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31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

31stannual Ring 8

Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

 

REVIEW & PICTURES

(L-R) — Ring 8’s Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Vasyl Lomanchenko & Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch. (All pictures by Peter Frutkoff)

NEW YORK (December 11, 2017) – Less than 24 hours after he defeated previously undefeated Guillermo Rigondeaux, WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko attended yesterday’s (Sunday, Dec. 9) 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony to accept the Ring 8 2017 Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year Award.                                                                                                                    

The gala event was held Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York, and David Diamante once again served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Six world champions were in attendance, including three award winners: Lomachenko), International Hall-of-Famer Michael Spinks (Historical Award), and five-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year); World champions Vito AntuofermoIran Barkley andLuis Collazo showed their support.

“Our awards banquet was one of the best ever,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “We are deeply honored that Vasyl Lomachenko attended the day after the biggest fight of his career. His presence created an electric atmosphere, the type that is rarely seen. The other honorees, led by Michael Spinks, made it an afternoon that will always be remembered.”

 
2017 RING 8 Award Winners
Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko
Historical Award: Michael Spinks
(with presenter Jack Hirsch)
International Prospect of the Year: Michael Conlan
NYS Fighter of the Year: Marcus Browne
(with presenter Teddy Atlas)
NYS Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Serrano
Sunnyside Gardens Award:: Bobby Cassidy, Sr.
(Bobby Cassidy, Jr. accepting for his father with presenter Henry Hascup)
NYS Prospect of the Year: Devaun Lee
(with presenter Felipe Gomez)
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Matt Christie
NYS Trainer of the Year: Hector Roca
Long & Meritorious Service: Edwin Torres
NYS Official of the Year: Robert Perez
NYS Promoter of the Year: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
(with presenter Melvina Lathan)
Uncrowned Champion: Richard Kiley
(with presenter Vinny Maddalone)
Ringside Physician of the Year: Dr. Osric King
Good Guy Award: Joanne Doyle Hutchins
Ring 8 Member of the Year: George Newman
(with presenter John Rohe)
 
  
Community Service Award: Mike Reno
(with presenters Bob Duffy (L) and Bobby McGuire)
Rising Contender Award: Skender & Enver Halili

Granite Chin results from Hampton, NH

HAMPTON, N.H. (December 9, 2017) — Colorful light heavyweight prospect Richard “Popeye The Sailor Man” Rivera remained undefeated (5-0, 4 KOs), veteran Roberto “El Viejo” Valenzuela, last night (Sat.) in the “Rumble at The RIM” main event, presented by Granite Chin Promotions, at The RIM Sports Complex in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Rivera, fighting out of Hartford (CT), controlled the action from the opening bell against his battle-tested opponent from Mexico, who had a tremendous experience advantage in his 147th pro fight, compared to Rivera’s fifth.

Valenzuela spent most of the time on the ropes, while Rivera teed-off on him, until a beautiful placed left hook by Rivera decked Valenzuela, who failed to get up until after referee Mike Ryan completed the 10-count.

A busload of Rivera’s fans drove five hours from Hartford through a snowstorm, arriving just before Rivera entered the ring. “That means a lot to me,” Rivera smiled as he spoke about his fans. “We’re more than a gym, we’re family.

“I was so used to an amateur style but now I’m a pro. I’m relaxing and picking my punches. Next, I want to win the New England title. It’s vacant and I want it!”

“This was our first show in New Hampshire and I consider it a success,” co-promoter Chuck Shearns said, “despite some things going against us like tonight’s weather. We’re grateful for the support we received from Hampton, New Hampshire, the commission and local businesses. They worked with us and we can’t wait to return.”

The son and nephew of multiple-time world kickboxing champions – father Tommy and uncle – worked his corner — Peabody, MA Russell Kimber had a promising pro debut against tough Nathan Schulte in a match contested at a 185-pound catchweight. The 32-year-old Kimber, who was the crowd favorite having lived several years in New Hampshire, overcame the determined Schulte for a hard-fought victory by way of a four-round majority decision.

“I was a little nervous with this being my first time in a pro ring,” Kimber admitted after his fight. “I hadn’t been in a ring for 1 ½ years and there was some ring rust. Now, I know what I need to good, and I’ll be a lot better next fight. This was my first camp and I’ve learned a lot.  I’d like to stay busy, come back in late January, early February.”

Undefeated Whitman, MA junior welterweight prospect Mike “Bad Man” Ohan, Jr.charged across the ring, unloading a powerful right that immediately sent Bardraiel Smith to the canvas. Smith somehow got to his feet but Ohan quickly ended Smith’s night, only 30-second into round one, as referee Ryan waved off the action.

New England cruiserweight champion and the show’s co-promoter, Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (25-5, 19 KOs) outclassed Fabian Valdez en route to a win by second-round knockout in a stay-busy fight to close out 2017. In a non-title fight contested at a 185-pounds catchweight, the Quincy, MA-based Traietti floored his game Mexican opponent with a straight right midway through the opening round, closing the show in the second round with a series of unanswered punches.

The only New Hampshire native on the card, Claremont junior middleweight Ricky Ford (1-1-1) won his first pro fight, taking a lop-sided, four-round unanimous decision over pro MMA fighter Andy Aiello, who made his pro boxing debut.

In another stay-busy fight, former world-rated Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski(27-3, 9 KOs), fighting out of Quincy (MA), needed only 51-seconds to finish off Mexican lightweight Francisco “El Mono” Medal. Kielczweski hit Medal with a with a lethal left to the body, leaving Medal in obvious pain and unable to rise before the 10-count.

New Jersey middleweight Chris “Sandman” Thomas (7-0-1, 4 KOs) kept his unbeaten pro record intact with a second-round stoppage of Demetrius Thomas. Thomas used a rapid-fire combination to drop Thomas, who beat the count, but he was getting hammered when referee Ryan stopped the fight late in the second round.

Complete results below:
 
OFFICIAL RESULTS
185-LBS. CATCHWEIGHT
Chris Traietti (25-4, 20 KOs), Quincy, MA
WKO2 (1:13)
Fabian Valdez (2-2, 1 KO), Cananea, Mexico
Russell Kimber (1-0, 0 KOs), Peabody, MA
WDEC4 (39-37, 38-37, 38-38)
Nathan Schulte (0-4), Woburn, MA
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Richard Rivera (5-0, 4 KOs), Hartford, CT
WKO2 (1:48)
Roberto Valenzuela (69-76-2, 56 KOs), Aqua Prieta, Mexico
MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Chris Thomas (7-0-1, 4 KOs), Beachwood, NJ
WTKO2 (2:55)
Demetrius Thomas (0-7), Philadelphia, PA
JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Ricky Ford (1-1-1), Claremont, NH
WDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)
Andy Aiello (0-1), Bridgewater, MA
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS
Mike Ohan, Jr. (4-0, 2 KOs), Whitman, MA
WTKO1 (0:30)
Bardraiel Smith (0-3), Philadelphia, PA
LIGHTWEIGHTS
Ryan Kielczweski (27-3, 9 KOs), Quincy, MA
WKO1 (0:51)
Francisco, Medel (11-11, 7 KOs), Uruapan, Mexico

SELDIN RETURNS TO HBO IN BACK TO BACK MONTHS

NEW YORK CITY (December 10, 2017) Boxing’s newest star, undefeated junior welterweight CLETUS “The Hebrew Hammer” SELDIN, (21-0, 17 KO’s) of Long Island, New York makes an almost unprecedented return to HBO World Championship Boxing in back to back months, returning to battle YVES ULYSSE JR., (14-1, 9 KO’s), in a ten round clash this Saturday night, December 16 at the Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada, just outside of Montreal. The bout will open the telecast at 9:40 p.m. ET.

Promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Seldin makes his quick return to HBO World Championship following his sensational debut on the network November 11 from Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale where he dismantled once-defeated Mexican veteran Roberto Ortiz. Dropping Ortiz twice in the first round in the televised opener, Seldin would earn the stoppage in the third round as referee Shada Murdaugh stopped the aggressive onslaught at the 2:43 mark of star-making performance.

Only boxing legends Mike Tyson in 1986 and Roy Jones Jr. in 1996 have previously appeared on HBO in back-to-back months.

“Friday after the Ortiz knockout I got the call to fight Ulysse on December 16 and said yes immediately. This is my job, I’m a prizefighter and I love to fight and entertain,” said Seldin who had a huge crowd of passionate supporters at Nassau Coliseum known locally as the ‘Hamma Heads’.

“I truly want to fight every month so it was easy to get back in the ring so quickly. It’s an honor to be asked to fight on HBO in such a quick return and I plan on making the most of it.”

“Some of these more modern fighters want to fight every six months but I’m a throwback to a different era when top fighters fought much more often.”

“From the moment I hear my ring walk music and hear the crowd erupt I’m ready. Most boxing fans love aggression and they love knockouts and that’s what I bring, always.”

About fighting in Canada and facing Ulysse, Seldin stated, “We’ve studied him but my job is to take the fight right to him with no hesitation and let him know who’s the boss. While most of my fights have been at home it’s another ring in Canada, same size ‘office’. No affect at all fighting on the road. I’ll go anywhere and fight any junior welterweight.”

“For me I don’t change anything, not my trunks, shoes or warmup. I noticed today while I was packing for Montreal that there’s some of Ortiz’s dried blood on my shoes from November 11, sort of like a badge of honor from my fight.”

“This Saturday night is another chapter for me, I belong on HBO fighting in big fights, this is why I train so hard. I’m a gladiator coming to hurt and coming to win.”

Rigondeaux “Quits In the Garden” after Lomachenko shuts him out cold!

When WBO Super Featherweight Champion Vasyl “High Tech” Lomachenko and WBA Super world Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux stepped into the ring at Madison Square Garden on night December 9th, it was supposed to be something special. They entered with a combined amateur record of 871-13, professional record of 26-1 (18), four Olympic Gold Medals, four professional world titles and wins over 11 current or former world champions. Those accomplishments are unparalleled. What would add to the events appeal was an undercard packed with talented young Olympians looking to one day make their own mark in the sport and it was all taking place free on ESPN not and over priced pay-per view. This combination was almost guaranteed to be an event that fans for eras to come would speak about.

Of course “Almost Guaranteed” and guaranteed are not quite one in the same, in fact they can be completely opposite. The moment Guillermo Rigondeaux quit on his stool after round seven managed to do just that, make this card one fans forget about or at least would like to forget about by this time next year.

Its not as if a Vasyl Lomachenko opponent quitting is anything surprising in itself, Nicholas Walters, Jason Sosa and Miguel Marriaga his three previous opponents all did so. In those fights Vasyl Lomachenko put on “Master Class” performances. While those three fighters had no answers for what is being now called the “Lomachenko Puzzle”, they at least gave an effort.  On Saturday night prior to quitting on his stool Guillermo Rigondeaux well not so much but he was able to do something we had never seen before “Frustrate Vasyl Lomachenko”..

When Lomachenko tried to fight inside where he gets his best work done, Rigondeaux held and “High Tech” who can seemingly do everything but fight out of a clinch became uncomfortable. When at a distance, Rigondeaux ducked so low, Lomachenko would miss four out of his five punch combinations. If Rigondeaux hit Lomachenko on the belt line or low he would pause then look at the ref. The last time Lomachenko had dealt with such tactics was against Orlando Salido, the only man to date who has defeated Lomachenko as a professional. Yet against Salido Lomachenko remained composed while absorbing fouls and being made uncomfortable, against Rigondeaux he retaliated with fouls of his own and blatantly.

When Rigondeaux offered no clear openings, Lomachenko hit behind the head and at the end of two rounds he hit after the bell. At the end of round five the bell had sounded seconds prior to a late punch thrown by Lomachenko as Rigondeaux was headed back towards his corner. While it was certainly a case of of “What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander” because Rigondeaux had committed his fair share of fouling, the fact Lomachenko allowed himself to be taken out of character might have showed a weakness not noticed before.

The moment Rigondeaux and his team waved off the contest after round seven I asked myself “What happened, what made Rigondeaux quit?” He was pointing to his hand as if it were injured but at what point in time did that injury occur? His team started to remove the left glove until Rigondeaux said “No the right” making me believe they were not even sure what was wrong.

I have since watched the fight twice more and have yet to find the moment the hand injury might of occurred. I have yet to notice any moments where Rigondeaux was absorbing excessive punishment. In fact Jason Sosa prior to his corner calling it a day after round nine this past April absorbed five times the punishment Rigondeaux did before the contest was halted, that’s two rounds longer then Rigondeaux remained in the ring. While it pains me to say it, I have come to the conclusion Guillermo Rigondeaux was just “Happy to Collect a Check”.

This was a man who once openly stated “I will vacate my title belt’s if the new make me their mandatory challengers” just in order to get a big named opponent. He is who actively pursued this fight against Lomachenko, it was going to win or lose after almost five hundred combined professional and amateur bouts win or lose define his career. The only thing that mattered was he had an opportunity to show the very best version of Guillermo Rigondeaux against the very best opponent the sport had to offer.

As soon as the corner of Guillermo Rigondeaux told referee Steve Willis “It’s over”, everything Rigondeaux has worked so hard for all these years vanished. When fans in future generations look into the record books and see the name Guillermo Rigondeaux, they wont pay attention to the four Olympic Gold Medals They won’t pay attention to the fact he risked it all and left his family behind in Cuba so he could make a better life for both them and himself while trying to fulfill a dream They won’t notice his dominate wins over fellow world champions or amazing defensive statistic of keeping his opponents at a connect ratio of seventeen percent.

The only thing that will stick out is ” GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX QUIT” !! and while maybe not fair, in boxing it’s the way it has always been and how it always will be.

In Undercard action

Super Featherweight– Christopher Diaz 22-0 (14) def. Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz 18-3 (9) via TKO 3.                         Cruz down four times, once in the first, twice the second and once in round three.

Featherweight– Michael Conlan 5-0 (4) def. Luis Fernando Molina 7-4-1 (2) via UD 6.
Official scores read 60-54 on all three Judges cards.

Featherweight– Shakur Stevenson 4-0 (2) def. Oscar Mendoza 4-3 (2) via TKO 2.
Lightweight– Mikaela Mayer 3-0 (2) def. Nydia Feliciano 9-9-3 via MD                                                                            Official scores read 38-38 and 40-36 twice.

Super Bantamweight– Jose Gonzalez 8-0-2 (2) MD Adan Gonzales 3-1-2 (2).                                                        Official scores read 58-56 and 57-57 twice.
Heavyweight– Bryant Jennings improved to 21-2 (12) def. Don Haynesworth 13-2-1 (11) via TKO 3..

 

 

 

Pascal goes out on “His Terms”, Ortiz stops Martz in Hialeah

Friday night from the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino in Hialeah, Florida Warriors Boxing played host for an FS1 broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions. The card would be headlined by former undisputed light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal taking on undefeated prospect Ahmed Elbiali in Pascal’s final career bout.

The bout started with Elbiali looking to gain control early, jumping on Pascal and momentarily stunning the former champion. In order to slow Elbiali down, Pascal would tie him up then land hooks inside that sent Elbiali into retreat. Once distance was created Pascal drew Elbiali into a war he had never experienced and certainly not prepared to endure.

In the second round Elbiali hoped to once again stun Pascal and take control of the bout but he soon found himself against the ropes absorbing massive overhand rights that continued until the round closed. They traded power punches throughout round three with Pascal getting the better of those exchanges while avoiding return fire. A slow round four allowed both men to try and gain their second wind, it would be Pascal and not his younger opponent Elbiali who was fresher entering the fifth.

It was all out war in round five, Elbiali would drive Pascal back with high right hands then receive two in return for his efforts. When the fifth ended Pascal playing mind games walked Elbiali back to his corner as if to say “Welcome to big time boxing” then returned to his own corner smiling as he sat on the stool. At the start of round six Elbiali was visibly worn down not just physically but mentally. There would be a continuous barrage of punishment from Pascal that snapped the head of Elbiali in every direction, he would pin Elbiali in the corner then let loose one last flurry before corner men for Elbiali jumped on the apron to end the affair at 2:06 of round number six.

With the victory Jean Pascal closed his career with an overall record of 32-5-1 (19), Ahmed Elbiali suffering his first loss now stands at 16-1 (13). In comment prior to this match-up pertaining to retirement Jean Pascal stated “I don’t want to go out like Miguel Cotto or Bernard Hopkins who were both great fighters, I want to end my career on my terms” and he did just that congratulations to him for a sensational career.

As for Ahmed Elbiali he has nothing to hold his head down about, he fought a more experienced fighter who has been in with the best of his divisions at both light heavyweight and super middleweight. A few adjustments to his style and he could be a factor at light heavyweight himself and one day credit this experience for making him a better fighter.

In the co-feature former WBA interim heavyweight belt holder Luis “King Kong” Ortiz faced Daniel Martz. This would be the first bout for Ortiz since a recent failed pre-fight drug test indicated a positive result of a banned substance in his system. He would later be exonerated by the WBC once facts were revealed Ortiz was under doctor prescribed blood pressure medication. That would not happen until after his scheduled bout against current WBC belt holder Deonaty Wilder had been cancelled.

The fight itself as expected was a short one sided affair, Ortiz would drop Martz in round one with a body shot and end the contest in round two after landing a swift left hook sent Martz crashing to the mat. With his win Luis Ortiz improved to 28-0 (24), Daniel Martz now stands at 16-6-1 (13).

In Undercard action
Welterweight- Bryant Perella 15-1(13) def. Alex Martin 13-3 (5) via UD 8.
Official scores read 79-72 twice and 77-74.

Featherweight- Stephen Fulton 12-0 (5) def. Adam Lopez 8-1 (3) via MD 8.
Official scores read 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75

A message from Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

Throughout the 2017 season, we’ve reflected on our 25th anniversary in combat sports with tremendous pride in our own achievements and respect for the ever-changing sports’ landscape.

Adjusting and adapting is never easy. There are certain realities that become difficult to face over the course of time, but you can either choose to carve your own path on the sports’ winding road or fold up shop and find a purpose in life.

We chose to create our own niche. Here we are, 25 years later, as one of the leaders in a competitive industry, bringing our fans quality entertainment combined with the kind of cutting-edge technology that has also enhanced our viewers’ experience in the fast-changing multimedia digital age.

At the root of it all, nothing is more important than the product in the ring. Boxing fans are as demanding as they come and they expect quality, competitive fights. They develop rooting interests in our fighterss and are granted access to the personalities and talent unseen in any other professional sport. Our athletes aren’t just boxers. They’re fathers, cousins, brothers, workers, laborers or even military veterans. Being in the ring, even for just a handful of fights, is a humbling experience and it brings our fighters much closer to our fans. CES Boxing is a family-owned company and we stress the importance of family, faith and hard work in everything we do.

Tomorrow is our season finale, our official 25th anniversary party at the beautiful Twin River Casino, a fitting stage for our 2017 exit. This venue has been the home for many of our most memorable moments and we’ll take some time tomorrow to reflect on the highlights and heroes and all the people who’ve made a difference through the years to keep the engine running behind the scenes.

Many of our fighters, both past and present, will be in attendance, from former Olympian Jason Estrada to female world champion Jaime Clampitt, plus Kippy Diggs, Matt Godfrey and Gary “Tiger” Balletto. We’ll also be joined by some of our budding MMA stars, including Gary Balletto Jr. and John Gotti III.

More importantly, we’ve put together another stacked fight card to close the year in style. One day, 25 years now, we look forward to celebrating 50 years with some of the names you’ll see in the ring on Dec. 7th, starting with Worcester’s Khiary Gray. The humble, hard-working Gray is moving down from 154 pounds to 147, a major step as he looks to revitalize his career in a new weight class. Standing in his way is the hard-nosed Greg Jackson of Philadelphia, a true champion from the City of Brotherly Love cut from the same cloth as Philadelphia’s greatest ring warriors. This main event is a classic in the making with both fighters looking to reach the pinnacle in 2018. A win tomorrow puts them on the right path.

With this being our 25th anniversary celebration, it’s only fitting we feature another epic female bout. CES Boxing has been one of the leading advocates for female boxing over the last quarter. We featured female fighters as headliners during an era in which other promoters wouldn’t give women a chance. We’re proud of the work we’ve done in this field and we’re proud to feature Marshfield’s Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes, one of many pioneers in this sport, in an exciting clash with Ontario’s Natasha Spence.

Many of our fan-favorites are also back in action, including rising stars Jamaine Ortiz, Kendrick Ball Jr. and Anthony Marsella Jr., all of whom boast undefeated records. Likewise, we continue to span generations as we present the Rhode Island and Twin River debuts of Bobby Harris III and Jarel Pemberton, the sons of two former all-time greats. Jarel’s father, Scott “Sandman” Pemberton, thrilled crowds for many years under the CES Boxing banner and Bobby’s father, Bobby Harris Jr., turned heads as one of the founding fathers of boxing in Worcester.

This is a night of celebration and remembrance. We are also honoring longtime sports broadcaster Ken Bell as this year’s inductee into the CES Ring of Honor. For years, Ken sat ringside to bring our fans all the current news and information on our rising stars and helped develop otherwise unknown fighters into household names.

One thing is certain: 25 years is just the beginning, so while we honor the past tomorrow night, we also have our eyes on the future as we look to bring you another quarter century of the best in combat sports.

Much respect,
Jimmy

Usyk-Briedis semi-final confirmed for Riga January 27

The Ali Trophy semi-final bout in the cruiserweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between WBO World Champion Aleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs) and WBC World Champion Mairis Briedis (23-0, 18 KOs) hits the Arena Riga, Latvia on January 27, 2018.

“The stand-out atmosphere in the quarter-finals was the noise the fans made in the sold-out Arena Riga,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.

“We are very excited to bring the Ali Trophy to Latvia on January 27. Usyk is Olympic Champion, World Champion and the number one seed in the tournament but when he collides with national hero and World Champion Briedis he will meet by far his toughest challenge in his career. This is the biggest unification fight in the division since many, many years.”

2012 Olympic Champion, 30-year-old Usyk expressed before the tournament his desire to unify the belts in the cruiserweight division and to take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy. And he kicked off in style:

The Ukrainian went to Berlin in Germany on September 9 in the tournament opener and produced a spectacular display at the Max-Schmeling-Arena to stop former world champion Marco Huck in the 10th round. Now he travels to another opponent’s backyard to face a current champion.

“I do not care where I fight,” said Usyk, the tournament’s number one seed.

“In Riga, there will be 10.000 fans and that’s great. The fans should expect a beautiful and interesting battle between two world champions.”

32-year-old Briedis excited an ecstatic hometown crowd at a sold-out Arena Riga on September 30 to score a unanimous decision in his quarter-final over the tough Cuban challenger Mike Perez.

“I had a gut feeling that the World Boxing Super Series might return to Riga because of the incredible crowd at the Arena Riga in the quarter-final bout against Mike Perez,” said Briedis, the tournament’s third seed.

“I’m really happy with how it has turned out. I am thankful to the Latvian fans who made it possible by being so passionate and devoted. Now it’s all about preparing for Usyk and put up a great show when January comes.”

Usyk and Briedis will soon come face-to-face at a kickoff press conference in Riga

Class of 2018 Announced in Canastota!

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2018 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will be held June 7-10th in Canastota, NY. Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds, are scheduled. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Sid Terris in the Old-Timer Category; and ring announcer Johnny Addie and promoter Lorraine Chargin in the Non Participant Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Biographies on the Class of 2018 can be found on www.ibhof.com

COMMENTS UPON RECEIVING INDUCTION NEWS

“It’s a dream of many boxers to be a member of the Hall of Fame family. I’ve thought about the Hall of Fame but I never expected one day that I would be among the legends who were always examples for me such as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and so many world famous boxers. It’s a big honor for me.”

–          Vitali Klitschko

“It’s an honor to be elected into the Hall of Fame and recognized for my achievements. I’m overwhelmed by the news. It is a dream come true to be part of the Hall of Fame and I can’t wait until next June to be in Canastota.”

–          Erik Morales

“Wow! It’s great. It’s an honor. I love my fans and I’m grateful that my accomplishments in boxing are being honored. It feels so great to be in the Hall of Fame.”

–          Winky Wright

“Oh great! This news has made my day. I’m just so happy. I’ve been wishing and praying for this. For her to be the only woman besides Aileen Eaton in the Hall, on many fronts it’s a great honor. I’m really at a loss for words. I’ve dreamt of this.”

–          Don Chargin, husband of Lorraine Chargin

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Oh my God. I’m completely surprised. I’m looking forward to coming to Canastota in June for the Hall of Fame Weekend.”

–          Klaus-Peter Kohl

“It’s an honor. I didn’t expect this. I heard from some boxing friends that I was on the ballot but having been out of the sport for a few years I didn’t expect it to happen. It is quite an honor and I appreciate the call very much. It’s a little overwhelming. I’ve never been to Canastota and I’ve heard so many great things about that weekend through other friends who have been inducted and I look forward to it. It’s rare for me, but I’m a little speechless right now.”

–          Steve Albert

“I got chills. I’m so honored and so grateful to the sport, the fighters and the Hall of Fame. What an amazing feeling to have this unique recognition. It’s just an amazing feeling to have been able to have observed and witnessed the excellence of so many incredible athletes. To have been able to have played a part in being able to interview them and bring it to the public is an incredible feeling.”

–          Jim Gray

31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony this Sunday afternoon in New York

NEW YORK (December 5, 2017) – Limited tickets are still available for this Sunday afternoon’s 31st annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony, between 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. ET, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Six world champions will be attending, including three award winners: WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl “Hi Tech” Lomachenko (Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year), Hall-of-Famer Michael Spinks (Historical Award), and five-time world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (New York State Female Fighter of the Year).

Another Hall-of Fame star, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, is unable to attend the festivities because of a travel conflict but he did receive his Legends Award at the last Ring 8 meeting.

World champions Vito AntuofermoIran Barkley and Luis Collazo are confirmed special guests.

Other 2017 Ring 8 award winners include two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan(International Prospect of the Year Award), 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (New York State Fighter of the Year), of Staten Island.

“The anticipation is continuing to grow as we move closer to the Ring 8 awards banquet on Sunday,” Ring 8 president Jack Hirsch said. “We are honored that Vasyl Lomachenko and Michael Conlan will be attending despite having fought at Madison Square Garden the night before.  Many consider Lomachenko the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and Conlan the best prospect. And it will be a special treat for fans to see Michael Spinks, who will be given recognition as being the first light heavyweight champion in history to have won the heavyweight crown.

 “The awards banquet is very reasonably priced. Not only will people get to mingle with great fighters, but the food at Russo’s on the Bay is superb and the atmosphere first rate.”

2017 RING 8 Award Winners
Muhammad Ali International Fighter of the Year: Vasyl Lomachenko
Historical Award: Michael Spinks
International Prospect of the Year: Michael Conlan
NYS Fighter of the Year: Marcus Browne
NYS Female Fighter of the Year: Amanda Serrano
Sunnyside Gardens Award:: Bobby Cassidy, Sr.
NYS Prospect of the Year: Devaun Lee
Rising Contender Award: Skender & Enver Halili
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Matt Christie
NYS Trainer of the Year: Hector Rosa
Long & Meritorious Service: Edwin Torres
NYS Official of the Year: Robert Perez
NYS Promoter of the Year: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
Uncrowned Champion: Richard Kiley
Ringside Physician of the Year: Dr. Osric King
Good Guy Award: Joanne Doyle Hutchins
Ring 8 Member of the Year: George Newman
Community Service Award: Mike Reno
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