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Cedric Kushner







(L-R) Seated - Mustafa Hamsho, Tracy Patterson, Billy Backus, Gene Moore, Howard Davis Jr and Juan LaPorte; Standing - Steve Farhood, Keven Kelley, Lou DiBella, Teddy Atlas and Gerry Cooney.

(Photos by Peter Frutkoff)

(L-R) - NYSBHOF & Ring 8 president Bob Duffy, NYSBHOF inductee Tracy Patterson and presenter Brian Burke

(L-R) - Presenter Jack Hirsch and NYSBHOF inductee Juan LaPorte

(L-R) - NYSBHOF & Ring 8 president Bob Duffy and NYSBHOF inductee Teddy Atlas

(L-R) - Presenter Bobby Cassidy Jr., NYSBHOF inductee Gerry Cooney and presenter Bobby Cassidy Sr.

(L-R) - NYSBHOF inductee Lou DiBella and presenter Steve Farhood

(L-R) -- Presenter Vinnie Maddalone and NYSBHOF inductee Keven Kelley

(L-R) -- NYSBHOF inductee Billy Backus and presenter Don Majeski




New York, August 5, 2016: It was announced today that NBC will carry a live female boxing match on Sunday August 23rd, intertwined with the final Olympic Sports coverage, at 5pm. The two female contestants will be New York's Heather Hardy, 17-0, vs Rhode Islands Shelly Vincent 18-0.

Promoter DIBELLA (c) with Vincent and Hardy.

Hardy's last bout came on June 25th, when she won a decision over Kristie Simmons. Vincent fought at Foxwoods more recently, on July 21st,  registering a majority decision win over Christina Ruiz. The bout will take place at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, NY, on the undercard of the Errol Spence - Leonard Bundu welterweight bout. Also appearing on the card will be cruiserweight Joe Williams and super lightweight Julian Sosa. The bouts begin at 2:30pm and the TV portion begins at 5pm.








Sheffield, United Kingdom (3/23/15) - Yesterday afternoon, IBF #1-rated challenger Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18KO's) arrived in Sheffield with his team ahead of his eagerly anticipated IBF welterweight world championship challenge against hometown hero and defending champion Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KO's). Dan will meet the undefeated Brook this Saturday, March 28th, at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The bout will be televised live by SKY Sports in the United Kingdom, as well as stateside in the U.S. on ShowtimeŽ. Showtime will provide live coverage beginning at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 pm. PT. The bout is promoted by Matchroom Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.

Pictured below is Team Dan (Left to right: cornermen Adrian Diaconu, long-time manager Chris Ganescu, Jo Jo Dan, long-time head trainer Pierre Bouchard and assistant coach Jean Francois Bergeron).






New York, NY (3/4/15) - This Friday night, Ievgen Khytrov (8-0, 8KO's), arguably the most promising young prospect in all of boxing, returns to the bright lights of ESPN Friday Night Fights when he squares off against dangerous Puerto Rican contender Jorge Melendez (28-4-1, 26KO's) in the 10-round co-feature bout of the evening, live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.
Headlining the card is junior middleweight Tony Harrison (19-0, 16KO's) putting his undefeated record on the line against the rugged Antwone Smith (23-5-1, 12KO's).
"Jorge Melendez is an extremely dangerous opponent and very advanced for an 8-0 prospect. Khytrov is not a normal 8-0 prospect, however; he is a beast and he is elite. He is going to prove that Friday night on ESPN," stated co-promoter Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.

"I've trained really hard and have sparred with the top guys in the world in my weight class," said Khytrov, regarding his preparation for Friday's fight. "I am one hundred percent ready, grateful for this opportunity and thankful to my promoters DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., as well as my managers Al Haymon and Rory Donadio. I'm going to give it my best and give the fans an entertaining fight."

Nicknamed the "Ukrainian Lion", Khytrov was a stellar amateur, having compiled an astounding record of 450-50. He won the 2011 Amateur World Championships and represented his native Ukraine at the 2012 Olympics in London as well. Khytrov was a favorite to win the gold, but lost a highly disputed decision to eventual bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo in the opening round, despite twice dropping the hometown favorite Ogogo.

Following his disappointment at the Olympics, Khytrov immediately relocated to the US and began living and training in Brooklyn, NY. Khytrov, now co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc., made his successful debut in December 2013 and has been on an absolute tear ever since, including seven of his eight career knockouts thus far coming in three rounds or less. Khytrov's last four opponents, three of whom were defeated in nationally televised slots (ESPN, FoxSports1 and ShoBox), have had a combined record of 48-5-2. The bout on Friday night will mark Khytrov's fourth time fighting on national TV in the last nine months and he is already penciled in for his second appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation on April 10, in Brooklyn, NY. Boxing insiders have begun comparing the 26-year-old to middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, whom Khytrov has said he wants to fight down the road, but first he must get by the dangerous and heavy-handed Puerto Rican Melendez.

In his last 15 bouts, Melendez is 15-2, 13KO's, and is by far the toughest opponent to date for Khytrov. The former world-rated middleweight and former WBO Latino super welterweight champion Melendez has only been stopped twice in his career, way back in 2010 and 2009. Melendez is coming off an exciting and very close majority decision loss to former world title challenger Javier Maciel in June of last year. The 26-year-old Melendez knows that he cannot afford another loss at this point in his career and will be laying it all on the line come Friday night.
The card is promoted by Goossen Promotions and Warriors Boxing, with the Khytrov-Melendez bout promoted in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions. The ESPN telecast will be aired live, beginning at 11 p.m. ET.                                      

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New York Jan 29: Cedric Kushner, the characteristic promoter who guided many boxers, has passed away in New York City.

Among many things, Kushner was the architect of "Heavyweight Explosion"  a series of heavyweight contests that would determine the next big contender -- and it produced results.  However Kushner  promoted three big heavyweights --Hasim Rahman, David Tua and Ike Ibeabuchi, and had success with all three, especially Rahman, who won the title from Lennox Lewis in 2001.

Cedric had others as well -- Shane Mosley, and most recently Ali Funeka. Services are pending.





NEW YORK CITY (April 1, 2014) - A sold-out crowd turned out this past Sunday night to honor 20 members of the Class of 2014 inducted into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

"This was our largest crowd we've ever had with more than 500 people," Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. "Everyone was so receptive, commenting about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and there was a lot of emotion displayed. The whole point of starting the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame was to recognize New Yorkers in boxing and to honor them for their contributions. New York has been the centerpiece of boxing for the past 50 years. Some of our inductees may not have been international stars, but they helped make boxing what it is in New York. We wanted to do the right things and recognize the New York guys who made boxing was it is today."

Living boxers inducted into the NYSBHOF were Tracy Harris (63-8-2, 43 KOs), the former WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion from New Paltz; former WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus (49-20-5, 23 KOs), of Canastota; former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley, of Flushing, Queens; former WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte (40-17, 22 KOs), of Brooklyn; Huntington's World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs), Brooklyn's two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho (44-5-2, 28 KOs) and Glen Cove's Howard Davis, Jr. (36-6-1, 14 KOs), a 1976 Olympic gold medalist as well as Outstanding Boxer, and a three-time World Lightweight title challenger.

Posthumous participants inducted were two-time World Heavyweight Champion Patterson (55-8-1, 40 KOs), of Brooklyn, World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers (91-8-7, 28 KOs), of Herkimer; three-time World Welterweight Champion Jack Britton (239-57-44), of Clinton; and World Featherweight Champion Terry McGovern (55-8-1, 40 KOs), of Brooklyn.

Living non-boxers inducted were ESPN boxing commentator and trainer Teddy Atlas, of Staten Island; promoter Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment), of Brooklyn; boxing historian and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood, of Brooklyn; trainer and Sunnyside Gardens matchmaker Gene Moore, of Queens; and boxing writer/historian Angelo Prospero, of Rochester.

Deceased non-boxers in the Class of 2014 are trainer/cutman Whitey Bimstein, of Manhattan's Lower East Side; legendary trainer Cus D'Amato (Bronx and Catskill), who launched the career of "Iron" Mike Tyson as well as Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres; trainer William Muldoon (Belfast/Caneadea and Westchester County), who was also the first Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission; and manager Tom O'Rourke, of New York City.

TRACY PATTERSON: "I want to thank everyone for supporting this big event. Without a doubt I had a tremendous role model (father Floyd Patterson). Dad was my super hero. We'd see him put on a suit and go down to the city and then he'd be at the gym later that night. He was a very special man. I can't thank him enough for what he did. I want people to know he did real good things for me that I'll never forget. I miss him very much."

JUAN LAPORTE: "I finally got here, huh? I want to thank these guys up here. I wish the best to the Class of 2014. This is my world, this is what I love. A lot of guys forget where they came from. I didn't and you guys will always be with me. I miss a lot of Ring 8 guys, my trainer, Emile Griffith, who aren't here today with us but they will always have my back."

TEDDY ATLAS: "I have five tables of friends and family, some have come from Las Vegas and Florida, and I'm proud to have them here. Boxers don't always get the same respect athletes in other sports do. All they need are loyal fans and boxing fans are the best. Cus (D'Amato) didn't believe in long visits home because you'd be away from the gym. Nearly 40 years later in the fight game, I think I've done okay. I want to thank my wife, Elaine, and my children Nicole and Teddy. You can't win any fight without a good corner and my family has given me the best. There are some people here today who are part of my life and family."

GERRY COONEY: "It's great being up here today. I've had a great life. I see a lot of old guys who used to be fighters. I had some great fights and I'll always be connected with Larry Holmes. I'm blessed, especially coming from my background. This is a miracle. There I was one night fighting in Madison Square Garden for the heavyweight championship of the world. What a life! I got to know fighters like (Willie) Pep, (Carmen) Basilio, (Jake) LaMotta, (Muhammad) Ali, (Kenny) Norton.... I was recently diagnosed with CRS. Do you know what that is? Can't remember s***. I will forever be connected to you guys."

LOU DIBELLA: "It's an honor sitting here on this dais with so many New York men I've known and each I can call a friend. I'm proud to be part of New York boxing. We're part of a great sports that sometimes stumbles and forgets it's the king of sports with a lot of angels. Kevin Kelley got me started at HBO. He handed me a pencil with Flushing Flash' and said there were a lot of hungry fighters like him to put on better shows. Guys like, him Tracy (Patterson), Arturo Gatti, and others. Teddy (Atlas) told me to be true to yourself and, Teddy, I hope I've done that. I bought two tickets for this dinner for my parents; my father passed away and my mother's in the hospital with a broken hip. I'm going to bring this (belt) to her."

KEVIN KELLEY: "Without you guys, like Howard Davis and Juan LaPorte, I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't have been in boxing. I'd like to thank everyone."

BILLY BACKUS: "In my older days I'm getting a little emotional. When they (NYSBHOF) called, again, I got a little emotional on the phone. Thank you all. I appreciate being her with this class."

Supporting the Class of 2014 were past NYSBHOF inductees such as Iran Barkley (2012), Mark Breland (2013), Jimmy Glenn (2012) and Harold Lederman (2013). Other dignitaries in attendance included boxers Vinnie Maddalone and Steve Bujaj, Showtime executive Gordon Hall and legendary trainer Al Certo.

Master of Ceremonies Dave Diamante and NYSAC Chairperson Melvina Lathan

Each attending inductee received a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques honoring each class are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission and Waterfront Crabhouse. Ring 8 also plans to build a monument in Long Island City with every NYSBHOF inductee's name inscribed.

The 2014 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.

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.

Go on line at for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, "Sugar" Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.

CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James "Buddy" McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard, and Don Dunphy.

About Ring 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association - hence, RING 8 - and today the organization's motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.


(L-R) - NYSBHOF inductee Steve Farhood and presenter Gordon Hall










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