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Ring 8’s first monthly meeting of 2016 was held this past Tuesday evening at O’Neil’s Restaurant in Maspeth, New York.
International boxing judge John McKaie was the guest speaker. McKaie has judged nearly 800 professional fights, including 23 world championships.
Ring 8 historian Henry Hascup eulogized and made a historical tribute to the late Herschel Jacobs, who passed away this past December at the age of 75 (pictured to right). Jacobs (27-20-2, 11 KOs) fought professionally between 1960 and 1978. His most notable win was a 10-round decision in 1971 against three-time world light heavyweight champion and Hall-of-Famer, Harold Johnson, at the famed Sunnyside Garden in Queens. Jacobs also gave Rubin “Hurricane” Carter (4-0) his first pro loss in 1962 by way of a six-round decision. (more…)
International boxing judge John McKaie will be the guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (Jan. 19) monthly , starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Ring 8 will also host a memorial service for former light heavyweight boxer Herschel Jacobs, who passed away this past December at the age of 75. (more…)
Retired heavyweight boxer Vinny Maddalone and his former promoter and close friend, Joe DeGuardia, are scheduled to be special Ring 8 guest speakers tomorrow night (Tuesday, Sept. 15), starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Crowd pleasing Maddalone (37-8-1, 28 KOs), fighting out of Flushing, fought some of the top heavyweights of his era, including world champions Evander Holyfield, Tomas Adamek and Jean Marc Mormeck, as well as upcoming title challenger Tyson Fury. Maddalone earned a BA degree from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, majoring in criminal justice. (more…)
“All Ring 8 members, along with their families and friends, look forward to our annual picnic,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “It’s all about having fun, not necessarily boxing, but conversations do usually end up being about our favorite sport. This is also one of the few opportunities for Ring 8 members to bring their family and meet other members’ families and friends.” (more…)
Veteran cut-man “Big” George Mitchell and junior middleweight prospect Patrick Day (10-1-1, 6 KOs) are scheduled guest speakers at tomorrow night’s (Thursday, June 18) Ring 8 monthly meeting at Plattduetsche Park in Franklin Square, New York.
The evening kicks-off at 7 p.m. ET with a hot-and-cold buffet, followed an hour later with the start of the Ring 8 meeting. (more…)
The first WBC Francophone championship in Canada will take place on June 20 in Montreal between Hypolite Schiller and French Kevin Thomas Cojean. At stake will be the vacant supermiddleweight title.
The WBC Francophone title with chairman Houcine Houichi started was accepted at the last WBC Convention and started activity on January 1 of this year with so far 2 champions crowned.
The first was Hedi Slimani from Belgium who won the lightweight title and Herve Hubeaux, also from Belgium, won the heavyweight title.
On the same day, June 20, will also be held the first WBC Francophone title in France between Sebastien Madani and Islam Teffahi. They fight for the superwelterweight title. This fight will take place in Rumilly.
WBA Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and 2015 New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Harold Weston will be at Tuesday’s, special Ring 8 guest speakers at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs), fighting out Brooklyn, is an inspiration having overcome cancer to become world champion. An outstanding amateur boxer, Jacobs was a gold medal winner at the 2003 Junior Olympics National, 2004 & 2005 National PAL, 2004 & 2005 National Golden Gloves tournaments. (more…)
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Sean Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. were guest speakers at last night’s Ring 8 monthly meeting, held for the first time at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)
The 28th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:00 p.m. ET), December 14 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. International ring announcer Dave Diamante will serve as master of ceremonies. (more…)
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Seannie Monaghan (22-0, 14 KOs) and multi-media personality Bobby Cassidy Jr. are scheduled to be this month’s Ring 8 guest speakers Thursday night, Oct. 16 (doors open 6 p.m, meeting starts at 8 p.m.) at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. (more…)
Ring 8 will co-host a memorial service for Hall of Fame boxer Emile Griffith (85-24-2, 23 KOs) tomorrow morning (Saturday, June 21 at 10 a.m.) at St. Michael Cemetery in East Elmhurst, New York. His son, Luis Griffith, and family will also co-host the ceremony. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC lightweight champion Delfine Persoon will probably defend her green belt in November. The team Persoon starts negotiating with 2-3 possible opponents.
Promoter Paul Degroote of DTT was delighted with the performance of Persoon and her trainer Filiep Tampere. Delfine became the first ever Belgian boxer to win a WBC gold belt. With this win she hope to have made a huge step in the good direction to be elected Belgian sportswoman of 2014.
Earlier this week a press conference was held to present the complete show of April 20 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
In the main event local female star Delfine Persoon, 28-1-1(13), will challenge current undefeated WBC lightweight champion Erica Annabella Farias, 19-0-0(9), from Argentina. It will be the first ever full WBC titlefight held in Belgium.
In the co-main event Hedi Slimani, 15-2-0(8), will fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title against French Affif Hamdani, 18-6-1(4).
3 other fights with among them current Belgian champion Ahmed El Hamwi, Yves Ngabu and Hakim Ben Ali will complete this great event held on Eastern Sunday afternoon.
The show is promoted and sponsored by Paul Degroote of DTT.
Over $3000 was raised Wednesday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and members of the community at a benefit supporting injured Coachella boxer Angel Osuna.
The money raised came from door entry and raffle prizes, including an autographed boxing glove from Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. (more…)
Chicago’s boxing promotional powerhouses, Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions partner with Philadelphia based titan Banner Promotions along with ESPN Friday Night Fights to present an outstanding evening of professional boxing on Friday at the Windy City’s premier entertainment venue, Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. (more…)
World Boxing Association (WBA) International welterweight champion Luis Collazo and Dr. David “Magic Hands” Levine are this month’s Ring 8 guest speaker, Tuesday night (Feb. 18 starting at 7 p.m.) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. (more…)
Some of ‘Tomorrow’s Champions’ and the late Wayne Kelley’s children will be special guests at Tuesday night’s (Jan. 28 starting at 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York. This meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. (more…)
Due to inclement weather this month’s Ring 8 meeting, scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 21), has been postponed until next Tuesday (Jan. 28 – 5 pm ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Adam Berlin – the brother of boxing attorney David Berlin – recently won the prestigious Clay Reynolds Novella Prize for his novel Both Members of the Club, a story of friendship and ambition and violence set against the world of boxing. The main character is Billy Carlyle, a professional fighter who cuts too easily and is starting to lose. Berlin’s novel has already received praise from ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas, sports writer Mark Kriegel and award winning boxing writer Tom Hauser. For more visit http://adamberlin.com/ or buy the book at http://www.amazon.com/Both-Members-Club-Adam-Berlin/dp/1937875474
2013 Ring 8 Award Winners
- Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia
- Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega
- Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando
- Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant
- Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli
- Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie
- Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan
- Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson
- Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins
- Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente
- Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan
- Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane
- (honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden) (more…)
Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by calling 1.718.729.4862 or 1.516.313.2304. People are advised to call for reservations to avoid being shutout. Donations of any denomination are also welcome for those unable to attend the festivities. (more…)
Veteran boxing manager Stan Hoffman will be Ring 8’s keynote speaker this Tuesday (Nov. 19 starting at 7 p.m. / ET) at November’s monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Hoffman has trained numerous boxers over the years, most notably world champions James Toney, Hasim Rahman, Michael Bentt and Lucia Rijker. (more…)
Award-winning New York Post sports columnist and author, George Willis, will be a special guest speaker at Tuesday’s (Oct. 15 starting at 7 p.m. / ET) 7 p.m. ET) Ring 8 monthly meeting at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Willis is one of the most highly-respected boxing writers in the industry. He is also a former journalist with the New York Times, Newsday and the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the ring with the fan favorite “Locked ‘n Loaded” series Friday, October 18th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
The main event features the fleet-footed sharpshooter Christopher Martin (27-2-3, 9 KOs) of San Diego against the hardnosed warrior Enrique Quevedo (14-6-1, 9 KOs) of Los Angeles in a super bantamweight eight-rounder. The co-feature, pits volume boxer-puncher Juan Reyes (9-1-2, 1 KO) of Riverside, Calif. against Los Angeles-native Daniel Roman (8-1-1, 3 KOs) in an eight round super bantamweight contest. (more…)
The six-time, three-division world champion Griffith (85-24-2, 23 KOs) was a fixture at Ring 8. His tribute included speakers such as his biographer, Ron Ross, Emile’s son, Louis, boxing historian Henry Hascup and Bobby Bartels, his former sparring partner and past president of Ring 8. Everyone enjoyed watched some of Griffith’s best fights, on a projector screen, against Dick Tiger, Luis Rodriguez, Jorge Fernandez, Andy Heilman, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and the second Nino Benvenutti fight. (more…)
The full line-up for next Saturday’s Antonio Escalante’s Escalante Promotions card at the Socorro Entertainment Center of Socorro, Texas, outside of El Paso, has been secured. In the main event, Abie Han (19-1-1, 12 KOs) of El Paso, coming off his first loss, will fight a get-back tune-up against Bernardo Guereca (17-19-1, 4 KOs), also of El Paso. Han is coming off his loss to Glen Tapia while Guereca has dropped nine of his last ten bouts, winning but one against Hector Munoz in March. The rest of the line-up: Las Cruces light-heavyweight Siju Shabazz (2-0, 2 KOs) looks for his third win, against unwon Josue Vazquez (0-1); in a battle of unbeaten El Paso jr. welters, and possibly the show-stealer of the night, Oscar Valenzuela (4-0, 2 KOs) takes on Carlos Villa (4-0, 2 KOs); El Paso’s Jennifer Han (9-2-1, 1 KO) gets another tune-up, this time against Lesly Morales (3-2-1, 2 KOs), of Juarez; Las Cruces light-heavyweight Timothy Meeks will debut against Jorge Montoya (4-5, 2 KOs) and David Munoz takes on Arturo Ortega (records unknown.) Tickets, starting at $10, are available at 915.313.1944.
Art Monsivaiz Promotions will return pro boxing to Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. In the main event of the seven-bout card, unbeaten lightweight Jose “Shorty” Salinas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Las Cruces, will take on unwon Javier Nunez (0-2) of El Paso. The co-main features unwon Derrick “Bad Boy” Lopez (0-7) of Las Cruces, who looks for his first win against also winless Miguel Armendarez (0-9-1), also from Las Cruces. The rest of the card: debuting light-heavyweight Timothy Meeks takes on Lizandro Feliciano (0-1-1), of Roswell; debuting welter Adam Vasquez fights Derek Perez (0-2), of Belen; debuter Agustine Benegas faces Ronnie White in a battle of debuters; in a promising scrap, veteran Colbert Lozoya (6-10), of Las Cruces, faces Socorro’s David Castillo (3-6); and, in the opener, an argument for the main event, Las Cruces middleweight Gabe Lopez (2-0, 2 KOs) faces unbeaten Roswell fighter Gerardo Quintana (4-0-1, 3 KOs). For more info, contact Art Monsivaiz at 575-527-4028.
Jr middleweight Michael Moore (12-0, 6 KOs) takes on gatekeeper Jose “Stinger” Medina (18-13-1, 7 KOs) in the eight-round main event of the Saturday, September 7th “Changing The Game” card at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy), located in the downtown theater district. (more…)
Ever since Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) pulled off the unthinkable by defeating Felix Sturm on Sturm’s home turf of Germany in September of last year, Geale has essentially cemented himself as one of the elite 160 pounders in boxing. With the prestige and pageantry associated with such esteem comes the responsibility of self-improvement, a trait that often associates itself with the kind of high caliber athlete with an obsession for competition. It wasn’t enough for Geale to take a bite out of the world stage nor was it completely satisfying when he became the #1 fighter in his home country of Australia. (more…)
Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions has signed undefeated heavyweight Dorsett “The Bullet” Barnwell to an exclusive promotional contract. The twenty-five year old native of Norfolk, Virginia has a record of 9-0 with four knockouts. Barnwell had a stellar amateur career capturing national titles in the Under -19, PAL, Junior Olympics and Ringside categories. Barnwell has been a sparring partner in the camps of WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, former cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and the Klitschko brothers. Barnwell is trained by Daniel Campbell, the former director of coaching for USA Boxing, who presided over the U.S. boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games. Barnwell will make his first appearance under the GH3 Banner on August 3rd in Whitehall, New York
Two of New England’s most decorated amateur boxers of the past decade – Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) and “Speedy” Rashidi Ellis – return home to fight as professional boxers for the first time on Saturday night, July 27 (special start time of 5 p.m. ET), at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy) in downtown Boston. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Sad news to report. Former International Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Lenny “The Rage” LaPaglia was found dead Saturday in his Illinois home. LaPaglia, who compiled a record of 36-9 with 33 KOs, was just 53. Details regarding funeral arrangements to follow.
Former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, Ron Scott Stevens, and wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon will be special guest speakers this Tuesday evening (June 18, 7:00 p.m. ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Recognized as an expert in the boxing industry, Stevens will discuss state athletic commissions and their obligation to appoint only qualified judges to score bouts and, of course, how to achieve that. In addition to being a highly respected and nationally known boxing commissioner, he was also a promoter, matchmaker, boxing editor and writer, and he even did some ring announcing. A person of diverse interests, Stevens is also an accomplished playwright who has written seven plays, including his most recent, “Paper Tiger.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report that Mexican trainer Rudy Perez passed away on Thursday in Mexico City. Rudy had been battling cancer for the past two years and finally lost the battle. Fighters Rudy trained included Marco Antonio Barrera, Israel Vasquez, Jorge Barrios and Marcos Maidana among others. The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Gayosso Felix Cuevas. More to come…
Ring 8 will pay tribute to the late, great matchmaker Johnny Bos tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 21st starting at 7p ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, New York.
Many of Bos’ friends, family and associates have been invited to attend tomorrow’s Ring 8 monthly meeting in an effort to raise funds to help defray the costs of the funeral. One-hundred percent of all proceeds raised Tuesday from new Ring 8 membership fees ($30.00 per year entitles each member to a buffet dinner at Ring 8 monthly meetings), as well as any group or individual donations, will go directly towards the funeral expenses. (more…)
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