Boxing in Troy
Albany favorite Manny Lucero headlined a night of boxing at HVCC in Troy over the weekend, and he did not disappoint his many fans, scoring a unanimous decision over Carlos Rivera of the Bronx and capturing the New York State junior lightweight title. (For photos, click HERE. )
Lucero was a heavy enough puncher to put Rivera down twice but not heavy enough to put him away. He relies more on good movement and what’s known in the game as ring generalship. He’s a regular lesson in boxing to watch.
Rivera won no friends by showing up at the weigh-in about six pounds over the 128-pound limit, probably knowing full well that the fight could not be scrubbed. He was penalized some undisclosed amount of his contractual payment (also undisclosed), and lost the right to fight for the title, meaning if he had won it would not have counted as far as a championship went. I don’t know why boxers do this, but sometimes they do.
In women’s boxing, which I confess makes me uneasy, Jaci Trivilino of Plattsburgh lost by a whisker to her rival Nydia Feliciano of the Bronx. It was their third fight, the first two having in ended in draws. Indeed one of the judges scored this one a draw also, while the other two gave it to Feliciano. I was back in the dressing room taking photos of some of the men either preparing to come out or licking their wounds after the fact, and caught only the last round.
Also Sarah Kuhn of Albany got stopped in her first fight against serious competition, that competition being the mellifluously named Ku’ulei Kupihea of Hawaii.
Junior welterweight Marcus Hall of Rochester outpointed Llyas Aksabaev of Russia by way of the Bronx.
Oversized (287 pounds) Detroy Jones of Poughkeepsie won a unanimous decision over KC Cunningham of Philadelphia.
Junior middleweight Joey Yerdon of Albany, though probably outpunched anyway, lost a disappointing one to Jose Angel Ortiz of Puerto Rico when the referee abruptly stopped the fight in the fourth round simply because Yerdon had taken a couple of shots. He was still defending himself and did not appear to be in trouble, but referees tend to err on the side of caution, and these things are not appealable.
The always popular Shawn Miller, light-heavyweight from Troy, pleased his fans by scoring a close decision over Gerard Taylor of Chicago.
All in all, a well put-together card by Ares promotions.