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Boxing: Hanks, U.S. heavyweight hope, faces first mountain

Friday, February 3, 2012
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In the first of three planned cards for Albany this year, Star Boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia offers fans “The Future.”

It’s the nickname of IBA heavyweight champion Joe Hanks, who will defend his belt in the 10-round main event Saturday night at the Times Union Center against challenger Rafael “The Cajun Connection” Pedro. It is also what DeGuardia considers Hanks to be — the future of the heavyweight division, and one that can bring fans back to the sport....

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