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"He's a real prospect," Elovich said of Faragon. "He keeps taking steps up one at a time, and (Reyes) is probably the toughest opponent he's faced so far."
"I'm feeling good," Velez said. "I haven't put too much pressure on myself since I've tried not to think about it too much. Out of sight, out of mind."
"I always felt my style was better suited for the pro ranks," Velez said, "but now there's no going back. If you lose here, it's permanent."
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Elovich says that Dippolito will not provide Velez with the typical "easy" first fight that highly touted fighters are frequently set up with in order to build their confidence.
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especially Velez's pro debut, as an opportunity to help bring the local boxing scene back to its heyday.
"Anyone could win this one," she said, "but Ray is used to tough fights. This may be one of the best fights of the night."
It has been more than 21 years since the plaza's convention center has been the scene of professional boxing.
ALBANY The last time Empire State Plaza held a professional boxing card, the Berlin Wall had just come down, Milli Vanilli was Balenciaga Wallet Uk
Opening his career at Empire State Plaza puts Velez in some very select company. Mike Tyson made his professional debut there on Mar. 6, 1985, when he took just 107 seconds to stop Hector Mercedes for his first of 37 consecutive victories between 1985 Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Nappa Campana Bag and 1989, all but four of which were by knockout. Eleven of his 56 career bouts took place in the Capital District. Like Tyson, Velez was born in Brooklyn and endured plenty of adversity before moving in his youth to the Capital District in search of a better life.
"When that was brought up to me, I found it very inspirational," Velez said of the Tyson connection. "He obviously had an outstanding career in the ring and it is very exciting to be able to get my start in the same place he did."
enjoying its third No. 1 single of the year, and its most famous pugilist was still the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, at least for another month.
Albany. 15 year old Tamar Williams, the second ranked amateur bantamweight in the nation, fights Ryan Maisenbacher of Philmont, and the top ranked amateur lightweight on the east coast, 17 year old Abraham Nova, battles Kingston's Martin Murphy.
"The Capital District had a vibrant boxing scene in the 1980s," promoter Lisa Elovich said. "There's a chance to get back to that now thanks to the impressive showings that we have seen from our local talent."
Troy's Ray Velez, 25, is one of those impressive local talents. A two time New York State Golden Gloves champion with over 40 amateur bouts to his credit, Velez makes his professional debut tonight as a welterweight. He is scheduled for four rounds with Philadelphia native John Dippolito (0 1) on the undercard. Dippolito replaces Ahmed Poskovic of Akron, Ohio, who withdrew due to illness.
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The main event features another top local talent, as 24 year old lightweight Mike "The Baby Faced Beast" Faragon (13 0, 6 KO), from Guilderland, puts his undefeated record on the line against Shamir Reyes (18 7 2, 7 KO) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.
In December of 1989, when Troy native Kevin Pompey won a unanimous decision in the light middleweight division over Curtis Summit in the final bout on the last card at the Plaza convention center, Tyson was training for what was supposed to have been a tune up match with James "Buster" Douglas for a planned superfight with Evander Holyfield. Douglas' victory over Tyson the next month is still considered one of the biggest upsets in sport history.
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