NEW YORK (April 1, 2020) – The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) and Ring 8 jointly announced today a partnership to establish a COVID-19 fund to assist New York and New Jersey boxers and boxing personnel who are in financial need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Any boxing personnel (boxers, trainers, cut-men, etc.) who are independent contractors and live in New York or New Jersey may apply for monetary assistance by filling out a request form posted at www.NYBoxingHOF.org and www.Ring8tv,com, or request a form at email@example.com to be directly emailed.
All applicants must be licensed (NYSAC, NJSAC or USA Boxing) and forms must be submitted to NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call him (1.516.313.2304) with the required information.
“Gyms are closed, and boxing has been suspended indefinitely,” NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “Most boxing trainers, cut-men and other boxing personnel are independent contractors, so they do not have any income right now during this pandemic. They have families to support, rent to pay, food to put on the table, and other critical expenses. We want to help them by establishing this fund. We’re not in the position to give each applicant a large stipend, but we are able to provide a small payment to temporarily help them a little bit. We’re committed to doing this for the month of April, at the very least, and then we’ll will revisit extending payments until boxing returns, as long as there is money available in this fund. It’s the right thing to do!”
“Ring 8 is furthering our goals to assist boxers and boxing people in New York during this crisis,” Ring 8 president Charlie Norkus, Jr. added. “It has been our mission since the very beginning. We are pleased to join the New York Boxing Hall of Fame in this endeavor.”
The coming week will see the start of Season 2 of the eWBSS with a new weight class in the classic World Boxing Super Series eight-man format.
Sunday night, Mike Tyson won the inaugural ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends Tournament’ after an epic battle over 12 rounds against Muhammad Ali. Iron Mike was floored in the opening round but got off the canvas to score two knockdowns of his own in claiming the decision.
On Monday it is time for the legendary middleweights!
Fans voted between Welterweight and Middleweight on the WBSuperSeries Twitter and chose Middleweight as the next division to clash for the eAli Trophy.
The ‘eWBSS Middleweight Legends Tournament’ roster:
Sugar Ray Robinson (1)
Sugar Ray Leonard (2)
Marvin Hagler (3)
Carlos Monzon (4)
Sugar Ray Robinson opens the tournament against Fernando Vargas on Monday at 7pm (UK) on World Boxing Super Series Facebook.
The eWBSS tournaments, simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’, are created by the real World Boxing Super Series to provide some much-needed relief and entertainment for fight fans around the world during these testing times.
The eWBSS has provided knockdowns in lockdown every day since March 23.
The sensational line-up and truly unbelievable quarter-finals for the ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament were revealed at a draw Sunday afternoon on @wbsuperseries’ social channels by Kalle Sauerland, Chief Boxing Officer of the eWBSS.
The draw ended up with four match-ups between eight of the most recognisable heavyweights from boxing history.
Muhammad Ali vs Evander Holyfield
Lennox Lewis vs Joe Fraizer
Mike Tyson vs Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch
George Foreman vs David Haye
Tournament No 1 seed Muhammad Ali opens the ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament against Evander Holyfield on Monday 23rd March at 5pm (GMT).
The ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends tournament’ will be simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ and they will compete in the traditional World Boxing Super Series format to lift the eAli Trophy.
The entire ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament will be live-streamed exclusively on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook page at 5pm (GMT) every day from Monday 23rd March until the final on Sunday 29th March.
“In these testing and uncertain times, the world is facing unprecedented challenges as we unite against the coronavirus,” said Kalle Sauerland. “With this ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament, we hope we can provide a much-needed distraction for fight fans around the world.
“Stay safe, and stay out of trouble!”
As boxing fans around the world look for distractions, we have decided to launch a special ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament to provide some much-needed relief and entertainment for fight fans around the world.
The ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament will be simulated on EA Sports ‘Fight Night Champion’ video game and feature 8 of the most recognisable heavyweight’s from history, including ‘The Greatest’ Muhammad Ali, and they will compete in the traditional World Boxing Super Series format to lift the eAli Trophy!
The ‘roster’ announcement will be made this coming Sunday and the draw will take place on the ‘@wbsuperseries’ social channels on Sunday 22nd at 5pm (GMT).
The tournament will begin with the first quarter-final taking place on Monday 23rd March, and there will be a live-streamed fight every night until the final on Sunday 29th March. The entire ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament will be live-streamed on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook page at 5pm (GMT) every day.
With this ‘eWBSS Heavyweight Legends’ tournament, we hope we can provide a much-needed distraction for people around the world.
The World Boxing Super Series Team
NEW YORK (March 19, 2020) – The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) announced today that its ninth annual induction dinner has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic from April 19th to September 20th at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Money already collected for tickets and journal ads may be used for the Sept. 20th event or returned in full upon request at point of purchase.
“Because of new city mandates and the uncertainty of the coronavirus,” NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy announced, “we have postponed our event until September 20. It would not have been fair to the honorees, their friends and guests, and general public to wait any longer. I must commend the ownership and management at Russo’s On The Bay for working with us during this crisis to give us a date that will hopefully work for us all.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience, advise and insight into making this decision. With the extra time I’m confident that we can make this award dinner our best ever.”
Other living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include three-time World light heavyweight title challenger Jorge Ahumada (42-8-2, 22 KOs), of Woodside, Queens by way of Argentina; (1975-78) WBC super featherweight World Champion Alfredo “El Salsero” Escalera (53-14-3, 31 KOs), of New York City by way of Puerto Rico; WBC super featherweight World title challenger Freddie “The Pitbull” Liberatore (20-4-1, 11 KOs), of Bayside, Queens; WBC middleweight World Champion and four-time New York Golden Gloves winner Dennis “The Magician” Milton (16-5-1, 5 KOs), of Bronx; World heavyweight title challenger and two-time New York Golden Gloves winner Lou Savarese (46-7, 38 KOs), of Greenwood Lake; and WBA super middleweight title World title challenger Merqui “El Corombo” Sosa (34-9-2, 27 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic.
Posthumous participants being inducted are Brooklyn welterweight Soldier Bartfield (51-29-8, 33 KOs), who fought a reported 55 world champions; Bronx middleweight Steve Belloise (95-13-3, 59 KOs); NYSAC and World lightweight champion (1925) Jimmy Goodrich (85-34-21 (12 KOs), of Buffalo; World heavyweight title challenger Tami Mauriello (82-13-1, 60 KOs), of Bronx; WBA light middleweight World champion (1982-83) and four-consecutive New York Golden Gloves titlist Davey “Sensational” Moore (18-5, 14 KOs), of Bronx; and World lightweight champion Freddie “The Welsh Wizard” Welch (74-5-7, 34 KOs), of New York City by way of Wales.
Living non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Wantagh journalist/producer Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Oneida judge Don Ackerman, Buffalo manager Rick Glaser, Rockaway Beach journalist Jack Hirsch, Bronx boxing broadcaster Max Kellerman, Ardsley ringside physician/NY Medical Director Dr. William Lathan, Orangeburg judge Julie Lederman, Hyde Park referee Ron Lipton, and Staten Island/Catskill trainer Kevin Rooney.
Posthumous non-participant inductees are Brooklyn’s Ring Magazine editor Lester Bromberg, New York City sportswriter Dan Daniel, Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym founder Bobby Gleason, Sunnyside, Queens boxing writer Flash Gordan, Manhattan journalist A.J. Liebling, Long Island City’s NYSBHOF co-founder Tony Mazzarella and New York City manager Dan Morgan.
Serge Michel (10-1, 7 KOs) will no longer compete in MTK Global’s Golden Contract semi-final this Friday night at the legendary York Hall in London due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Michel booked his place in the semi-final of the Golden Contract tournament with an excellent performance that saw him drop Tommy Philbin twice on route to a wide unanimous decision victory in December, and was due to find out his semi-final opponent at today’s live draw.
Having traveled over to England for fight week, a disappointed Michel will now return to Germany and reunite with his family as he awaits a new date.
“I am very disappointed that I won’t be fighting on Friday,” said Michel. “I have had an excellent camp and I was excited to fight in London at the York Hall and to book my place in the final of the Golden Contract tournament.
“The most important thing is people’s health and I hope everyone stays safe during this time and looks after their loved ones.
“Not being able to fight now has only motivated me even more. Once boxing is allowed again I will make up for lost time and I will win this tournament!”
The ongoing pandemic in the UK means that the full weight of medical care must be thrown behind the NHS and Team Sauerland and MTK Global fully support all decisions taken to ensure people get the best advice, treatment and care as soon as possible.
The #GoldenContract light-heavyweight semi-finals will take place at a later date.