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NEW YORK (April 17, 2017) – Boxing judges Steve Weisfeld, and retired welterweight boxer Johnny Turner will be Ring 8’s April meeting guest speakers tomorrow night (Tuesday, Apr. 18, starting at 7 p.m. ET), at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth, NY 11378.

ABOUT RING 8: 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 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 http://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, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, with a current boxing license or book are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

CONTACT: Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @fightpublicist

 

Sunday, April 30 Induction Dinner

Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, Gaspar Ortega, Renaldo Snipes & Arthur Donovan head new class

NEW YORK (April 5, 2017) – Veteran boxing manager Stan Hoffman is honored to be selected for induction in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, as a member of 15-member Class of 2017. The sixth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 30, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Hoffman, 86, has managed, advised or promoted 38 world champions during nearly 50 years working in the boxing industry.  A product of Brooklyn and Bronx, Hoffman still advises some boxes and attends fights, but he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

“I’m told that I’ve had 38 world champions and I have a story for each one of them,” Hoffman said. “Almost from the beginning, in 1980, I had success in boxing.  Joe Manley is special because he was the first fighter I signed and also my first world champion.  Team USA didn’t send a team to the 1980 Olympics (because of a boycott) and Joe was lost.  Nobody expected him to on to win the world junior welterweight title like he did.  The pinnacle of my career was my first heavyweight champion, Michael BennttBob Arum called asking if I wanted to make some money using Bentt in a tune-up fight for Tommy Morrison, who had a big money fight lined up with Lennox Lewis.  Michael knocked him out in the first round (for Morrison’s WBO heavyweight title).  And Hasim Rahman is like my kid.  From Iran Barkley to James Toney, I have stories about all of them.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include Manhattan welterweight Gaspar “El Indio” Ortega (131-39-6, 69 KOs), Yonkers’ world heavyweight title challenger Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes (39-8-1, 22 KOs), Yonkers middleweight Doug “Cobra’ Dewitt (33-8-5, 19 KOs), and “The Bronx Bomber,” world middleweight title challenger Alex Ramos (39-10-2, 24 KOs)

Posthumous participants being inducted are Queens’ former middleweight and light heavyweight world champion Dick Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs), Brooklyn/Manhattan light heavyweight world champion Jose “Chegui” Torres (41-3-1, 29 KOs), and Williamsburg’s middleweight world champion, “The Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey (51-4-11, 23 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF along with Hoffman are Queens’ International agent Don Majeski, Long Island matchmaker Ron Katz, and past Ring 8 president/NYSAC judge Bobby Bartels.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Brooklyn boxing historian Hank Kaplan, Long Island cut-man Al Gavin, Bronx referee Arthur Donovan and New York City columnist Dan Parker.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF.

The 2017 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members:  Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair, Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.

“After spending so many years of my life in boxing,” Hoffman concluded, “I was fortunate to have so many world champions.   It was a lot of hard work but I had a lot of luck, too.  I’ve met so many good people in boxing.  I’ll tell you, I’m going to enjoy being inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame, now (he joked), a lot more than if I’d been dead going in.  I’m honored. It’s also special for me to be inducted in the same class as Ron Katz, who was my matchmaker, Doug DeWitt – I worked with him as a manager and he won the world title – and my good friend, Reynaldo Snipes.  The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner is a great time and I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

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 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.

CLASS OF 2014:  Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O’Rourke.

CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giambra, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.

CLASS OF 2016:  Aaron Davis, Charles Murray, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rocky Graziano, Rocky Kansas, Joe Lynch, Joe Miceli, Ed Brophy, Joe DeGuardia, Randy Gordon, Dennis Rappaport, Howie Albert, Freddie Brown, Howard Cosell, Ruby Goldstein and Jimmy Jacobs.

Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult and $70.00 for children (under 16), and include a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening.  Tickets are available to purchase by calling NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304.  Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $80.00 to $250.00, by contacting Duffy. Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. (more…)

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Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman and publicist Lee Samuels, plus
Former world champion Vito Antuofermo

Ring 8 Guest Speakers Tuesday night

 

NEW YORK (March 9, 2017) – Veteran matchmaker Brad Goodman, boxing publicist Lee Samuels and former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo will be Ring 8’s guest speakers at this coming Tuesday night’s (Mar. 14) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
 
“We ae pleased to have Brad Goodman, Lee Samuels and Vito Antuofermo as our guest speakers this month,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “Brad is one of the most experienced matchmakers in boxing, Lee is one of the most respected publicists in the business.  We look forward to Brad discussing the Art of Matchmaking and Lee sharing his experiences with the great fighters he’s been associated with and events Top Rank has planned in the future.  
 
“Vito Antuofermo was the undisputed champion of the world during an era when the best had to fight the best.  He retains the charisma he had back in the day.  It will enjoyable hearing him speak about his fights against the likes of Hagler, Minter, Briscoe, Griffith and the great boxers he fought.”
 
 
Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman
 
A native New Yorker from Queens, Goodman has been a matchmaker since 1983 for one of the top promotional companies in boxing, Bob Arum‘s Top Rank.  A seven-time NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Brad will speak on The Art of Matchmaking. The first fight he ever saw was Muhammad Ali vs. Earnie Shavers.
 

Samuels, who was born in Pennsville, New Jersey, has worked more than two decades for Top Rank.  Lee’s first leading PR assignment for Top Rank came in 1987, when he worked with the great Marvelous Marvin Hagler during the lead-up to his showdown versus Sugar Ray Leonard.
 
Today, the affable Samuels works with Top Rank’s stable of superstars and world champions.
 
 
 
Born in Italy, Antuofermo (50-7-2, 21 KOs) moved to New York when he was 17 and became a  New York Golden Gloves winner in 1970. Nine years later, he captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world titles, taking a 15-round split decision from defending champion Hugo Corro, in Monaco.  Antuofermo retained the titles in his first title defense, battling Marvelous Marvin Hagler to a 15-round draw in Las Vegas.
 

The popular Antuofermo, who fought professionally between 1971 and 1985, also defeated Emile GriffithDenny MoyerWillie ClassenWillie WarrenBennie Briscoe and Eugene Hart, among the more notables. Many of Vito’s early fights were at legendary Sunnyside Gardens in Queens, later at the famed Madison Square Garden.  He was inducted into the NYSBHOF inaugural class in 2012.

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NEW YORK (February 21, 2017) – World light heavyweight contender Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs) and ringside physician Dr. Robert Polofsky are this Thursday night’s (Feb. 23) guest speakers at Ring 8’s monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, New York.

joe smith jr.jpg (Joe Smith, Jr. – picture courtesy of Star Boxing)

The 27-year-old Smith (23-1, 19 KOs) is a Union 66 laborer between fights.  The Long Island power-puncher from Mastic burst upon the International boxing scene last June, stopping former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (28-4) in the opening round for the World Boxing Council (WBC) International light heavyweight title.  Last December, Smith retired living legend Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2), knocking out (8th round) the seven-time, two-division world champion for the first time in his career.

Smith was the recipient of Ring 8’s “Knockout of the Year Award” last December at the organization’s 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony. Currently rated as high as No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Smith is knocking at the door for a world title shot in the 175-pound division.  He is promoted by New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) inductee Joe DeGuardia (Star Boxing).

Dr. Polofsky is a physician member of the New York State Athletic Commission and USA Boxing.

Merrick, NY junior welterweight Larry Stanton (29-17-2, 17 KOs), who fought professionally between 1969 and 1983, will received his 2016 Ring 8 Uncrowned Champion Award.  He was unable to attend the organization’s original awards festivity last December, the 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Award Ceremony.

Stanton’s most notable victories were against Bruce Strauss (54-27-2), Tony Petronelli (42-3-1) and Sammy Ayala (11-0).  He fought a draw with two-time world title challenger Vilomar Fernandez (22-6-1) and lost a controversial decision to 1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard David, Jr. (6-0).

ABOUT RING 8:  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 remains: Boxers Helping Boxers. (more…)

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Joe Smith Jr.jpgNEW YORK (February 13, 2017) – World-class light heavyweight boxer Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith, Jr. will be Ring 8’s guest speaker Thursday night, February 23, at its monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, New York.

The 27-year-old Smith (23-1, 19 KOs) is a Union 66 laborer between fights.  The Long Island power-puncher from Mastic burst upon the International boxing scene last June, stopping former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (28-4) in the opening round for the World Boxing Council (WBC) International light heavyweight title.

Last December, Smith followed up with a sensational eighth-round knockout of living legend Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2), the seven-time, two-division world champion whose retirement fight was ruined by Smith.

“With knockout victories over Fonfara and Hopkins in his last two fights, Joe Smith might be the most exciting fighter since Arturo Gatti,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said.

“We look forward to him being a featured speaker at our monthly meeting and letting us know what he has planned next in his career.”

Smith was the recipient of Ring 8’s “Knockout of the Year Award” last December at the organization’s 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony. Phil and Jerry Capobianco, respectively, Smith’s manager and trainer, were also honored as Ring 8’s Manager and Trainer of the Year.

Smith is a light heavyweight contender on the verge of a major fight this year, possibly a world title shot.  He is promoted by New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) inductee Joe DeGuardia (Star Boxing).

ABOUT RING 8:  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 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, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, with a current boxing license or book are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person..

CONTACT:  Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @fightpublicist

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NEW YORK (October 17, 2015) – The 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), December 11, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

 

Ring 8 has announced its 2016 award winners (see complete list below), including Hall-of-Famer Barry McGuigan (International Fighter Achievement), reigning world champions Carl Frampton (International Fighter of the Year) and Danny Jacobs (New York State Fighter of the Year), Joe Smith, Jr. (Knockout of the Year), and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (Service to “Your Country” Award).

 

“Our members look forward to this event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said.  “We have another great group of award winners. Committed celebrity guests include former world champions Mark Breland, Iran Barkley and Vito Antuofermo, as well as Vinny Maddalone, Sean Monahan, Bobby Cassidy, Harold Lederman and Frankie Galarza with others expected to attend. We truly appreciate them lending their support. Ring 8 proudly continues its record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Each year our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony celebrates our great sport of boxing, insuring much-needed funding is raised so we may continue our mission for our needy brothers and sisters in boxing. We will never waver from their corners.”

 

 

2016 RING 8 Award Winners

International Fighter Achievement:  Barry McGuigan

International Fighter of the YearCarl Frampton

International Promoter of the Year: Cyclone Promotions

NYS Fighter of the Year:  Danny Jacobs

NYS Female Fighter of the Year:  Sonya Lamonakis

Knockout of the Year: Joe Smith, Jr.

Uncrowned Champion: Larry Stanton

Manager of the Year: Phil Capobianco

Trainer of the Year:  Jerry Capobianco

Rising Promoter of the Year: Ronson Frank

Official of the Year:  Frank Lombardi

Amateur Official of the Year: Frankie Martinez

Amateur Boxer of the Year:  Christine Cruz

Long & Meritorious Service:  Dr. Barry Jordan

Contender of the Year: Cletus Seldin

Prospect of the Year: Julian Sosa

Sunnyside Garden:  John Clohessy

USA Olympic Boxer of the Year: Shakur Stevenson

Sam Kellerman Media:  Bobby Cassidy, Jr.

 

 

David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

 

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by contacting Bob Duffy by phone (516.313.2304), email DepComish@aol.com, or mail checks (payable to Ring 8) to him (164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762). Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

 

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure favorable seating.

 

Program ads are available for Full Page ($150.00), Half-Page ($80.00), and Quarter-Page ($50.00). The deadline for all ads is December 8 and must be emailed (DepComish@aol.com) or mailed to Duffy (516.313.2304) at the address listed above.

 

Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.

 

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.

 

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, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

 

CONTACT:

Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @FightPublicist

NEW YORK (October 13, 2016) – Hall-of-Famer Harold Lederman and international matchmaker Ron Katz will be Ring 8’s guest speakers this Tuesday night (Oct. 18) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
 
“We’re very fortunate to have such knowledgeable speakers,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said.  “Both are highly respected in their areas of expertise, Harold in judging and Ron in matchmaking.  Between the two of them with all of their interesting experiences in boxing, our members are sure to enjoy a memorable evening listening and talking to them about boxing.”
 
The venerable Lederman, universally recognized as one of the most revered boxing judges in history, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) this past June.  He is also an inductee in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), which is sponsored by Ring 8.
In 1965, Lederman started judging amateur bouts in order to gain experience and two years later he was granted a professional judge’s license from the New York State Athletic Commission.  Among the most notable fights he officiated include Emile Griffith vs. Dick Tiger II, Ken Buchanan vs. Ismael Laguna II, Roberto Duran vs. Esteban DeJesus I, Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III, Roberto Duran vs. Carlos Palomino, Eusebio Pedroza vs. Rocky Lockridge I, Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes I and Evander Holyfield vs. DwightQawi I.
 
However, Lederman is perhaps best known as the “unofficial” judge for HBO Championship Boxing, which he has been doing since 1986.   In 1999, he retired as an active judge to concentrate on his HBO duties.
 

Katz is a veteran matchmaker who has worked for promotes like Top Tank, Sugar Ray Leonard and Butch Lewis.  For the past decade, he has served as matchmaker for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
 
Prior to working in boxing, Katz was a company manager for a number of touring acts, including the rock band, KISS.
 
Known as a fan’s matchmaker and tabbed, “Little Teddy Brenner,” a few of Katz’ most successfully matched bouts during his four decades in that position include James Toney vs. Michael Nunn, Chris Algieri vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, and Joe Smith, Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara.
ABOUT RING 8:  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, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, with a current boxing license or book are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.
 CONTACT:  Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com @fightpublicist

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This Sunday’s Ring 8 Family Picnic Cancelled

 

NEW YORK (August 23, 2015) – Due to unforeseen circumstances this Sunday afternoon’s annual Ring 8 Family Picnic in Nassau, New York has been cancelled.

 

ABOUT RING 8:  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, excluding July and August.  All active boxers, amateur and professional, with a current boxing license or book are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.  Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

 

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