IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:34:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:49:59 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=7589 mnbhof-logo


The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel will again be the

chosen venue to honor 8 Inductees.

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud to announce its inductees for 2015, all of whom will be honored at a banquet October 2 at Mystic Lake Casino.

2015 Inductees:

Danny Davis ~ Duane Horsman~ Mel Brown ~ Art Lasky ~ Charley Retzlaff ~ Sammy Gallop~Mike Collins~Jim Wells 

Special Recognition ~ Jamal James


The banquet is the sixth annual and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota boxing over the years. Danny Davis, Duane Horsman and Mel Brown were fighters who distinguished themselves with careers worthy of recognition at the highest level in Minnesota and were named to the modern category. Art Lasky and Charley Retzlaff were heavyweight fighters who not only fought one another but were highly regarded nationally and will represent the Old-Timer category. The Expanded category includes Sammy Gallop, who ran boxing as a distinguished promoter in Duluth, presenting some of the state’s best fighters on numerous occasions; Mike Collins was a promoter-manager in Minneapolis and before boxing was legalized in Minnesota presented fights over the border, in Hudson, Wis. Jim Wells covered boxing for the St. Paul Pioneer Press/Dispatch for 35 years and interviewed numerous world champions during that time in addition to covering amateur and professional boxing in Minnesota.

The Hall of Fame will also give special recognition to undefeated Minneapolis welterweight Jamal James as its Prospect of the Year.

Davis had a 27-14-3 record that included 12 knockouts. He twice fought lightweight champion Kenny Lane in nontitle bouts in addition to fighting to a draw with Minnesota Hall of Fame inductee Jackie Graves. In three fights with Hall of Fame boxer Glen Flanagan, he twice lost on points before winning the rubber match.

Horsman, known as the Chatfield Chopper, was a hard-hitting middleweight who won 49 of his 64 fights, 35 of them by kayo. His record includes wins against Del Flanagan, Lee Ballard and Rudy Rodriguez. He lost on points to Ralph Tiger Jones and Pat O’Connor in record gates in Rochester. Brown was a light heavyweight from St. Paul who fought from 1945 to 1955 and compiled a stunning 57-18-3 record that included 28 knockouts.

Lasky fought out of Minneapolis from 1930 to 1939 and compiled a 43-9-6 record that included 33 knockouts. He lost on points to Primo Carnera and to James Braddock and was stopped twice by Retzlaff. He stopped Fred Lenhart in three rounds. Retzlaff, meanwhile, fought out of Duluth and had a 61-8-3 record with 54 kayos, 18 of them in the first round. His record includes a split decision win over eventual world champ James Braddock.

Gallop promoted during the 1950s and 1960s with bouts featuring Jim Perrault, Al Andrews, Bobby Daniels and the state title fight between Glen Flanagan and Danny Davis.  Wells covered boxing for the St. Paul Pioneer Press from 1971 through 2006, a span in which he interviewed Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran among many others.

James is a professional welterweight from Minneapolis who is unbeaten with a 16-0 record. He is being recognized for his potential as one of the bright lights on the current Minnesota boxing scene.

Tickets, $65, provide admission to the ceremonies and include dinner. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. Dinner and the ceremonies get under way at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available by contacting the Hall of Fame website at www.mnbhof.org

]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/feed/ 0 New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/04/new-york-boxing-hall-of-fame/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/04/new-york-boxing-hall-of-fame/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=6923 nYS HOF Group Photo(Photo by Peter Frutkoff / Ring 8; Seated (L-R) – Lonnie Bradley, Bruce Silverglade, Tommy Gallagher, Joey Giambra and Saul Mamby;  Standing (L-R) Bob Duffy, Bob Miller and Harold Weston)

More than 300 people attended this past Sunday afternoon’s 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.

Renowned ring announcer David Diamante once again served 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.

NYSBHOF Class of 2015


WBC junior welterweight champion & Vietnam Veteran Saoul Mamby – Bronx/Brooklyn
WBA junior middleweight title challenger Joey Giambra – Buffalo
1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol – BrooklynTwo-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston –  New York City
WBO middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley – Harlem


World light heavyweight champion Paul Berlenbach – Astoria
“Uncrowned” world welterweight champion Billy Graham – Manhattan’s Eastside
2-Time World flyweight champion Frankie Genaro – New York City
World middleweight & welterweight champion Tommy Ryan – Redwood/Syracuse
World light heavyweight champion Jimmy Slattery – Buffalo


NYSBHOF & Ring 8 president Bob Duffy – Manhattan’s Westside/Massapequa Park
Journalist Mike Katz – Bronx
Trainer Tommy Gallagher – Howard Beach
Promoter/cutman Bob Miller  – Albany
Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade – Brooklyn


Trainer Charley Goldman – Brooklyn
MSG matchmaker Harry Markson – Kingston
Promoter Cedric Kushner  – Manhattan
MSG matchmaker Jimmy Johnson – New York City
Journalist Damon Runyon – Manhattan
Manager/matchmaker Al Weill – New York City

Each inductee received a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. All NYSBHOF plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.

All boxers had to have been inactive for at least three years, in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.

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PRESS RELEASE – Jack Sharkey Biography http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:36:45 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8615 PRESS RELEASE


A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story

By James Curl

sharkey-book-coverWhen Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

After two years of extensive research and writing, the Boston Gob’s life story is ready to be told. In this book you will follow Jack Sharkey from his days as a teenage runaway and sailor to world heavyweight champion and renowned fly-fisherman alongside his good friend, baseball great Ted Williams. You will also read about his controversial battles with such legendary fighters as Jack Dempsey, Max Schmeling, and the giant Primo Carnera. The book also covers in detail Jack’s four-fight rivalry with his great nemesis Jimmy Maloney, and offers several round-by-round descriptions of his biggest fights.

With a foreword by Jack Sharkey III, over 50 photos and 231 pages, this book offers a rich, detailed look at the life of one of boxing’s most colorful and interesting characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James Curl is a member of the international Boxing Research Organization (IBRO) and has written articles for the IBRO Journal and East Side Boxing. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography. He lives in Rancho Cordova, California.

Signed or inscribed copies are $26.95, plus $5.75 postage within the Continental United States (additional shipping charges $14.00 outside the continental (US). Please contact the author at curl88@hotmail.com

]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/feed/ 0 New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/03/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=4006 President, Henry Hascup is proud to announce that on Thursday evening, November 12, 2015, the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its 46th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the beautiful Venetian, located at 546 River Drive, Garfield, New Jersey starting at 7:00p.m.  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:

FIGHTERS: John Brown, Valentin Contreras, Curtis Parker, Micky Ward, Kevin Smith (Posthumous)

TRAINERS: Bill Johnson, Bouie Fisher (Posthumous), Harry Wiley (Posthumous)

NON PARTICIPANTS: George Hill, Andre Kut, Daryl Peoples, Mark Taffet, Donald Trump and Dave Weinberg

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring their Senior Amateur, Junior Olympic Amateur & Professional Boxers of the Year as well as the Amateur Official & Coach of the Year Plus our “2015 Man of the Year”.

For additional forms, tickets or information, contact our President, Henry Hascup at 59 Kipp Ave.,, Lodi, NJ 07644 or call him at 973-471-2458.  Email: hhascup@yahoo.com, or fax 973-470-8301


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Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/nevada-boxing-hall-of-fame%e2%80%99s-class-of-2015/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/nevada-boxing-hall-of-fame%e2%80%99s-class-of-2015/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:24:42 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8596 Legendary boxers Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson headline the 21-person 2015 Class of Inductees into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. It is a star-studded cast which includes many of the finest boxers in the sport’s history. Rich Marotta, the Hall’s founder and chief executive officer, made the announcement on February 19 during a news conference at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Las Vegas.

Nevada-resident boxers: Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia

Non-Nevada resident boxers: Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Lennox Lewis, Marco Antonio Barrera, Felix “Tito” Trinidad, Gene Fullmer

Pioneer category: James J. Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson, Joe Gans, Tex Rickard

Non-boxer participants: Lee Samuels, Pat & Dawn Barry, Steve Sneddon, Dr. Donald Romeo, Chuck Hull, Dr. Robert Voy

Inductee Bios

Nevada-resident boxers (Three elected)

• Roger “The Black Mamba” Mayweather – Mayweather is a former world champion at both super featherweight (130 pounds) and super lightweight (140 pounds) whose 41 fights in Nevada are an NVBHOF record. He scored notable wins in Nevada over Vinnie Pazienza, Livingstone Bramble and Harold Brazier. Mayweather ended his career with a 59-13 record and 35 knockouts. He was also 8-5 in major world title fights. After his fighting days ended, he went on to become one of the sport’s elite trainers and currently trains out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

• Eddie Mustafa Muhammad – Born Eddie Gregory, Muhammad reigned as light heavyweight champion from March 31, 1980, when he stopped Marvin Johnson in the 11th round, until July 18, 1981, when he lost a 15-round unanimous decision to Michael Spinks. He compiled a 50-8-1 record with 39 knockouts and met all of the great 175-pounders of his era. He is now a highly sought after trainer who works out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

• Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia – Tapia won world titles at super flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight and was one of the most popular and exciting fighters of his time. Tapia, who struggled with drug addiction much of his life and died tragically at just 45 years of age in 2012, compiled a 59-5-2 record with 30 knockouts. Ring Magazine named his 1999 bout with Paulie Ayala in Las Vegas as its Fight of the Year. His life was chronicled in an HBO documentary simply called “Tapia”

Non-Nevada resident boxers (Seven elected)

• Muhammad Ali – Without question the most famous boxer ever, Ali was the first man to regain the heavyweight title and the first and still only man to hold the linear heavyweight title on three occasions. He was 56-5 with 37 knockouts in his legendary career, which began in 1960 after he won a gold medal as a light heavyweight at the Rome Olympics. Ali fought seven times in Nevada, going 5-2. He lost to Leon Spinks in a stunning 15-round decision at the then-Las Vegas Hilton in 1978 and then was stopped by Larry Holmes in 1980. He defeated Floyd Patterson, Ron Lyle, Jerry Quarry, Bob Foster and Joe Bugner in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Sugar Ray Robinson – Widely regarded as the greatest fighter who ever lived, Robinson went 175-19-6 with 106 knockouts in a career that spanned 25 years. The Boxing Writers Association of America named its Fighter of the Year award after him. The Associated Press chose him as Boxer of the Century for the 20th century, as well as its best welterweight and best middleweight of the century. Robinson started his career 40-0 before a loss to Jake La Motta. He then proceeded to go 88-0-2 with a no contest in his next 91 bouts, giving him a stunning mark of 128-1-2. He fought in Nevada twice, losing to Gene Fullmer and Ferd Hernandez. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Marvelous Marvin Hagler – Hagler lost two of three fights to open 1976 that dropped his record to 26-2-1. But Hagler proceeded to turn his career around in a big way, reeling off a 36-0-1 streak that gained him recognition as arguably the greatest middleweight who ever lived. Hagler fought seven times in Nevada, including six world title fights. One of those was his third-round stoppage of Thomas Hearns in 1985 that many regard as one of the most exciting fights ever. He also lost a controversial decision to Sugar Ray Leonard in what turned out to be his final fight. He scored memorable wins in Nevada over Hearns, Roberto Duran, John Mugabi and Juan Domingo Roldan. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Lennox Lewis – The 1988 Olympic gold medalist lived up to the hype as a professional. He was 41-2-1 with 32 knockouts and avenged each of his defeats. He fought a number of his big fights in Las Vegas and defeated Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman, Oliver McCall and David Tua in world title fights in Nevada. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Marco Antonio Barrera – Barrera was 67-6 in his illustrious professional career, but could be a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame for three fights alone: His legendary trilogy with Erik Morales. They were three of the greatest matches ever and all were held in Las Vegas. Barrera won two of the three, including the 2004 bout that was named Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Barrera also defeated Prince Naseem Hamed and Kevin Kelley in Las Vegas and suffered a loss to Manny Pacquiao.

• Felix “Tito” Trinidad – The big-punching Trinidad was 42-3 with 35 knockouts and participated in 10 world championship bouts in Las Vegas. His 1999 decision over Oscar De La Hoya was the best-selling non-heavyweight pay-per-view to that point, drawing 1.4 million sales. He also had a sensational slugfest win over Fernando Vargas in 2000, and had an impressive victory outdoors at Caesars Palace over David Reid. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Gene Fullmer – Fullmer fought Sugar Ray Robinson four times, going 2-1-1 in what were all world middleweight title bouts. He was 55-6-3 with 24 knockouts in his career. He was 2-0-1 in Nevada fights, all of which were for the middleweight title. He defeated Robinson and Benny Paret and drew with Dick Tiger. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Pioneer category (Five elected)

• James J. Corbett – Corbett was 14-4-3 with three no contests but had a rich boxing history in Nevada. Known as “Gentleman Jim,” Corbett fought in the first world title fight in Nevada when he was beaten in 1897 by Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Bob Fitzsimmons – Fitzsimmons became the first former middleweight champion to become heavyweight champion when he knocked out James J. Corbett in the 14th round in Carson City, Nev., on March 17, 1897. Fitzsimmons was 68-8-4 with 59 knockouts and 19 no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Jack Johnson – Johnson retained the heavyweight title when he knocked out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round of a scheduled 45-rounder in Reno on July 4, 1910. Johnson became the first African American man to hold the world heavyweight title and he faced great racism. He often had to battle a so-called “Great White Hope.” Jeffries, the former champion, came out of retirement to fight Johnson in a bout that was dubbed “The Fight of the Century.” He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Joe Gans – Gans became the first African American boxer to win a world title when he claimed the lightweight title in 1906. He fought twice in Nevada, defeating Battling Nelson in Goldfield, Nev., in 1906 and stopping Kid Herman in Tonopah in 1907. He was 158-12-20 with 100 knockouts and six no contests. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

• Tex Rickard – Born George Lewis Rickard, Tex became the best-known boxing promoter in the first half of the 20th century. Rickard promoted heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and in five fights together between 1921 and 1927, they grossed $8.4 million. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $114 million in 2014. He is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Non-boxer participants (Six elected)

• Lee Samuels – A former writer for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Lee Samuels became known as the best publicist in boxing when he was hired by Bob Arum. One of boxing’s good guys who has won multiple awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America, Samuels was always devoted to Arum, Top Rank and the company’s fighters. He was known for his detailed media notes and tirelessly spreading the word about boxing.

• Pat & Dawn Barry – The husband-and-wife duo are significant players in the amateur boxing business in Nevada and have helped thousands of kids by getting them started in the state’s amateur program. Their Las Vegas-based gym, Barry’s Boxing, is a place where many of the sport’s stars got their start and where numerous amateur tournaments are held. Among the many boxers that the Barrys developed are Augie Sanchez, Diego Magdaleno and Jesus Magdaleno.

• Steve Sneddon – The long-time boxing writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Sneddon was among the finest journalists in the country for decades. He traveled the world reporting on fights for the Gannett News Service and was ringside for many of the sport’s biggest events. He was known and respected by all of the major fighters for his honesty, accuracy and compelling writing on the sweet science.

• Dr. Donald Romeo – Romeo was the ringside physician for more than 10,000 in an era where the weigh-in was on the day of the fight. He had tremendous responsibilities but always looked out for the fighters’ best interests and was willing to pull a fighter from a card for health reasons no matter who objected. He was the doctor for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and worked many major fights, including Muhammad Ali-Floyd Patterson.

• Chuck Hull – A classy, well-dressed man who was known for wearing a tuxedo into the ring, Hull is regarded as one of the great ring announcers in the sport’s history. A sportscaster at KLAS-TV, Channel 8, Hull announced most of the major fights in Las Vegas in the 1980s, including Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney, Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns and Muhammad Ali-Holmes. He also was the ring announcer for the boxing matches at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

• Dr. Robert Voy – One of the most respected ringside physicians in the sport’s history, Voy was a fierce advocate for fighter safety and was heavily involved in the anti-doping movement. He was the chief medical officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee and served as the president of USA Boxing. He was known for treating many of the sport’s biggest stars, often for free when they were unable to pay.

Caesars Palace will host the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s third annual induction dinner/ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8. The silent auction begins at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner ceremony starts at 7:00. Tickets for the induction dinner will be $300, $175 and $75 and are on sale now. A full weekend of activities are planned. An NVBHOF exhibit will be on display on Friday and Saturday at the property and welcoming party on Friday, August 7.

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Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/florida-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/florida-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:05:22 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8538 The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015 was announced on January 10, 2015 at the SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Florida.


Uriah Grant

Phil Jackson

Tony Licata

Benny “Kid” Paret

Nick Spanakos

Pete Spanakos

Tony Tucker.



Harold Wilen

Mac Goodman

Chuck Talhami.



Julio Martinez

W. H. Peeples.



Jorge Hidalgo

Harold Lederman.



Leon Margules

Ed Gersh.



Jimmy Resnick

Mike Ross

Frank Santore

Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.


Special Awards

Shea Bailey

Arcadio Castro.


The induction weekend is June 19-21 at the Tampa Holiday Inn Westshore in Tampa.


PURCHASE TICKETS: 813-884-7711


]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/florida-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/feed/ 0 PA Boxing Hall of Fame names Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/pa-boxing-hall-of-fame-names-class-of-2014/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/pa-boxing-hall-of-fame-names-class-of-2014/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:12:54 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8067 The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame released the names of their induction class for 2015. The fifteen new members will be welcomed to the PA Hall at the annual induction ceremony and banquet to be held on May 17, 2015 in Philadelphia.

The list of honorees includes nine former boxers and five renowned non-boxers. The fighters are John David JacksonRoger RussellAnthony WitherspoonJerome ArtisTony MartinWee Willie DaviesTommy YaroszSteve Traitz Jr. and Hank Quinn.

The legendary list of non-boxers include a trio of legendary trainers – Sam SolomonBouie Fisher, and Slim Jim Robinson, manager Baron Dougherty, and cut men Milt Bailey and Joey Eye.

“The PA Hall is proud to have another excellent induction class,” said John DiSanto, Chairman of the PABHOF. “It is a terrific group of historic boxing figures and we are excited to have the chance to honor them on May 17th.” For more information about the PABHOF or this year’s event, please call 609-377-6413.

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Ring 4 Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/ring-4-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2014/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/02/ring-4-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2014/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:15:17 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8072  

Ring 4 President Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Annual Banquet to Honor Tony DeMarco On 60th Anniversary of Winning World Title

Ring 4 President Mickey Finn has announced this year’s Ring 4 Hall of Fame Inductees. At a meeting of the Board of Director’s held on February 14th Kevin McBride, Ken Flora, and Brian Powers were selected as this year’s honorees. Ring 4 Hall of Fame member Paul Doyle will receive the prestigious Ring 4 award for his meritorious service to boxing. Paul is the author of the highly acclaimed book “Hot Shots and Heavy Hitters.”


Kevin McBride

Kevin McBride, The Clones Colossus, represented Ireland in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Kevin turned pro after that and compiled an outstanding record of 24 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw when he signed to fight Mike Tyson. Most experts didn’t give McBride a chance against Iron Mike, but Kevin trained to win and was not intimidated by the hard hitting former champ. Kevin made history when he stopped Tyson in the 6th round sending Mike into permanent retirement. Kevin finished his career with a record of 35-10-1 with an amazing 29 wins by knock out. In addition to Tyson, he faced top contenders Axel Schulz, Louis Monaco, Andrew Golata and Tomasz Adamek. He was trained by Goody Petronelli.


Ken Flora

The New Garden Gym (there were actually three over the years all within yards of each other) was the Mecca of Boxing in Boston. Anyone who was anyone in boxing stepped into the ring there. There were saints and sinners, cops and robbers, and some of the best people you would ever want to meet there. Ring 4 inductee Ken Flora’s story is a great example of what a great influence that old gym was on so many young men looking for a place in which they could find that path to manhood and a road to having self confidence. Ken described himself as a very shy kid with a speech defect who got hooked on boxing once he saw the Friday Night Fights on TV. He did some boxing with his friends around his home town of Watertown and eventually climbed the stairs up to the New Garden Gym. It was there that he met middleweight contender Blair Richardson, one of the New Garden’s saints, who gave the young Ken great encouragement and was a positive influence on him. Ken trained alongside fighters such as Gabe LaMarca, Johnny Coiley, Jerry Graci, Dick Hall, and Marion Conner. His first amateur bout was at Norfolk Prison where he was part of a team put together by Vinny Marino, Johnny Gagliardi, Johnny Dunn, and George Holden. Former World Middleweight Champion Paul Pender was athletic director at the prison. Ken fought from1966 to 1970 and complied an outstanding record of 30 and 8. He holds wins over Golden Gloves Champion Bobby Jones, Mark DiAmicus and Art Montminy. He dropped a decision to fellow Ring 4 Hall of Fame member Mike Mullen whom he considers the best he ever fought.


Brian Powers

Brian Powers retired from boxing as an undefeated professional. Everyone one I have talked to tells me he had everything it took to go all the way to the top. Tony Petronelli says Brian had it all, punch, guts, stamina, and desire. Ring 4 President Mickey Finn told me that Brian was one of the best prospects he has ever seen. Brian, who calls Holbrook his hometown, fought from 1986 until 1992 with one more fight happening in 1998. He fought some rough guys and always came out on top. He beat three opponents who went into the ring against him with undefeated records. Brian has stayed active working with young boxers and is highly respected among his peers.

President Mickey Finn is extremely proud of this year’s class of inductees and is looking forward to the banquet and award ceremony.


Tony DeMarco

In addition to the Hall of  Fame Inductions, former World Welterweight Champion Tony DeMarco will be honored at this year’s banquet. April 1, 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Tony’s winning challenge against Johnny Saxton for the World Championship. Tony won the title in magnificent fashion when he kayoed the very tough Saxton in the 14th round at the Boston Garden. I don’t think any fighter could have beaten Tony that night. The 83 year old former champ is still going strong and has written his autobiography, Nardo, which is a great read. Tony also still throws a mean left hook, so keep your distance.


Paul Doyle, Ring 4 Award for Meritorious Service to Boxing.

Tickets for this year’s banquet, which will be held at Florian Hall on Sunday, April 12th can be purchased by contacting Mickey Finn at 617-838-0055. Tickets are $60.00 a piece and include a terrific buffet dinner. I know they are selling fast, so be sure to get yours for this great time.

Bobby Franklin,

Chairman, Board of Directors

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New IBRO President Don S. Cogswell http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/01/new-ibro-president-don-s-cogswell/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/01/new-ibro-president-don-s-cogswell/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 05:28:52 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8473 It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Don Cogswell as the new President and Executive Director of the IBRO Board of Directors. Don will assume his position effective January 1, 2015.

Don, who has been an active member of the IBRO for well over a decade, is familiar with all stages of activity in our organization. His solid background and full understanding of our varied needs make him exceptionally well qualified to handle the challenges that characterize the presidency. I know that Don is committed to the continued growth of the IBRO and that all of you will assist him in any way you can.

I appreciate every members help and guidance during my years as President. I’m looking forward to continue working with Don as a member of the IBRO’s board of directors.

Dan Cuoco

When I first joined IBRO Ralph Citro was the Director. He kept the lights on, (with a stern father’s eye on our chronically late members). Ralph’s yeoman service did much to preserve IBRO as a record-correcting body. Then came his hand-picked successor, Dan Cuoco.


Under his tutelage IBRO has grown into boxing’s premiere research organization, its Journal and Supplement seen by not a few with the enthusiasm once held for the long-gone classic Ring Magazine. Dan will continue in his irreplaceable capacity as the Journal and Supplement Editor in Chief, to IBRO’s eternal gratitude.


I look forward to combining my efforts with my fellow board member and longtime associate, Tracy Callis, as well as committee members Monte Cox, Colleen Aycock, Gordon Morino and Paul Cuoco, people of exceptional talent with a proven dedication to IBRO.


My goal in accepting the presidency is to make the transition over the upcoming months a smooth one, working closely with Dan, in an attempt to fulfill those tasks in the manner in which he has performed them. Accomplishing that goal would be to me a worthy contribution to the continuation of our unique organization, the International Boxing Research Organization.

DS Cogswell

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