Boxing hasn't been an event at The Great New York State Fair since the 1950s, but fairgoers will get a chance to see several fights and a few boxing legends ringside at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 2 at the fair's grandstand.
Tickets for the event are $20 and $15 and are on sale as of today through the fair box office or through Ticketmaster. This event is being made possible thanks to efforts by the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the NYS Fair that has been working with Class Entertainment and Sports Inc. The collaborated effort began so that a new and different event could be presented at the fair for an affordable price.
On hand for today's announcement was Assemblyman Bill MaGee, village of Canastota Mayor Todd Rouse, IBHOF Executive Director Ed Brophy, boxer Christy Martin and Jimmy Burchfield, a boxing promoter and president and CEO of Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Assemblyman MaGee said that the IBHOF has been a "terrific success in being a tourist attraction" in the Madison County area. IBHOF executive director Brophy said that he has been enjoying much excitement throughout the 20th anniversary year and is proud to have the IBHOF "preserving and promoting boxing." He said that "Fight Night at the Fair" will be and exciting addition to the fair.
"I've never seen an event like this one," Brophy said. The caliber and the price of the event is a great opportunity for fairgoers, he said.
Brophy said that this event will be great for the entire family.
Mayor Rouse said he and the entire village of Canastota have always been proud to have the IBHOF in their community, especially when two boxing legends, Carmen Basilio and Billy Backus, have hailed from their hometown. Rouse said that IBHOF and the village have been constantly making efforts to expand their connections throughout Central New York, this one being one of many.