IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:43:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.

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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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Bareknuckle Fighting

and Heroes of the Prize-ring (Retro Classics)

by Tony Gee

Product description

Up to ScratchSuch was prize-fighting’s appeal during the 18th and 19th centuries that, at its zenith, the sport was patronised by royalty and aristocracy and, notwithstanding its illegality, its contests often attracted thousands of spectators from all walks of life. “Up to Scratch” covers bare knuckle fighting from early English stage bouts to boxing’s transitional period between knuckles and gloves. Although concentrating mainly on a region, then just north of the metropolis, which was a favourite venue of the London prize-ring, it is essentially an anecdotal account of what was unquestionably one of England’s most dramatic sporting pastimes. Included are tales of some of the great champions – Tom Johnson, Daniel Mendoza, Jem Belcher, Tom Sayers and Jem Mace – as well as many forgotten, but no less colourful, fistic heroes. Up to Scratch powerfully evokes an age when pugilism was a barbaric, corrupt and yet primarily noble activity which makes today’s boxing look positively tame by comparison.

About the author (2015)

Tony Gee is one of the foremost authorities on the prize-ring and Up To Scratch is the result of extensive research.

Publisher:G2 Entertainment Ltd

Format:Paperback | 208 pages

Dimensions:154mm x 224mm x 12mm | 300g

Publication date:15 May 2015

Publication City/Country:Gravesend

ISBN 10:1782811125

ISBN 13:9781782811121

Illustrations note:black & white illustrations

Available at amazon.com in several formats including Kindle E-book

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Tony Zale The Man of Steel http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tony-zale-the-man-of-steel/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/08/tony-zale-the-man-of-steel/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:38:10 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8427 BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT

Tony Zale The Man of Steel

by Ted Zale and Clay Moyle

zale-book-coverAuthors TED ZALE and CLAY MOYLE have completed their collaboration on the story of the one and only Man of Steel from Gary, Indiana.  It features over 490 pages, 105,000 words,  and was four and a half years in the making.  The hard  cover book with the handsome dust jacket includes more than 400 photos, many of which are from Tony and his nephew Ted’s personal collections and have never before seen by the public.  This long awaited biography about a young Polish steelworker who overcame his shyness to become a world boxing champion goes behind the scenes for a closer look at how difficult his life was outside the square circle. “Keep the kids off the street and in the ring” was Tony’s message.

PRE-ORDERS are now being taken for a mid-December delivery, just in time for gift giving this Holiday season.  For pre-ordering and further information, please email: Deb Zale at ChampTonyZale@aol.com You will not be disappointed!

The price of $35 per book includes mailing within the continental United States.

If you prefer PayPal, please go to www.tonyzale.ORG for that payment option.
Click on the “Purchase Now” tab.

Thank you to ALL our friends and family who have supported us in this labor of love over the years.  You gave us encouragement and belief in what Tony stood for and dedicated his life to; God, family, education and the children.  You kept us motivated to complete his life’s story and we thank you so very, very much.

God Bless.

As the Champ would say,

Best Wishes and Success

Ted and Deb Zale

and Clay Moyle

Links to our website and Facebook Page are below.



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A History of Women’s Boxing http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/07/a-history-of-womens-boxing/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2015/07/a-history-of-womens-boxing/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:26:05 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8415 A History of Women’s Boxing

by Malissa Smith

women-boxingRecords of modern female boxing date back to the early eighteenth century in London, and in the 1904 Olympics an exhibition bout between women was held. Yet it was not until the 2012 Olympics-more than 100 years later-that women’s boxing was officially added to the Games. Throughout boxing’s history, women have fought in and out of the ring to gain respect in a sport traditionally considered for men alone. The stories of these women are told for the first time in this comprehensive work dedicated to women’s boxing.

A History of Women’s Boxing traces the sport back to the 1700s, through the 2012 Olympic Games, and up to the present. Inside-the-ring action is brought to life through photographs, newspaper clippings, and anecdotes, as are the stories of the women who played important roles outside the ring, from spectators and judges to managers and trainers. This book includes extensive profiles of the sport’s pioneers, including Barbara Buttrick whose plucky carnival shows launched her professional boxing career in the 1950s; sixteen-year-old Dallas Malloy who single-handedly overturned the strictures against female amateur boxing in 1993; the famous “boxing daughters” Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde; and teenager Claressa Shields, the first American woman to win a boxing gold medal at the Olympics.

Rich in detail and exhaustively researched, this book illuminates the struggles, obstacles, and successes of the women who fought-and continue to fight-for respect in their sport. A History of Women’s Boxing is a must-read for boxing fans, sports historians, and for those interested in the history of women in sports.

About the Author: Malissa Smith is an amateur boxer and maintains a popular blog about the sport-Girlboxing. She writes frequently on the topic of women’s boxing and has appeared as a guest on the radio show Courts & Sports to discuss women’s boxing history and women’s boxing in the Olympics. Smith is a board member of the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF).

This book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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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

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