In the same year Mike Tyson will be inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, boxing will return to the place where Tyson’s pro career began. Pugnacious Promotions presents “Valentine’s Day Crush(ers)” on February 3rd at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. The event marks the return of boxing to the convention center, which hosted numerous fight cards in the 1980’s, including the pro debut of Tyson. The future heavyweight champion set a familiar pattern with a first-round TKO (1:47) win over Hector Mercedes on March 6, 1985.
Headlining the February 3 card will be undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (13-0, 6 KOs) who will take on the most experienced opponent in his career, veteran Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs), in an eight-round fight.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mike Faragon on his next three fights,” said Lisa Elovich promoter of the event. “The first one is at the Empire State Convention Center, where Mike Tyson made his pro-debut and his trainer Kevin Rooney fought on the headline bout of the card! Mike has tremendous talent and skill – the fans in the Capital Region are in for a big treat as they watch him ascend up the ladder of success!”
Faragon, 23, has stopped six of his last eight opponents as he has moved up through six and eight-round fights.
Also appearing on the card in a six-round pro fight is Delmar lightweight Zach Smith (4-2). 2009 New York State Golden Gloves welterweight champion Ray Velez, from Troy, NY, will follow in Tyson’s footsteps making his pro debut.
Ringside tickets are $75, Reserved are $50 and General Admission is $35. Ringside tables, with Front Row tickets and dinner for six including table service throughout the evening, are $900. Call 518-527-0160.