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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, April 21, 2015


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Next Meeting this Tuesday, April 21st at O’Neill’s – Guest Speaker Rich Blake

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21st at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Dr, Maspeth, NY 11378. The guest speaker will be veteran boxing journalist Rich Blake.

About Rich Blake

A veteran journalist based in New York City, Blake is the author of Slats: The Legend & Life of Jimmy Slattery to be published by No Frills Buffalo in May. Blake is best known for covering the financial world at numerous publications, including Institutional Investor, and Reuters HedgeWorld. Blake was a co-founder and executive editor of Trader Monthly magazine. The 46-year-old Buffalo native is the author of two nonfiction books, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up and Talking Proud: Rediscovering the Magical Season of the 1980 Buffalo Bills. He is the co-author of a third work of nonfiction, Diary of a Hedge Fund Manager.

About Slats: The Legend & Life of Jimmy Slattery (Coming in May)
Jimmy Slattery the personification of the Golden Era of sports in the boom/bust 1920s and ’30s. Boxing legend Jimmy Slattery: sleek, handsome, lightning-fast. A phantom in the ring, “Slats” soared across the national stage like a comet — then crashed into oblivion. Discarded by the ages, this is the incredible true story of the Irish boy-wonder who captivated the boxing world at its peak.

Some Early Reviews:
“Rich Blake’s labor of love is the boxing genre’s newest classic … it roars like the Twenties.”
—Angelo Prospero, boxing historian

Rich Blake’s fondness for boxing phenom Jimmy Slattery infuses every page of this spellbinding tale. Through a spectacular work of journalism, Blake has reclaimed the forgotten history of a life that is both uniquely American and singularly astonishing. I kept asking myself, ‘Why have I never heard of Jimmy Slattery before?’ What a truly remarkable tale . . . delightfully told.”
—Ty Wenger, deputy editor, ESPN The Magazine

“ Blake’s deeply detailed narrative on Slattery transports you into the ring with one of Buffalo’s most beloved professional athletes. Readers will be knocked out by the rise and fall of this remarkable figure.”
—Tim Bohen, author of “Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo’s First Ward”

What Blake will discuss
Recounting his research into Slattery’s early burst to fame in the metropolitan area during the spring of 1924, Blake will share some highlights of what he uncovered, tying in Queens fight promoter Simon “Si” Flaherty, the Queensboro A.C. in Long Island City and the Queensboro bowl which was expanded in the spring of 1924 as part of efforts by Si Flaherty and Paddy Mullins to land a Jack Dempsey-Harry Wills fight (that never came off) … learn the story of how the New York City fire department condemned the club’s stadium built at the base of the Queensboro bridge, and how Flaherty managed to get around that. Blake: “The night Slats made his New York debut he was on the undercard of a historic main event: Harry Wills versus Bartley Madden of Hell’s Kitchen. Wills won but failed to knock him out, bruising his chances at getting a crack at Dempsey. Slats was the darling of the evening.”

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Next Ring 8 Meeting, Tuesday, April 21st at O’Neill’s Restaurant, Maspeth, NY.


Several members have asked when the next Ring 8 meeting will be. Our next meeting will take place at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Dr, Maspeth, NY 11378 with a buffet meal starting at 7 PM. We hope to see you all their!

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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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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with a Flag Salute


followed by a 10 count by


Paulette Balog and John Holden in the memory of Former WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World Ernie Terrell.

President Duffy stated that Henny Wallitsch, Tony Depippo and Tony Mazzarella were all not feeling well.


President Duffy stated that the newest member of the Board is Boxing Judge Ron McNair. Ron has been a member of Ring 8 since the early 1980′s.


President Duffy introduced some of the Award Winners from out Christmas Party that attended, including John Rohe, Brian Dubecky, Sparkle Lee, Robin Tayor and Stan Janousek.

Ring 8 will be hosting another New York Golden Glove Show on Thursday, February 5th at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York, which will be for the Bill Gallo Scholarship Fund. The price for all Ring 8 members will be ONLY $20.

Our next meeting will also be at the Plattduetsche Restaurant on Tuesday, February 19th.

Ring 8 donated $1,000 to “Russo’s on the Bay” to benefit sick children.

Ring 8 also donated $400 each to the Glen Cove & Westbury Gym for equipment. Ring 8 also made many other donations throughout the year.

Ring 8 will have a plaque made up on behalf of Jock Lewis who was killed recently in a car crash.


Frank Pena talked on another Golden Glove Show which will be held on Thursday, February 26th.

2015 NY Golden Glove Show - Glen Cove BC

Frank stated that their will be a total of 30 Golden Glove Shows this year. Frank stated that Ring 8 will invite all the Finalist to a Ring 8 meeting and he introduced one of his female boxers, Emily Colon, who will also be boxing in the Tournament.

President Duffy talked on longtime photographer, Tom Casino, who is in need of financial need for hospital bills which will come to over $100,000. Ring 8 is donating $500 and Ed Post the President of Spartan Sports, will also match that. If you want to make a donated you can do so by going to the following link –


President Duffy introduced several officials including John McKaie, Carlos Ortiz Jr., Robin Taylor, Ron McNair, Eddie Claudio and Sparkle Lee, who will be Inducted into the Women’s International Boxing Hall of Fame on July 11th. President Duffy also introduced New York Boxing Commissioner John Signorile. He also stated that Tom Hoover will be replacing Melvina Lathan as the Chair person.


Jack Hirsch introduced the newly elected Class of the New York Boxing Hall of Fame.

President Duffy stated that the price this year will be ONLY $125

This years picnic will be at Massapequa Park.


President Duffy also introduced several other members including Tommy Carcone.


President Duffy introduced guest speaker Shiri Paamony Eshel, who is doing a Documentary on old time boxing, ask if anyone would be interested in getting involved.

Charlie Norkus Jr., stated that we should all congratulate Mark Breland as he is the trainer of the Newly crowned WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World, Deontay Wilder.

Ed Post & Arthur Mercante Jr.

Ed Post, the President of Spartan Sports, stated that he has coupons for Modell’s which will give you a 15% discount. He also stated that any Ring 8 member can see the movie American Sniper at a low price of ONLY $6.00 at a near by theater.

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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, November 18, 2014

President Bob Duffy welcomes everyone then he led us in the Flag Statue.

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The 10 Count was done by John Holden.

President Duffy talked on the 1st ever meeting Ring 8 had at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York last month and reported that we gained another 47 New members. He stated that we will have 7 or 8 meetings at the Crabhouse this coming year and 2 or 3 at the Plattduetsche, with our next meeting on Tuesday, January 20th. He also stated that the Crabhouse will always be the home of Ring 8.

President Duffy reported on the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Award Ceremonies on Thursday, November 13th. He stated that Henry Hascup runs the best State Hall of Fame affair in the nation. Charlie Norkus, who was named the NJBHOF Man of the Year, thanked Ring 8 for their support & the AD they put in the Journal and how honored he was that night. He stated that he was raised in a boxing household as his father was a high ranking heavyweight back in the 1950′s. In doing so he met many all-time Greats. He has supported the Amateur Boxing program for many years by purchasing 2 FULL tables for the Open Class Champions and their guest and also help support several trips they have taken across the country.


President Duffy talked on a Poster that was made up by his daughter wishing Chris Algieri luck in is up-coming bout with Manny Pacquiao.

2014 Ring 8 Flyer

President Duffy reported on the Ring 8 Holiday Party which is coming up on Sunday, December 14th at Russo’s on the Bay. He announced all the honorees and celebrities that will attend.

On Thursday, February 5th, Ring 8 will be hosting another New York Golden Glove Show at the Plattduetsche, where the proceeds go for Bill Gallo Scholarship Fund for College Students.

Ring 8 donated $400 to Westbury Boxing Gym for equipment and $340 to the Glen Cove Boxing Club for equipment as well.

President Duffy report that the New York Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will take place at Russo’s on the Bay on Sunday, April 26th and will be sponsored by the Fight Network.

President Duffy announced the nominating Committee, including Jack Hirsch, Henry Hascup & Rom McNair. He then talked on how the process of picking the Hall of Famers. Several people had their thoughts on who should be Inducted But Henry Hascup explained that we can’t put everyone in all at the same time. Once a person passes away their in another category and it becomes a lot harder as we have dozens of nominates that are in the International Hall of Fame.

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President Duffy stated that the 2015 Ring 8 picnic will take place in Massapequa Park, after having the last several picnics in Glen Cove. He thanked Frank Pena for running those affairs. Pena thanked Ring 8 for the donation to the Glen Cove Boxing Club and then introduced a female boxer who just became a New York Inspector, Wendy Sincuir.

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President Duffy introduced our first guest speaker, Dr. Barry Jordan. Dr. Jordan stated that he came to a Ring 8 meeting about 20 years ago as a guest speaker. He talked about treatment for Cognitive Evaluation and that the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital donated $100,000 for seed money for retired Athletics. A proper evaluation test cost around $6,000. He started working on this as far back as 1998. He stated that many boxers spar over 40 rounds a week and that takes a toll.

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The next guest speaker was Felice Centatore, who wrote a book called “Rocky Spirit”, which can be found on He talked on how as a 11 year old boy a lady in a store talked on a movie that she was saying was the best she ever saw, so he decided to see for himself and he fell in Love with the sport of boxing. Felice talked on the 14th round of the 1st Rocky movie and on how Rocky wouldn’t give up after Apollo Creed dropped Rocky with an uppercut. Rocky’s trainer Mickey yelled for Rocky to stay down But his other cornerman, Mike, played by Jimmy Gambina, yelled for him to get up and he did. He then stated that so many kids are in the 14th round make the wrong decisions in life and get themselves in trouble. Years later Felice decided to box himself as he was matched up with a much larger and experienced boxer, But he found Jimmy Gambina, who helped him out to the upset victory.

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Felice’s sister Doreen also talked on the book and also told of a story on TV about a young 11 year old boy.

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