Ring 8 Minutes and Notes Tuesday, April 21, 2015

President Bob Duffy stated that Carmine’s wife passed away so he led us in the Flag Salute


followed by the 10 count by Paulette Balog and John Holden.

 Duffy thanked everyone for coming to the 1st meeting at O’Neill’s since the Crabhouse closed down.

Duffy introduced all the VIP members and stated that at the BWAA last year he sat with Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather. Felipe Gomez donated tickets for the up-coming Pro Show to Ring 8 and the St. John’s Home for Boys.


Ed Post showed a shirt that will be made for Ring 8 and the club will profit $5 a shirt.


BWAA will be holding their 90th Annual Awards ceremonies this Friday night, April 24th and our very own Jack Hirsch, who is also the out going President of the BWAA, will be receiving the Barney Nagler Award for Long and Meritorious Service. Jack talked about the Award he was receiving from the BWAA. He also talked about having the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame at the Commissioners office. Melvina stated that she dedicated a wall just for that.

Duffy talked on the New York State Boxing hall of Fame which takes place on Sunday, April 26th. He also named all the Committee members. He also stated that we will be honoring the families of Tony Mazzarella and Joe Dwyer, who both passed away recently. Ring 8 will also be honoring WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and his late father Jose. They will be getting the Father/Son Award.

A former boxer by the name of Jock Lewis was killed in an accident and Ring 8 will be putting up a plaque in his memory at the Westbury Boxing Gym this Thursday, April 23rd.


 Melvina Lathan, the New York Boxing Commissioner, will be receiving an Award from the Mayweather Organization in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 2nd and will attend the BIG Fight with Mayweather and Pacquiao. She talked about how it came about as they picked ONLY 3 women.

Duffy stated that starting in September all members will be charged $5 per meeting to help pay for the expenses, including the buffet. The dues per year will stay at $30.


Guest Speaker Rich Blake stated that his father use to talk about Jimmy Slattery, and that all the boxing writer loved him. When Rich’s father passed away he found tons of material on Slattery that his father had. he stated the both former Heavyweight Champions, Gene Tunney and James J. Braddock stated that Slattery was the best pure boxer they saw. Slattery was a 2 times Light Heavyweight Champion who died broke. Rich also talked about the Harry Wills/Jack Dempsey on again off agin fight, which never took place. He stated that Slattery fought on the same boxing card as Wills and the film makers showed the Slattery film instead of Wills. Rich has writen a book on Jimmy Slattery and stated that he would give a $10 discount for all Ring 8 members.

Duffy talked on the memorabilia that the Crabhouse has and what is to become of it.

O’Neill’s is going to give us some space for some pictures and memorabilia.


Frank Pena stated that the Fishing Club in Glen Cove will be showing the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, all you want to eat,  for ONLY $10. He also stated that there running another event on May 16th and the money will go to kids for a fishing trip.

Raffle was for 2 tickets to the fights on May 30th


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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, ABCNews.com 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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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Information

* The 4th annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

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Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx-born and Brooklyn resident Saoul Mamby (45-34-6, 19 KOs), a World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight champion (1980-82) and Vietnam Veteran, Buffalo middleweight Joey Giambra (65-10-2, 31 KOs), Brooklyn light heavyweight and 1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol (22-5-1, 7 KOs), two-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston (26-9-5, 7 KOs), and World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion (1995-97) and 1992 National Golden Gloves winner Lonnie Bradley (29-1-1, 21 KOs), of Harlem.

Posthumous participants being inducted are world light heavyweight champion (1925-26) Paul “Astoria Assassin” Berlenbach (40-8-3, 33 KOs), “uncrowned” world welterweight champ Billy Graham (102-15-9, 102 KOs) from Manhattan’s East Side, two-time world flyweight champion (1929 & 1931) and 1920 Olympic gold medallist Frankie Genaro, Redwood’s world welterweight (1898-94) and Syracuse middleweight (1998-1907) champion Tommy Ryan (90-6-11, 71 KOs), and Buffalo’s world light heavyweight champion (1925 & 1930) Jimmy Slattery (114-13, 51 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are former NYSAC deputy commissioner and promoter, as well as current NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy, former New York Times and New York Daily News boxing columnist Mike Katz, Albany promoter/cutman Bob Miller, owner of the world renown Gleason’s Gym, Bruce Silverglade and longtime trainer and one of the stars of the TV Show “The Contender” Tommy Gallagher.

Posthumous non-participants inductees are Brooklyn trainer Charley Goldman (28-6-2, 19 KOs) who also fought professionally in the early 1900’s, Madison Square Garden matchmaker Jimmy Johnston, Madison Square Garden president Harry Markson, of Kingston, celebrated Bronx sportswriter Damon Runyon, manager/matchmaker Al Weill & elite promoter Cedric Kushner, who just recently passed away.

For more information contact President Bob Duffy, 164 Lindbergh St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762 – 516-313-2304

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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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R.I.P. – The Waterfront Crabhouse

     Waterfront Crab House closes– after nearly 40 years in business


Tony Mazzarelli

Tony Mazzarelli

Feb. 17, By Christian Murray The Waterfront Crab House, one of the last vestiges of Long Island City, closed for good Sunday. The closure comes just three weeks after the owner of the long-time establishment Tony Mazzarella passed away. He had owned the Crab House, located at 2-03 Borden Avenue, for decades. The Waterfront Crab House first opened its doors at in 1977 and Mazzarella quickly filled it with boxing and historic memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s. On Monday, the sporting memorabilia still hung from the walls. A sign was placed on the front door of the Crab House Sunday that read: “It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we inform you that due to the passing of Tony Mazzarella we must close the Waterfront Crabhouse.” One of Mazzarella’s children was at the restaurant Monday but did not want to discuss what his plans are for the restaurant or the real estate. Many people have held weddings, parties and social events at the Crab House over the years. The site has a lot of history; there was a bar at 2-03 Borden Avenue back in the 1880s.



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