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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, June 17, 2014

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with

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Danny Gant singing the National anthem followed by the 10 count by Paulette Balog and John Holden in the memory of all those who recently passed on.


President Duffy talked on the up-coming picnic in Glen Cove on July 27th.

President Duffy stated that Ring 8 gave out two $1,000 scholarships last month and also talked on several other donations that were given out by Ring 8 over the last few months.

President Duffy thanked BWAA President Jack Hirsch for supplying our guest speakers last month.

President Duffy congratulated Chris Algieri on winning the WBO Light Welterweight Title with a 12 round decision over Ruslan Provodnikov.

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President Duffy talked on the up-coming unveiling of Emile Griffith’s Tombstone. Emile’s son Louis also talked on the event which will take place on Saturday, June 21st at the St. Michael Cemetery in Elmhurst, Queens starting at 10 AM. We will then have a luncheon at the Crabhouse at a cost of only $10 per person, Ring 8 will pick up the rest of the cost.

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Ron Ross, the Author of the book, 9, 10 and out, the Two Lives of Emile Griffith, talked on a Opera that was based on Emile’s life. Ron talked on several of Emile’s fights, stating that Emile was the God Father for Nino Benventi’s son’s. as well as Joe Frazier’s son Marvis.

Ron talked on Emile’s fight with Armando Muniz and how Emile carried him and kept telling him to fight back the best he can. He also talked on Emile’s fight with Brian Curvis, when Brian’s wife was scared for her husband. Emile sent Brian’s wife a hat that Emile designed himself, then proceeded to beat Brian up.

Ron stated that Howie Albert and Gil Clancy were like fathers to Emile and they never needed a contract, a hand shake was good enough.

Ron also stated that Emile sung at his 40th wedding anniversary.

President Duffy introduced several VIP members of Ring 8.

President Duffy stated that Ring 8 will not have any meetings in July or August, But we will be back in September. He also stated that the October meeting will be held at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York.

The Ring 8 Holiday Party will be on Sunday, December 14th at Russo’s on the Bay.

Dues will be going up to $35 in January.

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President Duffy introduced our first guest speakers from Philadelphia, undefeated Jr. Middleweight Contender Julian Williams, and his trainer/manager Stephen Edwards. Williams stated that he had a Great time at last years Ring 8 affair and stated that his next fight will be at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn on August 19th.

He was asked about the Chris Algieri/Ruslan Provodnikov fight. Julian stated that he thought the decision could have gone either way.

Stephen Edwards talked on some of the Philadelphia gyms, which aren’t the same as they once were.

A question was asked Julian, if you could fight anyone, who would that be. He stated whoever offers the most money. Williams stated that he likes fighting at the Barclays Center. Another question was if they offered you a fight with Cotto, would you take it, his answer was YES! Another question was do you know anyone who has refused signing with Al Haymon, his answer was NO!

A question to his trainer/manager Stephen Edwards was what id Julian’s great strengths and weaknesses. He stated that he puts all his eggs in 1 basket, it’s all or nothing. He is a little hard headed, he has bad eating habits so he has trouble keeping his weight down.

He was asked about same day weigh-ins, he stated that trainers don’t like it But their should be a cap on how much weight you can gain before the fight.

Williams, who started boxing at the age of 12, is coming along very will and his goal is to become the undisputed Jr. Middleweight Champion of the World.

Another question to Williams was how does his family feel about him boxing. He stated that his mother really don’t like it But has accepted it. They also stated that he looked up to Bernard Hopkins and how boxing changed his life.

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The next guest speaker was the former WBO Middleweight Champion Lonnie Bradley, who’s career was cut short because of a detached retina. Lonnie stated that he knew President Bob Duffy for about 25 years. He told Julian to stay focused and one day he can be a Champion in the ring but more important, to be a Champion outside the ring as well.

Question was asked about his toughest fight, Lonnie stated that it was early in his career when he fought Ken Wallace in a 4 rounder. He stated that by fight time Wallace out weighed him by 15 pounds. He stated that he had 2 trainers during his career. As an Amateur he had Ron Johnson and when he went pro Bobby Cassidy became his trainer.

He became a fan after watching the Muhammad Ali /Joe Frazier 3 and Sugar Ray Leonard/Wilfred Benitez fights and told everyone that he was going to be a boxer. He started when he was 18 years old by boxing in the New York Golden Gloves. He was a 3-Time New York Golden Gloves Champion and the 1992 National Golden Gloves Champion. He had between 60-70 Amateur fights losing Only 5 of those fights.

Question was asked about him fighting Roy Jones Jr. He stated that Jones was scheduled to fight Mike McCallum. McCallum wanted $1 Million But HBO Only offered $600,000, so Bradley said that he would fight Jones for $600,000, But McCallum finally excepted the offer by HBO. Lonnie also talked on Ronald “Winky”Wright.

He grew up playing several other sports including football, basketball and baseball before taking up boxing.

He talked on his manager Dave Wolf, saying that he knew his business.

Lonnie now works with kids at the Mendez Gym. Ring 8 will donate several pairs of gloves and hand wraps to the Mendez Gym.

Sparkle Lee stated that she had another place to go tonight But when she read that Lonnie Bradley was going to be our guest speaker she changed her plans. She then thanked the Bradley family for being a Big part of her life.

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Lonnie Bradley, Julian Williams and Stephen Edwards will be our guest speakers tomorrow night.


Lonnie Bradley, the former WBO Middleweight Champion. who’s career was cut short because of a detached retina, will be one of our Guest speakers tomorrow night at the Crabhouse.

Julian Williams, undefeated Jr. Middleweight Contender and his trainer/manager Stephen Edwards will also be among the speakers.

Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings,starting at 7 PM, on the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.


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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, May 20, 2014

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with

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Carmine singing the National Anthem followed by the 10 count by Paulette Balog and John Holden in the memory of all those who recently passed on, including Former WBA Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and Henry Hascup’s brother Ed.

President Duffy stated that several of our members are at the IBF Convention this week and won’t be here.

President Duffy stated that as of April 13th, Ring 8 is tax exempt. It took 2-1/2 years But we finally got it.

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President Duffy introduced Former World Champion Iran Brakley, who just turned 54 years old, Denise Saddler (Sandy’s daughter), Mrs. Bill Tate, Johnny Colon’s daughter Cheri, current Lightweight Mike Brooks, and Joe Dwyer, who is attending his first meeting of the year after an illness. He also introduced WBO Director Porfirio Betegon, Michael De La Rue, BWAA President Jack Hirsch, Alexis Arguello Jr., Boxing Judge John McKaie, Wheelchair Boxer Ian Cannon and Cara Castronuova who is a celebrity fitness trainer, athlete, motivation speaker, and television personality. She was featured as a head trainer on NBC’s hit “The Biggest Loser,” Season 11, where she helped propel the show to its highest ratings ever. She has been a spokesperson for Puma, and the only female spokesperson on Everlast’s extensive roster of champions. Castronuova is a former champion boxer and two-time Golden Gloves Champion.

President Duffy stated that we had 503 people attend the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame event back in March. Between both the Ring 8 and New York State Boxing Hall of Fame affairs generated a total sum of $70,000.

On Saturday June 21st, at 10:00am till 11:00am we will be unveiling the Emile Griffith Tombstone at St. Michael Cemetery in Astoria Blvd. Queens N.Y. followed by a lunching ceremony honoring the life and times of this great boxing legend, at The famous Waterfront Crabhouse, in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. hosted by New York’s own Ring 8 Boxing Association. Everyone is welcome to come and honor & celebrate this great champion. The cost of the meal will be $10.00 dollars for each person so please come all and enjoy some great food & drinks and fun with all of the champ’s family and friends.

Ring 8 Picnic 2014

Sunday, July 27th Ring 8 will be having their annual picnic at Glen Cove. Tickets are ONLY $15 each, $5 for kids, up to $15, meaning if you bring 4 or more kids all you will pay is $15, kids under 10 are free.

President Duffy read a letter from Former Heavyweight Champion Pinklon Thomas, thanking Bob and Ring 8 for presenting his father a Ring 8 Championship Belt on his 100th birthday.

President Duffy also stated that the wife of Billy Backus passed away recently. She attended the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame affair in March when her husband was inducted.

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WBO Director Porfirio Betegon talked about his time in boxing and praised President Duffy and Ring 8 for what they do. He also told a story on Michael Bentt.

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Wheelchair Boxer Ian Cannon thanked Ring 8 and Joe Dwyer on what they did for him. He stated that Ring 8 is his New York home.

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Lightweight Mike Brooks stated that he had about 60 amateur bouts and is now 11-2 as a pro.

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Cara Castronuova from the“The Biggest Loser” Season 11 and a 2 time New York Golden Glove Champion talked on her career and that she plans to box as a pro. She also worked on the book on Emile Griffith that Ron Ross wrote.

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Charlie Norkus, Jr., talked on Directors Alan Swyer’s documentary, “El Boxeo,” which took four years to make. Very shortly you can download the film on either the Ring 8 Web Site or their Facebook Page. You can even buy a DVD of the film, and Ring 8 will receive 25% of all sales.
“It’s a film about how boxing has become a Latino-dominated sport in the ring and in the stands,” Swyer said during a recent conversation with The Sporting Nation.
Since the 1980s with Roberto Duran, many of the top fighters in the sport are Latinos. After Duran came Hector “Macho” Camacho, the late Alexis Arguello, Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Juan Manuel Marquez and today, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., among others.

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President Duffy talked on the Bill Gallo scholarship fund in which we raised several $1,000′s thanks to a few donations from our members such as Charlie Norkus, Jr. President Duffy read off letters from both scholarship winners, Dagaberto Mederos, presented by Charlie Norkus Jr. and Ray Cuadrado, presented by Bobby Bartels, both received $1,000 each.
President Duffy introduced and thanked Gabe Perillo Jr. for his support.

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BWAA President Jack Hirsch talked on the recent BWAA affair in Las Vegas which had all the leading boxing celebrities attend, including Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Bernard Hopkins, Tim Bradley, Paul Williams, Freddie Roach, Ruslan Provodnikov among others. Jack then talked about the Mayweather fight and how they gave him a seat next to the last row. He stated that he asked them for a better one But it fell on deaf ears, but he did receive several calls during the next few days apologizing.

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Jack thanked Bob Duffy for all he does and then introduced our guest speaker Alexis Arguello Jr., who is a producer for CBS Sports. Alexis talked on his late father, the former 3 time division World Champion, who told Jr to get an education, his father said, I boxed so you didn’t have too. Alexis did have about 14 or 15 amateur bouts But his boxing career stopped right their. He stated that he met Muhammad Ali who was his favorite fighter outside his father. He then told a story about when his family went to Don King’s house and Don greeted them while in his underwear. Alexis Jr. stated that his family was offended so he went into Don’s pool and did something that he has kept secret until now. I think you can guess on what he did, ha, ha!
Alexis produces 1/2 hour features for CBS on all sports. John Holden asked why the news don’t cover boxing the way they once did. He stated that he tries but to no avail.
Charlie Norkus Jr., asked what fights did he attend of his father. Alexis named several fights and stated that the only time his father talked trash is when he fought Billy Costello.

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Stan Janousek (professional fight name Stanley Yanachek) stated that he has a lot of DVD’s on his father.

Jack Hirsch asked Alexis about Roberto Duran. Alexis said that they got along very well except for this one time at an event, when Duran started trash talking at his father. His father was shocked, saying where is this coming from. Later he saw Duran by himself and asked him why, Duran said just in case we ever fight I people to think we don’t like each other.

President Duffy stated that when Alexis Arguello Sr., stopped Boom Boom Mancini, he went over to his father and told the senior Mancini that he should be very proud of his son, and the elder Mancini, he was.

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Alexis Arguello Jr. and Johnny Turner are the Guest Speakers this Tuesday Night.

Alexis Arguello Jr., pictured on the right, will be coming to Ring 8 on Tuesday to be a guest speaker.  He has worked for CBS sports for some time now.  He will talk about that and field questions on his dad.
In addition to Alexis, Johnny Turner, a popular welterweight from the late 1970’s and early 80’s will speak.  He boxed Wilfred Benitez and appeared in the movie Raging Bull.
Also we will be giving away two awards for the Bill Gallo scholarship Fund the recipients Dagaberto  Mederos and Ray Cuadrado  will be on hand
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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, April 15, 2014

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with Carmine singing the National Anthem followed by

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the 10 count by Paulette Balog and John Holden in the memory of all those who recently passed on.

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President Duffy stated that Eddie Claudio’s daughter was married on the same day as the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame affair and he also thanked Frank Pena and John Holden for helping out that day. President Duffy stated that we received World Wide media coverage on the event and stated that we flew in several of the honorees which no other organization does.

President Duffy stated that we will not be having our meetings at the Plattduetsche until after the summer because the Board voted not to do so.

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Frank Pena thanked President Duffy on a wonderful affair. He then talked about our annual picnic that will be held in Glen Cove on Sunday, July 27th. The price will be $20 for adults, $5 for kids, up to $15, meaning if you bring 4 or more kids all you will pay is $15.

President Duffy talked on the USA Association of USA Boxing and thanked Eddie Claudio for his help.

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NY State Commissioner Edwin Torres stated that Bob Duffy was doing a Great job and thanked him for all he does. Commissioner Torres stated that he is 83 years old and he goes back to the 1930′s as far as boxing goes. He stated that he wanted to be a fighter, he even fought in the Golden Gloves years ago. He stated that he had the pleasure of meeting and shaking the hands of Joe Louis, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey and Walker Smith, who fought under the name of Sugar Ray Robinson.

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NY State Commissioner John Signorile praised Commissioner Torres and Boxing Judge John McKaie, who was in Las Vegas last weekend Judging a fight on the under card of the Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley fight. Charlie Norkus asked about what was going on with the NYSAC. John stated that they will announce everything on May 1st. President Duffy talked on the New Excutive Director of the NYSAC David Berlin.


John Holden talked on how wonderful it is getting signed autographs on boxing gloves. It not only gives the person that has the gloves a thrill But the fighters that sign them are grateful as well.


Boxing Judge John McKaie talked on the Manny Pacquiao/Timothy Bradley fight. He stated that Bob Arum’s office called him to tell him that he was working the show several days before the even. John stated that he didn’t know he was until that time. Someone asked John how did he score the fight. He said that he was sitting in the back so he couldn’t see it very good but after 6 rounds he had it even, But he thought Manny won the last 5 of 6 rounds so he scored it 8 to 4 (116-112). He also stated that Las Vegas does it like no one else, it’s an amazing experience.


Veteran Glover Giuseppe Pena introduced an Amateur Boxer and then Diane Caramanno talked about her son, Anthony Caramanno, who won 3 New York Golden Glove Titles and recently won his first Pro fight in January. Anthony is scheduled to fight again on May 17th.

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Stan Janousek (professional fight name Stanley Yanachek) who takes all our pictures for this web site, talked on the 2 tickets he won at the last meeting. He stated that the seats were way in the back and he couldn’t take any close up pictures. He asked President Duffy if Ring 8 could help him out so he can get right at ringside like the other photographers. Frank Pena stated that he told Stan that he needs to apply for a press pass like all the other photographers do. Stan again asked if Ring 8 could help him out with this. President Duffy told him that it’s not up to Ring 8, it’s up to the promoters and that he has to through the process like everyone else.

President Duffy stated that we will have a raffle and the winner will get 2 Free tickets to the May 17th show.

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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, March 18, 2014

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with Carmine singing the National Anthem followed by

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the 10 count by Paulette in the memory of all those who recently passed on, including Lou DiBella’s father Pete. Ring 8 will present his family a Ring 8 Glove.

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Danny Gant, Ring 8′s Amateur Official of the Year, talked on several other Amateur and Pro Officials and stated years ago they use to call him Dancing Dan, now they just call him Dan. He then announced that it was time for him to step down as an Official and he announced his retirement. President Duffy thanked Dan for his many years of service.

President Duffy introduced New York Marathon race director Leo Nicholas.

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Frank Pena talked on an upcoming New York Golden Glove Show at Glen Cove next Thursday, March 27th.

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President Duffy talked on the recent Ring 8 New York Golden Glove Show which was held at the Plattduetche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, New York. The show raised approx. $1400. President Duffy thanked all those who attended especially Charlie Norkus Jr who made a generous donation. He also stated that Charlie was selected as our newest Board member.


President Duffy talked on the upcoming New York State Boxing Hall of Fame affair next Sunday, March 30th at Russo’s on the Bay. He stated that it was close to a complete sellout and if anyone still wanted tickets that they better hurry. All Ring 8 members the price will be $125, all others $150.

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President Duffy introduced Robert Miles, the Great Grand Son of one of our Inductees, Tom O’Rourke.

President Duffy talked on having a few of our monthly meetings at the Plattduetche. He stated that we would have 6 meetings at the Crabhouse and 3 meetings at the Plattduetche. The reason is that we can reach out to a lot more people.

President Duffy stated that in May we will be inviting all the finalist of the New York Golden Gloves to come to our meeting.

Frank Pena talked on our Annual picnic which will be held on Sunday, July 27th in Glen Cove. The price will be $20 for adults, $5 for kids, up to $15, meaning if you bring 4 or more kids all you will pay is $15.

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President Duffy introduced NY State Commissioner John Signorile. John congratulated Charlie Norkus and talked on the recent passing of New York Boxing Inspector Felix “Figgy” Figuora. He then talked about getting more people getting involved in Ring 8. He also talked on several Officials who were in attendance including Eddie Claudio & Danny Gant. President Duffy also talked on several other Pro Officials in attendance including John McKaie, Robin Taylor and Carlos Ortiz Jr.

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Stan Janousek (professional fight name Stanley Yanachek), who takes all our pictures at the meetings and affairs, stated that were missing many old-time fighters that use to come, and asked how we can go about on getting them back.

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Harold Lederman asked how do we get in contact with the families of our deceased honorees. President Duffy stated word of mouth, and also stated that Henry Hascup is a Big help.

Harold then talked on several HBO Shows that are coming up, including the rematch of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. He stated that he had Manny winning 11 rounds to 1 and he lost. He also talked on the Miguel Cotto and Sergio Gabriel Martinez fight at Madison Square Garden, which the catch weight is 159 pounds.

Frank Pena asked Harold if there any up and coming fighters that he thought had a future that come from this area. Harold stated that he liked Frank Galarza, who recently stopped John Thompson in the 2nd round. He also likes Tommy Gallagher’s fighter Gabriel Bracero, who is said to have a title bout lined up against Danny Garcia. Harold is also very high on Sean Monaghan.

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Eddie Claudio talked on Julian Williams who just scored a knockout the night before.

Stan Janousek stated that he was very disappointed that very few Ring 8 members showed up for our Golden Glove Show.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 15th.

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Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, February 18, 2014

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with the Flag Statue followed by


John Holden telling short stories on John Carter and Felix “Figgy” Figuora, who both passed away recently.


That was followed by the 10 count by Paulette in the memory of all those who recently passed on.

President Duffy stated that a few of the Ring 8 members went to Felix “Figgy” Figuora’s wake were them gave a 10 count and presented the family with a Glove Statue.


Keith Sullivan talked about an addition in our By-Laws in order to get a Tax Exempt Number. It will be in Section 3 and the addition will be on the people we give too. Those making under $40,000 (80%) and those making under $25,000 (50%).


President Duffy talked on the Wayne Kelly tribute that took place a few weeks ago, and that Ring 8 donated over $300 in items.

Our NY Golden Glove Show which was postponed because of the snow will take place on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM and it will be at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square , NY – 1/2/ mile east of Belmont racetrack and the proceeds will go to the Bill Gallo Scholarship Fund.

President Duffy talked on our up-coming New York Boxing Hall of Fame affair and went over all the inductees. He also stated that the tickets are going fast.

New Legion Boxing Productions has donated 2 tickets for their up-coming boxing show at the Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York on Saturday, April 5th.

President Duffy introduced boxing matchmaker Joe Quiambao.


Frank Pena talked on a Golden love Show at Glen Cove High School on March 27th for the benefit of “Mom’s Who Kick.” Frank also introduced Wendy Sincuir who will be boxing in the Golden Gloves in the 152 pound weight class.

President Duffy talked on our Annual picnic which will be held in Glen Cove.

President Duffy introduced our first guest speaker Dr. David Levine, who is a Chiropractic Physician.

Dr. Levine focuses on “pain management treatment,” and has found a method to diminish conditions, like muscle spasms, and restriction of motion, which result in pain. He uses a manual technique, he said. He came to master these techniques because of his dad. He said that his dad, also a chiropractor, who he termed his best friend, was diagnosed about six years ago with stage four pancreatic cancer.

“When he got the diagnosis, Dr. Levine was devastated,” he called doctors all over the country, pain management people, oncologists, and they said the only real way to treat his pain was through narcotics.” Levine’s father had pain in his abdomen, and the son developed his techniques to try and alleviate his dad’s discomfort. “This is a story of a son who was devastated by his fathers’ condition,” the son said. “A story of love, and tragedy, to triumph. Out of this really horrific situation– he died in a hospice and Dr. Levine slept 14 days beside him– this came about. As a result of his intense love for his dad the silver lining is a new, potentially revolutionary pain management method. Really, my life and career are a tribute to my dad, Dr. Robert Levine.”

He has worked on 100′s of athletics from the NFL, NBA and now with boxers such as Zab Judah, ex heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, through his wife, and ex junior welter champ Johnny Bumphus, who all attest on tape to Levine’s skills.

His methods only takes minutes to work and has donated his service to all the Veterans coming back from the wars. Boxing writer Michael Woods just wrote an article on Dr. Levine which you can read by going to the following link. –

Harold Lederman asked how does he do it. Dr. Levine explained some of his treatments. Harold talked on some hand specialists and that it takes time to heal. Lenny Mangiapane asked if he took Medicare.
President Duffy introduced all the well known boxing people in attendance.

BWAA President, Jack Hirsch talked on Ring 8, our President Bob Duffy and the Brooklyn Nets and Boxing Ring Announcer David Diamante, and what a Great job their doing.
Jack continued to talk on the New Legion Boxing Productions and Luis Collazo’s 2nd round knockout over Victor Ortiz. Jack stated that Louie talked to the kids a his wife’s school. He also talked about Louie’s boxing career and how he overcame some pitfalls to become a World Champion and after his Great win over Ortiz is on his way back again.


Collazo’s co-manger Wilson Naranjo thanked Ring 8 and then


Luis Collazo talked on how we all face defeat but we have to get back up. Wilson and Collazo’s long-time trainer


Nirmal Lorick introduced the rest of the New Legion Boxing Productions.


Danny Gant also stated that Ring 8 was doing great things.
President Duffy gave out Ring 8 hats to them all.

Frank Pena, who was the inspector in Collazo’s corner when he fought Ortiz, stated that it was a pleasure working with the. They were all class acts.

Felipe Gomez talked on their up-coming boxing show at the Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York on Saturday, April 5th. Most of the boxers that attended tonight will be boxing on that show.


Harold Lederman talked on Collazo’s bouts with Berto and Hatton and then told the story on how he introduced the CEO of Golden Boy, Richard Schaefer to Collazo and told Richard how good he was, a little while later Golden Boy signed Collazo.

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