IBRO http://www.ibroresearch.com International Boxing Research Organization Sun, 22 May 2016 19:39:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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/ http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/05/ring-44-buffalo-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/#respond 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.

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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



STARS IN THE RING: JEWISH CHAMPIONS IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF BOXING http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/stars-in-the-ring-jewish-champions-in-the-golden-age-of-boxing/ Mon, 04 Apr 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

 Stars in The Ring Cover

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).



Springs Toledo’s IN THE CHEAP SEATS http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/04/springs-toledos-in-the-cheap-seats/ Sun, 03 Apr 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

Ingemar Johansson Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/03/ingemar-johansson-swedish-heavyweight-boxing-champion/ Thu, 31 Mar 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.


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

THE ILLINOIS ThunderBolt http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/03/the-illinois-thunderbolt/ Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:44:32 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11282 THE ILLINOIS




Illinois Thunderbolt CoverBILLY PAPKE: Boxings Enfant Terrible. . . Without a doubt Billy Papke is one of the legends of the boxing ring. He was finally recognized for his talent in the ring, and he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.

Though there has never been a book published on Papke, he has name recognition with boxing fans all over the world who still discuss on the internet details of his four classic fights with Stanley Ketchel, which were regarded as the first great rivalry between fighters in the history of boxing.

Papke’s story is ripe with a blend of violence, tragedy, and mystery. For one hundred years the name of Billy Papke has been associated with treachery in the ring. Did Papke really deserve this reputation? The Billy Papke story is long overdue, and the boxing public and public at large can now read about the true story and not just the myth of Billy Papke.


The book is available in paperback at Amazon.Com and Barnes & Nobles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478765417

Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.

Publication date: 11/04/2015

Pages: 92

New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.ibroresearch.com/2016/02/new-mexico-boxing-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:10:48 +0000 http://www.ibroresearch.com/?p=11199 On Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 a ceremony was held at the Knights of Columbus Council 1226, Las Cruces, New Mexico to induct the hall of fame class of 2015 into the New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame. The Inductees included:
  • Art “Golden Boy” Aragon (posthumous)


    Danny Perez, Austin Killeen, Elba Garcia Burke and Sean McClain (Photo courtesy of Brandon Pina)

  • Mike Ortiz (posthumous)

  • Danny “Pit Bull” Perez

  • Sean McClain

  • Austin Killeen

  • Jimmy Archuleta

  • Danny Montoya

  • Elba Garcia Burke

Special Awards went to the following individuals for meritorious service to boxing:

  • Charlie Garcia

  • Ollie Wilhelm

Each inductee received a custom-designed New Mexico Boxing Hall Of Fame induction plaque.

Rocky Burke, Louie Burke, Jennifer Han, Abie Han, and Mrs. Mike Ortiz were among those who attended.

The event’s master of ceremony was Juan Nunez.