President Bob Duffy started the meeting with the flag salute and 10 count. He also stated that this will be our last meeting of the year.
John Holden stated that the New Year is coming and Ring 8 is taking dues for 2016. President Duffy stated that John will be the New Ring 8 treasurer and then showed a bag full of taxes from last year.
Bob talked on the Sunnyside Garden Monument that we put up a few years ago and how it got damaged. He is looking into how it can be repaired.
Bob stated that our very own John McKaie will be one of the Judges this week-end for the Canelo/Cotto fight.
Pro boxing Judge Ron McNair talked about a fight card that happened at Gleason’s Arena many years ago.
President Duffy talked about our Ring 8 Party on Sunday, December 13th and our Fighter of the Year will be Timothy Bradley. Bob thanked Jack Hirsch for making all the arrangements.
Duffy stated that our Amateur Boxing Show, honoring the late Joe Dwyer, has been postponed until a later date.
President Duffy talked on the resent New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Induction & Award Ceremonies which was run by their President and Ring 8 Boxing Historian Henry Hascup. Both Bob and Melvina Lathan talked very highly of the event in which Oscar De La Hoya was their special guest and how Great he was, taking pictures and signing autographs for hours.
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Jack Hirsch introduced our first guest speaker Rich Blake who wrote a book on Jimmy Slattery called “Slats”. He talked his career and several fighters he went up against. Tommy Loughran wrote a note stating the Slattery was the best boxer he went against.
Jack talked on Vito Antuofermo, who was suppose to be another of our guest speakers, But couldn’t attend.
Jack then introduced a young up-coming fighter by the name of Zachary Ochoa, who is 13-0 with 6 KO’s. Zach thanked several referees in attendance, as they refereed several of his fights. He told a story about his 2nd Amateur bout in which the referee took a point away from him, the that referee was was our very own John Holden. Zach, who boxes for the Golden Boy Promotions” talked about fighting outside the New York Area, and what a great experience that is. He stated that he is not in it for the money, he does it for the dream he always had of becoming a World Champion. He took and answered several questions from the membership and at the end John Holden presented him with a Ring 8 hat, and Zach jokingly held up 1 finger stating 1 point, 1 point, to the laughter of everyone.
Bob then talked on Stan Janousek (professional fight name Stanley Yanachek) and his career in boxing. Stan was also trained by the Great Sandy Saddler and he is the one who takes and supplies all our pictures for this web site.Meeting Notes