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Houston’s Top Female Amateur Fighters

by on Apr.24, 2015, under Boxing News

Elite Women’s Division

By Karl Hegman

 

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Virginia Fuchs

1. Virginia Fuchs 112 lbs.

Nationally ranked Number Two Flyweight by USA Boxing. Southpaw Fuchs has made big strides in the last year as she has shored up and stabilized both her offense and defense. She has lost three straight years in the USA Boxing national championship finals to AIBA World Flyweight Champion Marlen Esparza. With a little more hustle, she would have beaten Marlen a couple of times as there have been two very controversial decisions in the series of fights between them.

Fuchs dropped Esparza in the National PAL Championship finals with a straight left hand. But an aged, visually challenged senior citizen referee failed to see the punch which happened right in front of him. She will get her final chance at The Champion in October at the Olympic Trials. Fuchs trains at former Unified Lightweight Boxing Champion Juan Diazs’ Baby Bull Gym and is representing the United States as of this writing in a U.S. versus China tournament in Atlanta. (continue reading…)

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Limited tickets still available for Sunday’s NYSBHOF induction dinner in Howard Beach

by on Apr.22, 2015, under Press Releases

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NEW YORK  – Limited tickets are still available for this Sunday afternoon’s (April 26, 12:30-5:30 p.m. ET) fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
 
Renown ring announcer David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
 
The 2015 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
 
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. All NYSBHOF plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission. (continue reading…)

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Boyd Melson Headlines Broadway Boxing Against Fellow New Yorker Mike Ruiz

by on Apr.22, 2015, under Press Releases

 
NEW YORK - In February, for the first time in its 12-year existence, DiBella Entertainment brought its popular Broadway Boxing series north and headed to the suburbs of Westchester County. The result was a sold-out event and a huge hit amongst fans. On Friday, May 8th, the series will once again return to the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY, with another exciting nine-bout card. Headlining the card will be the much-anticipated ring return and homecoming of Westchester County-native Boyd Melson (14-1, 4KO’s), as he takes on fellow New Yorker Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO’s) in a 10-round super welterweight battle for the WBC USNBC title.
 
Exciting undefeated local talent also scheduled to appear on the card include Danny Valle (5-0, 3KO’s), Alex Vanasse (1-0, 1KO), Max Tassy (3-0, 1KO) and Maxito Sainvil (1-0, 1KO).
 
Nicknamed “The Rainmaker”, the West Point Cadet Melson was an accomplished amateur. Competing for the West Point amateur boxing team, Melson won the 48th World Military Boxing Championship gold medal in the 69 kg. weight class and was a four-time United States Army champion, a three-time NCBA All-American boxer, a four-time West Point Brigade Open Boxing Champion, as well as being a recipient of the Colonel Marcus Award. (continue reading…)

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Jimmy Slattery book author Rick Blake to be Ring 8 Guest Speaker Tuesday night in New York

by on Apr.20, 2015, under Press Releases

 

NEW YORK (Apr. 20, 2015) – Author Rich Blake will be tomorrow night’s (Tuesday, April 21) special Ring 8 guest speaker at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.

Blake is a veteran New York City-based author who has written, Slats: The Legend & Life of Jimmy Slattery, to be released next month by publisher No Frills Buffalo. Blake is best known for covering the financial world for numerous publications, including Institutional Investor, ABCNews.com and Reuters HedgeWorld. He was a co-founder and executive editor of Trader Monthly magazine. The 46-year-old Buffalo native is the author of two non-fiction books, The Day Donny Herbert Woke Up and Talking Proud: Rediscovering the Magical Season of the 1980 Buffalo Bills. He also is co-author of a third work of non-fiction, Diary of a Hedge Fund Manager. (continue reading…)

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Unlike Many Celebs, Ali Takes Time for Common Folk

by on Apr.17, 2015, under Boxing News

By Connecticut boxing judge Joe Cusano, as told to “Iceman” John Scully

Muhammad Ali with John "Ice" Scully, at right.

Muhammad Ali with John “Ice” Scully, at right.

Anyone who is around celebrities on a regular basis, wether it is as a fan, paparazzi or being in their inner circle in some capacity, will get to see how each one is in regards to how they treat their fans. You have many different personalities involved and each one seems to handle fame, adulation and attention just a bit differently. I’ve seen instances when an extremely well known former champion turned trainer very ignorantly not only refused to sign an autograph on a boxing glove for a fan but he also used extremely vulgar language to express how much he didn’t want to do it. I was there when a well known Hollywood figure refused to sign an autograph for one of my pre-teen amateur boxers at Madison Square Garden. I’ve seen famous actors and national championship college basketball players quickly sign their names so illegibly for another of my young boxers that it resembled what it would look like if a four year child scribbled on a piece of paper so they could see if the pen had any ink in it. (continue reading…)

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