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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Is Sold Out

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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Is Sold Out

New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Is Sold Out

The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Induction dinner this Sunday is completely sold out, according to the press release by Ring 8, who is sponsoring the event. The Ring 8 has long been a staple in the New York Boxing scene and stands by its motto, “Boxers helping Boxers.” Those selected are deserving for their contributions to the sport, whether alive or deceased, and it’s great that the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame is recognizing these individuals like the late Hector Rocha, who has changed many lives as a coach at the Fame & Fabled Gleason’s Gym.

David Diamante with Ring 8 President Bob Duffy

NEW YORK (April 27, 2023) – This Sunday afternoon’s (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET) 10th New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, sold out for the first time ever, three weeks prior to the event with more than 400 tickets purchased to honor its 22-member Class of 2023, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

It marks the first sellout ever for this prestigious event. All boxers needed to have been inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career. Below is a list of the Class of 2023.




“Super” Zab Judah (44-10, 30 KOs) – Brooklyn

Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) – Brooklyn

Kevin “Mr. Excitement” Pompey (32-18-3, 12 KOs) – Troy

Dmitry “Star of David” Salita (35-2-1, 18 KOs) – Brooklyn

Kathy Collins (14-2-4, 3 KOs) – Plainview


Johnny Busso (36-12-1, 15 KOs) – Poughkeepsie

Eugene “Silent” Hairston (45-13-5, 24 KOs) – Bronx

Tony “Jimmy Pell” Pellone (51-19-6, 10 KOs) – New York City

Mike “The Bronx Spider” Belloise (91-28-12, 21 KOs), – Bronx

Harry “Black Panther” Wills (70-9-3, 56 KOs) – New York City

Eddie “Wildcat” Davis (34-6-1, 20 KOs) – Hampstead



Dave Diamante – Brooklyn

Tony Paige – Bronx

Bob Mladinich – Latham

Barry Jordan – Brooklyn

Robin Taylor – Brooklyn

Bob Caico – Buffalo


Hector Rocha – Brooklyn

Izzy Zwerling – Brooklyn

Dave Wolf – Manhattan

George Washington – Brooklyn

Irving Cohen – New York City

The 2023 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF Nominating Committee members: Chairperson Jack Hirsch, Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Don Majeski, Ron McNair, Jim Monteverde, Neil Terens, Jose Corpas, Bobby Cassidy, and Bob Duffy.

Go online at or for additional information about the York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go online to for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues are only $30.00, and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles in 2017 while being an active duty U.S. Marine. Abe is the Managing Editor for Big Fight Weekend and also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

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