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Chicago Boxers’ Reunion a Smash!

by on Aug.26, 2016, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

 

Former light heavyweight champion of the world Montell Griffin (left) with former #1 nationally ranked featherweight Orlando Johnson.

Former light heavyweight champion of the world Montell Griffin (left) with former #1 nationally ranked featherweight Orlando Johnson.

This past Friday, on August 19th at Bourbon Street in south suburban Chicago, I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual Chicago Boxer’s Reunion. And let me tell ya, I was like a kid in a friggin’ candy store.

This reunion was not ‘fighter inclusive’. It was open to the official, the writer and most of all, the fan. It was just as well, as I did not have the lengthy career some of these stalwarts of pug-alley experienced. However, they made me feel as welcome as a unanimous decision in their favor. (continue reading…)

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Open to the Public This Friday: Second Annual Chicago’s Boxers Reunion

by on Aug.17, 2016, under Boxing News

Former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Montell Griffin, is among those scheduled to attend the boxing reunion.

Former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion, Montell Griffin, is among those scheduled to attend the Chicago’s Boxer’s Reunion.

MERRIONETTE PARK, IL — On Friday August 19th at the Bourbon Street night club in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, the second annual Chicago Boxer’s Reunion will convene. The reunion is the brainchild of former Chicago amateur sensation Vince ‘Rock’ Hudson, who has organized the reunion in his efforts to bring together these great combatants from pug-alley who have lost touch with one another for one rocking hash session.

Not to be confused with some members only event, this reunion is open to not only the fighter, but also the announcers, the officials, the writers and of course the fan of Chicago boxing. (continue reading…)

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Touching Gloves with… Joey Ruiz

by on Nov.03, 2015, under Boxing News

By Dan Hanley

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Back in the mid-’80s, while working as an amateur boxing judge, I spotted a kid at a show whom I had been hearing about professionally. Dressed in a white blazer and looking like an Hispanic version of Sonny Crockett – hey, it was the ’80s – I found him very forthcoming on his career to date. Fast forward 30 years and I’m in a neighborhood restaurant tackling a steak with the intensity of a stray mongrel on roadkill, when I spot this dude with an unmistakable fighter’s nose. I was simply going to ask him if he had done a bit of boxing when I suddenly found myself sputtering, “Hey…are you Joey Ruiz?” Although – thank God – no longer sporting the Miami Vice look, he isn’t too far past his 140 lb. fighting weight of that era. And he is doing alright. (continue reading…)

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