By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com

No one in their right mind thinks the life of a fighter is an easy one. But if Miguel Cotto didn't know it before, he now knows the life of the promoter isn't a parade of pleasure either.

On Friday night at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y., Cotto fighter Jorge Melendez was upset in the main event by Nick Brinson.

Brinson, from Rochester, N.Y., took the middleweight bout on a scant one-week notice. He apparently had been staying physically and mentally ready; Brinson's fate was never in doubt, as he won by scores of 99-90, 98-91 and 96-92.

The fourth round was a true thriller. Brinson (15-1-2; winner of six in a row) sent Melendez (26-3-1) down with a right-left hook combo, and then a bit later Melendez returned the favor, sending the victor down with his own left hook. The fight arguably could have been stopped right there, but the ref stepped in and gave a bleary Brinson a mandatory eight-count, as he was getting blasted on the ropes after a tight hook clipped his chin. He had to stay alive for about 13 seconds to make the end of the round, and the fact that he did was a minor miracle, as his legs were shaky and his brain was clearly still buzzed.

Brinson complained of rabbit punches, especially in round 9, and the crew of Showtime's "ShoBox" thought a disqualification should have been considered. They beefed after the bell, and Melendez tried to head-butt the victor as they squawked at each other.

The stats story showed that Brinson landed 100 more punches than Melendez, who is nicknamed "Destroyer."

Cotto's night could have been worse; his prospect Jeffrey Fontanez (12-1) could have been on the short end of the decision against Jose Rodriguez (19-11) in a lightweight scrap. Rodriguez sent Fontanez down with a right hand to end round 7. Many had it closer than the two judges who saw it 77-74 and 78-73, while one judge had Rodriguez ahead, 76-75.

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Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Ares Promotions’ Fight Night X kicked off the 2013 boxing season in New York’s capital with a state title tilt on Thursday night at the Empire Plaza Convention Center under “The Egg.” In the main event, New York middleweight champion Nick “Machine Gun” Brinson controlled upset artist Jose “Stinger” Medina over ten rounds to retain his belt.



Empire State Plaza Convention Center (under The Egg), Albany
Doors open at 5p.m. First bout at 6p.m.
Tickets available at the door. Questions? Call 518-527-2331.

Main event: Middleweight - Markus Williams (Schenectady, NY) v Troy Artis (Bronx, NY) 8rds

Light Heavyweight - Shawn Miller (Troy, NY) v Richard Starnino (Providence, RI) 6rds

Welterweight - Sarah Kuhn (Albany, NY) v Adelita Irizarry (Harford, CT) 6 rds

Heavyweight - Kimdo Bethel Boykin (Albany, NY) v Raymundo Lopez (Holland, MI) 6rds

Light Welterweight - Ray Velez (Troy, NY) v Gabriel Diaz (Philadelphia, PA) 4rds



Javy Martinez (3-0, 1KO), Colonie

Sarah Kuhn (4-2-1, 1KO), Albany

Shawn Miller (7-1-1, 4 KOs), Troy

Markus Williams (9-2, 1KO), Schenectady

Ray Velez (2-1, 1KO), Troy

Kimdo Bethel Boykin (5-1, 4KO) Albany



By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

Ares Promotions put on FIGHT NIGHT 8 at the Empire Plaza Convention Center under “The Egg’ in Albany, New York. In Upstate, New York’s first pro show of 2012, new signee Jose “Stinger” Medina took on Michael Rayner in a middleweight eight rounder. Medina took a hard fought unanimous decision over eight rounds.



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