Fight report from Albany (with photos)
In a solid night of boxing at the Empire State Convention Center last week (Thursday, May 12), local pro Mike Faragon had a fairly easy time of it, extending his record to 15-0, while amateur star Amir Imam had all he could handle with a last minute opponent brought in from Montreal. (To see photos click here.)
Faragon landed some solid right hands that failed to do any damage to Miguel Rodriguez of Puerto Rico and had to settle for a lopsided decision in the main event.
Amir Imam, still hoping to make the Olympic Trials, was outdanced by Yves Ulysse of Montreal, who was the first fighter I have seen with the quickness to let his hands hang low and challenge Amir to hit him. Not an easy fight to call, but Amir apparently hit Ulysse enough to get the win.
Also on the amateur undercard, Matthew Ventry of Niagara Falls outscored Rorohrunha Kie of Messina; Greg Kehrer of Albany defeated Billy Harkins of Albany; and Trevor Bryan of Schenectady beat a bulky (280 pounds) Lorenzo Davis of Niagara Falls.
On the professional half of the card, apart from Faragon vs. Rodgriguez, Roger Zapata of Albany, making his pro debut, scored a win over Borngod Washington, who ran his record to a dismally perfect 0-8 despite the portentousness of his name. Ray Velez of Troy, in his second pro fight,
outpointed Jemell Tyson of Rochester. And Kimdo Bethel of Albany prevailed against Mujaheed Moore, who had enough by the fourth round -- and talk about forbidding names!
A previously scheduled bout featuring Macedonian cruiserweight Nasi Hani, who is being trained by Kevin Rooney, was scrubbed at the last minute for reasons that were not made entirely clear, though Pugnacious Promotions people promised that he would be on their August card in Saratoga.