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Annual ‘Ring 8’ Holiday Event, Awards Ceremony Dec. 13 in New York

29th Annual ‘Ring 8’ Holiday Event, Awards Ceremony Dec. 13 in New York
Fight Network Staff / October 5, 2015 – 12:28pm

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Ring 8’s Woman of the Decade Melvina Lathan with living legend Bernard Hopkins (L) and her husband, Dr. William Lathan (R)

NEW YORK, NY (October 5, 2015) – The 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), December 13 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He will also be honored as Ring Announcer of the Year.

Ring 8 has announced its 2015 award winners (see complete list below), including undefeated No. 1 world welterweight contender Sadam “World Kid” Ali (Fighter of the Year), former New York State Athletic Commission chairperson Melvina Lathan (Woman of the Decade), Heather Hardy (Female Fighter of the Year), “Ireland’s” John Duddy (Uncrowned Champion), Andre Rozier (Trainer of the Year) and Joe DeGuardia (Promoter of the Year).

“Our members look forward to this event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We have another great group of outstanding award winners. Committed celebrity guests include former world champions Mark Breland, Luis Collazo, Iran Barkley and Vito Antuofermo, as well Sean Monahan, Bobby Cassidy, Harold Lederman and Frankie Galarza. We truly appreciate them lending their support as Ring 8 proudly continues its record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. 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.”

Lathan is one of the most respected officials in the boxing industry. She judged 83 world title fights before becoming NYSAC chairperson in 2008 through this past year. Admired for her innovative thinking and support of boxers’ safety, she became the first female African-American commissioner head in boxing.

Ali (22-0, 13 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn, is knocking on the door of a world title shot. The talented welterweight is ranked among the top 11 in all four major sanctioning bodies: WBO #1, IBF #3, WBA #8 and WBC #11.

Brooklyn’s 33-year-old Hardy (3 KOs) is the reigning WBC International super bantamweight champion. Another fighter on the verge of a world title shot, she sports a 3-0 record so far this year.

Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs), who lives in Queens, was one of the most colorful and popular fighter in recent New York City boxing history. The powerful middleweight rose to No. 2 in the world and sold-out The Theater at Madison Square Garden on two occasions.

Rozier, who is also the exclusive designer of Havoc brand boxing material, is recognized as one of the best trainers in the business. Some of his present fighters include Ali, world middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, and Gary Stark Jr., plus 2012 U.S. Olympian and rising light heavyweight star Marcus Browne.

DeGuardia, founder and CEO of Star Boxing, has promoted countless world champions, including Antonio Tarver, and world championship events. His top fighters today include Chris Algieri and Demetrius Andrade.

2015 RING 8 Award Winners

Woman of the Decade: Hon. Melvina Lathan
Fighter of the Year: Sadam Ali
Female Fighter of the Year: Heather Hardy
Uncrowned Champion: John Duddy
Co-Cutmen of the Year: George Mitchell & Mike Rella
Board Member of the Year: Billy Strigaro
Trainer of the Year: Andre Rozier
Community Service Award: Kevin Collins & Gerard Wilson
Promoter of the Year: Joe DeGuardia
Sponsor of the Year: George O’Neill
Official of the Year: Carlos Ortiz, Jr.
Long & Meritorious Service Award: Paddy Dolan
Prospects of the Year: Wesley Ferrer & Danny Gonzales
Ring Announcer of the Year: David Diamante
Patriotism Award: Corporal Ron McNair, Jr.

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by contacting Bob Duffy by phone (516.313.2304), email, or mail checks (payable to Ring 8) to him (164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762). Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by 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.

Program ads are available for Full Page ($150.00), Half-Page ($80.00), and Quarter-Page ($50.00). The deadline for all ads is December 8 and must be emailed ( or mailed to Duffy (516.313.2304) at the address listed above.

Go online to for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.

Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).

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.

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Ring 8 Annual Picnic

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RING 8 – Family Picnic – Sunday – August 30th – 12 Noon – 6:00 PM – Brady Park – Massapequa Park, NY (L.I.)


Sunday – August 30th – 12 Noon – 6:00 PM

Brady Park – Massapequa Park, NY (L.I.)

12 Noon – Barbeque Begins – Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Macaroni & Potato Salads

4:00 PM – Desert Served (Coffee, Tea & Cookies)

* Soda, Beer & Water Included

Brady Park has a NEW Children’s Playground, Baseball field, Bocce & Basketball Courts, Shuffleboard & Horseshoe Grounds – All Overlooking a Beautiful Lake.

COST – $10.00 Per Person – Kids Under 12 – $7.00

$30.00 Per Family (4 or More)

Exit 31 on the Southern State Parkway bear right) to stop sign (Linden Street) make a left turn to 1st stop sign (Lakeshore Drive) make a right and continue on Lakeshore Drive for approx. 2 miles to Brady Park.

For information contact:
Bob Duffy – 516-313-2304

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4th Annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremonies Another Success!


360 boxing fans and family members showed up for the 4th Annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremonies.

The Living Inductees


4th Annual NY State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Dinner NYC-2015:

Mauricio Sulaiman President WBC honors the Legacy of Joseph Dwyer-2015 :


Bruce Silverglade owner of World Famous Boxing Gym Gleason’s NY-2015 :
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Living Inductees with the Nominating Committee

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The Living Inductees with the Board of Directors

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Living Inductees with Posthumous Family members

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David Diamante

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Jack Hirsch

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Melvina Lathan

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John Holden with the 10 Count

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Harold Weston with David Diamante, Jack Hirsch and Melvina Lathan

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Lonnie Bradley with Bobby Cassidy Sr. and Bobby Cassidy Jr.

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Saoul Mamby

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The family of Billy Graham with Diamante, Henry Hascup, Charlie Norkus & President Bob Duffy

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Don Majeski accepting the Award for Micheal Katz, standing with Diamante and

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Joey Giambra Sr and Jr.

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Bob Miller with Diamante, Lathan and Tommy Gallagher

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Ron Scott Stevens accepting the award for Cedric Kushner, standing with Diamante, Lathan and Cedric’s family member

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Bruce Silverglade

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Tommy Gallagher with Diamante, Gina Andriolo, Lathan and Tommy wife

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Diamante, Rich Blake who made the presentation and wrote the book on Jimmy Slattery, with Jimmy’s Great Grand-kids and Lathan

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Bob Duffy with his wife Mary, Diamante, Ron McNair, Lathan and Keith Sullivan

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Neil Terens Inducts Harry Markson, Jimmy Johnston, Charlie Goldman, Al Weill, Damon Runyon and Johnny Persol

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Henry Hascup Inducts Frankie Genero, Paul Berlenbach and Tommy Ryan

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The WBC gives President Bob Duffy a Special Award

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The Family of the late Joe Dwyer

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The Family of the late Tony Mazzarella

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A FINAL 10 Count by John Holden in Memory of Joe Dwyer and Tony Mazzarella

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President of the WBC Mauricio Sulaiman accepts the Father Son Award on behalf of his Father, the late Jose Sulaiman, and himself

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Photographer Peter Frutkoff and Boxing Writer Bob Trieger accepts a pair of Special Awards, standing with Diamante and President Bob Duffy

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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.

Ring 8 - 2015 Flier-2

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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R.I.P. – The Waterfront Crabhouse

     Waterfront Crab House closes– after nearly 40 years in business


Tony Mazzarelli

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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