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  CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 29, 2013 - Boxing fans in Central New York and a nationwide audience on ESPN 2 were treated to an exciting night of professional boxing at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY on January 25th.

In the main event, former Contender star and fighting pride of Austin, Texas Brian Vera (22-6, 13 KOs) scored an upset by stopping former junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-2-1, 24 KOs) in the 10th round of a highly entertaining scrap to retain his NABO middleweight championship. In the co-featured bout, late substitute Jose Hernandez (14-6-1, 6 KOs) upset previously undefeated Tony “The Lightning” Luis (15-1, 7 KOs) via 8th round TKO in a junior welterweight go.

On the undercard, light heavyweight Ryon McKenzie originally from the Bahamas and now calling Canastota home, kept his unbeaten streak intact with a 2nd round stoppage of Rayshawn Myers to go to 12-0, 11 KOs.

ESPN 2 televised the fight on its popular Friday Night Fights series with the broadcast team of Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore and Bernardo Osuna calling the action from ringside.

WBA junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout was a special ringside guest and graciously signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans.

Atlas filmed his Fight Plan segment, where he details the strategies for the main event participants, at the Hall of Fame in the world famous Madison Square Garden boxing ring. Atlas, who worked many corners in the famed ring during his legendary career as a trainer, recalled many of the classic battles – including Ali vs. Frazier I - that took place inside the historic ropes.

Osuna accompanied Atlas and the production crew to Canastota and all enjoyed their first visit to “Boxing’s Hometown.”

Below are a few snapshots. Click on images below for a larger view:
Back in the MSG ring, Atlas films his "Fight Plan" for Friday Night Fights.Osuna takes a photo in between life-size photos of Ali and FrazierFriday Night Fights production crew films Teddy Atlas’ “Fight Plan” at the Hall Atlas by Cus D’Amato’s plaque on the Hall of Fame WallOsuna poses by boxing robes worn by HOFers Pipino Cuevas and Ruben OlivaresAtlas enjoyed authentic heavyweight championship programs and tickets on display
Friday Night Fights Bernardo Osuna and Teddy Atlas by the MSG ring