IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:24:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 RIP Bob Foster http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/rip-bob-foster/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/rip-bob-foster/#comments 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.

]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/rip-bob-foster/feed/ 0 The Proper Pugilist: Essays on the Milling Art http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/the-proper-pugilist-essays-on-the-milling-art/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/the-proper-pugilist-essays-on-the-milling-art/#comments 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/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/11/2010-new-jersey-boxing-hall-of-fame-inductees/#comments 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/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/10/ring-8-2015-award-winners/#comments 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 CO-CUTMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: George Mitchell & Mike Rella



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







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



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/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/09/ring-44-buffalo-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/#comments 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

]]> http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/09/ring-44-buffalo-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/feed/ 0 Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2015 Inductees http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/09/illinois-boxing-hall-of-fame-announces-2015-inductees/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/09/illinois-boxing-hall-of-fame-announces-2015-inductees/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:34:55 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11006 PRESS RELEASE – August 18, 2015 – Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame announces 2015 Inductees

Chicago, IL – Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees today.

This year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois. They include:

Stanley Berg – top amateur who, after a short but successful pro career, became a top referee

Craig “Gator” Bodzianowski – Light Heavyweight who, after a 12-0 pro start, lost much of his right leg in a motorcycle accident. He continued boxing, finishing 31-4-1 and fought for the WBA World Cruiserweight Title

Luke Capuano – 21-5 Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight brawler with a huge following

John Collins – Popular professional Middleweight with a 34-2-1 record.

David Diaz – former WBC World Lightweight Champion with a 36-4-1 record

Rita Figueroa – 10-2-1 pro champion and now a top trainer

Mike Garcia – 26-0 pro who held multiple Illinois State Professional titles.

Frank Glienna – successful amateur fighter who went on to head the Illinois State Athletic Board

Montel Griffin – Olympian and WBC World Light Heavyweight Champion who also won two more minor world titles.

Bobby Hitz – top promoter, CEO of Hitz Boxing, 1983 Golden Gloves Champ and a 21-4 pro who fought George Foreman

Mike Joyce – top amateur fighter, attorney, and coach of several boxing clubs as well as head of the boxing club at Leo High School in Chicago, one of the few high school boxing programs in the United States.

Edmund L Kelly – noted Chicago politician who, in addition to being a top amateur boxer, started the Chicago Park District boxing program while serving as Superintendent of the Chicago Park District

Nate Jones – Olympic Bronze Medalist, successful pro and now a top trainer for The Money Team.

Pat La Cassa – successful amateur boxer who went on to train scores of successful pros.

Mike Landini – 26-3 pro who won several Illinois and regional professional titles.

Lenny LaPaglia – popular Light Heavyweight who compiled a 36-9 record.

Johnny Lira – Held the USBA Lightweight and Super Lightweight titles in the 70’s and 80’s

Louie Lomeli – 34-5 professional who twice fought for world titles

Luis Mateo – 22-6 pro who won several Illinois professional titles

Martin McGarry – Southside Irish amateur champion who went on to become a top local trainer

Lee Roy Murphy – former IBF World Cruiserweight Champion with a 30-4 professional record.

Eddie Perkins – a 20 year pro who held WBA and WBC World Lightweight Titles

Marc Randazzo – 29-1-1 pro who fought for the World Cruiserweight title. Now a successful restauranteur.

Jim Ryan – Golden Gloves Champion and former Illinois State’s Attorney who enacted important professional boxing legislation in Illinois.

Tony Zale – 1930’s and 40’s boxing superstar and undisputed World Middleweight Champion
The inductees will be read into the Hall Saturday November 14 at the Hall’s First Annual Banquet and Ceremony at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 near Butterfield Road and Route 53.

The Hall, in its first year, is an outgrowth of the successful 12-year-old Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. McNamara, an accomplished kickboxer, tournament fighter, and trainer of former ISKA World Cruiserweight Kickboxing Champion Rob Salazar, is also Director of the Martial Arts Hall.

“We’ve always considered boxing a martial art, one of the “fighting arts,” so we began to induct prominent people from the Illinois boxing community into the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame several years ago. Those same inductees were extremely appreciative. They also pointed out that despite the rich 150 year history of boxing in Illinois, there was no Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame and they suggested to us that we start it and run it,” says McNamara.

Previous Boxing inductees to the Martial Arts Hall include pro trainer Sam Colonna, international championship referee Pete Podgorski, pro trainer Pete George, International Boxing Organization founder John Daddono, top amateur knockout artist Robert Beal, and former World Heavyweight Champion, the late Ernie Terrell. All will be added to the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame.

The Martial Arts Hall Annual Banquet has grown into a large and successful affair, routinely attended by several hundred people. “The response by the local boxing community to the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame has been fantastic and we expect our first annual event to be as big as or bigger than the Martial Arts Hall,” added McNamara.

The Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring people from Illinois and/or who participated in or contributed to Boxing in Illinois. Its First Annual banquet and induction Ceremony will be held Saturday November 14, 2015 at Abbington Banquets, 3S002 IL-53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 near Butterfield Road and Route 53. The event starts at 6PM with a social hour, followed by dinner at 7PM, and the ceremony at 8PM.

For tickets and more information about the event, contact Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame Director Mike McNamara at 708-473-0682 or at macveg3@aol.com

For information about sponsoring the event, including advertising in the printed program, contact Co-Director Pete Hoffman at 708-267-8154 or petehoffman@hotmail.com.

Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisBoxingHallOfFame

Directions to the Abbington can be found here:


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Fifth Annual Ring 10 Awards Banquet http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/fifth-annual-ring-10-awards-banquet/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/fifth-annual-ring-10-awards-banquet/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:57:22 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11037 The Fifth Annual Ring 10 Awards Banquet event will be held on Sunday, September 13 at Marina Del Rey, Bronx, New York from 11 am – 4 pm.

This year’s award recipients are:

Arthur Mercante AwardPete Santiago

SALDATeddy Atlas

Bert Sugar AwardMike Silver

Jose Torres AwardRon Lipton

Steve Belloise AwardAlex Ramos

Additionally, 1950’s local club fighter Henry Winchman will be honored at this year’s event for appreciation of his contributions to help form the sport during the rough and tough Golden Age of boxing.

Guests who have confirmed attendance are Howard Davis, Jr., Marlon Starling, Tyrell Biggs, James Bonecrusher Smith, Lou Savarese and Danny Aiello.

Ring 10 Est. 2010  www.ring10ny.com

Veteran Boxers Foundation of New York, Inc.

Our goal is to help boxers help themselves!

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Tom Molineaux: : From bondage to baddest man on the planet http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tom-molineaux-from-bondage-to-baddest-man-on-the-planet/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tom-molineaux-from-bondage-to-baddest-man-on-the-planet/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 13:58:44 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=10599 Tom Molineaux: : From bondage to baddest man on the planet

by Bill Calogero


 Book DetailsMolineaux Cover

Two hundred years before Mike Tyson, there was Tom Molineaux! In his first book, Bill Calogero shines a light on one of the greatest unsung pioneers of the prize-    ring, “Tom Molineaux. Learn why Tom Molineaux should be considered the first American Heavyweight Champion. See what dastardly deeds blatantly robbed him of  being the first American World Heavyweight Champion on a cold and rainy day in England during December of 1810. Examine the early days of what would become  The Sweet Science. Meet the men who slammed fist against flesh and bone in the wild, outdoor, rough and tumble world of bare-knuckle boxing during the early  nineteenth century. Read of the great triumphs and tragedies in the life of Tom Molineaux, the first great American sports celebrity. Tom Molineaux was born a slave  and fought his way to freedom, riches and fame. See for yourself why Tom is an important part of American history and why it’s such a tragedy that he’s virtually a  forgotten figure today. Bill Calogero’s “Tom Molineaux: From bondage to the baddest man on the planet” will introduce you to a part of American history that should  not be forgotten.

(Foreword by Alex Pierpaoli), (Epilogue by Daxx Kahn)

Price: $22.95, plus S&H

You can get a signed copy by visiting BillyCBoxing.com and going into the Book Club section. The book is also available for purchase on Amazon.Com


Product Details

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: jc publications (September 5, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0692484108

ISBN-13: 978-0692484104

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches


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Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/press-release-jack-sharkey-biography/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 19:36:45 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8615 JACK SHARKEY

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

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