IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:12:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:30:27 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=4006 On Thursday evening, November 3, 2016, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold it’s 47th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are priced at ONLY $85.00 per person.

Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest will be inducted in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, and they are as follows:

Debra Barnes (Holmdel)- Professional Boxing Judge since 1990. She has judged many Championship and top-flight bouts during her career including George Foreman/Gerry Cooney, Roberto Duran/Vinny Pazienza & Sugar Ray Leonard/Hector Camacho.

Scott DePompe (Kinnelon) – former International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental super lightweight title holder. He beat Michael Corleone to capture the IBO Title, and was rated just outside the top 10 in the World at the height of his career. He is now an Amateur coach.

Pat English (Lincoln Park) – An Attorney who represented boxers, managers and promoters for over 34 years. He has been involved in various capacities in well over 200 major bouts (World Championship and/or Bouts appearing on HBO, Showtime, etc.). He has represented World Champions, including Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, Pernell Whitaker, Tomasz Adamek & Nicolai Valuev He also represented several managers including Lou Duva, Emanuel Steward and Vincent Scolpino. He is the current Attorney for Main Events.

Nelson Fernandez (Bloomfield) – Boxing Broadcaster, HBO Latino/Manager. Play by Play boxing commentator for HBO Latino World Championship Boxing. He has managed and/or trained 11 World Champions and 39 Regional/Continental Champions.

Derrick Graham (Newark) – Former New Jersey Amateur Champion. Fought Winky Wright, Dave Hilton and Mean Joe Greene as a Pro. His reputation for being a hard-nose, scrappy fighter garnered invitations to spar with boxing greats such as Bernard Hopkins and Oscar DeLaHoya. He is now an Amateur coach.

Cosmo Liaci (Kearney) – Former AAU Champion, Amateur & Professional trainer and former President of the Veteran Boxers Association Ring 20 and Ring 25. As a trainer he trained Conrad Tucker and John Sullivan in the pro ranks and he also trained several young boxers to Amateur titles.

Pat Lynch (Middletown) – 1997 BWAA Manager of the Year, who is best known for managing Arturo Gatti to two World Titles. He also managed John Molnar & Freddie Cadena. He is the current manager of Julian Rodriguez, Glen Tapia and Clarence Booth.

Leon Muhammad – Boxing Manager & advisor to 8 former World Champions, including Tim Witherspoon, Johnny Bumphus, Eddie Mustfa Muhammad & Michael Spinks. He has also worked as matchmaker for several top promoters including Lou Duva, Don King, Butch Lewis, Top Rank and Murad Muhammad and is still works in the business after 40 years.

Rodney Price (Elizabeth) – Former professional fighter who was a National Golden Glove Finalist, 10 time State Champion in the Junior Olympics, Golden Gloves and Diamond Gloves. He now serves as an inspector for the N.J. Athletic Control Board while serving as an Amateur referee and judge.

Ray Ryan (Neptune) Served over 25 years as an Inspector and timekeeper for the N.J. Athletic Control Board. Currently the most senior timekeeper with the Board and has worked well over 50 World Title fights.


Jimmy Anest (Hackensack) – He was a deaf mute who fought throughout the 1940’s. He fought some of the best welterweights of his era including Billy Graham, Johnny Bratton and Johnny Cesario.

Phil Berman (Paterson) – NJ Golden Glove and Diamond Glove Champion, who had some of the quickest KO’s both as an Amateur, two under 20 seconds and Pro, including a 28 second KO at Madison Square Garden, which is one of the fastest KO’s ever at the Garden in it’s long history. His career was cut short by an injury he received during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart.

Gerald Hayes (Newark) – N.J. State Super Featherweight Champion who holds a win over Juan Laporte, who was the World Featherweight Champion at the time. He also fought Lupe Pintor, Bobby Chacon, Rocky Lockridge, Alexis Arguello, Bernard Taylor (twice) and Eusebio Pedroza.

Herschel Jacobs (New York) – Gave Rubin “Hurricane” Carter his 1st professional loss. He ended the career of former Light Heavyweight Champion Harold Johnson by stopping him on cuts. He also beat Henry Hank, fought a draw against Jimmy “The Cat” Dupree and went the distance with Ken Norton while being out weighed by almost 30 pounds.

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring their Senior Amateur, Junior Olympic Amateur & Professional Boxer of the Year, as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year, Plus our “2016 Man of the Year”.

Henry Hascup,

President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame



STARS IN THE RING: JEWISH CHAMPIONS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF BOXING http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/stars-in-the-ring-jewish-champions-in-the-golden-age-of-boxing/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/stars-in-the-ring-jewish-champions-in-the-golden-age-of-boxing/#respond Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:30:08 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11244 PRESS RELEASE

Mike Silver does it again! Another fistic literary knockout!


A Photographic History

      By Mike Silver

 Stars in The Ring Cover

By the author of the critically acclaimed “The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science”, here is the definitive history of the Jewish boxing experience. Eminent boxing historian Mike Silver presents this vibrant and colorful history in the first illustrated encyclopedic compendium of its kind. Included are biographies of 166 prominent Jewish boxers, numerous anecdotes, sidebars and over 200 photos.  An extensive appendix section rates the top Jewish boxers in 13 different categories and includes every championship fight and Madison Square Garden main involving a Jewish boxer.

This is not just a great boxing book; it is an important work of social history dealing with a significant aspect of American immigrant history from the late 1890s to the 1950s. “Stars in the Ring” will give you a ringside seat to a time when boxing was infused into the popular culture and rivaled baseball in popularity.

Stars in the Ring: Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing: A Photographic History (Lyons Press, hardcover, 366 pages) is now available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Silver is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization. He is the author of The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science (McFarland Publishers, 2008).



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PA Boxing Hall of Fame names Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/pa-boxing-hall-of-fame-names-class-of-2014/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 15:12:54 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8067 The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame released the names of their induction class for 2016. The sixteen new members will be welcomed to the PA Hall at the annual induction ceremony and banquet to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Philadelphia.

The list of honorees includes ten former boxers and six renowned non-boxers. The fighters are – Benny Amparo – Bob Baker – Johnny Bizzarro – Harry Bobo – George Chip – Hugh Kearney – Andre Prophet – Monty Sherrick – Chucky T – Big Joe Thomas.

The legendary list of non-boxers includes trainers Jimmy Arthur  – Duke Dugent –  George James – Augie Scimeca, plus writer Jack Obermayer, and cut man Ralph Citro.

“This is another diverse and exciting class of inductees,” said John DiSanto, Chairman of the PABHOF. “This year’s group represents Pittsburgh, Erie, Phoenixville, Canonsburg, New Castle, South Jersey, and of course, Philadelphia. It is a great group and I look forward to the induction ceremony on May 15th.”

The sixteen new members of the oldest boxing hall of fame in the country will be honored at the annual PABHOF Banquet, Sunday, May 15, 2015, 4PM, in Philadelphia. Tickets for the event cost $65, and can be purchased by calling John Gallagher at 215-920-8791.

Springs Toledo’s IN THE CHEAP SEATS http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/springs-toledos-in-the-cheap-seats/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/springs-toledos-in-the-cheap-seats/#respond Sun, 03 Apr 2016 17:39:11 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11238 Springs Toledo’s


Book Cover In The Cheap SeatsIn his latest collection of award-winning boxing essays, Springs Toledo takes a hard look at the hardest game from a seat next to yours. Where the widely-acclaimed The Gods of War (Tora, 2014) zoomed in at the greatness of the golden era, In the Cheap Seats zooms out for a panoramic view of the wild world of boxing: the true champions and contenders, the stumblebums trying to make a buck inside of six rounds, the fans who swear by it and sometimes swear at it, and the rich assortment of characters large and small that inevitably gather around the ring. Whether you’re a purist or a critic, a casual fan or a toe dipper, Toledo proves to be the perfect companion at the fights.

About the Author: Springs Toledo is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, International Boxing Research Organization, International Boxing Hall of Fame Committee, Ring 4 Veteran Boxers’ Association, and a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. His work has earned over twenty BWAA writing awards since 2010 and has been featured on NPR’s “Here & Now.”

Springs Toledo’s In The Cheap Seats (Tora, hardcover, $24.99, 320 pages) is now available at Amazon.com

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Ingemar Johansson Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/03/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/03/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:28:19 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11132 Johansson CoverDESCRIPTION

Ingemar Johansson’s right hand–dubbed “The Hammer of Thor”–was the most fearsome in boxing, and Johansson’s three fights with Floyd Patterson rank among the sport’s classic rivalries. Yet most fans know little about the Swedish playboy who won the world heavyweight championship with a shocking third round knockout of Patterson and held it for six days short of a year (1959-1960).

During his reign, the raffish “Ingo” hit fashionable nightspots on two continents, romanced Elizabeth Taylor, and refused to kowtow to the mobsters who controlled boxing.

This first-ever biography of Johansson chronicles his fistic triumphs as a Goteborg teen prodigy, his humiliating disqualification for “cowardice” at the 1952 Olympics, his storybook romances with Birgit Lundgren and Edna Alsterlund and his post-career life and tragic early dementia.


Ken Brooks is a freelance writer, educator and member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO). He lives in Panama City, Florida.


The full-length biography “Ingemar Johansson” has just been published by McFarland Publishing.  It is now available on Amazon in either softcover or an ebook. 

Link to Amazon

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THE ILLINOIS ThunderBolt http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/03/the-illinois-thunderbolt/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:44:32 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11282 THE ILLINOIS




Illinois Thunderbolt CoverBILLY PAPKE: Boxings Enfant Terrible. . . Without a doubt Billy Papke is one of the legends of the boxing ring. He was finally recognized for his talent in the ring, and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.

Though there has never been a book published on Papke, he has name recognition with boxing fans all over the world who still discuss on the internet details of his four classic fights with Stanley Ketchel, which were regarded as the first great rivalry between fighters in the history of boxing.

Papke’s story is ripe with a blend of violence, tragedy, and mystery. For one hundred years the name of Billy Papke has been associated with treachery in the ring. Did Papke really deserve this reputation? The Billy Papke story is long overdue, and the boxing public and public at large can now read about the true story and not just the myth of Billy Papke.


The book is available in paperback at Amazon.Com and Barnes & Nobles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478765417

Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.

Publication date: 11/04/2015

Pages: 92

New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/02/new-mexico-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:10:48 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11199 On Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 a ceremony was held at the Knights of Columbus Council 1226, Las Cruces, New Mexico to induct the hall of fame class of 2015 into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. The Inductees included:
  • Art “Golden Boy” Aragon (posthumous)


    Danny Perez, Austin Killeen, Elba Garcia Burke and Sean McClain (Photo courtesy of Brandon Pina)

  • Mike Ortiz (posthumous)

  • Danny “Pit Bull” Perez

  • Sean McClain

  • Austin Killeen

  • Jimmy Archuleta

  • Danny Montoya

  • Elba Garcia Burke

Special Awards went to the following individuals for meritorious service to boxing:

  • Charlie Garcia

  • Ollie Wilhelm

Each inductee received a custom-designed New Mexico Boxing Hall Of Fame induction plaque.

Rocky Burke, Louie Burke, Jennifer Han, Abie Han, and Mrs. Mike Ortiz were among those who attended.

The event’s master of ceremony was Juan Nunez.

Ring 4 Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/01/ring-4-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2014/ Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:15:17 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8072 On Sunday, April 3, 2016, Ring 4 will induct the following into its Hall of Fame at their Annual Awards Banquet: John HaweJoe MarquesNorman Hayes (posthumous) – Larry Pacino (posthumous). Also, John O’Brien will be installed as a Lifetime Honorary Member of Ring 4. This year’s banquet is in honor of Mickey Finn (President Emeritus and Parliamentarian) for his long and meritorious service to Ring 4. Ring 4 was incorporated in 1947 and is the only boxing organization in Massachusetts. Moreover, it continues the camaraderie that it’s members shared in the ring and continues to elevate the veteran boxer to the plateau he has earned. The Annual Award Banquet takes place at Florian Hall in Dorchester, MA.   

Bobby Bower

President, Ring 4


The Proper Pugilist: Essays on the Milling Art http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/01/the-proper-pugilist-essays-on-the-milling-art/ Sat, 16 Jan 2016 20:30:05 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11096 From author Roger Zotti (Friday Night World) comes The Proper Pugilist: Essays on the Milling Art (Xlibris).

Proper PugilistThe warriors written about are Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano and Coley Wallace, Artie Diamond, Stanley Ketchel, Joe Louis and Tony Galento, Sonny Liston, and many others.

As for the book’s author, as a teenager living in New Haven, CT, he was knocked unconscious in the first round by a “friend” who knew how to box and punch. After he regained his senses, he realized it was far less painful to write about boxing.

The Proper Pugilist is a sure bet to inform and entertain the reader.

About the Author

A longtime boxing fan, Roger Zotti and his wife live in Preston, Connecticut, along with their creative dog. He taught in a Connecticut prison for twenty years, retiring in 1993. He is a regular contributor to the International Boxing Research Organization Journal and the Resident. Roger Zotti graduated from Eastern Connecticut College in 1966. In 1971, he received his master’s degree from Wesleyan University.

The book is available on amazon.com or by contacting the author at rogerzotti@aol.com.

Product Details

  • Paperback:80 pages
  • Publisher:Xlibris (October 21, 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1514417073
  • ISBN-13:978-1514417072
  • Product Dimensions:6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Price $10.95 ( includes postage within the continental United States)