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Lionell Thompson has been chasing that potential life-changing boxing victory ever since the days he was a standout amateur champion attending college at SUNY Buffalo State. That could very well come Saturday night at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. All Thompson has to do is win his fight against former world champion Jose Uzcategui, and Thompson's next fight could be a…

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Following a disappointing loss in the first round of the Olympic Team Trials, Niagara Falls boxer Mikiah Kreps has withdrawn from the consolation bracket and will focus on a pro career, according to Deborah Fields, her mother and manager. Kreps, who was the third seed at 125 pounds, lost by decision to Iyana Verduzco on Monday in Lake Charles, La. “With being on the …

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Buffalo’s Jimmy Goodrich, who was a world lightweight champion briefly in the 1920s, and Town of Tonawanda native Rick Glaser, outspoken promoter, manager and matchmaker, will be inducted along with 26 other fight game figures into the New York Boxing Hall of Fame in 2020. James Edward Moran was born in Scranton, Pa., in 1900 and moved to Buffalo with his mother at age …

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Frank Erne, Buffalo’s first boxing world champion, has been selected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota in the old-timer category. He will be inducted June 14. "Buffalo’s boxing history is rich and long. Frank Erne was Buffalo’s first of six world champions. We are so happy the IBHOF has finally recognized one of the best boxers of his era," Bob Ca…

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Niagara Falls boxer Mikiah Kreps had earned a spot in next month's? U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing in Lake Charles, La. Kreps needed to finish in the top two in her weight class at the Last Chance Qualifier in Oxnard, Calif., to secure a trials berth. She did so by reaching the final with a 4-1 decision against Olivia? Hendrickson of Scottsdale, Ariz., in Friday's …

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There's a perfectly rational explanation why a 44-year-old high school gym teacher will make her nationally televised professional boxing debut against a far younger opponent Friday night at a Seneca Nation casino in Western New York. It begins with Ayanna Tramont, a single mother of two, practicing karate with her sons. It continues with one of Tramont’s former Kenm…

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Mikiah Kreps was a bronze-medal winner in the first Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, Russia. Kreps’ impressive run in her debut in international competition ended with a 3-2 loss to Caroline Cruveillier of France. She ended up with her first international medal. Boxing as a bantamweight at 54 kilograms, Kreps won three bouts in the world event before h…

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Buffalo Veterans Boxers Association Ring 44 Hall of Fame member and past organization president John “Jack” Green died Monday in Comfort Care at Sisters Hospital from complications of a brain bleed, according to his brother, James. He was 73. Jack Green was a champion for promoting the sport of boxing at the amateur and pro levels for most of his life in and outside Buf…

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Mikiah Kreps’ entourage was ready to celebrate Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tenn., but not the newly crowned National Golden Gloves 125-pound class Elite Women’s boxing champion. “After four days of fighting, all I wanted to do was get my rest,” the 22-year-old Niagara Falls boxer said Sunday by phone. She settled for a little pizza and wings after her split decision …

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Mikiah Kreps of Niagara Falls is a national women’s Golden Gloves champion. Kreps, representing the Buffalo region, scored a unanimous decision over Destiny Jaso of Texas in the 125-pound final to win the championship at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee. Jaso had an advantage in reach over Kreps, but the Niagara Falls boxer was able to score with body blows…

Mikiah Kreps, Buffalo’s last representative in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Chattanooga, Tenn., won her semifinal bout Friday to advance to the championship round. Kreps defeated Olivia Blechschmidt from the New York Metro region by a judges’ decision to move on to the final round in the 125-pound weight class. The 22-year-old beat Carisse Br…

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Mikiah Kreps and two other boxers representing Buffalo won their bouts Wednesday night in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Tennessee. Kreps triumphed over Charise Jones of Cincinnati in her 125-pound women's elite division match, when her opponent could not come out for the second round and retired. Alex Castellan…

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Mikiah Kreps stands in the far corner of an old warehouse, beyond the black curtain, folding chairs and boxing ring, and sips on her second Pedialyte of the day. This one is strawberry. The first was mixed fruit. “I like that they have less sugar than Gatorade,” she says. Kreps fasted until after 11 a.m. weigh-ins to ensure she made the cut, then feasted on Greek …

Heavyweight Paul Marinaccio, who fought top heavyweight contenders in this century, and five other ring competitors are the six new Hall of Fame members who will be inducted at the Ring 44’s 23rd annual dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 5 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant. Marinaccio won 25 bouts, lost six and had three draws as a pro between 2002 and 2014. Also inducted wer…