33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony another KO event, NYSBHOF Class of 2020 announced

33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony another KO event, NYSBHOF Class of 2020 announced

NEW YORK (December 10, 2019) – The 33rd annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony was held this past Sunday at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. There were 354 attendees.

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame, sponsored by Ring 8, announced its Class of 2020 (see below)

Headlining Ring 8’s 2019 Awards Ceremony were Fighter of the Decade, Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (37-1-1, 27 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Puerto Rico; undefeated heavyweight contender (Fighter of the Year) Adam “Babyface” Kownacki (20-0, 15 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Poland; Legend Award winners three-time, three-division world champion Iran “The Blade” Barkley (43-19,1 27 KOs), of Bronx, and two-time, two-division world champion Junior “Poison” Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), of Brooklyn; and two-time world heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon (55-13-1, 28 KOs), of Philadelphia, the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award winner.

Below is a complete list of the 2019 award winners:

2019 RING 8 Award Winners

                                                  Fighter of the Decade: Amanda Serrano
Fighter of the Year: Adam Kownacki
Legends Award: Iran Barkley & Junior Jones,
Muhammad Ali Humanitarian: Tim Witherspoon
Sam Kellerman Media Award: Gerry Cooney & Randy Gordon
Long & Meritorious Service: Daryl Peoples
Uncrowned Champion: John Capobianco
Prospect of the Year: Left “2 Gunz” Gonzalez
Member of the Year: James Monteverde
NYS Official of the Year: Waleska Roldan
Trainer of the Year: Scott Lopeck
Manager of the Year: Keith Connolly
Community Service Award: Michael Corleone
Amateur of the Year: Nisa Rodriguez
Amateur Official of the Year: Michael “Biggie” O’Conner
Good Guy Award: Peter Frutkoff

Twenty-eight new NYSBHOF inductees were announced (see below):

                                                             NYSBHOF CLASS OF 2020


                                                           (living)                                 (deceased)
                                                    Jorge Ahumada                   Soldier Bartfield
                                                    Alfredo Escalera                  Steve Belloise
                                                   Freddie Liberatore             Jimmy Goodrich                                          
                                                   Dennis Milton                       Tami Mauriello
                                                    Lou Savarese                        Davey Moore
                                                    Merqui Sosa                          Freddie Welsh


                                                   Don Ackerman                       Lester Bromberg

                                                   Bobby Cassidy Jr.                 Dan Daniel   

                                                   Rick Glaser                            Bobby Gleason
                                                   Jack Hirsch                            Flash Gordon
                                                   Max Kellerman                      A.J. Liebling
                                                 Dr. William Latham                 Tony Mazzarella
                                                 Julie Lederman                        Dan Morgan
                                                 Ron Lipton                                Kevin Rooney


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Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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