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CANASTOTA, NY - OCTOBER 28, 2012 - Boxing fans in Central New York and a worldwide audience were treated to an HBO Boxing After Dark triple-header live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY on Saturday, October 27th.  With the broadcast team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Lederman calling the action from ringside, fans saw Miguel Vazquez retain his IBF lightweight title with a 12-round win over Marvin Quintero, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield defend his NABO junior welterweight strap with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera and Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu upset Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico with a seventh round TKO in the main event.

The telecast included a touching tribute to Hall of Fame trainer and HBO expert commentator Emanuel Steward who passed away on October 25th at age 68.

With the boxing community mourning the loss of Steward, his career and amazing legacy were on the minds of everyone at the Hall of Fame over the weekend. As Hall of Fame flags flew at half-staff, many members of HBO’s production team toured the Museum prior to Saturday’s telecast and recalled memories of their beloved colleague. Among the HBO contingent in Canastota included Max Kellerman, Harold Lederman, Marc Payton, Shep Berkon, Nickolas Jalilvand, Chris Jones, Jerry Olaya and Greg Domino.

In addition to the HBO group, many members of the boxing community visited the Hall of Fame for a walk down boxing’s memory lane, including Karim Mayfield and members of his team, undefeated Australian featherweight Joel Brunker, Lee Groves (CompuBox / Ring magazine), publicist Mario Serrano, ring announcer Marc Lichtenfeld, photographer Ed Mulholland,  Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati, Gary Shaw Vice President Athlete Relations Seymour Zivick, Thompson Boxing president Kenneth Thompson, Thompson Boxing matchmaker Alex Camponovo, WBO’s Mark Reels and booking agent / matchmaker Sean Gibbons.

Below are a few snapshots. Click on images below for a larger view.

(left to right) Kenneth Thompson, John Beninati, Seymour Zivick, Mark Reels, Alex Camponovo and Sean GibbonsHBO's "Unofficial boxing judge" Harold Lederman and ring announcer Marc LichtenfeldJerry Olaya, Greg Domino, Marc Lichtenfeld, Nickolas Jalilvand, Mario Serrano, Harold Lederman, Ed Mulholland, Chris Jones, Marc Payton, Shep Berkon and Ed BrophyBack row: Lee Groves, Marc Lichtenfeld, Marc Payton, Harold Lederman, Greg Domino. Front row: Chris Jones, Nickolas Jalilvand, Shep Berkon, Mario Serrano, Ed Mulholland, Jerry Olaya.Undefeated Australian featherweight Joel Brunker (left) and his team by the MSG boxing ringHBO commentator Max Kellerman reflects on his friend and colleague Emanuel Steward by Steward's plaque on the Hall of Fame WallTeam Mayfield: Ben Bautista (left) and Robert Garcia (right) enjoy first visit to CanastotaFight photographer Ed Mulholland proudly dislpays both his first Ring cover and first ever cover (Boxing Digest) that are in the Hall's research libraryRobert Guerrero's publicist Mario Serrano proudly poses by "The Ghost's" trunksThompson Boxing president Kenneth Thompson made his first visit to the Hall for a walk down boxing's memory laneHBO's Spanish interpreter Jerry Olaya poses by Larry Merchant's Hall of Fame plaqueHall flags fly at half-staff in memory of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward
Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield poses by
championship belt display