Saturday night fights
Gazette news columnist Carl Strock was ringside with his camera for a boxing card at the Times Union Center in Albany Saturday night. Posted on February 7, 2012.
Sahib Usarov, left, of Tajikstan and Russia, tangles with former Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy of Cuba and Florida in a close hard fight that the crowd little appreciated.
Sahib Usarov, the outstanding boxer of the evening, was not happy at being booed by a crowd that evidently preferred mismatches and quick knockouts.
A long view at the Times Union Center, with live action, below, electronic action above.
Joe "The Future" Hanks tags Rafael Pedro in a short and disappointing main event between these two oversized campaigners.
Rafael Pedro grabbed his shoulder and dropped to his knees in the second round, saying he was in too much pain, apparently from a dislocation, to be able to continue. The fight was scored a TKO win for Joe Hanks.
A card girl demonstrates her stuff beween rounds.
Jason Escalera administers a beating to Marcus Brooks in the super-middleweight division.
Kevin Rooney Sr. and Jr. got a hometown welcome at the TU Center. Kevin Sr. is best known as the trainer of Mike Tyson. Kevin Jr., getting a late start in the boxing game, scored his third career win Saturday night.
Bryan Abraham of Schenectady is cheered by trainer Kyle Provenzano after scoring a first-round knockout of Darnell Jiles at the Time Union Center in Albany on Saturday night.