Boxing’s would-be triumphant return to the Capital Region on Saturday was somewhat muted by the outcome of the main event.
Forty-eight seconds into the second round, while being separated from IBA heavyweight champion Joe “The Future” Hanks, challenger Rafael Pedro reached for his right shoulder in pain. He went to one knee, and was checked out by doctors. He stood up, walked to the corner and shook his head “no” to the referee, who called an end to the fight before a crowd of 3,527.
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