New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Information

* The 4th annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

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Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx-born and Brooklyn resident Saoul Mamby (45-34-6, 19 KOs), a World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight champion (1980-82) and Vietnam Veteran, Buffalo middleweight Joey Giambra (65-10-2, 31 KOs), Brooklyn light heavyweight and 1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol (22-5-1, 7 KOs), two-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston (26-9-5, 7 KOs), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion (1995-97) and 1992 National Golden Gloves winner Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs), of Harlem.

Posthumous participants being inducted are world light heavyweight champion (1925-26) Paul “Astoria Assassin” Berlenbach (40-8-3, 33 KOs), “uncrowned” world welterweight champ Billy Graham (102-15-9, 102 KOs) from Manhattan’s East Side, two-time world flyweight champion (1929 & 1931) and 1920 Olympic gold medallist Frankie Genaro, Redwood’s world welterweight (1898-94) and Syracuse middleweight (1998-1907) champion Tommy Ryan (90-6-11, 71 KOs), and Buffalo’s world light heavyweight champion (1925 & 1930) Jimmy Slattery (114-13, 51 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are former NYSAC deputy commissioner and promoter, as well as current NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy, former New York Times and New York Daily News boxing columnist Mike Katz, Albany promoter/cutman Bob Miller, owner of the world renown Gleason’s Gym, Bruce Silverglade and longtime trainer and one of the stars of the TV Show “The Contender” Tommy Gallagher.

Posthumous non-participants inductees are Brooklyn trainer Charley Goldman (28-6-2, 19 KOs) who also fought professionally in the early 1900’s, Madison Square Garden matchmaker Jimmy Johnston, Madison Square Garden president Harry Markson, of Kingston, celebrated Bronx sportswriter Damon Runyon, manager/matchmaker Al Weill & elite promoter Cedric Kushner, who just recently passed away.

For more information contact President Bob Duffy, 164 Lindbergh St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762 – 516-313-2304

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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, February 19, 2015

Good meeting. Orlando Cruz- new boxing & health gym in Bklyn spoke on fitness classes. All welcome.
Jack Stanton, Larry’s father is boxing lawyer- talked on lawful means to own a fighter nowadays and difference between now and 80′s in owning a fighter. Costs, allegiance to fighter. Getting fights. Al Haymon owns all big named fighters and controls 90% of boxing businesses on TV including Showtime.. He has contracts with all TV except HBO. Haymon is not licensed anywhere. No promoter, mgr, owner, nothing anywhere. Is he legal, remains to be seen. But you must deal with Haymon to get BIG fights. period.

Bob talked about Ring 8 things. The usual.


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Jack Stanton & Luis Orlando Cruz will be our guest speakers this Thursday at the Plattduetsche


One of our guest speakers will be attorney Jack Stanton considered an expert in all aspects of boxing litigation. The other guest speaker will be Luis Orlando Cruz, who just opened a gym in Brooklyn named “Fight For Fitness.”

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R.I.P. – The Waterfront Crabhouse

     Waterfront Crab House closes– after nearly 40 years in business


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Tony Mazzarelli

Feb. 17, By Christian Murray The Waterfront Crab House, one of the last vestiges of Long Island City, closed for good Sunday. The closure comes just three weeks after the owner of the long-time establishment Tony Mazzarella passed away. He had owned the Crab House, located at 2-03 Borden Avenue, for decades. The Waterfront Crab House first opened its doors at in 1977 and Mazzarella quickly filled it with boxing and historic memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s. On Monday, the sporting memorabilia still hung from the walls. A sign was placed on the front door of the Crab House Sunday that read: “It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we inform you that due to the passing of Tony Mazzarella we must close the Waterfront Crabhouse.” One of Mazzarella’s children was at the restaurant Monday but did not want to discuss what his plans are for the restaurant or the real estate. Many people have held weddings, parties and social events at the Crab House over the years. The site has a lot of history; there was a bar at 2-03 Borden Avenue back in the 1880s.


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R.I.P. – Joe Dwyer

When it rains it pours, Joe Dwyer just passed away this evening He was at Winthrop hospital schedule for a procedure tomorrow …we will forward more information when it becomes available …

      Joe Dwyer

I just got off the phone with Ring 8 President Bob Duffy who actually E-Mailed me the sad news and Bob told me that Joe was sitting up today and even talked on the phone with several people. He was found unresponsive!

Middleweight Champ of the U.S. Navy’s 6th fleet in 1958, NYS Middleweight Champion and the Metropolitan AAU Middleweight Champion . . . Had 59 amateur bouts and won 56 . . . Began work as an inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983 and became a chief inspector . . . Licensed boxing judge since 1995 . . . Has supervised or judged over 30 title bouts and worked such big fights as Felix Trinidad – Troy Waters, Oscar De La Hoya – Derrell Coley and Paul Ingle-Junior Jones . . Former Championship Chairman of the IBF and the former President of the NABF.

Lets all keep all Joe’s Loved ones in our thoughts and Prayers!

Wake will be held this Thursday at Dalton Funeral Home, 29 Atlantic Ave, Floral Park, NY 11001, Hours 2-5 and 7-9 – President Bob Duffy will be doing the FINAL 10 count sometime after 8 PM.

Funeral Mass to be held on Friday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Elmont, NY on Friday at 9:30 AM





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Popular promoter Cedric Kushner dies of heart attack at 66

Cedric Kushner, a big man who had a knack for promoting the biggest men in boxing, died Thursday in New York after suffering a heart attack, his longtime friend, promoter Lou DiBella, told Yahoo Sports. He was 66.

DiBella was a health proxy for Kushner and was called to the hospital when the South African was stricken.

“I’m just getting to the hospital now, but I’d spoken to the doctors and they had him on life support,” DiBella said. “He was suffering and I was going to the hospital to pull the plug, and he died while I was on the way.”

Kushner promoted a number of stars, including Shane Mosley, and major heavyweights, including former champion Hasim Rahman, David Tua and Ike Ibeabuchi. But until Rahman knocked out Lewis in a stunning upset in South Africa in 2001, none of Kushner’s heavyweights could win the big one.

.Cedric Kushner (Getty Images)But Kushner’s joy at finally having a heavyweight champion was short-lived. Shortly after defeating Lewis, Rahman signed with promoter Don King. Kushner sued King under federal racketeering statutes.

Kushner was a gregarious man with a walrus moustache and a large belly. He was 5-foot-8, but ballooned at one point to 350 pounds before having gastric bypass surgery.

He lost a great deal of weight, which he told reporter Tom Hauser made him extremely proud.

From an elephant to a greyhound, is what I say. For the first time in years, I’m optimistic about my life. I can’t tell you how much gratitude I feel toward the people who cared enough about me to comment constructively on my physical condition in the past; even though, at times, their comments aggravated me. And I can’t tell you how inspired I am now by the positive things that people are saying to me. I’ve been given a second chance at life that, a month ago, I didn’t think I’d ever have.

Kushner and DiBella were fast friends and socialized together, at home in New York, where they’d tell hilarious war stories at the Palm restaurant, as well as on the road, where they’d talk into the early morning hours.

“He was one of boxing’s great characters,” DiBella said of Kushner. “People forget quickly in boxing, but for a decade-and-a-half, he was one of the biggest promoters in the world. He was a true character. This guy sounded like he went to Oxford, with an accent that sounded so noble and regal, but who basically never got out of grammar school. He jumped ship and was shining shoes and cleaning pools at the Fontainebleau Hotel [in Miami].

“He was a completely self-made man, and he rose all the way to the top. He was on top of the world at one point and was a major figure in this point. He lost it all late in life, sadly, but I talked to him at … a funeral, and he told me he wanted to take one more run at it and come up with another big thing. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the chance.”

Services are pending.

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New York City boxing leader Tony Mazzarella has passed away

NEW YORK CITY (Jan. 27, 2015) – New York City boxing leader Tony Mazzarella passed away after a long illness this past Monday at the age of 75.

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During his long career in boxing, Mazzarella was a former New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) Deputy Commissioner and inspector – honorary NYSAC Deputy Commissioner the past few years – Ring 8 treasurer, New York State Sports Commission member, amateur (including Golden Mittens and Mayor’s Week of Boxing) and professional promoter (co-promoter of Ring Promotions) and the major influence in the founding of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF).

“Tony was a loyal, dedicated Ring 8 member for more than 30 years,” his close friend and Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said.” Without his restaurant, the Waterfront Crabhouse (in Long Island City), serving as the home of Ring 8, I don’t think there would be a Ring 8 today if not for Tony’s generosity and perseverance. He has kept Ring 8 alive and due to his diligence, Ring 8 has always maintained its integrity. It was his idea to found the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

“We were partners (Ring Promotions) and great friends for the past 25 years. Tony enjoyed being part of events, whether it was promoting shows or hosting award dinners, He was very generous to fighters. Tony was also a good baseball players and an avid fan. He was a leader and remains a legend in New York City boxing. He was without question the most respected Ring 8 member. We will all miss Tony Mazarella more than words alone can properly describe.”

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A native of Queens, Tony resided in Tappan, where his funeral will be held this Friday (Jan. 30, 11 a.m.) at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (120 Kings Highway). His wake will be held this Thursday (Jan. 29), from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., at Pizzi Funeral Home (120 Paris Ave. in Northvale, New Jersey).

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 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.

Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.664.4482,, @FightPublicist

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