By Bob Caico
Longtime matchmaker and promoter Don Elbaum was inducted into the Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame on Friday night. In 1967 after a four-year drought of professional boxing in Buffalo, Elbaum decided to set up shop in the area. Don promoted local cards featuring hometown stars as Dick Wipperman, Jimmy Ralston, and Vic Brown as well as national fighters as Floyd Patterson. During a four-year period Elbaum promoted 18 shows until 1971 and he lived up to his promise of having a Buffalo boxing revival. Also in inducted into the Buffalo Hall of Fame were Rick Glaser, Lee Bohles, Luke Carr, Bill Hackmer and Dick Hall. Further information can be attained at www.ring44.com.