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Guest Speakers next Tuesday, October 18 – Harold Lederman & Ron Katz

Hall-of-Famer Harold Lederman and international matchmaker Ron Katz will be Ring 8’s guest speakers this Tuesday night (Oct. 18) monthly meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.

“We’re very fortunate to have such knowledgeable speakers,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Both are highly respected in their areas of expertise, Harold in judging and Ron in matchmaking. Between the two of them with all of their interesting experiences in boxing, our members are sure to enjoy a memorable evening listening and talking to them about boxing.”

Harold Lederman

KYLE MENNIG - ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductee Harold Lederman gives a speech at the induction ceremony in Canastota on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

KYLE MENNIG – ONEIDA DAILY DISPATCH International Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductee Harold Lederman gives a speech at the induction ceremony in Canastota on Sunday, June 12, 2016.

The venerable Lederman, universally recognized as one of the most revered boxing judges in history, was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) this past June. He is also an inductee in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), which is sponsored by Ring 8.

In 1965, Lederman started judging amateur bouts in order to gain experience and two years later he was granted a professional judge’s license from the New York State Athletic Commission. Among the most notable fights he officiated include Emile Griffith vs. Dick Tiger II, Ken Buchanan vs. Ismael Laguna II, Roberto Duran vs. Esteban DeJesus I, Muhammad Ali vs. Ken Norton III, Roberto Duran vs. Carlos Palomino, Eusebio Pedroza vs. Rocky Lockridge I, Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes I and Evander Holyfield vs. DwightQawi I.

However, Lederman is perhaps best known as the “unofficial” judge for HBO Championship Boxing, which he has been doing since 1986.   In 1999, he retired as an active judge to concentrate on his HBO duties.


Ron Katz


Katz is a veteran matchmaker who has worked for promotes like Top Tank, Sugar Ray Leonard and Butch Lewis. For the past decade, he has served as matchmaker for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

Prior to working in boxing, Katz was a company manager for a number of touring acts, including the rock band, KISS.

Known as a fan’s matchmaker and tabbed, “Little Teddy Brenner,” a few of Katz’ most successfully matched bouts during his four decades in that position include James Toney vs. Michael Nunn, Chris Algieri vs. Ruslan Provodnikov, and Joe Smith, Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara.


ABOUT RING 8: 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, with a current boxing license or book 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 Pictures and Notes of Tuesday, September 20, 2016


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Ring 8 Pictures and Notes of Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant – Guest Speaker, Dennis Rappaport



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Next Meeting Thursday, June 16 at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant – Dennis Rappaport will be our Guest Speaker


Our next meeting will be next Thursday, June 16 at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010. Dennis Rappaport will be our guest speaker.

Also we a Amateur Boxing Show (The War At The Shore)


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Ring 8 Pictures and Notes of Tuesday, May 17, 2016

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with a Flag salute and John Holden did the 10 count in memory of those who passed on. Paulette then brought out a birthday cake in celebration of this months birthdays (Ron McNair, Stan Stan Janousek and Billy Strigaro).



President Duffy talked on our Annual Picnic which will be held on Sunday, August 28th at Brady Park. The cost is ONLY $10 each and $20 per family. Boxing promoter Lou DiBella donated $1,000.

President Duffy stated that we will be having our next meeting on Thursday, June 16th at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square (1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, NY 11010).

President Duffy talked on helping out young boxers that are planning on turning pro shortly with there contracts. He plans on having a special meeting and inviting all those who are interested.


Charlie Norkus Jr., talked on the Bill Gallo Scholarship fund. He and John Holden are the committee members and they picked 2 young Amateur Boxers that will receive $1,000 each.

President Duffy talked on our NY Golden Glove Show in which very few members attended BUT Charlie Norkus once again donated a nice sum of money.

President Duffy Stated that we made between $5,000 to $6,000 on the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.


President Duffy introduced the head coach of the Bronxchester Boxing Club, Noel Romero who talked on his club and boxer Francisco Frometa, who won the “OUTSTANDING BOXER of the NIGHT” Award.

President Duffy introduced all the VIP’s in attendance.


Matchmaker/Boxing Historian Don Majeski talked on how the state of New York will not be paying for the medicals for the boxers anymore. He asked us to write the state in support of keeping this going.


Jack Hirsch and Majeski talked on recent NYSBHOF inductee Edwin Viruet who fought such Greats as Roberto Duran twice, Esteban De Jesus, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Rosario and Saoul Mamby. They then presented Edwin with the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Championship Belt,.

Edwin was very emotional and thanked everyone. He then took questions about fighting Duran and he talked about those fights as well.

President introduced Mrs. Bill Tate and stated that Bill and Mike Tyson both donated $5,000 to lay Kid Gavilan to rest with a headstone.


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April’s meeting is canceled because of the NY Golden Glove FINALS

Due to the New York Golden Gloves final on April 19th (Tuesday ) we will cancel our monthly meeting so that our members can support the Daily News Golden Glove finals at the Barclay Center ….our next meeting will be the third Tuesday of May 17th

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Ring 8 Pictures and Notes of Tuesday, March 15, 2016

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with a Flag salute and John Holden did the 10 count in memory of Joe DeGuardia, Sr. Bob also mentioned the illness of John Holden’s mother and welcomed back our photographer Stan Janousek (professional fight name Stanley Yanachek).


President Duffy introduced the many celebrates that were in attendance.

Duffy stated that Charlie Norkus Jr. will be showing fight films before the meeting and at dinner time.

Duffy stated that Ring 8 gave a plague to the DeGuardia family in memory of Joe Sr.


Duffy talked about the Ring 8 NY Golden Glove Show on Wednesday, March 16th a the Plattduetsche. We will have as a special guest Amanda Serrano, the Newly Crowned WBO featherweight World Champion, along with her sister Cindy, the former Three time World Champion …This year Joe Dwyer wife , Linda, will make a special presentation to the Fighter of the Night ….. a special event so let s talk it up. For more information, PLEASE contact President Bob Duffy at 516-313-2304.

Ring 8 will be giving out 2 Trophies, one the Fighter of the Night and also the KO of the Night, donated by Charlie Norkus Jr.

New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Flier 2016

Duffy talked on the New York Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies which will take place on Sunday, April 3rd.

Duffy stated that our Annual picnic will take place on Sunday August 8th at Brady Park in Massapequa Park. He also stated that Lou DiBella donated $1,000 toward the picnic so the price for members will be ONLY $5 and all others will be charged between $10 -$15.

DiBella also donated 25 tickets for the boxing show on April 16th at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn.

Duffy stated that our Annaul Christmas Party will take place on December 11th at Russo’s on the Bay. This year where going to start with our cocktail hour at 12:30 PM, then our Awards Ceremony will start at 1:45 Pm, followed by dancing from around 3:15 Pm to 5:30 PM.

Duffy thanked John Holden for making out the fliers for our Golden Glove Show.


President of the FDNY Bravest boxing team Bobby McGuire announced a Boxing Show where the FDNY will go against the Irish Team, which will take on Ireland’s Garda Siochana boxing club on March 26 at Webster Hall in New York for the Easter Eve Uprising matches, with all proceeds going to charity.


Our guest speaker was Tommy Gallagher. He stated that he started in 1951 when his grandfather took him to a gym and they saw Rocky Marciano hitting the heavy bag. In 1965 Tommy opened his first gym. He talked about the old-time boxers, trainers and how the business of boxing has been run.

He talked about how many fighters made millions of dollars during their career ONLY to lose it all and ended up without a penny. Tommy told several very funny and entertaining stories that had everyone laughing. He took several questions including one about Donald Trump, who Tommy stated that he did so much for boxing and the boxers and was very good for the sport.

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