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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R.I.P. – Joe Dwyer

When it rains it pours, Joe Dwyer just passed away this evening He was at Winthrop hospital schedule for a procedure tomorrow …we will forward more information when it becomes available …

      Joe Dwyer

I just got off the phone with Ring 8 President Bob Duffy who actually E-Mailed me the sad news and Bob told me that Joe was sitting up today and even talked on the phone with several people. He was found unresponsive!

Middleweight Champ of the U.S. Navy’s 6th fleet in 1958, NYS Middleweight Champion and the Metropolitan AAU Middleweight Champion . . . Had 59 amateur bouts and won 56 . . . Began work as an inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission in 1983 and became a chief inspector . . . Licensed boxing judge since 1995 . . . Has supervised or judged over 30 title bouts and worked such big fights as Felix Trinidad – Troy Waters, Oscar De La Hoya – Derrell Coley and Paul Ingle-Junior Jones . . Former Championship Chairman of the IBF and the former President of the NABF.

Lets all keep all Joe’s Loved ones in our thoughts and Prayers!

Wake will be held this Thursday at Dalton Funeral Home, 29 Atlantic Ave, Floral Park, NY 11001, Hours 2-5 and 7-9 – President Bob Duffy will be doing the FINAL 10 count sometime after 8 PM.

Funeral Mass to be held on Friday at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, Elmont, NY on Friday at 9:30 AM





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