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“Irish” Danny McAloon

Professional Boxer

Wt. Class: Super-Welterweight

Born: 04-12-1943

Died; 08-02-2017

Debut: 04-13-1966

Record: Wins - 29 Losses - 15 Draw - 1

“Irish” Danny McAloon was a professional boxer from the Bronx, NY. McAloon fought professionally over a span of fifteen years (1966-1981). A veteran of the golden era of boxing, McAloon fought at the former famous venues of his time; Sunnyside Gardens Queens, NY, Long Island Arena Commack, NY, Gaelic Park Bronx, NY, Westchester County Center, NY, the Felt Forum NYC, NY, and the mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden NYC, NY. Not to leave out France and Canada.

He fought such notable World Champions as, John H. Stracey (WBC) Emile Griffith (WBC/WBA), Billy Backus (WBC/WBA), Vito Antuofermo (WBC/WBA), and Doug Dewitt (WBO). Interesting to add here, McAloon took Stracey, Griffith, Backus, and Antuofermo all the way to decision. A true testament to the grit and fierce determination of a real fighter. Danny Also fought in a time where there was no Junior Middleweight, often fighting above his natural weight.

During and after his boxing career, McAloon lived in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, NY. He was employed many years as a groundskeeper at the Fieldston School located in Riverdale. McAloon was a graduate of Manhattan College, Bronx, NY. He was a teacher at the Browning School in Manhattan, NY prior to becoming employed at Fieldston. Early in his career he was tabbed the “Fighting School Teacher”. His boxing career was often covered in the NY Daily News as he was featured in bouts at Madison Square Garden. McAloon was 22-4 on December 12, 1971 when he headlined the main event at the Garden against Griffith, a multiple-time World Champion, taking him the distance.

 When his boxing career ended, Danny Sr. began to train amateur boxers with some success. They won Silver in the Golden Gloves and he had two winners of the Empire State Games.  His training career also included his son Danny Jr., who’s first playground would be Gleason’s Gym in Manhattan. Danny Jr. fought in amateur tournaments, was a MSG Kid Gloves Champion, a NYS Junior Olympic Champion and won a Silver medal at the Empire State Games. He fought at the Felt Forum in the 1988 NYC Golden Gloves, losing to future World Champion Junior Jones as a novice in the semi-finals, and went 4-2-2 as a pro. Like his Father, he also became a school teacher in the Bronx. In 2005 Danny Sr. went to live with his son. He was showing signs of CTE disease. “Irish” Danny McAloon passed away at age 74 on August 2, 2017 in his beloved cabin in Maine. He is survived by his three sons, Danny Jr., Scott, and William, two brothers Bill and Edward, and six grandchildren.

There will be a memorial mass service for “Irish” Danny McAloon 10:30am on Saturday September 23, 2017 at St. John Vianney RC Church 420 Inman Ave. Colonia, NJ 07067.

(Article compiled by Bobby Breen and Danny McAloon Jr.)

 

 

 

 

 

FRAZIER - QUARRY I ; EPIC FIGHT TOOK PLACE 46 YEARS AGO !
 
On June 23, 1969 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Joe Frazier met the popular Irish fighter Jerry Quarry. At stake would be the New York State recognized heavyweight title. Back in the day the New York State Boxing Commission wielded quite a bit of power. Commissioner Edwin Dooley wasted little time stripping Muhammad Ali of his heavyweight title when Ali refused induction into the Armed Forces. The World Boxing Association did the same and they set up a tournament to determine a new champion. Eight top contenders were selected with unbeaten Joe Frazier being one of them. However Frazier’s management declined the invitation. The eventual winner of the tourney was Jimmy Ellis who defeated Jerry Quarry in the finals.
 
The N.Y.S.A.C. offered Frazier a chance to fight Buster Mathis, who like Frazier was undefeated. Mathis had
defeated Frazier twice in the amateur ranks. The winner would be the champion in New York and a few other states. Well Frazier met Big Buster and took him out in the eleventh to gain revenge and also win a piece of the heavyweight title.
 
Although the talented Jimmy Ellis held the more recognized WBA title, Frazier was considered by most as the best active heavyweight. They would eventually meet to settle their differences.

The bout with Quarry would be considered as a measuring stick between Frazier and Ellis. Frazier had labored through two decision wins over rugged Oscar Bonavena. In their first ten rounder, Bonavena had Frazier down twice but Frazier rallied to get the verdict. Their second bout saw Frazier and Bonavena slug it out for fifteen tough rounds with Frazier again getting the decision. In between the two Frazier-Bonavena battles Bonavena met Jimmy Ellis. In one of his best career performances, Ellis he floored the granite jawed Bonavena twice to win a convincing decision. Based on those bouts Ellis seemed to have an edge on Frazier. In the Quarry bout Frazier needed to make a statement.
 
Jerry Quarry was surely no pushover. He was ranked as one of the five best heavyweights in the world. He did a number on Mathis just three months before meeting Frazier winning a lopsided twelve rounder.
To no surprise there were a lot of people who thought Quarry had a real chance of winning.

The bout itself was non stop action. A real heavyweight slugfest. To his credit Quarry always came to fight and you never had to look for Joe Frazier. Early in the first round it was toe to toe action. Knowing that both boxers could bang the fans were really enjoying this. Each fighter was rocked a bit but were still standing at the end of a terrific round.


 
The next two rounds were more of the same as they slugged it out on the inside. By round four it was becoming apparent that Quarry was fighting Frazier’s fight. Frazier began breaking down Quarry who gamely fought back. As the bout wore on Quarry was cut and he was getting staggered by Frazier’s famous left hook.
 
It ended in round seven. Quarry had a severe cut and at this point Frazier had taken command. It was a grueling fight though and even in losing Quarry won a ton of respect from his courageous performance.
 
Jerry Quarry is no longer with us and he was later joined by his brother Mike Quarry who was a fine boxer in his own right. This was one of my favorite heavyweight battles. It is hard for me to believe it took place forty six years ago.
 
Jim Amato

 

 

CAREER SHORT OF CLEVELAND's RALPH MONCRIEF

RALPH MONCRIEF
 
Middleweight Ralph Moncrief lost 18 of 47 fights. Records are deceiving though as you will see in this article. Born in 1950,Ralph turned professional in 1972 and won his first three bouts. He suffered his first defeat in 1973 being stopped by Detroit’s tough Lee Barber. Two fights later Ralph lost on points to crafty Al Styles Jr.
 
Moncrief would win six straight including a rematch kayo over Barber. Then in the first many career upsets he won the verdict against unbeaten Ernie Singletary. In his next fight Moncrief took on another unbeaten prospect Dwight Davison.
Ralph lost on points. He beat journeyman Johnny Heard and then lost a close decision in a rematch to Singletary.
 
It’s now 1979 and Moncrief outscored hard hitting Lamont Lovelady. In 1980 Ralph would travel to South Africa where he would upset Gert Steyn in seven rounds to gain a world ranking. It was short lived though as he dropped a ten round decision to the highly touted and undefeated Bernard “Superbad” Mays.
 

From here on out Moncrief’s career became very checkered losing to Jean Marie Emebe and James Kinchen in 1982. In 1983 he lost to Sumbu Kalambay and in 1984 he was halted by Britain’s Mark Kaylor in London.
On November 22,1985 Ralph would meet Eddie Hall in Cleveland for the Ohio State middleweight title. Moncrief was the loser in this one.

Three years after his loss to Hall, Moncrief would score another upset. This time Ralph outpointed “Diamond” Jim McDonald. In 1989 he was stopped by the outstanding Mike McCallum but would bounce back to upset Phillip Morefield. Ralph ended the year losing to the capable Antoine Byrd. In his only bout of 1990 Moncrief lost a ten rounder to Marvin Hagler’s half brother Robbie Sims.

Ralph opened 1991 losing to Percy Harris. Then came Moncrief’s marquee victory. Ralph stopped veteran top contender Michael Olajide. The win paved the way for some decent paydays and four straight losses. After being stopped in one round by Bernard Hopkins and dropping a ten rounder to Lindell Holmes, Ralph was headed for the boxing scrapyard. Moncrief would win his last four fights against losing opposition and then call it a day in October 2000.

Moncrief’s ended his career with a 29-18 record. He scored 15 knockouts and was stopped himself on six occasions. He met four world champions and eight who challenged for a world title. He fought in England,
France,Italy and South Africa. Ralph Moncrief was another from a long list of class fighters to come out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim Amato
 

 

IS ALEXIS ARGELLO THE BEST 130 POUND CHAMPION EVER ?

On November 18, 1921 Johnny Dundee won on a fifth round disqualification over George “KO” Chaney to become the first recognized champion of the junior lightweight division.He would lose and then regain the title in a pair of 1923 fifteen rounders against Jack Bernstein. Dundee would lose the title for good in 1924 via a ten round points loss to Steve “Kid” Sullivan. In 1925 Sullivan would lose the title to Mike Ballerino. Later that year Ballerino would be stopped by Tod Morgan.

Morgan would reign for four years before he was halted in two rounds by Benny Bass. In the summer of 1931 Bass would lose the title to the talented Kid Chocolate.
In 1933 Frankie Klick stopped the ” Kid “. It would be sixteen years before the title would resurface again. On December 6, 1949 in the grand city of Cleveland, Ohio the great Sandy Saddler outscored the slick Orlando Zulueta for the “vacant” title. Sandy had little interest in that crown.

It would be nearly a decade before another fight for the “vacant” title would take place. On July 20, 1959 Harold Gomes outscored Paul Jorgensen and the 130 pound division has been with us ever since. Gomes would lose the title in 1960 to a wonderful fighting machine from the Philippines named Flash Elorde. Flash would go on to establish himself as one of the best little fighters of that time period. Elorde would finally lose the title in 1967 to Japan’s Yoshiaki Numata. Later that year Numata would surrender the title to fellow countryman Hiroshi Kobayashi.

A little over a year later the fledging World Boxing Council decided that they would recognize the winner of a bout between Rene Barrientos and the dangerous Ruben Navarro which was won by Barrientos. In 1970 Numata would “regain” the crown with a points win over Barrientos. Over a year later Kobayashi would lose the “real” title to rugged Alfredo Marcano. A few months later Numata would be dethroned by Ricardo Arrendondo.

To try to keep up the the exchanging of belts between the WBA, WBC and later IBF would be a waste of space. The division was graced by some fine fighters. There was the power punching Ben Villaflor, the slick stylist Sammy Serrano and the great Alfredo Escalera.On January 28, 1978 the game Escalera would relinquish his title to possibly the greatest 130 pounder of all time. The “Explosive Thin Man” himself, Alexis Arguello.

Why is Arguello a good choice as the best 130 pounder ever ? Rafael “Bazooka” Limon, Boza Edwards, Rolando Navarette and Bobby Chacon were all defeated by Alexis while he held the crown. All four would gain title recognition after Alexis moved up go after the lightweight title.That is how dominant Alexis was at 130.

The 1980′s produced some fine titleholders such as Roger Mayweather, Hector Camacho, Julio Cesar Chavez, Rocky Lockridge, Azumah Nelson, Brian Mitchell and the popular Tony ” Tiger ” Lopez.

The 1990′s gave us Genero Hernandez, Gabe Ruelas, Jesse James Leija, Arturo Gatti, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Diego Corrales. The new millinium has produced Acelino Frietas and Joel Casamayor for starters. Still no one with the possible exception of Flash Elorde dominated the weight class like Alexis Arguello, the greatest junior lightweight of all time!

Jim Amato
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOSE LEGRA...SHOULD HE BE IN THE HALL OF FAME ?

He was a two time world champion and a perrenial contender for the featherweight title for more then a decade. In a fifteen year career he amassed 150 fights. He won 134 of them. At one point in his career he reeled off over 50 straight wins. Are these the credentials for a future Hall Of fame inductee ?

Born in Cuba in 1943, Legra turned pro in 1960. Although active, most of his early fights took place in Cuba and Mexico. He made his first appearance in Spain in 1963. It is there that he decided to live and ply his trade. He was tall, lean and very fast. He would befuddle his opponents with his grace and boxing skills. He would emerge as a serious threat for world honors.

In 1965 Legra took a big step up meeting future champion Howard Winstone of Wales. The vastly talented Winstone defeated young Jose over ten rounds. Legra would not lose again until 1969. Some 50+ bouts later. On his march to a title fight Legra would defeat the likes of Love Allotey, Rafiu King, Don Johnson, Yves Desmarets (for the EBU title) and Joe Tetteh. This led to a 1968 title shot against the newly crowned WBC featherweight titleholder, Howard Winstone. The rugged Winstone had failed no less then three times to dethrone the great Vincente Saldivar. All three were great battles. Finally when Saldivar retired Winstone was matched with Japan’s worthy Mitsunori Seki for the WBC version of the vacated crown. Winstone finally cashed in halting the game Seki in round nine. Now it was Legra’s turn. It was sweet revenge for Jose as he dropped Winstone twice in the first round and damaged Howard’s eye badly enough to force a stoppage in round five.

Legra’s first tenure as champion would not last long. In 1969 after two non title victories he was outscored by Australia’s under rated Johnny Famechon. Six months later Jose would drop a ten round duke to the returning Vincente Saldivar. This set up Saldivar recapturing the crown by outpointing Famechon in a great fight. Saldivar would then be stopped by Japan’s Kuniaki Shibata in a major upset. In another upset Shibata would be flattened by Mexico’s Clemente Sanchez.

Meanwhile Legra won the EBU title by defeating Jimmy Revie. Then in a shocker he was taken out in four by Tahar Ben Hassen. Jose would rebound with EBU defenses against Giovanni Girgenti, Evan Armsrtong and gallant Tommy Glencross. Legra then suffered a 1972 upset decison loss to Jonathan Dele. He added one more EBU defense against Daniel Vermandere and was set to face then WBC champion Clemente Sanchez. The champion Sanchez lost his title on the scales but since Legra made weight he made the most of his opportunity and won the crown a second time via a tenth round stoppage.

In 1973 Legra lost his championship to the legendary Eder Jofre. Later that year he was stopped in one by future legend Alexis Arguello. Legra finished his career with a 1975 verdict over Daniel Valdez. His record of 134-12-4 speaks for itself. He met some of the greatest featherweights of his era. Saldivar, Jofre, Famechon, Winstone and Arguello. He was a major player at 126 pounds for what seemed like forever.

YES…Considering some of the inductees that are enshrined in the IBHOF…I would vote for Legra in a heartbeat!

Jim Amato

 

 

 

JIMMY ELLIS...REST IN PEACE

It’s too bad that the cruiserweight division was not around in the 60′s and 70′s. Many fine boxers scaled less than 190 pounds and gave creditable performances against bigger men. Doug Jones is an example as he came close to upsetting Cassius Clay in 1963. Doug had lost in 1962 to Harold Johnson for the light heavyweight title. In 1965 he lost to Ernie Terrell for WBA Heavyweight crown. Back then there was no middle ground. If you weighed over 175 pounds you fought heavyweights, period.

Bob Foster, who was one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time had trouble moving up to heavyweight. Jones, Terrell, and Zora Foley soundly beat him in heavyweight bouts. After winning the light heavyweight crown in 1968 he failed in attempts to beat Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. How would he have fared at 190 pounds?

I’m sure if you took all the top boxers who weighed between 175 pounds and 190 pounds since 1960 most experts would rate Holyfield number one. How would a 190-pound Holyfield have coped with Floyd Patterson’s hand speed? How about Bob Foster’s reach and devastating punch? Could he have beaten Jimmy Elllis? Before you laugh take a look at Jimmy’s record. He started as a middleweight in 1961 and through 1964 he lost five bouts to Holly Mims, Henry Hank, Rubin Carter, Don Fuller and George Benton. All top middleweight contenders. By the time he blasted out Johnny Persol in one round in 1967 he had grown into a heavyweight. He swept the WBA elimination tournament by beating Leotis Martin, Oscar Bonevena and Jerry Quarry. Jimmy twice had the iron jawed Bonevena on the canvas. Something Joe Frazier could not do in 25 rounds of fighting. Against Frazier, Ellis weighed in over 200 pounds. He looked flabby and after a few rounds became sluggish.

The following year Jimmy met his long time friend Muhammad Ali. Jimmy was in great shape at 189 pounds. His muscles were tight and he looked fit. Unfortunately Ali was too big. He wore Jimmy down and stopped him in round twelve. I believe the Jimmy Ellis of the Ali fight could have given any 190 pounder since 1960 a run for their money including Evander Holyfield.

Ellis was a slick boxer with sharp reflexes. He had a good left hand and a sneaky right. He also had loads of courage. How many fighters could have gotten to their feet before the count of ten after catching Joe Frazier’s full swing left hook flush on the jaw? Jimmy is one of the most overlooked heavyweight champions of the last four decades. This may be due in part because he boxed in the Ali-Frazier era. I’ve often wondered what the outcome may have been had Bob Foster challenged Ellis for the WBA title. Now that might be a dream match to run through a computer.

Jim Amato

 

 

 

 

 

BOXING LEGENDS AT STEINER SPORTS STORE AT ROOSEVELT FIELD MALL ON LONG ISLAND BRING CLASSIC SWEET SCIENCE HISTORY TO LIFE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (June 28, 1997) and Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran II (November 25, 1980) produced two of the most bizarre finishes in the history of boxing. The headlines blared “Tyson bites Holyfield,” and “No Mas.” Now, Steiner Sports gives fans of the sweet science the chance to meet these boxing legends, along with Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, at a ticketed (starting at $49) meet and greet on Saturday, April 5, at the Steiner Store at Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Long Island. The full details and schedule are below.

Fighter appearance schedule at Steiner Store

11:30 am-1:00 pm: Duran

Noon-1:30 pm: Holyfield and Tyson

1:30-3:00 pm: Leonard and Hearns

Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns To Appear…

New York, March 27—Boxing legends “Iron” Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns – all who engaged in epic battles and storied rematches – will be back in main event status at the Steiner Sports Store at Roosevelt Field Mall (630 Old Country Road) in Garden City, Long Island sharing classic sweet science memories on Saturday afternoon, April 5.

The “Classic Quintet” will all be available to sign autographs, pose for photographs, and to meet & greet fans at the designated times below. Tickets, starting at $49, as well as VIP packages and memorabilia are all available. For tickets and more information call the Steiner Store at 516-739-0580 or 800-242-7139.

Holyfield and Tyson will renew their class, late nineties heavyweight rivalry from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM, and will be available for photo opportunities and to sign gloves, trunks and other collectibles. The duo engaged in a pair of epics at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the first on November 9, 1996 Holyfield outmuscled Tyson to score one of the most monumental upsets in boxing history. Holyfield became the first heavyweight since Muhammad Ali to regain the heavyweight title twice. The rematch was one of boxing’s most bizarre encounters on June 28, 1997, and saw Tyson bite off a piece of Holyfield’s ear to be disqualified by referee Mills Lane.

Like Holyfield and Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) and Roberto Duran (1:30-3:00 PM) battled in one of the most famous championship fights in boxing history. After Duran took the title from Leonard in a unanimous decision on June 20, 1980 in Montreal, a rematch was inevitable. Just five months later, on November 25 in New Orleans, Duran said “No Mas” and Leonard regained the belt. It gained its famous moniker at the end of the eighth round when Durán turned away from Leonard, towards the referee and quit by saying "No más." To this day, Duran says that stomach cramps. Leonard was the winner by a technical knockout at 2:44 of Round 8, regaining the WBC Welterweight Championship.

Nine years later, Leonard again beat Duran in their third match up by unanimous decision on December 12, 1989, in a fight that didn’t have nearly the hoopla of the first two.

Leonard and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns (1:30-3:00 PM) likewise had classic encounters. They fought twice, once in 1981 and again in 1989, both are considered to be epics, both at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In their first encounter on September 16, 1981, for the undisputed Welterweight championship, Leonard beat Hearns by TKO at 1:45 in the 14th round when the referee stopped the fight.

After almost eight years, the Leonard-Hearns rematch finally happened. It was promoted as "The War". Leonard (35-1 with 25 KOs) and Hearns (46-3 with 38 KOs) met on June 12, 1989 at Caesar's Palace in a scheduled twelve-rounder for the WBC & WBO super-middleweight titles. Though Hearns had Leonard on the canvas twice, the judges scored the fight a draw, with both boxers retaining their respective titles. The decision was soundly booed, as most felt that Hearns had won.

Hearns and Duran fought only once for the WBO Super Welterweight championship. That was a dominating performance by the Hitman, who dropped Duran twice in the first round. After nailing Duran with a devastating right to the jaw in the second round, Hearns stepped back and Duran fell face first to the canvas. The fight was over.

 

 

 

 

 

CARMEN BASILIO DEAD; JOURNEY OF THE "ONION FARMER"

Recent Years: Basilio (l) clowns with Gerry Cooney at benefit.

 Boxing Legend was 85

Carmen Basilio, a legendary old school fighter from the 1950's, has passed away Nov 7th. Basilio is best remembered for his two epic battles with Sugar Ray Robinson, the first which he annexed the middleweight crown in 1957.

But the Basilio story was much more than the Robinson bouts that climaxed a wonderful career, a career that spanned thirteen years. Fighters that swapped leather with Basilio included Art Aragon, Ike Williams, Don "Geronimo" Jordan, Chuck Davey, Johnny Saxton, Gene Fullmer, Carmen Fiore, Billy Graham, and Pierre Langlios.   Basilio took the welterweight title from Tony DeMarco via 12th rd stoppage in  June 1955. He then took on DeMarco again later that year and successfully defended the crown with another TKO in the 12th round.

Nicknamed "the Onion Farmer" from his New York upstate roots, Basilio did not rise to prominence until the early 1950's. 

BASILIO BOXING RECORD

JLM

 

 

LENNY "BOOM BOOM" MANCINI


AUTHOR’S NOTE ; With Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini’s new book “The Good Son” out. I thought I would re-release this article on his father,the original “Boom Boom” Lenny Mancini.

Although he will be best remembered as the father of Ray Mancini, Lenny was a pretty darn good fighter in his own right.

Lenny was born in Youngstown, Ohio on July 12, 1919. The city of Youngstown and the surrounding areas produced such outstanding fistic talent in the 1940′s with the likes of Tony Janiro, Tommy Bell and Sonny Horne. Lenny was among the talented Y’town exports.

Standing at 5′ 2″, Lenny who turned pro in the late 30′s slugged his way to a world ranking during the glorious 40′s.He was an extremely popular attraction in New York as he climbed the ratings ladder. In December of 1939 he lost an eight rounder to tough Johnny Rinaldi.

 Lenny bounced back in 1940 fighting a six round draw with future welterweight king Marty Servo.He kayoed Frankie Terranova and outscored Joey Fontana. He then drew with Jimmy Vaughn and again outpointed Fontana. Lenny then took a tough decision over Carl “Red” Guggino and closed out the year splitting a pair of eight round verdicts with Irving Eldridge.

In 1941 he lost on points to the highly respected Leo Rodak. He came back to defeat Billy Marquart over ten in New York and then again in a Cleveland rematch.

On May 19,1941 Lenny met National Boxing Association lightweight champion Sammy Angott in a non-title fight at Cleveland’s Public Hall. After ten grueling rounds Angott was awarded an unpopular split decision. Lenny would never receive a shot at the crown. In his next fight he drew with Terry Young. In August he lost on points to Pete Lello.Still Lenny and Canadian Dave Castilloux were considered the top two lightweight contenders.On November 11 Lenny went to Montreal and won a convincing decision over Castilloux.

Lenny served his country during the war and when he got out he was close to being a heavyweight ! He still had the burning desire to be a champion so he returned to training and came back as a welterweight. He continued to be a good drawing car d in New York but his career never really got back on track. In 1946 he lost to Phil Palmer and later to Harry Hurst on two occasions. He dropped another to Johnny Williams.

In 1947 Lenny gave it one last try at middleweight losing to the gifted Rocky Castellani at Madison Square Garden and then in a rematch in Scranton.

Lenny had around 70 professional fights among fast company and was NEVER knocked out ! One can only wonder if he had not been called off to war, would he have won the crown ? How proud he must have been when his son Ray captured the W.B.A. version of the title in May of 1982.

The career of Ray Mancini has been extensively covered in the past. No sense in re-hashing it here. All that can be said is that he did his father proud, inside and outside of the ring.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lenny Mancini at a fight show in Youngstown back in 1994. He was very easy to approach and was nice enough to sign a photo I had of him in his fighting stance. I only wish now I would have had more time to have talked to him.

Jim Amato

 

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