By Matt Richardson
While 2009 is not yet a month old, the schedule for boxing in New York is bound to keep local boxing fans busy. With fights scheduled as far away as August, the boxing scene in “The Big Apple” is robust and looks to stay that way for the remainder of the year.
This Friday, January 23rd, boxing will return to the Huntington Hilton Hotel in Long Island, New York in a card promoted by Bob Duffy. Then, on February 3rd, in the first of what is hoped to be a monthly series, the legendary Gleason’s Gym will promote a card at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn featuring flyweight Rafael Concepcion versus former title-holder Kermin Guardia and unbeaten cruiserweight Ahmed Samir versus Jerry Spiegel.
There is also boxing on tap for Friday, February 13th at the Roseland Ballroom (promoted by Star Boxing), Friday, February 20th in Buffalo at the Convention Center and Wednesday, February 25th at BB King’s in mid-town Manhattan (promoter: Lou DiBella). In between all of that, Top Rank and promoter Bob Arum will present the return of Miguel Cotto when he battles Michael Jennings for a welterweight title on Saturday, February 21st at MadisonSquare Garden. There is also a chance that popular undefeated junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita could fight the day after DiBella’s card, Thursday, February 26th, at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn.
The action will continue into the third month of the year with boxing scheduled for Thursday, March 5th at the Main Street Armory in Rochester. There could be another card on March 15th, back at Roseland with another tentatively scheduled for Monday, March 16th, the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day, either at the Hammerstein Ballroom or the Theatre at the Garden. The March 16th card would be promoted by Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing. And then we couldn’t forget about the card scheduled for August 9th at the Joe Bruno stadium in Albany promoted by Sweeney boxing. And this doesn’t even include all the fights to take place starting next week in the legendary New York Golden Gloves amateur tournament!
Obviously, this sport being what it is, all dates and fighters scheduled are tentative with action to be canceled or switched at any point prior to the fight. However, should the majority of these fights come to completion; it will prove to be yet another fruitful and deserving gift to boxing fans in the state.