Ihetu authored a book about her father entitled, “In Africa’s Honor: Dick Tiger versus Gene Fullmer III – A Blast from Nigeria’s Glorious Past.”
Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs) was a four-time, two division (middleweight and light heavyweight) world champion between1962-1966. During his 18-year professional boxing career, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee defeated the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jose Torres, Joey Giardello (twice), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Don and Gene (twice) Fullmer, Florintino Fermamdez and Terry Downes.
The other guest speaker is twenty-year-old wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, a sophomore at the University of Hartford who created “Roll with the Punches” five years ago. “Roll with the Punches” is a special physical conditioning-and training program created for people with mobility problems that use boxing methods to improve their physical and mental states. Cannon will discuss the advantages for those participating in “Roll with the Punches” as well as wheelchair boxing and its future as a sport.
Ring 8 will also celebrate the appointment of a Ring 8 Board of Directors member Atty. Keith Sullivan as a Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission.
Classic boxing films, time permitting, will also be shown at the meeting.
“We’re delighted to have Justina Ihetu speak about her father, the legendary Dick Tiger,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Justina is also a Ring 8 member. Ring 8 is also happy to give Ian Cannon a platform to discuss what he and his special program are all about.”
Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter Jack Grebelsky, RING 8 is fully committed to supporting the less fortunate people in the boxing community that may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need. The motto of Ring 8 is “Boxers Helping Boxers.” Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information.
Tuesday’s Ring 8 meeting starts at 7p ET. For tickets or more info call (718) 729-4862.