NIAGARA FALLS – Seneca Niagara Events Center has hosted boxing cards before, but Friday night’s might be the most meaningful one to happen at the facility.
The nationally televised card that has been dubbed the Sully Huff Invitational is being dedicated in memory of late Seneca Nation boxing great Stanley “Sully” Huff.
Huff, 1950 Courier-Express Golden Gloves champion, passed away in 2014 at age 84. Besides his in-ring accolades, Huff founded the Iroquois Boxing Club and shared his passion for the sport with others, teaching Seneca fighters how to succeed in and outside the ring. Huff served on the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Council and also served in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning the rank of sergeant.
“Boxing was a part of him,” said Seneca spokesperson Tonia Lewis. “We are happy to honor his memory and his legacy with this remarkable event.”
Tickets to the seven-bout card, which begins at 7 p.m., are still available starting at $35 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations, at select Seneca Resorts and Casino retail outlets or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The main event features Rochester southpaw Kenny Abril (14-7-1, 7 KOs) squaring off against Dennis Hogan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) for Hogan’s NABA-U.S. Super Welterweight championship. The co-feature bout pits Canadian lightweight Tony Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) against Edward Valdez (13-10-2, 3 KOs). It’ll be Luis’ first fight since losing in the interim WBA title contest last April to Derry Mathews via decision.
CBS Sports Network will begin its national broadcast at 9 p.m. and one of the televised bouts has a local flavor as Buffalo heavyweight and 2008 state Golden Gloves champion Excell Holmes (2-5-1, 1 KO) faces unbeaten Jarrell Miller (13-0-1, 10 KOs).
Buffalo lightweight Daniel DeJesus also is slated to make his pro debut on the card.