RSR Feature Writers
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Ian Murphy was born in NYC and raised on Long Island, New York and has a Bachelors in History from SUNY Fredonia. His fascination with history and its great characters of course led him to the sport with perhaps the richest of all: Boxing. Growing up, he was fascinated with the warriors of the ring, looking at them like real life superheroes. Early favorites included Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis and Harry Greb. Their exploits were put into beautiful prose by the scribes of the day, which inspired him and brought his heroes to life. Ian’s first exposure to boxing was as a young boy witnessing the Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks Championship Bout in June, 1988. Ever since that day when fellow New Yorker Tyson cemented his dominance on the boxing scene, Ian has been a tremendous fan. He continues to watch tons of boxing film, and devours anything boxing related.
Roy Bennett was born in London, England. He boxed as an amateur for several years in his youth. Bennett has lived in the Asia region for almost 20 years and currently resides in Hong Kong. He enjoys reading, writing, and researching about the traditions and history of the sweet science and counts attending live boxing cards as one of his favorite past times.
Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein – Feature Boxing Writer – Florida
Packy is a former New Yorker who was born in 1930. When he was 19 years old, he would meet a fellow boxing fan at the Kid Gavilan – Ike Williams match on April 1, 1949, at Madison Square Garden. That fellow boxing fan was, Alvin Berkwitt, who also happens to be the late Father of the CEO of Ringside Report, “Bad” Brad Berkwitt. Berkwitt knew Gavilan from Miami Beach and took Packy to Kid’s dressing room to meet him after his win over Williams.
A lifelong friendship would be forged between Packy and Alvin which a pre “Bad” Brad was always around to see. Sadly, his good friend and fellow boxing lover, Alvin would pass away on July 2, 1998.
Packy would also meet many other boxing legends through Alvin, such as Beau Jack and Rocky Graziano, to name just a few. Being a former New Yorker, Packy is not filtered and always tells it like it is. He has forgotten more than most know about boxing. His nickname “Boom Boom” as he will tell you proudly was given to him by Alvin. One day in the early 1960’s while they were at the old Wolfie’s Restaurant on 21st Street located on Miami Beach, a woman who will remain nameless came up to their booth as they ate breakfast, and told Alvin, “your buddy Packy sure knows how to “Boom Boom” in the BEDROOM”. Alvin and Packy fell out on the floor and the nickname has followed Packy for life.
His column “Packy’s World” will be his boxing voice….Like his best friend of so many years, Alvin was, he is not afraid to use it. In the weeks and months to come, look for “Packy’s World” to bring you his thoughts about boxing and many other things if we know Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein. As he always says, “Oy Vay, you are going to hear it today”.
We look forward to hearing it for sure Packy…….
Anthony “Stacks” Saldana was born and raised in the Central Valley of California in the small town of Wasco “The City of Roses”. Anthony was introduced to boxing at young age by his grandfather Joe and became a true fan one spring evening in April 1985. That night he witnessed a fight between Thomas “The Motor City Cobra” AKA “The Hitman” Hearns and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Growing up Anthony continued to follow the careers of fighters such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya.
Anthony now resides in Victorville California, and has many friends in the Southern California boxing community. Anthony has photographed many boxing events in Las Vegas and throughout Southern California. “Stacks” is an avid fan of the sweet science and enjoys following the careers of up and coming fighters.
Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR. – Feature Wrestling Writer – Kansas
Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR. is a legend who came out of NYC and made his bones on the indie wrestling circuit during the late 70’s to the mid 80’s until he suffered a career ending injury when he faced “The La Bamba Twins”, Jude and Simba La Bamba in a no holds barred steel cage match in Independence, KS. “BRJ’s” signature pinning move was called “The Shtizu” named after his favorite Shtizu, Santino. For years, he has kept his wrestling mask in the drawer, but when the CEO/Publisher of Ringside Report “Bad” Brad Berkwitt met him at a boxing match in Miami, Oklahoma recently and they hit it off. From that meeting, Ruffin, JR. decided it was time to make his triumphant return to the ring, but this time, the writing ring. Look for his unfiltered column with over 45 years of wrestling knowledge under his mask! We welcome “BRJ” to the RSR team!
Donald “Braveheart” Stewart is a Scot by birth and inclination. Having been an early convert in his childhood to following the sweet science as his father tuned the radio into fights with Ali and he sat spell bound. Now the senior boxing correspondent for Scottish site, Talking Baws as well as an ardent football (soccer) fan he is returning to RSR after some time away and is delighted to be doing so.
JM “Shade” Daguio was born and raised in the Philippines,. He grew up watching old boxing fights of “Flash” Elorde, Pancho Villa and live fights of Luisito Espinosa, Gerry Peñalosa and of course Manny Pacquiao. In the 90’s, he saw the rise of MMA, got hooked and never stopped watching since. Daguio followed the sport since its inception in UFC 1 and extensively studied its evolution, techniques, rules and other nuances. His favorite MMA fighters include former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre along with, former lightweight champs BJ Penn and Anthony Pettis. He is back to covering the sport he loves after a brief hiatus due to his time in Law School.
The good looking, sharp spoken, bi-lingual Luis has all the makings of a star both in and out of the squared circle. Luis compiled a 84-16 record in amateur fights, including wins over 10 Canadian national champions, one of which was amateur legend Mikael Zewski. Luis also picked up the 4 Nations Cup title on the international stage as a junior, earning himself Boxer of the tournament in the process, seven provincial championships, and an Eastern New York Golden Gloves title, before he embarked on his professional journey. With a degree in Police Foundations, Luis is a model citizen and a hero to many young children. In 2014, he was presented with the award as Ambassador of the Year in his beloved hometown of Cornwall, Ontario. Working as a counselor on an Indian reserve near his Cornwall, Ontario residence, Luis offers a role model figure to youths struggling with legal trouble, as well as drug and alcohol abuse.
In January 2015, he picked up his most crucial and emphatic win to date against his second undefeated fighter in a row, trouncing 7-1 favorite Karl Dargan, on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, and regained the WBC Continental Americas title.
At age 28, Luis stands at 21-3, 7 KO’s, with two of those losses hotly disputed, one to highly ranked contender Ivan Redkach, and the other to Derry Mathews for the interim WBA title in April 2015, which Luis accepted on 3 days notice in his opponent’s backyard. He is one of Canada’s top rated contenders in the lightweight division.
If this isn’t enough, he also is the newest Feature Boxing Writer on Ringside Report and looks forward to bringing the RSR readers articles that enlighten them on the sport of boxing.
Elder Hugh “Holy” Tarrer is an Ordained Elder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries in Fayetteville, NC Senior Pastor Apostle William T Ford, SR. He is originally from Richmond Virginia and was a standout High School Football player at Henrico High which earned him partial scholarships to Chowan College in Murfreesboro NC and Virginia Union University in Richmond VA. He’s also a former US Paratrooper and Flight Operations Non-Commissioned Officer in charge at both Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Campbell, KY.
He is married to the beautiful, anointed, and devoted Dehigh Tarrer and together they have successfully raised 8 great children. He’s a sports trivia fanatic, and student & steward of the game of football. His favorite teams are the Miami Hurricanes, Los Angeles Lakers and the San Francisco 49ers. Hugh has a Bachelor’s Degree in communications, loves the Lord, and everything sports.
Cynthia “Cindy Lou” Saldana is the wife of RSR Feature Writer Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña and like “Stacks”, “Cindy Lou” is an avid boxing fan. Cynthia grew up in the small town of Shafter, in the California central valley. Cynthia has an Associates Degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as being a certified drug and alcohol counselor and enjoys working with at risk youth. Cindy’s love of boxing started in early 2000’s while accompanying “Stacks” to Vegas to watch fights. In 2007, the Saldaña family moved to Southern California which gave them easier access to watch live boxing.
Some of “Cindy Lou’s” favorite fighters are Floyd “Money” Mayweather, JR., Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Cindy has worked as freelance photographer with Ringside Report since September of 2015 and joined the team full time in January as “Stacks” assistant and loves being part of Team RSR as she soon plans on being the best in the business.
Dave ‘Madcap’ Mroczek was born and raised in the Toronto, Canada area. He is an entrepreneur, businessman, animal lover, writer, host of the ‘Dave Champion’ YouTube channel and passionate boxing fanatic. A purveyor of fine pugilism since youth, he grew up in a great era, with names like Tyson, Lewis, Holyfield, De La Hoya, Mosely, Hopkins and of course boxing stole a piece of his heart forever. His love for boxing is so advanced, it borders on unhealthy obsession.
Dave possesses a degree in history from York University in Toronto, and bases his analysis of boxing on a historical viewpoint. He is a fervent believer in the right of the lineal champion to be regarded as the king of each weight division. Mroczek is interested in promoting a fan led campaign to improve and clean up the sport of boxing. He is a fan of many sports, but loves attending major prizefights most of all, and dreams of building himself up into a top boxing analyst and journalist.
Richard was born in Omaha Nebraska and moved to Detroit in 1966. During those formative years as a youth, he was exposed to some of boxing’s greatest fights in the likes of what was billed as the “Fight of The Century”, Ali Vs Frazier 1 back in ‘71’. He continued his fandom through the years to witness The Thrilla in Manila and the Leonard – Duran I & II and Hearns – Hagler battles and on and on including some of the toughest fights in history!
Being a competitive child, seeing these warriors battle mono a mono, fit right into his personality, solidifying his love for the sweet science!
For a time he stepped away from the sport with the advent of the PPV seeing it as making the sport inaccessible for the common man but for the past 3 years, due to a friend’s involvement in the sport as an internet radio host, it has rekindled his interest in the sport.
He loves doing research into fighters and attending local Detroit boxing events to see the up and coming talent once again coming out of Detroit.
He has stated he is a boxing fan not a boxer fan. Keeping his perspective unbiased and objective.Contact the Feature Writers