NABF Featherweight title over rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in the co-feature, lightweight Zach Smith (4-1) defeated determined Niagara Falls pro debuter Ryan Batt (0-1) and light middleweight Joe Yerdon (0-1-2) just narrowly missed earning his first victory against well-traveled Ashantie Hendrickson (2-7-1) in four-round draw.
On the amateur card, Amir Iman, the 2010 Empire State Games Gold Medal winner who is ranked in the top five in the US, stopped tough 2009 NYS Golden Gloves Champion Ray Velez in the third of an excellent welterweight match. Super heavyweight Josh Dulmer was frustrated by the movement of New England regional champion Owen Minor, losing a close decision and 70-lb boxers Mike Barcia, Saratoga Springs, and Riley Mabee, Waterford, began the night with an exciting junior bout won by Barcia.
Photos from Ringside by Ed Diller
Standing 8 is Courtside in Saratoga Springs - August 3, 2010
Faragon stops Soto - August 2, 2010
Baby's and baby-faces victorious at City Center bout - July 31,
Faragon delivers for fans - July 31, 2010
Pugnacious Promotions Delivers the Goods - July 31, 2010
Faragon, Shea impress with KOs - July 30 2010
What A Night For Pugnacious Promotions - July 30, 2010
Young, Local Fighters Return Before
Pugnacious Promotions continued to highlight the NY Capital Region's best young boxers with "Friday Night Frights: Future Stars Pro-Am Boxing" at Hudson Valley Community College's McDonaugh Fieldhouse on Friday, October 23rd.
Schenectady NYS correction officer Brian Miller (6-0-3, 2 KOs) and Albany rival Rafael Luna (4-4-1, 1 KO) battled for the vacant NYS Lightweight Title in the card’s main event, with Miller outworking Luna for the unanimous decision. Guilderland prospect Mike Faragon (9-0, 3 KOs) took a tough six-round decision from Philadelphia fighter Julius Edmunds (5-6) in the six-round co-feature. HVCC football standout Shawn Miller (2-0, 1 KO), light heavyweight of Troy, returned to the college to overpower game Yonkers pro debuter Angel Gonzalez for a UD in a crowd-pleasing four. Exciting Plattsburgh female featherweight Jaci Trivilino (1-1-1) took apart Pepper VanDyke, pro debut from Marion, NC, and cruiserweight pro debuter Brian Cloakey, also of Plattsburgh, stopped Bronx Phil Hannah (0-4) in consecutive second-round TKOs.
In New York’s first Pro-Am since 2005, two boxers who represented the state in different weight classes in last year’s National Golden Gloves, Ray Velez, Troy, narrowly defeated Will Madera, Albany, in a battle fought in close quarters between to very skilled boxers. Scoharie's Sarah Kuhn applied relentless pressure to defeat Troy’s Natasha Jefferson, heavyweight Roger Zapada beat Catskill’s Edwin McLucas and junior 65-lb boxer Jonathan Rodriguez, Albany, and Riley Mabee, Waterford, showed the great promise of amateur boxing in the opening bout won by Rodriguez.
More info and photos to come.
Photos from Carl Strock
Miller wins NY State title - October 23, 2009
Miller is NYS Champion, Pugnacious Promotions Pro-Am Show the Way to
Go - October 23, 2009
State's only female boxing promoter has local ties - October 22,
Miller's going back to school - October 22, 2009
Troy’s Miller looks to impress on home turf - October 22, 2009
Pro-Am boxing event at HVCC Oct. 23 - October 15, 2009
Media Meets the Amateurs @ Quail St. Gym - October 15, 2009
The Media Come Schott’s Gym to Talk of HVCC Card on October 23 -
October 8, 2009
Boxing coming to HVCC - October 8, 2009
Boxing: Faragon waits, while Miller gets a title shot - October
"Night of Future Champions" at the Saratoga Springs City Center July 31st
In our annual "Night of Future Champions" fight card at the Saratoga Springs City Center on July 31st, a sell-out crowd of 1,750, saw an exciting night of highly-competitive bouts where local fighters all stepped up against challenging opponents. Mike Faragon (7-0, 2 KOs) beat Alberto Amaro (5-4, 2 KOs) by close unanimous decision in a battle between two highly-skilled pugilists while crowd-pleasing Brian Miller (4-0-3, 1 KO) held off surging Manny Cotrich (1-3, 1 KO) for split decision win. Shawn Miller made an exciting and successful pro debut, winning by fourth-round TKO over outmuscled Zaid Malik (0-3). Darrel Madison (14-1, 3 KOs) retained his regional title with close, uninspiring decision over Nagy Aguilera (13-2, 9 KOs), while Shannon Miller's (16-4, 9 KOs) bout with Terrell Nelson (8-8, 5 KOs) ended in a no contest after an accidental hear butt.
Check back soon for more photos and information.
Miller earns split decision on Saratoga Springs boxing card -
August 1, 2009
Miller Time! Shawn, Brian Miller slug way to victory - August 1,
Madison retains NYS title!
- July 31, 2009
“And Still Champion!!! The Results from Saratoga! - July
Saratoga’s Night of Future Champions - July 31, 2009
Photos by Carl Strock (check back soon for more)
Local Fighters Shine at the Armory in "St. Patrick's Day Showdown" March 20th!
Co-feature fighters Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) and Mike Faragon (6-0, 2 KOs) led a local contingent in thrilling fans March 20th at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany. Miller pounded out a six-round unanimous decision victory over 266-lb Ryan "The Tank" Thompson (9-6, 5 KOs) and Faragon put on a display of speed and combination punching in stopping Mexican Mario Garcia (7-9-1, 3 KOs) with a third-round TKO.
In undercard fights, Brian Miller (3-0-3, 1 KO) outslugged Luis Angel Lopez (2-9) to earn a fourth round TKO, Bryan Abraham (1-0-1, 1 KO) knocked down Dan Morales (0-2) three times en route to a first round KO victory and Zack Smith (2-0) beat pro debuter Jayme Resnick in a four-round UD. In the fight of the night, pro debuters Jackie Trivilino and Amanda Serrano had fans on their feet after four rounds of non-stop punching that the Brooklyn native, Serrano, took in a unanimous decision. Both girls showed tremendous heart, determination and boxing ability.
Photos from Jeff Foley are here.
ESPN/Friday Night Fights in Saratoga!
Prospect and famous boxing son James "Buddy" McGirt, Jr. (19-1, 9 KOs) returned to the ring following his first loss with an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over number eight-ranked middleweight and former champion Ray Joval (37-5 16 KOs) in the televised main event of our annual "Night of Future Champions" card Friday, July 25th at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Most of the 1,600 fans in the sell-out crowd agreed that the fight of the night was the first bout after the cameras went off between local lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (4-0) and tough gatekeeper Francisco Palacios (3-4-4, 1 KO). The two warriors banged for six rounds with the largely partisan crowd cheering Faragon's dominating display of boxing skills and respecting the relentless pressure and heart of Palacios. Faragon earned a unanimous decision to remain undefeated.
In other bouts, heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (9-0, 6 KOs) won a close decision over Saratoga's own veteran Gary Wilcox (21-4, 7 KOs) in the eight-round, televised co-feature and Julio Garcia (2-1, 1 KO) narrowly defeated Borngod Washington (0-4) in a crowd pleasing four-rounder just before intermission. In two local rivalries, Markus Williams (2-0, 1 KO) defeated fellow Albany native Donyell Dukes (0-4) in the opening bout of the card and Schenectady's Brian Miller (2-0-3) and Bryan Abraham (0-0-1) fought to a draw in the final bout of the night.
McGirt Jr. upsets Joval! - July 25, 2008
Pugnacious Promotions Delivers Thrills in Saratoga - July 25,
McGirt Dominates Joval - July 25, 2008
Boxing: Photos from Saratoga Springs - July 26, 2008
McGirt Jr. Decisions Joval - July 26, 2008
Friday night at the fights - July 26, 2008
Local trainers' boxers brawl - July 26, 2008
Saratoga Seen - Fight Club - July 28, 2008
Vera Beats Lee in
Shocking TKO 7 Slugfest at
Brian Vera (16-1, 10 KOs), who's fighting style made him a fan favorite on The Contender III last year, dealt Irish Olympian and middleweight prospect Andy Lee (15-1, 12 KOs) his first loss by shocking TKO in the seventh round of the 10-round main event before 3,600 fans at Mohegan Sun on Friday, March 21st. The ESPN2/Friday Night Fights-televised war started as expected with Lee using superior speed and boxing skills to keep Vera off-balance with his southpaw right jab and land numerous power shots, knocking the Texan down in the first. Vera displayed incredible stamina and chin to weather Lee's assault and continue applying pressure. He eventually wore Lee down and -- though the Irish fighter continued to throw punches -- forced referee Tony Chiarantano to stop an early candidate for Fight of the Year at 2:10 of the seventh frame. Trainer Emanuel Steward has already hinted a rematch is in the works. Aaron Pryor, Jr. (9-0, 6 KOs) survived a few rocky moments to beat relentless Alphonso Wlliams (10-4, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature, topping a competitive undercard that saw local favorites Matt Remillard (13-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Macy (3-0, 1 KO) win tough four-round decisions.
Fightwireimages.com - Andy Lee vs Brian Vera
FNF Shocker: Andy Lee Upset By Vera
Brian Vera Upsets Andy Lee
Vera-Lee Photo Gallery!
Shock result as Vera hands Lee first defeat
Brian Vera Wrecks Andy Lee’s US Showcase
Last Round of Lee-Vera fight courtesy of #1Pound4Pound
Willingham, Horn Win by
KO; Jordan, Kelly Take
Wayland Willingham (13-0, 8 KOs) and Chris Horn (3-0, 2 KOs) won impressively by KO in feature fights Nov. 9th at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany. Russell Jordan (14-4, 9 KOs) beat Alphonso Williams (10-3, 8 KOs) and Alo Kelly (3-0-1, 1 KO) beat William Santiago (5-4, 2 KOs) by unanimous decision in other feature bouts. Francisco Palacios (1-2-4, 1 KO) and Harvey Murray (2-0-2, 1 KO) earned a second draw in their rematch and Guillermo Sanchez (1-0) won his pro debut over Thomas McCuiston (1-2) in the opening bout of the night.
SSG David Foxen, who was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan, led a US Army color guard and was recognized in the ring along with his mother, Kathy, who has three children serving in the military.
Photos by Jeff Foley here.
Steve Samoyedney's here.
And UAlbany student, Barry Sloan's, here.
Ringside Boxing Report: Wayland Willingham vs. Damon Antoine