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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…)
Sad to report the news that colorful boxing matchmaker Johnny Bos has passed away at the age of 61. Bos was a major player on the New York boxing scene, booking early “build-up” fights for Gerry Cooney, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Paul Malignaggi and Yuri Foreman among others. He was the manager of former world champion Joey Gamache. Bos moved to Florida in 2008 and is a member of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.
By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s best known trainers Jabulani Malinga known as “Jabu” passed away at his home in Katlehong on the East Rand on Monday night after a long illness. Jabu a former fighter who fought as a lightweight and was trained by Norman Hlabane was better known for managing and training his three sons Peter, Patrick and Vusi. He also trained Nkululeko Mhlongo the current South African junior middleweight champion.
The eldest son Peter was a top class fighter who fought from 1991 to 2006 and won the South African welterweight title in April 1996 when he beat Aaron Kabi. He also went on to win the WBU welterweight title in June of the same year when he knocked Alessandro Duran in the third round. (more…)
WBC #10 rated featherweight Alex Miskirtchian from Belgium is set to defend his European (EBU) title on June 21 against Italian Davide Dieli.
The 27 year old Miskirtchian, 22-2-1(8), born in Tbilisi (Georgia), will make the 3rd defense of his EBU title he won against Sofiane Takoucht from France in Sept 2011 and made since 2 successful defenses against Philippe Frenois in April 2012 and stopped Andreas Evensen in Feb of this year.
The 33 year old Dieli, currently rated #6 by the EBU, is 12-3-0(4) and lost a split decision to Sofiane Takoucht for the EBU-EU title.
The EBU clash will take place in the Octave Henry Hall of Namur near Miskirtchian’s home town of Dinant and the show is promoted by his manager Alain Vanackere CEO of Euroboxe Promotion.
By Jose E. Santiago
Fightnews is sad to report that Nathan “Coach Nate” Livramento has passed away after a tough battle with cancer. Livramento is best known for his work as a boxing coach in the New Bedford MA area, training and developing youth from challenging backgrounds. Utilizing his passion for boxing as a vehicle, he was able to mentor countless troubled youth and provided them with positive alternatives. In 2007, Livramento moved to Atlanta GA and continued with his passion in combat sports by training boxers and MMA fighters. In 2011 he was awarded “Georgia Pro Boxing Trainer of the Year”. Establishing countless friendships in the boxing community, his lasting positive impression and infectious smile will not be forgotten by those lives he impacted and helped over the years.
The Royal Belgian Boxing Federation will celebrate her 100 years later this year and for the occasion a book called 100 rounds will be issued. The start of those centenial festivities are set for May 17. The book will cover the 100 years history of Belgian boxing, mostly with pictures. The issue is scheduled for November and will cost 39,95 € or ordered now at a price of 29,95 €. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the National President Mr Willy Bosch @ Gospertstrasse 86A, B-4700 Eupen, Belgium.
Bay Area boxer legend Luis Molina, who was San Jose native recently passed away. Molina was the cousin of Bob Santos who manages six-time and four-division world champion Robert Guerrero. Molina was close to Guerrero and was the person who stamped the approval for Bob Santos to the young phenom in the amateurs. Having competed many times in the South Bay as a professional, Molina is the only boxer from San Jose to have fought in the Olympics (1956).
In an era where there was only one champion in a total of eight weight classes, Molina worked his way to the #1 spot, but didn’t get a title shot against Carlos Ortiz who was considered one of the best fighters of that time. (more…)
More than 100 members attended this past Tuesday night’s monthly Ring 8 meeting at the Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island, New York. International matchmaker Don Majeski was the guest speaker.
Ring 8 is the official sponsor of the second annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner on Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.n. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)
International matchmaker Don Majeski will be this month’s Ring 8 guest speaker on Tuesday evening (April 16, 7:00 p.m. ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
Majeski is arguably the premier matchmaker in the world, based on his background of serving as matchmaker for many of the top fighters and fights in the world for the past few decades. He is also a member of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame’s nominating committee. (more…)
By James Slater
In sad news, it has been reported that former top class heavyweight contender and former two-time world title challenger Carl “The Truth” Williams has passed away. Williams, just 53, lost a long battle with oesophageal cancer, passing away on April 7th.
Best known for his losing challenge of a peak Mike Tyson – when Williams was somewhat controversially stopped via TKO, when up and on his feet, in the opening round – Williams fought a number of other notable bouts. (more…)
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