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Boxing: Faragon waits, while Miller gets a title shot

Boxing: Faragon waits, while Miller gets a title shot

Boxing can be a lot like college football’s Bowl Champ­ionship Series. The guy with the best record

“Friday Night Frights”

Tickets and information about “Friday Night Frights” can be obtained at www.pugnaciouspromotions.com or by calling 527-0160.

Boxing can be a lot like college football’s Bowl Champ­ionship Series. The guy with the best record isn’t always the one going after the title.

That will be the case on Friday, Oct. 23, when Pugnacious Prom­otions stages “Friday Night Frights” at the McDonough Center at Hudson Valley Community College.

Light welterweight prospect Mike Faragon of Guilderland, who is undefeated in eight pro fights, will be trying to take another major step forward in his career against Julian Edwards of Philadelphia, but it will be Faragon’s good friend and stablemate, Brian Miller of Schen­ectady, who gets a shot at a title.

The 24-year-old Miller (5-0-3) will take on Rafael Luna of Albany (4-3-1) for the vacant New York state lightweight title in the card’s main event.

Faragon, 22, would love a shot at the New York state title, but he’s gotten so good so quickly that most area fighters don’t want to get in the ring with him.

“I’m trying to be the best in New York, but I’m also trying to move on to bigger things,” said Faragon Thursday at a public workout to promote the fight card at Schott’s Boxing in Colonie.

The fight between Miller, a connections officer at the Greene County Correction Facility, and Luna had already been made when the Miller camp realized the state title was vacant, and asked promoter Lisa Elovich to ask the New York State Athletic Commission to approve a title fight, which it did.

That puts Faragon in a sticky situation, because the only way he can get a shot at the state title is if Luna beats Miller, because a fight between Faragon and Miller “is highly unlikely,” according to Elovich.

“I’m going to be rooting for Brian,” said Faragon.

While Miller already has a career, Faragon wants to make his in the ring.

“This is what I want to do,” said Faragon, who has the backing of his father Andy, who also serves as his trainer.

“There are five things you have to have to be successful,” said Andy Faragon. “You have to have a chin, you have to have hand speed, you have to have power, you have to be very athletic and you have to have desire, and Mikey has all five. How far he goes will depend on how hard he wants to work.

“2010 will be a big year for him, because he’ll start fighting eight and 10-rounders. Then, we’ll see how much he wants to put in.”

So far, there’s little Mike Faragon hasn’t put into his career. He works out six days a week, with sessions both in the gym and on the roads, and he doesn’t like easy nights in the ring.

“I don’t want any easy fights,” he said. “My last fight, I fought a pretty good guy and I felt I did really good, but he really didn’t want to fight me, and there wasn’t as much action as I wanted.”

The “Friday Night Frights” card will be unique in that it will feature some of the area’s best pros, as well as amateurs, including Sarah Kuhn of Schoharie.

“Instead of just having veterans, we’re also having some of the area’s top, young up-and-coming amateur fighters, and we’re doing it like a pro-am,” said Elovich. “It should be a bit of a different crowd because the amateurs have a whole different following.”

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