The 26th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held this Sunday afternoon (12p to 5p ET) at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Ring 8 “Fighter of the Year” newly crowned WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and “Fighter of the Decade” Joe Calzaghe will be in attendance.
Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bernard Hopkins is unable to attend as originally scheduled due to training for his March 9th fight against IBF light heavyweight champion Taroris Cloud. Hopkins indicated that he would attend a future Ring 8 monthly meeting as a special guest to receive his award.
In addition to Quillin and Calzaghe, other world champion attendees include Bobby Czyz, Iran Barkley, Vito Antuofermo, Mark Breland, Tracy Patterson, Jr. and Junior Jones, as well as Renaldo “Mister” Snipes, Tommy Gallagher, Vinny Maddalone, 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali, and many others.
New boxing promoter and television reality star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will be in attendance along with one of the fighters she promotes, world title challenger Patrick Hyland.
“Nicole is a new promoter who wants to show her support for boxing and Ring 8,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Nicole had to reschedule a few things to be with us but she did because she really cares about boxing and what happens to boxers after they retire. We’re grateful for her support as well as the many others who are giving their time to support our annual event. We have eight world champions attending and many other boxing dignitaries.”
Ring announcer Dave Diamante will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
2012 RING 8 AWARD WINNERS
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: PETER “KID CHOCOLATE” QUILLIN
FIGHTER OF THE DECADE: JOE CALZAGHE
MAN OF THE YEAR: FRANKIE RUSSO, JR.
UNCROWNED CHAMPION: DAVID SEARS
COACH OF THE YEAR (FDNY): BOB MCGUIRE
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: BERNARD HOPKINS
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR (REFEREE): EDDIE CLAUDIO
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR (JUDGE): JOHN SIGNORILE
LONG & MERITORIOUS SERVICE: RON MCNAIR
PROSPECTS OF THE YEAR: FLORIANO PAGLIARA & JOE SMITH
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: ADAM WILLETT
Tickets are $125 per person and are still available to purchase by calling 718.729.4862 or emailing DepComish@aol.com or mailing checks (payable to Ring 8) to Tony Mazzarella, C/O Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island, NY 11101.
Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia.
Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).
Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.
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.” Ring 8 is the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $25 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information.