President Jack Hirsch introduced the former undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World, Vito Antuofermo. Jack gave a Great talk on how he and Vito met many years ago and then went over his outstanding career.Meeting Notes
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Ring 8 will have their next meeting on Tuesday night (March 14th), starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Our guest speakers will be Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels and the former undisputed Middleweight Champion of the World Vito Antuofermo.Posted under Meeting Notes
President Jack Hirsch opened the meeting as John Holden led the membership with a flag salute and a 10 count.
President Hirsch asked the membership to keep Paulette Balog in our prayers as she lost her mother a few days ago.
President Hirsch introduced our guest speaker for the night, NYS ringside physician Dr. Robert Polofsky. Dr. Polfsky, who has been a ringside physician for 20 years, gave a wonderful talk on Concussions in boxing. He stated that there no tests that shows a concussion, so how do we know when a boxer has one.
Arthur Mercante Jr.talked on a few of his fights that he refereed and how much the doctor plays more of a part today then in years past.
Bob Duffy made a presentation to Larry Stanton as he received the Ring 8 Uncrowned Champion Award. He was unable to attend the organization’s original awards festivity last December, at the Ring 8 Holiday Event & Award Ceremony. His brother also talked on him and stated that Larry actually had his 1st Pro fight at the age of 14 when they were short a fighter and Larry stepped in.
President Hirsch talked on a few up-coming Amateur events, including the following:
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Next Meeting Thursday, February 23rd at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant – Guest Speakers Joe Smith Jr. & NYS ringside physician Dr. Robert Polofsky
Next Meeting Thursday, February 23rd at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010 ( 1.5 miles east of Belmont racetrack ) starting at 7:00 PM with a buffet style meal.
Our guest speakers will be Joe Smith Jr., and the NYS ringside physician Dr. Robert Polofsky. We will also be giving Larry Stanton (29-17-2, 17 KOs), who fought professionally between 1969 and 1983, the 2016 Ring 8 Uncrowned Champion Award. He was unable to attend the organization’s original awards festivity last December, the 30th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Award Ceremony.
Stanton’s most notable victories were against Bruce Strauss (54-27-2), Tony Petronelli (42-3-1) and Sammy Ayala (11-0). He fought a draw with two-time world title challenger Vilomar Fernandez (22-6-1) and lost a controversial decision to 1976 Olympic gold medalist Howard David, Jr. (6-0).
As most of you know, Joe Smith Jr., who was honored by Ring 8 at our Holiday Party in December, recently scored a knockout over the Legendary Bernard Hopkins in a bout shown live on the HBO Network.
Joe Smith Jr. is a Union 66 Laborer between fights when he’s not using his concrete fists to knock out opponents in the ring. His nickname “The Irish Bomber” is fitting with 19 of his 23 victories coming by way of knockout. His rapid rise up the Light Heavyweight ladder is impressive, fighting under the banner of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Joe grew up in Shirley Long Island. He is the oldest of 7 brothers and 1 sister. Joe started boxing at 13 years old. Boxing was a way to stay off the street and out of trouble and became a big part of his life. As an amateur, Joe had a very successful career. With just about 50 amateur fights, Joe won many titles including the Title World Champion in 2006, Junior Olympic Champion in 2004, 2005, and 2006, Empire State Champion in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and the New York Metro Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. One of the most memorable times in Joe’s life was in 2008 when he celebrated the birth of his daughter and just weeks later became a New York Golden Glove Champion with an impressive win over Sean Monaghan.
Joe and his team signed a promotional contract with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing in September of 2014. Joe had numerous offers to sign with other promoters but felt that Joe DeGuardia was his best option. Joe made his Star Boxing debut a smashing one by blasting out the tough Maxell Taylor in 1 round on December 20th, 2014 fighting for the first time in his backyard at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. The bout was televised on MSG Network. Joe returned to The Paramount on April 18, 2015, and thrilled the sold out crowd with an exciting 2nd round KO over Cory Cummings. Capping off a busy 2015, Joe fought again on September 11, knocking out Dion Savage in the 9th Round at the Paramount and on December 5, 2015 Joe scored the biggest win of his career to date when he defeated fellow New Yorker Will Rosinsky at The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
This bout propelled Joe into a nationally televised main event on June 18, 2016, against the top rated Light Heavyweight in the world Andrzej Fonfara. Joe stunned the entire Boxing world by knocking out Fonfara in one round in a bout seen worldwide on the NBC network. The fight was held in Fonfara’s hometown of Chicago and Joe had a huge contingent of fellow union workers from Local 66 Laborers Union cheering him on.
Dr. Robert Polofsky, DO – is a Board Certified in Family Practice. He is a physician member of the NY State Athletic Commission and USA Boxing Inc.
On a VERY sad Note, Paulette Balog’s mother passed away recently. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to Paulette and all of her Loved ones!Posted under Meeting Notes
Here are the pictures from our recent meeting. Guest speaker Steve Farhood gave an Outstanding talk on the history of Boxing and Television. This was also the meeting that Jack Hirsch was voted in as Ring 8’s NEW President, as Bob Duffy has stepped down after 6 years. Also Henry Hascup was voted in as our Vice President.
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Ring 8 will have their first meeting of the year next Tuesday night (January 17th), starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York. NEW President, Jack Hirsch takes over from Bob Duffy and he has some Big shoes to fill. Jack was a 6 term President of the Boxing Writers Association of America, better known as the BWAA.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame has a NEW member and his name is Steve Farhood.
Steve has been involved in boxing for 38 years, during which he’s become universally respected for his integrity, honesty and expertise. In his distinguished career, he has served as announcer, writer, researcher and author. A former editor-in-chief of The Ring and KO magazines, Farhood has been the voice of ShoBox since its inception in 2001. Farhood is the “ironman” of the acclaimed series, having served all but one of 228 ShoBox telecasts.
A regular contributor to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and Premier Boxing Champions telecasts, Farhood is a four-category winner of awards by the Boxing Writers Association of America (Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, Fleischer Award for Excellence in Print Journalism, Good Guy Award and Walker Award for Long and Meritorious Service).Posted under Meeting Notes