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.
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.
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.
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 www.Ring8ny.com 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.