NEW YORK, NY (Dec. 9, 2013) – The 27th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony was held yesterday afternoon at the famed Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

2013 Ring 8 Award Winners

Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia

Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega

Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando

Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant

Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli

Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie

Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan

Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson

Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins

Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente

Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan

Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane

(honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden)

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Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).

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.