Vacation time

Sorry I’ve been silent for the past few weeks. Between my weekly Troy Record column (Thursdays) and the book I’m working on, I know that I’ve missed a lot of boxing news opportunities in this space.

It seems I need a break. So let’s get together after the Holidays.


In my corner “office” at The Wine Bar (PHOTO: Christina Saccoia)

By the way, I’ve moved. I’ve always considered the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble as my “office,” but no more. I’ve found the coolest place to write. The Charles F. Lucas Confectionary & Wine Bar, better known just as The Wine Bar, is in a row house on Second Street in downtown Troy, at Monument Square.

So far I seem to be the only writer who hangs out there. I probably shouldn’t say anything. It’s nice having a private office:) But if you’ve got a deadline of some kind, bring your laptop, hijack a corner. It’s the coolest place around. I feel like I’m in Brooklyn, or Paris.

Within a minute of my first visit I was friends with owners Vic Christopher and wife, Heather LaVine, along with Tony, the wine master.  You really should check out this place.

Anyway, Happy Holidays, boxing fans. See you soon. Promise. –  MR

Golden Gloves in Buffalo January 12



Buffalo, NYDecember 11, 2012…One of the nation’s greatest amateur events in all sports will take place in beautiful downtown Buffalo. The CARUBBA COLLISION GOLDEN GLOVES will take place at the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. on SATURDAY, January 12, 2013, beginning at 5:00PM. All of New York State (excluding Metro) amateur boxers, sub novice, novice, and open class, both male and female are training hard and eagerly anticipating their opportunity to participate in the most prestigious amateur boxing tournament in the country; the “Carubba Collision Golden Gloves”.  The boxers are enthusiastically preparing to seize their moment and earn their place in history and become a Golden Gloves champion.

The Tralf Music Hall will be the host site for the opening night of the tournament. Participants will come from the Niagara Association and Adirondack Association, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Salamanca, Jamestown, Geneva, Syracuse, Watertown, Cortland, Albany, Schenectady, Adirondacks, Ithaca, Elmira, Utica, Massena, and all surrounding areas.

This will be a great opportunity for local sports fans and visitors to enjoy an entertaining, fun filled evening. Bouts are set for a 5:00PM start. The Tralf is conveniently located within walking distance from many of the hotels in downtown Buffalo. Admission for the show is only $25: General Admission and $35: Ringside in advance or $30: General Admission and $40: Ringside the day of the show.  Tickets can be purchased at Carubba Collision 716.876.0700, the Tralf Box office 716.852.2860 and Doris Records 716.883.2410. Tickets for Ringside seats available at the Tralf Box office.

Sponsorship opportunities and Ringside seats are still available. For more information go to or contact Don Patterson at 716-400-9697, or, or search Buffalo Golden Gloves on facebook. If you are looking for a superior sporting experience and great live entertainment please join us to support local boxers and businesses.

Ring card girls: It’s time to turn the page



It began shortly after boxing went to Vegas in the late 1950s. Cigar-chomping men holding round cards over their heads were replaced by scantily clad women wearing 13-inch lucite heels. But it’s nearly 2013. Does boxing really need this tradition?

Check out my Troy Record column tomorrow.

Buffalo Golden Goves set to go

The Buffalo Golden Gloves – NYS Championships are set to go on January 12, 2013. Read all about it here

Buffalo Golden Gloves
New York StateChampionship

January 12, 2013

Buffalo, New York

The Tralf
622 Main st
Buffalo NY 14202

Tornament starts:
Saturday January 12, 2013
Weigh in:
1:00 pm – 3:00pm
Bouts start at 5:00pm

Entries must be in by January 4, 2013.

USA Boxing Returns to Whitehall, NY

Amateur Boxing reprised its October 20 visit to Whitehall, NY last night as Uncle Sam Boxing hosted eight action packed bouts at the Whitehall Athletic Club.

Here are the results, but results alone hardly convey the action when the finest athletes you’ll find test themselves in the hardest sport there is.


156 pounds: Phil Ayoreh (Schott’s Gym, Albany, NY) over Omar Escobar (Bernard’s Boxing, Utica, NY)

141: Ronnie Robidoux (Standing Rock Boxing, Massena, NY) over Joe Gbolo (Schott’s Gym, Albany, NY)

165: Adrian McKinney (Black River Boxing, Watertown, NY) defeated by Doug Poirier (Champs Boxing, Cornwall, Ontario)

141: Enrique Osorio (Quail Street Boxing, Albany, NY) over Sam Moura, U.S. Boxing, Altona, NY

152: Tariq McDonald (Black River Boxing, Watertown, NY) over E.J. Wallace (Unattached)

152: Vinnie Constantino (Quail Street Boxing, Albany, NY) over Tyrone Rich (The Den, Middletown, CT)

141: Jordon Isham (Precision Boxing, South Burlington, VT) over Patricio Whitten (The Den, Middletown CT)

178: James Marin (Black River Boxing, Watertown, NY) defeated by David Hackabay (Precision Boxing, South Burlington, VT)

Star Boxing Show Rescheduled to 2/2/13

press release



New York (November 29, 2012) The professional boxing card originally set for Friday, DECEMBER 14 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York has been postponed to Saturday, FEBRUARY 2, 2013, it was announced today by Star Boxing and the Times Union Center.

“We had a terrific card planned but the main event featuring undefeated world ranked heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks against undefeated Fred Allen will not happen. Unfortunately Fred Allen pulled out of the fight. This was an excellent matchup featuring two, young undefeated heavyweights from the United States, but the promoter of the event – Star Boxing has secured an even better heavyweight challenger, which will give our fans something more exciting on February 2,” said Bob Belber, General Manager of the Times Union Center.

“We deeply regret having to reschedule this event, but we want to be sure to give fans an opponent worthy of facing Hanks for the title. Therefore we are moving the card to FEBRUARY 2 and we look forward to returning to the Times Union Center and presenting a terrific card featuring the Joe Hanks title fight for the great fans in the Albany area in February,” said Joe DeGuardia – President of Star Boxing.

Fans may use the December 14 tickets for the rescheduled date on February 2. For any fans that prefer a refund, refunds will be made at the point of purchase by no later than December 14 . Full details of the FEBRUARY 2 event will be announced shortly.


Chadd Ryan

Times Union Center


Star Boxing


Bernie Bahrmasel




Star Boxing, Inc. has been in operation since1992.  Star Boxing has worked to produce some of the most exciting and memorable boxing events in recent history. Star has continued to work with and develop a number of very exciting world champions, world rated contenders and young prospects. Star has consistently brought credibility, integrity, and exciting fights to the boxingindustry.  For more information on Star Boxing, visit the official website

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Upstate New York’s premiere sports and entertainment facility, the Times Union Center, located in Albany, NY, is excited to welcome boxing back after a 14 year hiatus.  Hosting boxing in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1997, the Times Union Center offers the perfect atmosphere for championship events, and our fans are ready for championship boxing to make its long awaited return to the biggest stage in the Albany.  Nestled between Hall of Famer Mike Tyson’s hometown of Catskill, NY, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, the Capital Region is a great boxing community for both fighters and fans locally and in our surrounding areas.  Albany, NY is easy to get to from anywhere!  Amtrak offers direct trains from New York City, Buffalo and all points in between, and major interstates from points east, west, north and south intersect in the capital region making it easy to drive from all parts of the state.  For more information, please visit their website at



Chadd Ryan

Times Union Center



Star Boxing



Bernie Bahrmasel



Star Boxing Show @ TU Center Postponed

I don’t have any details on this yet, but the December 14 Star Boxing show at the Times Union Center has been postponed until February 2.

It came as a surprise to me, too, folks. I was writing my Troy Record column about main event heavyweight, Joe Hanks, and making final edits when the text message arrived from Star Boxing photographer, Ed Diller. So it was back to the drawing board, but no worries. It gave me the chance to write about local unsung hero, Clyde Beattie.

Darryl “Clyde” Beattie has been one of the faces of local amateur boxing for the past 30 years and, like most givers to anything worthwhile, he does it all under the radar of public awareness. In today’s Troy Record, we made an exception. Be sure to check it out.


Sorry I haven’t posted the results of last Saturday’s terrific amateur card at the Troy Boys & Girls Club. I also wish I had a good excuse, but in true “the dog ate it” fashion, I forgot my bout sheet at the venue. If anybody has the results, gimme a holler. It really was a great night. Kudos to host, Hector Bermudez.

I spent a while yesterday talking to somebody you’ll being seeing pretty soon. California’s Joe “The Future” Hanks (20-0, 14 KOs) will share main event honors on the Times Union Center’s 12/14 show when he takes on also undefeated Fred Allen (14-0-1, 6 KOs) from Texas City, TX.

Hanks may not have crossed you radar yet, but he’s a serious contender at the brink of being on everybody’s radar. I’ll be writing about him in my Troy Record column this Thursday.

Amateur boxing THIS Saturday in Troy

I’ll have more to say about this as the week goes on. In fact, I’ll be featuring the Troy program and its coach, Hector Bermudez in Thursday’s Troy Record column. But for now, mark you calendar.

Saturday , November 24, 2012
Troy Boys & Girls Club
1700 7th Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
Weigh-in: 4:00 pm
Bout Time: 7:00 pm

Schenectady Peaceful Warriors: Saturday’s Results

It was a great night of ring action at Schenectady High School Saturday night. The Peaceful Warriors, a partnership between Schenectady High School and Schenectady Youth Boxing, put on a fundraiser that brought 16 of the finest athletes around into a roped in space.

You can read about Peaceful Warriors in my Troy Record column last Thursday ( 11/15), but briefly, Schenectady High School youth who might make bad decisions for themselves are referred instead the Peaceful Warriors program. Schenectady Youth Boxing trains them like real boxers and, no surprise to those who know, they become more focused and more disciplined. Some even go into the ring themselves.

Anyway, what a terrific night of boxing. Congratulations to all the warriors. Even though eight were declared winners, there were no losers Saturday night. Here are the results:

155 lbs: Raphael Edwards (Kingston) over Kyle Kahler (The Den)

156 lbs: Tyron Rich  (The Den) over Igor Huic (Catskill)

145 lbs: E.J.Wallace (unattached) over Johnathan Torrez (The Den)

138 lbs: Sam Moura (Uncle Sam) over Patricio Whitten (The Den)

198 lbs: Mo Zhang (The Den) over James Mitchell (Cohoes)

167 lbs: Ben Wright (Schenectady) over Matt Leddick (Sweeney’s)

162 lbs: Doug Campese (The Den) over Nick Castaldi (Sweeney’s)

150 lbs: Joe Gbolo (Schott’s) over Ismael Lebron (Anasta)


Our next stop is THIS SATURDAY (November 24) at the Troy Boys  & Girls Club. Stay tuned for details!!