NYSBHOF CLASS OF 2014
(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
(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
WOMENS BOXING MAKES
IT PRIME TIME ON NBC
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.
JO JO DAN ARRIVES IN
CHALLENGES DEFENDING WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION KELL BROOK FOR HIS IBF CROWN
CATCH THE BROOK-DAN BROADCAST
IN THE U.S.
LIVE ON SHOWTIMEŽ
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
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).
BLUE-CHIP PROSPECT IEVGEN
TO BE FEATURED ON THIS WEEK'S EDITION
OF ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
TAKES ON DANGEROUS JORGE MELENDEZ
IN THE 10-ROUND CO-FEATURE
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
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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POPULAR PROMOTER CEDRIC KUSHNER PASSES AWAY
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.
NYS INDUCTS NEW YORK AREA BOXERS INTO HALL
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
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
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
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.
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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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