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Honoring Emile Griffith with a Tombstone

Ring 8 Memorial - Emile Griffith1

Article appeared in the Woodside Herald  – WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

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Ring 8 NY Golden Glove Show is Postponed

The New York Golden Glove show for Thursday February 13, 2014 at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant has been postponed due to the winter storm , Long Island is expected 8 inches , on top of what we have ….We will have a new date with in the next couple of days.

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Ring 8 Meeting Postponed Until Next Tuesday, January 28th

Because of the Snow Storm coming tomorrow the Ring 8 Meeting will be Postponed Until Next Tuesday, January 28th.

The 2014 NYBHOF Class will be announced on Wednesday by President Bob Duffy. The New Class will be Inducted on Sunday, March 30th at Russo’s on the Bay.

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Emile Griffith

Gil Clancy, Emile Griffith

I just got off the phone with Luis. He stated that he would like us to give our Eulogy and Bell ceremony next Saturday, either at the church or grave site. I told him to get back to me ASAP to see if it’s alright with the Minister or Priest.

Here’s what he put out:

Hello this is Luis Rodrigo Griffith, Emile Griffith’s son. I would like to inform you that my dad had passed away on July 23rd. At the nursing home and he did not suffer. I love him very much and I will miss him. God has him now.

Emile will be laid out on Friday, August 2nd at the Malverne Funeral Home Anthony J Walsh & Son, Inc., located at 330 Hempstead Avenue in Malverne, New York 11565 – Phone # 516-593-7230. There will be two viewing 3-5pm and 7-9pm.

Church Mass will be held on Saturday morning, August 3rd @ 9:45 AM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 24 Westminster Road, West Hempstead, New York 11552 after the mass will be the burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. 72-02 Astoria Boulevard • East Elmhurst, NY 11370


3-5 PM and 7-9 PM

FUNERAL: Saturday, August 3, 2013
9:45 AM
Tel: 516-489-8585

(718) 278-3240.

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20 NEW Boxing Greats will enter the NYBHOF on Sunday, April 28th

NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – Golden-era heavyweight champion of the world, Jack Dempsey, and legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum lead a star-studded cast of 20 inductees into the second-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF)

The second annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.n. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“This is an exceptional group of inductees,” NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We are inducting legitimate New Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing during their respective times. There are many other potential inductees but this is only our second year. We’re confident that any deserving people who haven’t been inducted yet will be inducted in due time. There’s a process we’re following. New York State was the driving force in boxing for more than a half-century and remains a major player in the sport, so we’ll have many, many great boxing people to choose from over the years.”

Posthumous participants being inducted along with Dempsey (61-6-9, 50 KOs) are the first great Italian boxer based in America, featherweight Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs); two-time world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs) Sandy Saddler, who is best known for his epic rivalry with Willie Pep; and world light heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom (207-39-26 (19 KOs).

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx middleweight Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs), three-division world champion from the Bronx, Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs); Brooklyn’s Mark Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs),1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world welterweight titlist, Levittown light heavyweight Bobby Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); world heavyweight challenger Doug Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs), Brooklyn’s world bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), Brentwood’s light welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), Brooklyn’s world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF with Arum (Top Rank) are Shelly Finkel, manager of a NYSBHOF inductee from last year, Mike McCallum, as well as Evander Holyfield and Pernell Whitaker; Tony Graziano, who managed last year’s NYSBHOF inductee, Carmen Basilio, and world welterweight champion Billy Backus; Brooklyn’s Larry Merchant, arguably television’s greatest boxing analyst; posthumously: Teddy Brenner, longtime matchmaker for Madison Square Garden (1959-1973), boxing’s premier blow-by-blow announcer on television and radio, Don Dunphy; powerful promoter Mike Jacobs, and Dempsey’s promoter, Tex Rickard.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission and Waterfront Crabhouse. Duffy also has revealed that Ring 8′s plan calls for a monument to be built in Long Island City with every NYSBHOF inductee’s name inscribed.

The inductees were selected by NYSBHOF nominating committee members, including Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.

“I believe the people on our nominating committee are second to none for any nominating committee in boxing,” Duffy added. “They’re all very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing in New York State.”

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

Last year’s Inaugural Class included Basilio and McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, and Emile Griffith, as well as the late “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard and Tony Canzoneri.

Non-participant inductees from the Class of 2012 included judge/HBO analyst Harold Lederman, coach/instructor Steve Acunto, trainer/cut-man Jimmy Glenn and, posthumously, trainers Gil Clancy and Ray Arcel, Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer, New York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo, and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.

Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult ($125.00 for Ring 8 members in good standing) and $50.00 for children, and includes 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 at the Waterfront Crabhouse (2-03 Borden Ave in Long Island City), or by calling Mazzarella at 718.729.4862 or Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting Mazzarella and Duffy.

Go on line at for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Elvir Muriqi, John Thompson head up March 15 card in Whippany

Elvir Muriqui is managed by John McKay and trained by Tommy Gallagher both Ring 8 members.

Ticket Information:

Thompson, Nickey, Young & Wright put undefeated records on the line plus Heavyweight slugfest between Patrick Farrell and John Lennox—PRESS CONFERENCE MARCH 8TH AT THE MARRIOTT IN WHIPPANY

On Friday night, March 15th Light Heavyweight contender Elvir “The Kosova Kid” Muriqi returns to the ring when he takes on Paul Vazquez in a scheduled eight round bout at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, New Jersey.

In the eight round co-feature, undefeated John Thompson (10-0, 3 KO’s) will take on Calvin Odom in a Jr. Middleweight bout.

Thompson, of Newark, NJ has been stepping up the competition with each fight. The twenty-three year old has quality wins over Jermond Bourgeois (TKO 2), John Mackey (UD) and his last bout when he scored a six round unanimous decision over Elie Augustama on December 1st at Madison Square Garden as part of the Austin Trout – Miguel Cotto championship fight card.

Odom of Inglewood, CA has a record of 15-13 with 11 wins by knockout.  Odom has faced top competition and has defeated the likes of undefeated Juan Gil, Jose Luis Zertuche, and Srrgio Rios and has also faced Grady Brewer (twice),  Roberto Garcia, former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, Sebastian Valdez, Jose Antonio Ojeda, Walter Wright, Luciano Perez, Charles Hatley, Wale Omotoso, Tony Harrison and his last bout he dropped an eight round decision to Joe Greene on January 10th

In what figures to be a six round Heavyweight slugfest, it will be the battle of New Jersey when Patrick Farrell (8-1-1, 4 KO’s) of Jersey City takes on John Lennox (10-2, 5 KO’s) of Carteret.

Also appearing in a six round bout will be undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Washington, DC taking on Josh Thorpe of Cincinnati, OH.

In four round bouts: New Jersey Amateur star Ricky Edwards will be making his long a waited Pro debut against Moses Molina (1-3); Danny Gonzalez (1-0) of Queens, NY will face Carlos Nieves (0-1) in a Jr. Welterweight bout; In a Jr. Lightweight bout, Glenford Nickey (1-0-1) of New York battles Anolan Rigal (1-3-1, 1 KO) of Johnson City, NY; Anthony “Juice” Young (6-0, 2 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ takes on Ronnie Jordan (1-1-1) in a Welterweight bout; Tyrell Wright (1-0) of Bayonne, NJ will compete in a four round Heavyweight against Moses Marshall (0-0-1); Rounding out the card will be popular Jr. Welterweight Vinny O’Brien (3-2, 2 KO’s) of East Hanover, NJ batting Anthony Smith (1-1).

Tickets are priced at $150 (VIP Ringside—which includes a cocktail hour and tickets in the 1st two rows); $100 Ringside and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased by going online at; or calling Elite Heat Gym at 862-772-2532

The Birchwood Mannor is located at
111 N Jefferson Rd  Whippany, NJ 07981


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Ring 8 Affair still on for Sunday

The Annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:00-5:00 p.m. ET), February 10 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Damage from Hurricane Sandy to Russo’s On The Bay forced the event’s postponement from December 9 to Feb. 10.

A star-studded group of past and present world champions and industry dignitaries will be in attendance. Dave Diamante will announce the award winners.

new champ Quillin

Ring 8 has announced its 2012 award winners (see full list below), including new World Boxing Association middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (Fighter of the Year), Joe Calzaghe (Fighter of the Decade) if his plane is not canceled, But it looks good right now.

“Our members really look forward to this gala event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Some of the biggest names in boxing will be honored as we proudly continue our record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate, some requiring assistance towards paying their rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need. 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. We had to wait a little longer this year because of Hurricane Sandy, but I’m confident it’ll be another knockout Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony.”

Committed celebrity boxing attendees include world champions Bobby Czyz, Iran Barkley, Vito Antuofermo, as well as Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes, Tommy Gallagher, Melvina Lathan, and Harold Lederman,

2012 RING 8 Award Winners

Fighter of the Year: Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin
Fighter of the Decade: Joe Calzaghe
Uncrowned Champion: David Sears
Coach of the Year (FDNY): Bob McGuire
Coaches of the Year (NYPD): Pat Russo & Dave Seiv
Official of the Year (Referee): Eddie Claudio
Official of the Year (Judge): John Signorile
Boxing Writer of the Year: Mike Woods
Long & Meritorious Service: Ron McNair
Man of the Year: Frankie Russo Jr.
Prospects of the Year: Floriano Pagliara & Joe Smith
Comeback of the Year: Adam Willett
Last year’s Ring 8 award winners included the now late, great Emanuel Steward, who was honored as Trainer of the Decade, as well as 2008 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, the Amateur Boxer of the Year.

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by calling1.718.729.4862, emailing or mailing checks (payable to Ring 8) to Tony Mazzarella, C/O Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island, NY 11101. Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, 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. Boxing and sports memorabilia will be on display.

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