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FALLS FIGHTS WILL GO ON

Despite border concerns stemming from last week's terrorist attacks, Ontario-based boxing promoter Orion Sports Management has decided to move forward with its Oct. 12 card -- headlined by the Canadian heavyweight championship -- at the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center.

Former contender Razor Ruddock, most noted for his memorable bouts with Mike Tyson, will fight Egerton Marcus in the main event, and seven other fights will be staged as planned.

"We're taking a helluva risk, but I'm counting on the Western New York fans to turn out," said Orion's Allan Tremblay, who made the final decision to move forward on Friday.

"At the end of the day, you're either in this business or you're not, and we can't let circumstances dictate what we do."

A second heavyweight bout, featuring Canadian Shane Sutcliffe (23-11-1, 13 knockouts) against Donnell Wingfield (29-11-1, 15 KOs), is scheduled for six rounds.

Also on the card: Chad Brisson (8-1, 2) vs. Mark Adams (3-3, 4) in an eight-round lightweight bout; bantamweight Steve Molitar (9-0, 3) in an eight-rounder against TBA; Jesse Cancilla (6-0, 3) vs. Mark Woolnaugh (5-1-1, 2) in a six-round light heavyweight affair; Jody Wheaton (1-2-1) vs. Anibal Acevedo (0-1) in a four-round welterweight bout; super welterweight Adam Green (pro debut) against TBA in a four-rounder.

Niagara Falls super middleweight Tommy Huff (1-1, 1 KO) will fight Matt Kennedy (0-1-1) in a scheduled four-rounder.

Tickets have been discounted and range from $25 to $75. Capacity will be fewer than 5,000.
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