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Ring 8 recently did a good deed, sending a check to the sister of an ex fighter who lives in Texas, a man who is deteriorating mentally, with dementia and Alzheimers. Thanks, Ring 8.

Ring 8 Minutes and Notes, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

President Bob Duffy opened the meeting with the flag salute and and 10 count in memory of John Connote and Michael Dokes.

President Duffy welcomed several new members to Ring 8.

Frank Pena talked on the 2nd Annual Ring 8 picnic that he ran in Glen Gove. With the money they made they sent 28 kids on a fishing trip. Some of these kids were never even on a boat before. The Mayor and City Councilman gave Ring 8 a Proclamation for there Outstanding Work!

Leonore Lanzillotti, who’s brother fought at Sunnyside Garden as an Amateur, talked on the Plaque that will be going up at Wendy’s on Saturday, October 6th at 12 Noon, where Sunnyside Garden use to be. John Edebohls, who has worked on this for years also talked on this.

President Duffy talked on our Annual Christmas Party at Russo’s on the Bay on Sunday, December 9th.

Ring Announcer David Diamante talked on the Brooklyn Nets where he is the PA Announcer. He also became the voice of NBC Sports Network’s new highlights show, The ‘Lights. The ‘Lights airs every Monday – Friday from 7AM – 9AM EST on NBC Sports Network. He will also be announcing on September 29th on HBO.

Ron Ross talked on the condition of Emile Griffith, which is not good. He visited him the other day in the Nursing Home. Ross talked on the wonderful show that President Bob Duffy put on at the Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, New York. Not only did they have an Outstanding Boxing Show, with 9 fights, But they also included a play called the “Kid Shamrock,” which based on the boxing career of Bobby Cassidy and it was put together by Bobby Cassidy Jr.

Ron read a few poems from his books about Beau Jack and A visit to St. Nicks.

President Duffy stated that Charlie Norkus Jr’s father, will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in October and Charlie Jr., stated that he would gave a full report when he returns. Ring 8 put in a Full Page AD in Charlie Norkus Sr’s behalf.

Joe Dwyer talked on the Rocky Marciano Statue that will be put up in Brockton, Mass on September 23rd. The staue was donated by the WBC and it stands 19 feet tall.

The 3 year project by Mario Rendon and Victor Gutierrez is finally complete. It will be shipped to Brockton Massachusetts where a ceremony will take place in the month of September.

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Next Ring 8 Meeting, Tuesday, August 21st

The summer is coming to an end and Ring 8 is set to go. The Next Ring 8 Meeting will be this coming Tuesday, August 21st. Our Annual Christmas Party will take place at “Russo’s on the Bay” on Sunday, December 9th.

During the Summer Ring 8 headed by Frank Pena had a very successful and well attended picnic in Glen Cove. Also President Bob Duffy ran a highly success boxing show at the Plattduetsche Park.

Brooks, Serrano win belts at boxing block party:

By Mike Stafford: Mother Nature smiled upon promoters Bob Duffy and David Schuster on Saturday at the Plattduetsche Park. All week, thunderstorms threatened to knock out the outdoor boxing extravaganza in Franklin Square, Long Island. But the weather was perfect, the fights exciting and the boxing-themed play that kicked off the event was a knockout.”

“We had some challenges,” said Michael Bentt, the former WBO heavyweight champion who directed “Kid Shamrock.” “There was wind, planes flying over head. A lot of outside distractions that wouldn’t normally occur in the theater. But the actors rose above it all and turned in a performance they could be proud of.”

The day started at 4:30 p.m. with the performance of “Kid Shamrock,” an Off Broadway play based on the life and career of former contender Bobby Cassidy. The cast was stocked with current and former fighters. Mark Breland, Seamus McDonagh, John Duddy, Mark McPherson and Junior Jones were the retired fighters in the cast, while active fighters Jake Brodksy, Chris Algieri, Tommy Rainone and Rich Neves participated. In fact, Neves and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. performed in the play and then got in the ring for real later that evening.

Duddy and actress Shannon Lower stole the show with several explosive scenes that depicted the darker days of Cassidy’s life. And conversely, Vinny Vella, Patrick Connolly (who both appeared in The Sopranos) brought comic relief to the performance. Randy Gordon, yes the former boxing commissioner, Nick Roman
and Jim Walsh also played to the crowd. Cassidy himself delivered some powerful and emotional monologues throughout the show.

At 5:30, it was time for some real boxing and the fighters didn’t disappoint.

In the main event, Mike Brooks went to war with Joey Arroyo for eight heated rounds. Brooks (8-0) carried the day on the score cards 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 to win the IBA Youth Lightweight Title. Brooks, a southpaw, punished Arroyo with body shots but Arroyo pressed the action to the final bell. The fight was closer than the scorecards made it seem. Brooks was the winner, sharpshooting his punches, but Arroyo stayed with him for every second of the fight. It was the first eight-rounder for both fighters.

Brooklyn’s Cindy Serrano (16-5) won the vacant WIBA International Lightweight title with a unanimous eight-round decision over the very game but limited Kerri Hill (4-23-1). Serrano used her speed and combination punching to keep Hill in control for the entire bout. The scores were 80-72 twice and 79-73.

In another eight rounder, cruiserweight contender Santander Silgado (22-0) outworked and outmuscled Joell Godfrey (14-8-1) for a unanimous decision. Much of the fight was spent at close quarters. Whether the action was in ring center or on the ropes, these two cruisers dug in and banged away at each other. The difference was
that Silgado was the fresher and stronger fighter throughout. It reflected on the scorecard as well as the judges had it 79-73 twice and 80-72 for Silgado. Arthur Mercante Jr., after his stage debut, was in the ring for this fight.

“The play was great,” said Mercante Jr. “It was a lot of fun acting with everyone. My Dad actually refereed a lot of Bobby Cassidy’s fights. So it was great to see Bobby still telling his story.”

Neves, who also appeared in the play, brawled his way to unanimous decision win over the tough, but awkward, Philip Burnette. It was the first six-rounder of Neves’ career, who scored a knockdown in the fifth round.

“Burnette was very awkward and durable,” said Neves. “But I was ready to go six rounds. I could have gone more. I wasn’t worried too much about acting in the play. All I really do in my scene is shadow box, which is what I would be doing in the dressing room anyway. It was fun.”

The rest of the undercard went as follows: former national amateur champion Adam Willett W6 Miron Kadyrov (cruiserweights), Emmanuel Lartei Lartey w6 Bryan Abraham (welterweights), Dario Soccia W4 Jose Angel Ortiz (welterweights), Tyyab Beale TKO 4 Nathaniel James (heavyweights); Skender Halili TKO 3 Rashad Boger (junior middleweights).

It was a testament to Bob Duffy’s matchmaking that there were only two knockouts on the nine-bout card. They billed the event as a “Boxing Block Party,” which is exactly what it was. A little culture, some fights, live music and plenty of food and drink. If ticket holders looked on the reverse side of their tickets, there was even a $500 rebate for a brand new Jeep (parked about 50 feet from the ring) courtesy of the event’s sponsor Westbury Jeep.

“The day was a huge success,” said promoter David Schuster. “I knew if the rain stayed away, everyone would have a great time. And that’s what happened. The two title fights were action packed. It was like going to street fair that was boxing themed. That’s the atmosphere Bobby Duffy and myself wanted to capture.”

That’s exactly what they did.

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Three Punch Combo: What’s in the Cards for Spence, Kell Brook, and Cotto?



 THREE PUNCH COMBO: Errol Spence Jr. scored an impressive knockout victory against Kell Brook on Saturday to take Brook’s IBF welterweight title. Both fighters now face interesting possibilities as they move forward in their respective careers.

Spence, who entered the fight with a lot of questions, not only showcased his tremendous skills but proved he has a very good chin as well as the willingness to dig deep when needed. He is without a doubt a future superstar in this sport. With momentum strong right now, he would be wise to be as active as possible even if not landing one of the big names his next time out.

I sense that Spence’s advisor, Al Haymon, will in fact get him back in the ring this summer. One name I would speculate as an opponent is Adrian Granados. Coming off a debatable loss to Adrien Broner, Granados has earned another shot at a top fighter. Granados is not a big puncher, but will put forth a good effort. The translation here is that he is someone that can be sold to the public as an opponent for Spence while bigger names are lined up, and also someone against whom Spence can in all likelihood look impressive once again.

After a summer tilt, I would expect to see Spence back in action towards the end of the year in a more substantial fight. Keith Thurman will still be on the mend at this point, recovering from elbow surgery, so that fight is out until next year. But Haymon has plenty of other welterweights and one that I suspect he steers toward Spence will be Lamont Peterson. Peterson is a name and has a belt. He also has a stated desire to want one of the big names next along with the payday that it would command. With Thurman out, this would seem the likely immediate path for Spence as such a fight would draw plenty of attention and be easy to sell.

As for Brook, he is going to need an extensive rest before restarting his career. He suffered a beating as well as an eye injury in September against Gennady Golovkin and then suffered another beating as well as injuring his other eye against Spence. After a rest, expect to see a tune- up bout followed by a massive fight in the UK against Amir Khan. The Khan fight has always been big and one of the reasons it has not been made is that it could frankly be made anytime with it still being a very significant event. Considering where both fighters are presently in their respective careers, the timing seems right for it to happen sooner rather than later. They both get a big payday and the winner gets well positioned for another big payday in what is a loaded territory at welterweight and junior middleweight.

Errol Spence Jr. and Kell Brook gave us a great fight on Saturday. While their career paths will head in different directions, expect to see both involved in big events once again down the road.

 Miguel Cotto’s Future

 Miguel Cotto announced this week that he would be returning to the ring on August 26th to face Japanese brawler Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship. Cotto, who split from his promoter Roc Nation last week, will work with Golden Boy Promotions for this fight which will be televised by HBO.

This is an interesting development in the career of Cotto. Reportedly HBO had not been interested in televising the proposed Kamegai fight unless it received assurances from Cotto that it would lead to a bigger fight to be televised by the network. Also, Golden Boy’s involvement in the promotion signals that they could be involved in Cotto’s future. Obviously, this would mean the opponent for a big fight for Cotto would come from under the Golden Boy banner.

The obvious choice for Cotto’s big fight opponent is David Lemieux. Lemieux has been chasing a fight with Canelo Alvarez. However, with Alvarez deciding to go after Gennady Golovkin, Lemieux gets left on the outside looking in. In need of a big fight for Lemieux, Golden Boy saw an opportunity with Cotto having been previously negotiating the Kamegai fight with Roc Nation. A fight between Cotto and Lemieux makes sense for both as Cotto wants a name who isn’t a slick boxer and Lemieux wants a big fight with the payday it commands as well as the opportunity to put a signature win on his resume to bolster his future ambitions.

But I also think Golden Boy has another potential plan for Cotto. Golden Boy’s main cash cow, Canelo Alvarez, is in a high risk, high reward fight with Golovkin in September. There is no rematch clause if Alvarez wins and, of course, a win by Alvarez cements him as a mega star in the sport. He will be eyeing a return in May 2018 during Cinco de Mayo weekend. With momentum behind him, Alvarez would be wise to seek a name opponent to further boost the event. A rematch with Cotto would not only do huge business but keep the momentum going. For Cotto, it would be a chance to avenge the loss from 2015 to Alvarez and give him one massive payday as his career nears a conclusion.

Miguel Cotto is determined to close his career out with something big and it appears likely he will get his wish.

Kudos to Golden Boy

 When Golden Boy announced its new series on ESPN this winter, I was cautiously optimistic in the fights they would produce. I must say that the matchmaking thus far on this series has been superb and is getting even better with some recently announced cards. These are the types of televised shows the sport needs to generate some badly needed positive buzz.

On June 17th, Pablo Cesar Cano takes on Fidel Maldonado in a junior welterweight contest. This fight is not only very evenly matched but can’t be anything except a slugfest given the styles of the two fighters. Cano is a high pressure fighter who is willing to exchange to get his own punches home. Maldonado has the ability to box, but often gets drawn willingly into wars. In 2015, he had a back and forth shootout with Amir Iman in a fight that got some talk in fight of the year chatter. As a matter of fact, round three was probably round of the year that year. Maldonado has a tendency to fire back when he gets hit and with Cano’s style Maldonado is going to get hit a lot. This one is guaranteed action and a perfect fight for television.

About two weeks later, Golden Boy returns with another ESPN card featuring a high stakes junior featherweight contest between Randy Caballero and Oscar Negrete. Caballero is an undefeated former bantamweight belt holder and is a very skilled boxer puncher. Negrete, also undefeated, has shown much improvement inside the ring in his last few contests. The styles of these two should mix well to provide an entertaining fight. It is also evenly matched, and with so much at stake we should see the best of both men inside the ring.

One point I harp on a lot is the importance of good matchmaking, especially in televised fights. Golden Boy is doing an excellent job so far with their new ESPN series providing high quality, well-matched fights. The boxing public is taking notice and Golden Boy deserves much praise in delivering excellent events for the fans.

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George Foreman Youth Center in Houston Hosts Amateur Event



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George Foreman Youth Center –  -Starting with the ring of the bell on October 22nd, local area boxers will be fighting for a spot to represent the Gulf Coast Region at the USA Boxing National Championships & in International Travel.

Weight categories will include: Pee Wee 8-9, Bantam 10-11, Intermediate 12-13, Juniors 14-15, Youth 15-16, & Elite 18-40 in both Open and Novice divisions. Winners will represent the Gulf area at the 2016 USA Boxing Elite, Youth and Junior National Championships to be held in Kansas City Missouri December 4-10, 2016. This tournament is a sanctioned event through USA Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing and is a feeder to National and Olympic recognition.

The George Foreman Youth and Community Center was founded 32 years ago in 1984 by Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-time heavy weight champion George Foreman. The GFYCC is dedicated to providing a safe and secure location for youth to participate in sports and after school activities.

“This year for the first time in Houston boxing history, we are developing an elite international youth boxing team,” said George Foreman, IV. “The team will be selected for the sole purpose of training and traveling to other countries to gain experience on an international platform and promote cultural diplomacy! Utilizing grant and donor funding this team will be representing the George Foreman Youth and Community Center and will be announced Saturday October 22, at the Gulf Region’s Boxing Championship. The team will be reviewed by my father, 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2-Time Heavyweight Champion, George Foreman Sr. The first international trip for this new Houston team is scheduled for Jan. 2017.”

Doors open for the Gulf Gloves Championships on Saturday October 22nd at 11:00 am with announcements and the presentation of the colors by the United States Army Houston Recruiting Command Baytown Beaumont Company at 12:45 pm. The national anthem will be performed by the internationally acclaimed Houston Brass Quintet! Boxing will begin at 1:00 pm. Championship finals will begin at 1:00 pm on Sunday October 23rd.

Media open workouts for Houston amateur standout boxers will be held Wednesday October 19th at the George Foreman Youth and Community Center at 2202 Lone Oak Road Houston, Texas 77093 at 4:00 pm.

Confirmed attendees for interviews will be:

George Edward Foreman IV: Son of 2 Time Heavy Weight Champion, President of Foreman Public Relations

Marlen Esparza: 2012 Olympic Games Bronze Medalist, 2014 Amateur World Champion, 2006 & 2016 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, Nine-Time USA Boxing National Champion.

Rocky Juarez: 2000 Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 1999 Amateur World Champion, WBC Silver Featherweight World Champion.

Raul Marquez: 1988 Amateur World Championships Bronze Medalist, 1992 Olympic Games Quarter-finalist, IBF Light Middleweight World Champion.

Frank Tate: 1984 Olympic Games Gold Medalist, IBF Middleweight World Champion, NABF Light Heavyweight Champion.

Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz: WBA Lightweight World Champion, WBO Lightweight World Champion, WBA Super-Lightweight World Champion, IBF Lightweight World Champion.

“Sweet” Reggie Johnson: WBA Middleweight World Champion, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion.

In addition to many Houston area professional boxers and Gulf Boxing Association alumni. Event is sanctioned by USA Boxing – Gulf LBC: 16-25-14268

George Foreman Youth Center / Check out more boxing news and videos at The Boxing Channel.

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Michelle Corrales-Lewis Named New CEO of NV Boxing Hall of Fame



Michelle Corrales-Lewis

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 5, 2016) – The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) a non-profit charitable organization which donates to boxing-related causes, is happy to announce Michelle Corrales-Lewis as its new CEO/President. Respected boxing announcer, Rich Marotta, who founded the NVBHOF in 2012, steps down after devoting years of his life to get the organization off the ground.

With a number of boxing greats already inducted, which include world champion fighters, judges, coaches and promoters, the NVBHOF has rapidly established itself as prestigious group not only here in Las Vegas, but around the world. The NVBHOF has multiple fundraising events throughout the year, helping local boxing organizations fulfill their goals to keep boxing alive within the community.

“I took this organization as far as I could and I’m very comfortable where it is at today,” said Rich Marotta. “Michelle is on the scene in Las Vegas, has a myriad of contacts, both in business and with the boxing community, especially the fighters, and is more than ready to completely run the company. She is incredibly capable and has been an indefatigable agent for growth of the NVBHOF the past three years, taking on additional responsibilities each and every year. It brings me great pleasure to announce her as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.”

After serving as the NVBHOF Chief Operating Officer for many years, Michelle Corrales-Lewis, is thrilled at her new position within the organization.

“It’s an honor to be chosen as the new CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Corrales-Lewis, widow of former multiple world champion and 2013 NVBHOF inductee, Diego Corrales. “Rich Marotta did a fantastic job building the organization from ground up. His immense work ethic is a great example of how I plan to continue the vision he set forth. My goal is to find a home for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, one where fans from all around the world can visit on regular basis. The boxing community is filled with wonderful people that we will honor as inductees each year. I’m truly grateful for the wonderful opportunity that has been presented to me by my dear friend Rich Marotta.”

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