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Fight Night set to begin in Lockport

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Posted at 3:44 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 16:21:12-04

In a few short hours inside of Kenan Arena in Lockport, hometown hero Amer Abdallah will look to make history by being the first local to win a world title in Western New York.

Abdallah is set to square off against British kickboxing champion Daniel Hughes later tonight in the main event for the World Cruiserweight Championship.

The 38-year-old said he's never felt better and his age is a non-factor heading into tonight against the younger 32-year-old Hughes.

"Daniel Hughes is coming to fight. At the end of the day we're going to have the two best fighters in the world and that's the way it should be for a world title."

Tonight will also be a big one for Lockport natives Erick Plumeri and Joe Taylor, who are both making their pro-debuts in their hometown.

Plumeri, who had an 18-2 record as an amateur, is set to square off against Evander Russ of Syracuse. 

"I'm trying to knock him out in the first round.  I've got to feed my baby,” he joked at weigh-ins on Friday.

Taylor, who has already won two amateur titles and a 30-2 record, will battle with Randolfo Barcellos.

"It's very exciting. I'm very excited and I'm ready to roll. After 30 fights I'm not nervous anymore," Taylor said.

Tickets for tonight's fight are $25.