IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:33:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ingemar Johansson Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/01/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/01/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/#respond Sun, 31 Jan 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.

AUTHOR

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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Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/01/florida-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:05:22 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8538 The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame released their 2016 class on Saturday, from the SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers.

The announcement was part of the sixth annual open house & fundraiser. Close to 200 people enjoyed the event and ceremony.

Living inductees include former world champions Freeman Barr, Marvin Camel, Ray Mercer, and Sugar Baby Rojas, trainer Dave Marks, media members Al Bernstein, Jimmy Gestwicki, and Ira Glass, participant Eric Bottjer, officials/commissioners Ric Bays and Tommy Kimmons.

Those being inducted posthumously include Alexis Arguello, Hector Camacho Sr., Beau Jack, Mike Quarry, and official Ruby Goldstein.

Don Balas and Frank Gentile will receive Lifetime Boxing Achievement Awards.

The formal induction weekend is set for June 24-26 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa, FL.

PURCHASE TICKETS: 813-884-7711

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame

 

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New York State Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/12/new-york-boxing-hall-of-fame/ Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:03:21 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=6923 NEW YORK (December 29, 2015) – The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, has announced its 18-member Class of 2016. The fifth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 3, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

“This is another very strong class of inductees,” said Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy, who was inducted into the NYSBHOF last year. “We are honoring New York’s finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include former world welterweight champion (’90-91) and 1986 New York Golden Gloves winner, Bronx fighter Aaron “Superman” Davis (49-6, 31 KOs), Rochester’s world junior welterweight champion (’93-94) Charles “The Natural” Murray (44-9, 26 KOs), Bronx two-time world lightweight title challenger and 1970 New York Golden Gloves co-champion Vilomar Fernandez (30-11-2, 9 KOs), and New York City’s world lightweight title challenger Edwin Viruet.

Posthumous participants being inducted are Spanish Harlem’s 4-time, 3-division world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (79-6-3, 45 KOs), Brooklyn’s world middleweight champion (1952) Rocky Graziano (67-10-6, 52 KOs), Buffalo’s world lightweight (’25-26) titlist Rocky Kansas (62-11-6, 38 KOs), Brooklyn’s 2-time world bantamweight titleholder Joe Lynch (99-36-19 2 NC, 37 KOs) and Brooklyn’s “uncrowned welterweight champion” Joe Miceli (60-42-8, 28 KOs).

Non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are Canastota’s International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Ed Brophy, Bronx promoter Joe DeGuardia, Melville’s commissioner/media personality Randy Gordon and Queens promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Bronx manager Howie Albert, Manhattan’s East Side trainer/cutman Freddie Brown, New York City television commentator Howard Cosell, Manhattan’s Lower East Side boxer/referee Ruby Goldstein and New York City manager Jimmy Jacobs.

Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.

The 2016 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair, Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be 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 or during the prime of their respective career.

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IBHOF Announces Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/12/ibhof-announces-class-of-2016/ Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:30:46 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11124 CANASTOTA, NY – DECEMBER 16, 2015 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Inductees include Puerto Rico’s multi-division champion Hector “Macho” Camacho (posthumous), Mexico’s two-division champion Lupe Pintor and Panama’s two-division champion Hilario Zapata in the Modern category; judge Harold Lederman, commissioner Marc Ratner, journalist Jerry Izenberg and broadcaster Col. Bob Sheridan.

The Hall of Fame also released names of posthumous honorees: Petey Sarron in the Old-Timer Category; and trainer Whitey Esneault in the Non Participant Category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. Biographies on the Class of 2016 can be found on www.ibhof.com

“We’re extremely excited about the Class of 2016 and are very much looking forward to paying tribute to the new inductees in Canastota next June,” said Executive Director Edward Brophy.

The 2016 Hall of Fame Weekend is scheduled for June 9-12th in Canastota, NY. Over 10 events, including a golf tournament, banquet, parade and autograph card show, are planned. An impressive celebrity lineup of boxing greats of yesterday and today will attend this year’s Induction Weekend. The highlight of the weekend will be the Official Enshrinement Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds in Canastota, New York on Sunday, June 12th to welcome the newest members.

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RIP Bob Foster http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/rip-bob-foster/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:09:39 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11105 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bob Foster, the former light heavyweight champion who fought Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali and went on to become a sheriff’s deputy, died Saturday. He was 77.

New Mexico state Rep. Antonio Maestas said in a statement that Foster died at Presbyterian hospital in Albuquerque with wife Rose and his family at his side.

“His wife Rose Foster, his children, and Family thank you for your prayers and support in this time of healing,” the statement said.

In Las Vegas before the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez fight, a 10-count was tolled on the bell at Mandalay Bay in honor of Foster.

Standing 6-foot-3, the big-punching Foster was 56-8-1 with 46 knockouts. He won the light heavyweight title in 1968 when he stopped Dick Tiger in the fourth round of their fight at Madison Square Garden. It was the only time Tiger was knocked out in his career.

Two years later, Foster moved up to heavyweight to challenge Frazier for the title. The fight was a mismatch, with Frazier stopping Foster at 49 seconds of the second round.

In 1972 fought again as a heavyweight, meeting Ali at a Lake Tahoe casino. Again, Foster was overmatched, with Ali knocking him down seven times before the fight was finally stopped in the eighth round.

Foster, who was named the third-greatest light heavyweight ever by Ring Magazine in 1994, made 14 successful title defenses before retiring as champion in 1974. He returned a year later, finally retiring for good in 1978 after being knocked out in his last two fights.

He was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s first class in 1990.

While still boxing, Foster began his career with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

Born in Borger, Texas, Foster grew up in Albuquerque and played football at Albuquerque High. He served in the Air Force.

A public service and celebration of life will be held in Albuquerque.

]]> The Proper Pugilist: Essays on the Milling Art http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/the-proper-pugilist-essays-on-the-milling-art/ Mon, 16 Nov 2015 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)

 

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New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:30:27 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=4006 Nearly 500 boxing fans and family members came out for our 46th Annual Induction and award ceremonies, on November 12th at the beautiful Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey.

Fourteen (14) of Boxing’s finest were inducted, 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

Here is a link to the evening’s festivities. New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame

Posted by Henry Hascup,

President, NJBHOF

 

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29th Annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/10/ring-8-2015-award-winners/ Fri, 16 Oct 2015 19:20:37 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11080 The 29th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday, December 13 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. He will also be honored as Ring Announcer of the Year.

Ring 8 has announced its 2015 award winners (see complete list below.

“Our members look forward to this event every year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We have another great group of outstanding award winners. Committed celebrity guests include former world champions Mark Breland, Luis Collazo, Iran Barkley and Vito Antuofermo, as well Sean Monahan, Bobby Cassidy, Harold Lederman and Frankie Galarza. We truly appreciate them lending their support as Ring 8 proudly continues its record for lending a helping hand to those in the boxing community who are less fortunate. Each year our Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony celebrates our great sport of boxing, insuring much-needed funding is raised so we may continue our mission for our needy brothers and sisters in boxing. We will never waver from their corners.”

2015 RING 8 Award Winners

RING 8’s WOMAN OF THE DECADE: Hon. Melvina Lathan

RING 8’s NYS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Sadam Ali

RING 8’s NYS FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Heather Hardy

RING 8’s UNCROWNED CHAMPION AWARD: John Duddy

RING 8’s CO-CUTMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: George Mitchell & Mike Rella

RING 8’s BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Billy Strigaro

RING 8’s TRAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Andre Rozier

RING 8’s COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Kevin Collins & Gerard Wilson

RING 8’s PROMOTER OF THE YEAR: Joe DeGuardia

RING 8’s SPONSOR OF THE YEAR: George O Neill

RING 8’s OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Carlos Ortiz Jr.

RING 8’s AMATUER OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Christina Vila

RING 8’s LONG AND MERITORIOUS SERVICE AWARD: Jack Hirsch

RING 8’s PROFILES OF COURAGE AWARD: Paddy Dolan

RING 8’s PROSPECTS OF THE YEAR: Wesley Ferrer & Danny Gonzales

RING 8’s RING ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR: David Diamante

RING 8’s PATRIOTISM AWARD: Cpl. Ron McNair Jr.

Tickets, priced at $125.00 per person, are available to purchase by contacting Bob Duffy by phone (516.313.2304), email DepComish@aol.com, or mail checks (payable to Ring 8) to him (164 Lindbergh Street, Massapequa Park, NY 11762). Donations of any denomination are welcome for those unable to attend the festivities.

Tickets include a complete brunch with cocktail hour upon entry, followed by seating at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and top-shelf open bar throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to sell-out and everybody is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible in order to secure favorable seating.

Go online to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about Ring 8 or its annual Holiday Events and Awards Ceremony.

Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach (718.843.5055).

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 still 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 on line 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 is 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.

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Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/09/ring-44-buffalo-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ Thu, 10 Sep 2015 16:52:18 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11043 Green-Collins

Jack Green (left) and Bob Collins (right).

Former Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 President Jack Green will be among the five inducted into the Ring 44 Hall of Fame during the association’s annual dinner ceremony September 11, 2015 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant.

Green just completed a 16-year run as Ring 44 President, a role in which he revamped the Hall of Fame ceremony. Wearing his trademark burgundy fedora and dark blazer, Green regularly represented the area at various boxing cards outside of Western New York and continues to serve as a Buffalo boxing ambassador for Ring 44. He joins his father, area boxing great Johnny, as a member of the hall.

Others members of the Class of 2015 include Eddie Neimann, Anthony Parisi, Al Quinney and his brother Manny Quinney. Neimann was a two-time Buffalo Golden Gloves champion who went 2-0 as a professional. Parisi trained and managed boxers for more than 30 years, including the Muscato brothers and Lou Scozza when fought Jimmy Slattery for the world title in 1927. The Quinneys were the second set of brothers to win open division Golden Gloves titles in the same year.

Former WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz will be the special guest and the News’ Tim Graham, former president of the Boxing Writers Association of America, will be a guest speaker during the dinner.

The Buffalo News

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