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June 7, 2013

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Surrounded by perhaps the largest entourage of the evening was popular Lockport streets department worker Dominic Esposito, 52, who’s making his first return to the ring in about three decades. Looking fit and trim and in the best shape of his life, Esposito, who weighed in at 209 pounds, will fight in the heavyweight division against Steven Wilson of Syracuse in a three-round amateur bout.
“I feel good. I’ve been training hard,” Esposito said. “I’m doing this because I just wanted my family see me be an athlete again. My new wife, Renee, and my stepsons Noah and Kalyn and my daughters Jordan and Justine and sons Johnny and Joey, they’ve never seen me in the ring. It’s my dream to do it just one more time. Thank God I can still do it.”
Among those present to support Esposito were his wife and daughter Jordan, cornermen Corey Webster, Joe Fazzolari and Nicky Fazzolari; Lockport Bowling Hall of Famer Dave Poole, Mike Ficarra, Jimmy Kane; and from Lockport Community Television, retired streets department employee and LCTV colorman Danny Sheehan, along with tonight’s LCTV play-by-play announcer Jim Slowey.
Arriving with his three sons in tow, heavyweight kickboxer Joe Taylor of Lockport weighed in at 202 pounds. Tayor, the star running back of the Lockport Rampage semi-pro football team, will make his amateur heavyweight kickboxing debut tonight against Jay Boyd of Syracuse in a three-round amateur bout.
“I’m feeling good right now and ready to fight. I plan to get plenty of rest and I’ll be ready for tomorrow,” said Taylor, the son of the late Johnny Taylor, a former Lockport professional boxer. “I won’t be playing football for obvious reasons,” he said when asked about the Rampage’s home opener this afternoon against the Buffalo Chargers. “I think the Rampage can take care of things without me for now.”

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