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Harold Lederman Speaks at Ring 8

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President Bob Duffy opened the meeting and Carmine led everyone in the National Anthem. We then had a 10 count in memory of Joe Frazier.

President Duffy thanked Lenny Mangiapane and Henry Hascup for going to the funeral of Joe Frazier yesterday.

President Duffy went over all the honorees for our Christmas Party at Russo’s on the Bay, on Sunday, December 18th. They also talked on getting both Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins, among others. He also went over the menu.

Louis Griffith talked on his father Emile, who is now in the Nassau Extended Care Facility. Hec is also arranging a Thanksgiving Party for Emile on Saturday, November 26th at 1:30 PM at the Care Facility, which is located at One Greenwich St., Hempstead, N.Y. 11550. Everyone is invited.

President Duffy thanked the people from last month that talked on Arturo Gatti for coming again. They also talked on an amateur boxing Show this week-end for the NYPD/NYFD.

President Duffy talked on the Metro State Tournament at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York. President Duffy talked on a Golden Glove Show that will be sponsored by Ring 8 on January 26th on December 9th, also at the Plattduetsche, which will be for the Bill Gallo Scholarship.

Frank Pena talked on the Golden Glove Show at Glen Cove on March 1st, where they give out Scholarships and support the Wounded Warriors.

President Duffy talked about several of his fighters that are from outside the country and that they all need visas. Laura Leifreid talked about her law firm that Duffy has used for the last two years.

Arthur Rosenfield from the Our Long Island City, took films of last years Christmas Party and he will be selling the tapes at our Christmas Party in December and Ring 8 will get the proceeds. Glenn Laga talked on his organization.

Jose Gabriel Almeida talked on a children’s book that former Heavyweight Champion of the World, John Ruiz and he wrote, called “Hook & Jab. They will be selling them at our Christmas Party and Ring 8 will get part of the proceeds.

Former NY Boxing Commissioner Randy Gordon thanked Tony Mazzarella and Bob Duffy for the support they gave him while he was the Commissioner. He also talked about Joe Frazier and how he would go out of his way for people. Randy has a radio show every Friday night and he said that he got three more guests by coming tonight, ring announcer David Diamante, trainer Tommy Gallagher and boxing historian Henry Hascup. He also stated that he gave licenses to Julie Lederman, Kathy Collins, Sparkle Lee and Melvina Lathan.

President Duffy introduced Commissioner Edwin Torres, whom talked on the 1st Ali/Frazier fight back in 1971.

President Duffy congratulated Vinnie Maddalone on his recent 1st round knockout over Mike Sheppard in Atlantic City.

Promoter Jim Foley introduced his new NBA Champion, Martin Wright.

Joe Dwyer talked on the NABF Convention that will run from December 11th to 17th, which is now open to everyone.

Patrick Hyland of Ireland was introduced by his promoter. Hyland is 24-0 as a pro and has two brothers that are also very successful.

Tony Mazzarella talked about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

President Duffy introduced our guest speaker Harold Lederman.

Harold talked about how great it was to be here with so many others that have the love for boxing as he does. He told a story how he got started in boxing. His father loved the theater and boxing. He started going to shows at a very early age. He talked about the Long Beach Staduim and who fought there. He also talked about St. Nicks.

He told a story about Billy Bello, who was an up-coming star, and they wanted to move him up so they matched him against veteran Gaspar Ortega. The fight took place at Madison Square Garden on the night before Harold was to get married. He told his future wife that there isn’t anything else to do, so why don’t we go to the fight. Ortega won going away, and two  weeks later they found Bello dead with needle marks in his arm. Several years later he was presented a picture of Ortega and Bello in that fight.

Harold started off as an amateur judge back in 1965 and made $5 a night. He advanced to a pro judge in 1967. His 1st big fight was the Ismael Laguna/Ken Buchanan fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971.

Harold talked about his daughter Julie and how he use to bring her to all the fights starting at the age of 3 or 4.

In 1986 Harold started with HBO. His 1st fight was the Trevor Berbick/Pinklon Thomas bout. Harold talked on some recent bouts that were on HBO.

He also talked about a show that was in Mexico and the temperature was 126 degrees. He stated that HBO has three different type shows: Boxing After Dark, HBO, and Pay for View, and now there coming out with another one that will be shown every month.

Harold talked on Vinnie Maddalone and how he was a real warrior and a pleasure to watch.

He also talked on the Ellis/Shavers fight and said that Shavers was the hardest puncher boxing ever had. He stated that Ellis was winning and almost had Shavers out in the first round when Shavers came up with one punch and Ellis was out. He also talked on the Cooney/Norton fight.

Questions: He judged over 100 World title fights. He also said that he was battling cancer but he has it under control.

The best fight he ever saw was the fight between Gomez and Pinder, where Gomez won by a 14th round knockout.

His top 3 fighters of all-times: Robinson, Ali and Louis.

He talked on the Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez fight this past weekend, saying that Manny throws more punches and he had him winning 116-112.

He talked about the Tyrone Everett/Alfredo Escalera fight and said that was the worse decsion he ever saw. It was widely recognized as one of the most disgraceful decisions in the history of boxing. The Ring Magazine included the decision in a list of the top five worst robberies ever.

He also talked on the Ali/Norton III, in which he had Ali winning 8-7. He said the other two judges also had Ali winning as well.

He also talked on some trainers, such as Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown, Victor Valle, among others.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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