By Boxing Bob Newman
As the live boxing boom continues in up state New York this summer, what better place to break new ground than at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York. The International Boxing Hall of Fame, located nearby Canastota, New York, is teaming with the New York State Fair, as well as Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment Sports Inc. to present “Fight Night At The Fair,” at the fair’s outdoor Grandstand on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. While this will be the first boxing event ever staged at the Mohegan Sun-sponsored Grandstand, the New York Statefairgrounds has showcased the sport no less than 55 times from 1925 to 1970, with every one of those shows taking place in the building known as the Coliseum, which still stands today. Appearing frequently on those cards were the likes of former welter and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio, top contending brothers Joey and Mike DeJohn, Lee Sala and the “Raging Bull,” former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta.
Headlining the evening of seven bouts will be female boxing legend Christy Martin. Known as “the Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Martin’s pro record stands at (48-5-3, 31 KOs), as she edges closer to her fiftieth pro win.
Co-headliners will be the CES promoted Jason “Big Six” Estrada and James McGirt Jr. Estrada, (15-2, 3 KOs) was a 2004 U.S. Olympic representative and 2003 Pan Am Games champion. McGirt, trained by his two-time champion father James “Buddy” McGirt has a record of (20-2-1, 9 KOs).
Opponents for the headliners as well as the rest of the undercard featuring New York State boxers will be announced soon.
Boxing luminaries expected to attend the show, including Hall-Of-Famers Carmen Basilio, Emile Griffith and Carlos Ortiz, as well as former greats Vito Antuofermo, George Chuvalo and Livingstone Bramble.
Tickets for all Grandstand events, including Fight Night, are on sale now at the Fair Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Fans can also buy tickets online through Ticketmaster.com or order and pay by phone by calling 1-800-745-3000 or 1-866-448-7849.