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Wright vs. Williams headlines boxing card at Armory

Wright vs. Williams headlines boxing card at Armory

Wright has worked at Ring of Hope in Schenectady
Wright vs. Williams headlines boxing card at Armory
Photographer: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports

SCHENECTADY -- A note at the bottom of the flier for Saturday's Uncle Sam's boxing card at the Armory Center says, "All bouts subject to change."

That includes the main event.

Ben Wright of Schenectady was supposed to fight Francis Hogan of Weymouth, Massachusetts., but promoter Bob Miller was left scrambling for a new opponent after Hogan finished runner-up at the Eastern Elite Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend.

With that result, Hogan secured one of eight spots in his weight class (75kg, 165 lbs.) at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in December; he also chose to back out of the Armory Center card, so Wright will fight Emmanuel Williams of the Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing Club.

Wright has been a coach and trainer at the Ring of Hope Boxing Club on Erie Boulevard and now works at Vent Fitness.

Coach Jerrick Jones of Ring of Hope said he expects the headliner to be an interesting matchup of boxers, as opposed to two punchers taking home run swings at each other.

"They have similar skill levels," Jones said. "Emmanuel has a little bit of advantage in height and national experience. He's up-and-coming in the boxing world. Either one [Hogan or Williams] is a step up for Ben."

Wright is coming off a split decision loss at a show in Albany two weeks ago and has competed at the national level once, just over three years ago.

There will be 10-15 fights on the Armory Center card, and the main event is scheduled for three rounds.

Doors open at 5 p.m., and the fights start at 6. Admission is $15.(under 5 years old free)

Miller said he drew about 2,500 fans over the course of two days for an event he held at the Armory Center in April.

"It's a fantastic venue, and ideal for boxing," he said.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Mike MacAdam at 518-395-3146 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter @Mike_MacAdam.

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