By David Greene
A boxing gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., could be forced to shut its doors after the attorney they hired to handle their paperwork was recently indicted on a slew of charges. H.O.N.K. (Help Our Neighborhood Kids) opened back in November on E. 17 Street in the Sheepshead Bay section of the borough. Owner and trainer Ray Fiore explained, “It’s four letters that just came to me… After disasters and earthquakes, we always rush to other states and countries but nobody thinks about helping our own neighborhood kids.” On Saturday March 21st they need your help as the gym will host an open house, a day-long event that will consist of an evening of amateur boxing and entertainment by three professional comedians as well as food and beverages. H.O.N.K. is located at 2460 E. 17th Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, and can be reached by calling: (718) 627-3841.
The 4,500 square foot gym features a 20-by-20 foot ring, as well as several heavy bags and speed bags. Currently the facility hosts about two dozen kids on any given day of the week, and enrollment is expected to climb with the warmer weather.
Fiore, 45, has been training youngsters for the last 12 years, the last five out of a garage. Fiore explains, “Kids were jumping rope on the sidewalk… these kids never stepped inside a ring before.”
After the attacks on the World Trade Center, where Fiore says he spent several days looking for survivors, adding, “I tried to find someone alive but didn’t, and I went home so sad… But I needed to do more.”
Local officials and at least one big-time New York promoter are lining up to donate to the club, but the paperwork was never turned in by Fiore’s former lawyer, Jack J. DeMic, recently indicted in Queens Supreme Court on a slew of charges including conspiracy.
Firore says, “We were told the paperwork would take about seven months… we filed it two years ago so we’d have it before the club opened … we figured we’d definitely have it before then, we were calling him every day.”
Local politicians now say their hands are tied, as they can not help without the proper paperwork, even though it was one of the elected officials who recommended DeMic to Fiore.
An unidentified woman answering the phone at DeMic’s former office, which is still listed in the Brooklyn Yellow Pages, admitted, “He’s not practicing law anymore,” and added DeMic’s cases were given to another attorney on Staten Island.
To learn more about the gym, visit H.O.N.K.’s web site at: www.rockinraysboxing.com Once again the benefit will be held on Saturday March 21st at 2460 E. 17th Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, and can be reached by calling: (718) 627-3841. All boxing fans are encouraged to come out and support this very worthwhile and charitable event.
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