Sunday's NY State Boxing Hall Induction Dinner Sold-Out

BY The Sweet Science ON March 26, 2014
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Sunday's New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Sold-Out

NEW YORK (March 24, 2013) - This Sunday's third annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction and awards dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, is officially a sold-out event.

NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy reports that 450 people will attend the festivities this Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET) at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

NYSBHOF Class of 2014

Boxers

WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion Tracy Harris Patterson                                 New Paltz

WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus                                                         Canastota

WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley                                                    Flushing, Queens

WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte                                                                Brooklyn

World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney                                                        Huntington

Two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho                                        Brooklyn

1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard Davis, Jr.                                                            Glen Cove

Deceased

Two-time World Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson                                                Brooklyn

World Lightweight Champion Lou Ambers                                                                     Herkimer

Three-time World Welterweight Champion Jack Britton                                                     Clinton

World Featherweight Champion Terry McGovern                                                           Brooklyn

Non-Participants

ESPN boxing commentator and trainer Teddy Atlas                                                 Staten Island

Promoter Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment)                                                               Brooklyn

Boxing historian and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood                                                  Brooklyn

Trainer and Sunnyside Gardens matchmaker Gene Moore                                               Queens

Boxing writer/historian Angelo Prospero                                                                     Rochester

Deceased

Trainer/cutman Whitey Bimstein                                                     Manhattan's Lower East Side

Trainer Cus D'Amato                                                                                         Bronx & Catskill

Trainer & 1st Chairman NYSAC William Muldoon               Belfast/Caneadea-Westchester County

Manager Tom O'Rourke                                                                                       New York City

All living 2014 inductees have confirmed their attendance, including those below who commented about being honored.

Howard Davis Jr.: "I feel privileged to be inducted in my home state of New York. Being inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame is a great honor and I'm proud to be standing next some of the great names in boxing."

Teddy Atlas: "For seven years, starting as a 19 year old, I spent seven days a week in an upstate gym training fighters with the only reward being the seemingly exaggerated yet energizing words of an old man saying, 'You will train world champions someday and be in the Hall of Fame.' He just never said it would be together. Congratulations, Cus, and thanks for the help.....and the words."

Steve Farhood: "Being inducted into the NYS Boxing Hall of Fame is special to me because I take great pride in being a New Yorker. Dare I say that for better or worse, I'm about as New York as anyone can be.

"I'm also thrilled that among my fellow inductees are fighters I covered, such as Gerry Cooney and Mustafa Hamsho, and longtime friends, such as Teddy Atlas and Lou DiBella.

"I was born in Brooklyn, and I've lived in Manhattan since the age of 12. I've been based in New York City for all 35 of my years in the boxing media, and be sure that I'm not planning to move any time soon."

Bill Backus: "I am so happy to be chosen as an inductee to be put in the NYSBHOF. I was born and raised in the state of New York and 44 of my 75 fights were in New York."

Gerry Cooney: "This is an honor and a pleasure. I've met so many great people through boxing. Boxing kept me off the streets and kept me ion the straight and narrow. I'm grateful for all the places and people I've met through boxing. All of the pieces fell together."

NYSBHOF plaques 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.

In order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, all boxers needed to have been inactive for at least three years, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.

Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com 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.

Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 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.

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