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Tonights Meeting is Postponed until next Tuesday

Due to the snow storm, tonight’s meeting has been postponed until next Tuesday, March 21st, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.

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Former boxing champion Iran Barkley hospitalized after suffering stroke

A one-time middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight title holder who twice beat Thomas Hearns, the 54-year-old Barkley is listed in ‘fair’ condition at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx.

BY Mitch Abramson
Published: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:05 PM
Updated: Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:17 AM


Newkirk/Getty Images – Iran Barkley in 1992, after the second of his two wins over Thomas Hearns.

Iran Barkley, a ferocious boxer known as the “Blade,” who owns two victories over Thomas Hearns, was hospitalized on Wednesday with a minor stroke after having a seizure at his Bronx home, his niece, Barbara Wilder, told the Daily News.

Barkley, 54, is currently talking, eating and moving around and is “doing fair” in a room at Lincoln Medical Center, Wilder said.

“He’s good, he’s talking, he still looks like Iran,” Wilder said in a phone interview on Thursday. “He can walk around and everything. He’s going to be here for a couple of days but he’s doing well. He’s alert.”

Wilder said that Barkley collapsed in his home on Wednesday, “stressed out” from worrying about a brother, Alibay Barkley and a niece Nicola Barkley, both of whom are suffering from lung cancer.

“That’s what it was,” Wilder said. “He was stressed out. He never had any health problems before. It was the stress factor. But he’s in pretty good health now. The doctor just said he was under a lot of stress.”

Julia Xanthos/New York Daily News – Iran Barkley during a Daily News photo shoot in August.

He was found at his apartment by his girlfriend, who called for help, Wilder said.

Wilder said that Barkley is scheduled for more medical testing on Friday and expects him to stay in the hospital for several more days for precautionary reasons before he’s discharged.

Barkley earned millions of dollars in boxing, stopping Hearns in the third round to capture a middleweight title in 1988. He subsequently lost a split decision to Roberto Duran in 1989, relinquishing the belt. He would go on to win titles at super middleweight and light heavyweight, when he again topped Hearns by split decision in 1992.

Barkley fell on hard times, however, blowing through his money, and for a time he even slept on a subway because he was homeless. He was able to land an apartment with the help of a non-profit and as recently as this past summer had discussed making a comeback in boxing. He last fought professionally in 1999.

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Honoring Emile Griffith with a Tombstone

Ring 8 Memorial - Emile Griffith1

Article appeared in the Woodside Herald  – WOODSIDE, L.I.C., N.Y. FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2014

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Ring 8 NY Golden Glove Show is Postponed

The New York Golden Glove show for Thursday February 13, 2014 at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant has been postponed due to the winter storm , Long Island is expected 8 inches , on top of what we have ….We will have a new date with in the next couple of days.

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Ring 8 Meeting Postponed Until Next Tuesday, January 28th

Because of the Snow Storm coming tomorrow the Ring 8 Meeting will be Postponed Until Next Tuesday, January 28th.

The 2014 NYBHOF Class will be announced on Wednesday by President Bob Duffy. The New Class will be Inducted on Sunday, March 30th at Russo’s on the Bay.

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Emile Griffith

Gil Clancy, Emile Griffith

I just got off the phone with Luis. He stated that he would like us to give our Eulogy and Bell ceremony next Saturday, either at the church or grave site. I told him to get back to me ASAP to see if it’s alright with the Minister or Priest.

Here’s what he put out:

Hello this is Luis Rodrigo Griffith, Emile Griffith’s son. I would like to inform you that my dad had passed away on July 23rd. At the nursing home and he did not suffer. I love him very much and I will miss him. God has him now.

Emile will be laid out on Friday, August 2nd at the Malverne Funeral Home Anthony J Walsh & Son, Inc., located at 330 Hempstead Avenue in Malverne, New York 11565 – Phone # 516-593-7230. There will be two viewing 3-5pm and 7-9pm.

Church Mass will be held on Saturday morning, August 3rd @ 9:45 AM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 24 Westminster Road, West Hempstead, New York 11552 after the mass will be the burial at St. Michael’s Cemetery. 72-02 Astoria Boulevard • East Elmhurst, NY 11370


3-5 PM and 7-9 PM

FUNERAL: Saturday, August 3, 2013
9:45 AM
Tel: 516-489-8585

(718) 278-3240.

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20 NEW Boxing Greats will enter the NYBHOF on Sunday, April 28th

NEW YORK (March 6, 2013) – Golden-era heavyweight champion of the world, Jack Dempsey, and legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum lead a star-studded cast of 20 inductees into the second-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF)

The second annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.n. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“This is an exceptional group of inductees,” NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We are inducting legitimate New Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing during their respective times. There are many other potential inductees but this is only our second year. We’re confident that any deserving people who haven’t been inducted yet will be inducted in due time. There’s a process we’re following. New York State was the driving force in boxing for more than a half-century and remains a major player in the sport, so we’ll have many, many great boxing people to choose from over the years.”

Posthumous participants being inducted along with Dempsey (61-6-9, 50 KOs) are the first great Italian boxer based in America, featherweight Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs); two-time world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs) Sandy Saddler, who is best known for his epic rivalry with Willie Pep; and world light heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom (207-39-26 (19 KOs).

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF are Bronx middleweight Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs), three-division world champion from the Bronx, Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs); Brooklyn’s Mark Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs),1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world welterweight titlist, Levittown light heavyweight Bobby Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); world heavyweight challenger Doug Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs), Brooklyn’s world bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), Brentwood’s light welterweight and welterweight champion James “Buddy” McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), Brooklyn’s world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF with Arum (Top Rank) are Shelly Finkel, manager of a NYSBHOF inductee from last year, Mike McCallum, as well as Evander Holyfield and Pernell Whitaker; Tony Graziano, who managed last year’s NYSBHOF inductee, Carmen Basilio, and world welterweight champion Billy Backus; Brooklyn’s Larry Merchant, arguably television’s greatest boxing analyst; posthumously: Teddy Brenner, longtime matchmaker for Madison Square Garden (1959-1973), boxing’s premier blow-by-blow announcer on television and radio, Don Dunphy; powerful promoter Mike Jacobs, and Dempsey’s promoter, Tex Rickard.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission and Waterfront Crabhouse. Duffy also has revealed that Ring 8’s plan calls for a monument to be built in Long Island City with every NYSBHOF inductee’s name inscribed.

The inductees were selected by NYSBHOF nominating committee members, including Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.

“I believe the people on our nominating committee are second to none for any nominating committee in boxing,” Duffy added. “They’re all very knowledgeable and passionate about boxing in New York State.”

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years, in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.

Last year’s Inaugural Class included Basilio and McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, and Emile Griffith, as well as the late “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard and Tony Canzoneri.

Non-participant inductees from the Class of 2012 included judge/HBO analyst Harold Lederman, coach/instructor Steve Acunto, trainer/cut-man Jimmy Glenn and, posthumously, trainers Gil Clancy and Ray Arcel, Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer, New York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo, and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr.

Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult ($125.00 for Ring 8 members in good standing) and $50.00 for children, and includes a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available to purchase at the Waterfront Crabhouse (2-03 Borden Ave in Long Island City), or by calling Mazzarella at 718.729.4862 or Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting Mazzarella and Duffy.

Go on line at for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

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