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Liz Mooney earns draw at Armory

Liz Mooney walked into the Washington Avenue Armory ring May 17 with an opportunity to move up in the world women's welterweight boxing rankings.

She walked out of the ring no better or no worse than where she had started.

Mooney the third-ranked woman welterweight fought No. 2 ranked Miriam Brakache to an eight-round draw in the featured bout of Saturday's seven-bout card at the Armory.

"I think it was a warranted decision. I didn't do enough to win," said Mooney, a 38-year-old fighter from Feura Bush.

Brakache got in some good shots at Mooney during the first four rounds, but Mooney came back with a strong effort in the final half of the bout to earn the draw.

"She definitely got her punches off first, and she was throwing them from an awkward position," said Mooney. "I had to adjust to her style, and I was able to get some punches off later on."

Though she missed her opportunity to move past Brakache and become the No. 1 contender for the world welterweight title, Mooney was happy with her effort.

"Every time I get in that ring, I'm proud of myself " win, lose or draw," said Mooney, who has a professional record of 5-3-1. "I can pat myself on the back."

Several more local boxers had a chance to shine at Saturday's fight card, which was put together by Delmar gym owner Rick Sweeney. The bout with the most buzz in the two-thirds-filled arena was between Guilderland's Mike Farragon and Los Angeles native Khadaphi Proctor. Farragon " who signed a professional contract with legendary promoter Shelly Finkel and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Productions company last year " raised his record to 3-0 with a unanimous decision over Proctor in a four-round junior welterweight bout.

"Good fight, tough guy, great crowd," said Farragon. "At the beginning of every round, I heard (the fans), so that helped me."

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