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Local boxing bouts called off after long delay

Pelham's Jeffrey Murray had big plans Saturday for his pro debut at Albany’s U.S. 19 Dragway, but they all ended up falling apart.

Pelham's Jeffrey Murray had big plans Saturday for his pro debut at Albany’s U.S. 19 Dragway, but they all ended up falling apart.

ALBANY — Pelham native Jeffrey Murray and Albany boxers Terry Roscoe and Tony Warren were set to make their pro debuts Saturday at Albany’s U.S. 19 Dragway.

But after a long delay and endless confusion, not a punch was thrown.

Murray, who was scheduled to fight Gary Cotham of Memphis, Tenn., in the main event, found out late Saturday morning that the ring was unable to be delivered to the Dragway.

Murray, who was instrumental in setting up the event, scrambled to find another ring, which didn’t arrive at the track until around 4 p.m. — just two hours before the first of seven fights was supposed to begin.

It took four hours for the ring and seating arrangements to be assembled, but just as the fights were about to finally begin, the boxers and the sparse crowd were told by officials that there wasn’t sufficient lighting.

The fights were called off, and a makeup date has not been scheduled.

Comments

Abytaxpayer 2 years, 1 month ago

Wish they would go back to having boxing at the civic center again. Local boxers like Terry Roscoe, Tony Warren and Jeffrey Murray should be the role models for our youth, they stand toe to toe and fight like men not running around hiding behind a gun.

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