The second annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday, April 28th (12:30-5:30p ET) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“This is an exceptional group of inductees,” NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We are inducting legitimate New Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing during their respective times. There are many other potential inductees but this is only our second year. New York State was the driving force in boxing for more than a half-century and remains a major player in the sport, so we’ll have many, many great boxing people to choose from over the years.”
Posthumous participants being inducted along with Dempsey (61-6-9, 50 KOs) are the first great Italian boxer based in America, featherweight Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs); two-time world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs), who is best known for his epic rivalry with Willie Pep; and world light heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom (207-39-26, 19 KOs).
Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx middleweight Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs); three-division world champion from the Bronx, Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs); Brooklyn’s Mark Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs),1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world welterweight titlist; Levittown light heavyweight Bobby Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); world heavyweight challenger Doug Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs); Brooklyn’s world bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs); Brentwood’s light welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs); and Brooklyn’s world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs).
Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF with Arum are Shelly Finkel, manager of a NYSBHOF inductee from last year, Mike McCallum, as well as Evander Holyfield and Pernell Whitaker; Tony Graziano, who managed last year’s NYSBHOF inductee Carmen Basilio and world welterweight champion Billy Backus; and Brooklyn’s Larry Merchant, arguably television’s greatest boxing analyst.
Posthumous inductions for non-participants are Teddy Brenner, longtime matchmaker for Madison Square Garden (1959-1973); Don Dunphy, premier blow-by-blow announcer on television and radio; powerful promoter Mike Jacobs; and Tex Rickard, Dempsey’s promoter.
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques will be on display at the New York State Athletic Commission and the Waterfront Crabhouse.
Duffy also has revealed that Ring 8 plans to have a monument built in Long Island City with the names inscribed for all of the NYSBHOF inductees.
The inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members, including Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
“I believe the people on our nominating committee are second to none for any nominating committee in boxing,” Duffy added. “They’re all very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing in New York State.”
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years, in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.
Tickets are at $150 per adult ($125 for Ring 8 members in good standing) and $50 for children. A tickets includes a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30p, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available at the Waterfront Crabhouse (2-03 Borden Ave in Long Island City), or by calling Tony Mazzarella at 718.729.4862 or Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50 to $250 by contacting Mazzarella and Duffy.
Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.
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