IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:32:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 STARS IN THE RING: JEWISH CHAMPIONS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF BOXING http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/stars-in-the-ring-jewish-champions-in-the-golden-age-of-boxing/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/stars-in-the-ring-jewish-champions-in-the-golden-age-of-boxing/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 15:30:08 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11244 PRESS RELEASE

Mike Silver does it again! Another fistic literary knockout!


A Photographic History

      By Mike Silver

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

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

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

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



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Springs Toledo’s IN THE CHEAP SEATS http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/springs-toledos-in-the-cheap-seats/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/springs-toledos-in-the-cheap-seats/#respond Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:39:11 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11238 Springs Toledo’s


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

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

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

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Ingemar Johansson Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/07/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/#respond Sat, 09 Jul 2016 21:28:19 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11132 Johansson CoverDESCRIPTION

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

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

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


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


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

Link to Amazon

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Muhammad Ali dies at 74 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/06/muhammad-ali-dies-at-74/ Sat, 04 Jun 2016 12:39:22 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11445 Muhammad Ali dies at 74

Matt Schudel, Bart Barnes



Muhammad Ali, the charismatic three-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world and Olympic gold medalist who transcended the world of sports to become a symbol of the antiwar movement of the 1960s and ultimately a global ambassador for cross-cultural understanding, died Friday night at a hospital in Phoenix, where he was living. He was 74.

The Associated Press and other news outlets confirmed the death. The boxer had been hospitalized with respiratory problems related to Parkinson’s disease, which had been diagnosed in the 1980s.

Mr. Ali dominated boxing in the 1960s and 1970s and held the heavyweight title three times. His fights were among the most memorable and spectacular in history, but he quickly became at least as well known for his colorful personality, his showy antics in the ring and his standing as the country’s most visible member of the Nation of Islam.

When he claimed the heavyweight championship in 1964, with a surprising upset of the formidable Sonny Liston, Mr. Ali was known by his name at birth, Cassius Clay. The next day, he announced that he was a member of the Nation of Islam, a move considered shocking at the time, especially for an athlete. He soon changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be,” he said at the time, signaling his intent to define his career on his own terms. “I’m free to be what I want.”

Mr. Ali came to represent a new kind of athlete, someone who created his own style in defiance of the traditions of the past. Glib, handsome and unpredictable, he was perfectly suited to television, and he became a fixture on talk shows as well as sports programs.

He often spoke in rhyme, using it to belittle his opponents and embellish his own abilities. “This is the legend of Cassius Clay, the most beautiful fighter in the world today,” he said before his 1964 title bout. “The brash young boxer is something to see, and the heavyweight championship is his destiny.”

One of his assistants, Drew “Bundini” Brown, captured his lithe, graceful presence in the ring, saying Mr. Ali would “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” The description entered the popular lexicon.

A funeral for Mr. Ali will be held in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, according to The Associated Press. City officials scheduled a memorial service Saturday.

Mr. Ali appealed to people of every race, religion and background, but during the turbulent, divisive 1960s, he was particularly seen as a champion of African Americans and young people. Malcolm X, who recruited Mr. Ali to the Nation of Islam, once anointed him “the black man’s hero.”

In 1967, after Mr. Ali had been heavyweight champion for three years, he refused to be inducted into the Army during the Vietnam War. Despite the seeming contradiction of a boxer advocating nonviolence, he gave up his title in deference to the religious principle of pacifism.

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam,” Mr. Ali said in 1967, “while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”

His title was immediately taken away, and he was banned from his sport for more than three years. He was sentenced to five years in prison, but a prolonged appeals process kept him from serving time.

Mr. Ali’s decision outraged the old guard, including many sportswriters and middle Americans, who considered the boxer arrogant and unpatriotic. But as the cultures of youth and black America were surging to the fore in the late 1960s, Mr. Ali was gradually transformed, through his sheer magnetism and sense of moral purpose, into one of the most revered figures of his time.

A casual statement he made in 1966 — “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Viet Cong” — distilled the antiwar views of a generation.

“Ali, along with Robert Kennedy and the Beatles in the persona of John Lennon, captured the ’60s to perfection,” writer Jack Newfield told Thomas Hauser, the author of a 1991 oral biography, “Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times.”

“In a rapidly changing world,” Newfield added, “he underwent profound personal change and influenced rather than simply reflected his times.”

Later, as Mr. Ali’s boxing career receded into the past, and as neurological infirmities left him increasingly slowed and silenced, he became a symbol of unity and brotherhood, someone whose very presence and image acquired an aura of the spiritual. He was greeted by thousands whenever he toured the world.

He “evolved from a feared warrior,” Hauser wrote, “to a benevolent monarch and ultimately to a benign venerated figure.”

In 1996, Mr. Ali stood at the top of a podium during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Games in Atlanta in what became one of the most indelible moments in Olympic history. Shakily holding the torch as an estimated 3 billion people watched on television, Mr. Ali lit the Olympic flame, marking the official beginning of the Games. He stood alone before the world, a fragile, yet still indomitable demigod.


Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/06/minnesota-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2013/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:49:59 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=7589 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud to announce its class for 2016, and will induct these new members at its annual banquet, scheduled for Oct 14 at Mystic Lake Casino.

2016 Inductees

 Rodney Bobick – Jim Hegerle – Larry LaCoursiere – Fred Lenhart –  My Sullivan –  George Blair – Leo  Ryan –  Earl Kaehn –  Pat Killen

Special Recognition

Rob Brant

The banquet is the seventh and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota  boxing over the years. Rodney Bobick of Bowlus, Jim Hegerle of St. Paul and Larry LaCoursiere of Hastings were chosen in the modern category. Fred Lenhart and My Sullivan, both St. Paulites, were named in the Old Timer category. George Blair, Leo Ryan and Earl Kaehn complete the list of individuals in the Expanded category. Pat Killen, a native of Philadelphia who later moved to St. Paul, represents the Pioneer Category.

Rodney Bobick lived in the shadow of his more famous brother Duane, but was a talented boxer in his own right with power, hand speed and chin to back it up. His tragic death in a car accident cut short a career that included fights against Scott LeDoux, Ron Stander and Larry Holmes among others. He was stopped only once in 44 fights, by Holmes, the eventual heavyweight champion.

Hegerle was a hard-hitting middleweight from West Seventh Street in St. Paul. Regarded for his punching power, with either hand, he had four tough fights against fellow Minnesotan Joe Schmolze. He fought several world champions or top-ranked contenders and won 35 of his 44 professional bouts with 20 knockouts.

LaCoursiere of Hastings was one of the top welterweights in Minnesota history. His record of 26-9-1 included fights against top-rated opponents, including Hector Camacho Jr., Julio Casear Chavez, Winky Wright and Tony Lopez. LaCoursiere defeated fellow Minnesota Hall of Famer Mike Evgen for the state welterweight title.

Lenhart was born in the Czech Republic and raised in Washington, but he became a Minnesotan and owned a saloon in White Bear Lake. Fighting as a light heavyweight, he compiled a 101-22- 13 record with 32 knockouts, a compilation that included two victories by decision over fellow Hall of Fame inductee Jack Gibbons.

Sullivan, a native of St. Paul, compiled a 34-12-3 record with 25 KOs and was 18-6-1 in newspaper decisions during a career that ran from 1925 to 1942. He was a talented fighter with a left hook that played a role in his substantial list of knockouts. He had a distaste for training or his record likely would have been even better. Nonetheless, he defeated former champion Vince Dundee after losing to him the first time.

Ryan is regarded as one of the top fight trainers in state history. He trained Jackie Graves during the first 30 fights of his career and was the corner man for most of Minnesota’s top fighters for three decades, Del Flanagan, My Sullivan and Jackie Burke among them.

Earl Kaehn was a trainer and manager who started the careers of Glen and Del Flanagan, charter members of the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame. Kaehn also trained Jackie Sharkey and Everett Rightmire. He breaks new ground as the father of charter Hall of Fame inductee Bill Kaehn, the only such father-son team to be so honored.

Killen was a native of Haddington, Pa., but later called St. Paul home. A heavyweight, he compiled a remarkable 55-2-3 record that included 52 knockouts. He was knocked out by Joe McAuliffe and disqualified in the only two losses of his career.

Blair is the pre-eminent historian of the state’s boxing history, contributing articles to Ring Magazine over six decades. Blair has logged the history, the fights and background, of all of Minnesota’s professional boxers from the first to the last on that list.

Brant is an unbeaten middleweight from St. Paul. He is 20-0 with 13 kayos. Born on October 2, 1990, Brant is a two-time Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champion.

PA Boxing Hall of Fame names Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/05/pa-boxing-hall-of-fame-names-class-of-2014/ Sun, 15 May 2016 15:12:54 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8067 The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2016

The Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame held their annual induction ceremony and banquet on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Sixteen new members were inducted at Romano’s Catering in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia. Nino Del Buono was the Master of Ceremonies and Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz served as co-host. HBO judge Harold Lederman was the guest speaker and former three-division world champion Iran Barkley was a special guest. The inductees included boxers Benny Amparo, Bob Baker (deceased), Johnny Bizzarro (deceased), Harry Bobo (deceased), George Chip (deceased), Hugh Kearney, Andre Prophet (deceased), Monty Sherrick, Chucky T and Joe Thomas. Also enshrined were non-boxers Jimmy Arthur (trainer, deceased), Ralph Citro (cut man, deceased), Duke Dugent (trainer, deceased), George James (trainer), Jack Obermayer (writer), and Augie Scimeca (trainer / manager). Two young fighters, Christian Carto and Anthony Ramirez, received scholarships from the Veteran Boxers Association – Ring One. John DiSanto

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Ring 44 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/05/ring-44-buffalo-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ Sun, 15 May 2016 14:52:18 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11043 For Immediate Release

 Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 announces 2016 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame inductees.

Buffalo, May 15 – The four new Hall of Fame members to be inducted at Ring 44’s 20th annual Dinner and awards ceremony are:

Dave Moretti:  Niagara Falls, NY native. Now boxing judge out of Las Vegas. Records indicate began judging in 1977 primarily in Nevada, but has also judged in Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Mexico, Australia and Japan. He has served as professional judge in over 100 World title contests.

Kelly Swanson: Buffalo, NY native. Swanson ranks among boxing’s public relations powerhouses for over 20 years. Clients included Rock Newman, Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya and Bernard Hopkins among others.

Billy Tompkins: Buffalo, NY native. Fought professionally from 1991-1998 with a 14-2 (10 KOs) record. Also had an impressive amateur career representing his hometown.

Heroes Group: Dummy Burns, Pete Tamalonis, Stanley Myka. These three Buffalo boxers from different eras had one thing in common besides being gladiators in the ring. Each heavyweight was a deaf mute.

Burns: Fought between 1912-1925 with a career record of 12-9-7 (incomplete) with a win over Jack “Twin” Sullivan. Also served as a sparring partner with Jess Willard.

Tamalonis: Fought between 1938-1941 with a career record of 11-9-1. Had fights with Abe Simon and Jimmy Bivins. Was Niagara District amateur champion.

Myka: Fought between 1943-1946.After an impressive amateur career he posted a 7-9-1 professional record.

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 2016   6:00-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant , 3785 South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14219

Special Guest: TBA

For ticket information contact Bob Caico at 716-440-1715

For more information about this release contact Bob Caico wsbuf@aol.com.

California Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2016 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/05/california-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2014/ Sun, 01 May 2016 14:01:57 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=8388 The 2016 California Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies will be held on October 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the Empire Room at the Sportsman’s Lodge Event Center, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, California.  INDUCTEES: Gennady Golovkin – Teddy Atlas  – Dr. Theodore Atlas – Raul Caiz Sr. – Raul Caiz, Jr. – Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero – Don Fraser – Abel Sanchez – Rene Ramirez – Tom Brown – Mario L’Esperance – Renato Garcia – Jeremy Williams – Mauricio Herrera – Layla McCarter – Zeffie Gonzalez – Robert Shannon – Shibalta Flores – Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez – Louie Espinosa – Francisco Flores. POSTHUMOUS: Jack Dempsey – Max Baer – Ceferino Garcia – Barney Ross – Allan Malamud – Wayne Heath – Lou Bernal – Julio Gonzalez. Tickets are priced at $75.00 (tax,tip incl). Send checks payable to California Boxing Hall of Fame c/o Don Fraser. 10516 Addison St., North Hollywood, CA 91601. Call (818) 761-4887; email: neicyrox@sbcglobal.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Henry Hascup,

President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame