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KO at the TU thrills fans in Albany


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ALBANY, NY (February 5, 2012) Sports fans in Albany, New York turned out in droves on Saturday night as Star Boxing presented "KO AT THE TU" at the Times Union Center.


"We're very pleased with the supportive crowd who saw some great fights and truly had an entertaining evening. Our next date here in Albany at the Times Union Center will be on Saturday, April 28th," said Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.


In front of a loud and supportive crowd approaching 4,000 strong, heavyweight contender Joe "The Future " Hanks defended his IBA Americas Title over monstrous Cuban Rafael Pedro.


The 28-year-old Hanks took the fight right at the 6'7" Pedro, pressuring the giant with piston like jabs and crunching body shots, easily winning the opening stanza.


The assault continued in the second round when the proceedings ended abruptly. With Pedro attempting to fend off Hanks, he fell to the canvas after attempting a right hook. Suffering from an apparent dislocated right shoulder, Pedro informed the referee he was unable to continue and the bout was stopped at the 0:48 mark of the round.


With the win, Hanks of Newark, New Jersey improved his perfect record to 19-0 with thirteen stoppages while Pedro fell to 21-10-1 (15KO's).


In the co-main event, fans were treated to a fast-paced ten rounder between bantamweights Sahib Usarov of Moscow, Russia and Cuban 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy for the WBO Inter-Continental Title.


Fighting for the first time in the United States. Usarov took the fight right at the fellow southpaw. Utilizing excellent boxing skills, the Russian was able to score effectively with a piston like jab and sharp left hands, keeping the awkward Barthelemy at bay. Both fighters eyes were swollen by the end of the fight.


Scores at the end were tallied in Usarov's favor, 98-91 and 96-93 twice. With the win the, Usarov improved his unbeaten record to 18-0-0 (6KO's), while Barthelemy fell to 12-3-0 (4KO's).


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