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Gearing Up for Fight Night

Boxing is back in a big way at Turning Stone Resort Casino—one of many events to commemorate the return of International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) induction festivities during the weekend of June 9-12.

While on-site weekend festivities include a press conference, a gala dinner, and a full-fledged induction ceremony, boxing fans are particularly excited about the fight card for Friday night, June 10. The lineup features four fights in all, headlined by a must-see clash between 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time Olympian Bakhodir Jalolov and rising heavyweight prospect Jack Mulowayi.

The fights will be held in a ring in the Turning Stone Event Center, and will be televised live on SHOWTIME’s “SHOBOX: The New Generation” series.

Taken as a whole, the entire IBHOF induction weekend will be one for the books.

“We are excited to welcome thousands of fans along with boxing legends and media back to Central New York and to once again be the capital of the boxing world,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative and Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter. “It is an honor to partner with the Boxing Hall of Fame to host such an iconic weekend that spotlights our entire region.”

Fight night is sure to be a raucous time. Presented in partnership with Boxing Hall of Famer Lou DiBella, the fight card begins around 7 p.m., and will include epic matchups between some of the most promising boxers in the sport today.

Evening festivities also will include tributes to some of the IBHOF inductees; since there has not been a formal induction since 2019, this year’s “trilogy” class includes 36.

The main event should go off somewhere around 10 p.m.

Of course, Fight Night is only one piece of the IBHOF puzzle for the weekend. Other highlights include the gala dinner and afterparty on Saturday evening, the parade in downtown Canastota on Sunday morning, and the induction ceremony itself, which currently is slated for Sunday afternoon.

Ed Brophy, executive director of the IBHOF, said Turning Stone had put together a “knockout” weekend schedule for every boxing fan.

“This year’s Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Weekend was three years in the making, so you know it’s going to be big and there is already a lot of excitement building,” Ed said in a recent press release. “With an exceptional induction trilogy class, four days of non-stop events that span two counties, passionate partners like the Oneida Indian Nation, and legendary Hall of Famers traveling from around the world to Central New York, this is a weekend you will not want to miss.”




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