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…….
Alan J. Kindred or “The Commissioner”, as his friends call him, is a boxing journalist who has followed the sport for nearly 30 years. He has just recently graduated from Strayer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration graduating Summa Cum Laude. He has written boxing articles for several other websites but is now happy to belong to the Ringside Report team.
Dave “Mythical” Siderski has been an avid and passionate follower of boxing and its history since the late 70’s. He is a resident of Boston’s North Shore and grew up watching the likes of Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roberto Duran, among others.
Dave manages a group on Facebook called: “Mythical Boxing” which focuses on “dream”, “what if” boxing scenarios. He combines a creative and analytical approach, occasionally adding in his twisted sense of humor, to produce content that is entertaining and thought provoking.
Christopher Benedict resides in Huntington, NY, birthplace of Walt Whitman (not to mention hometown of Gerry Cooney and Chris Algieri), and grew up in Hampton Bays, near to where John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Truman Capote, Budd Schulberg, and George Plimpton lived and wrote. A boxing fan since the age of 11, he grew up during the heyday of the Four Kings, watching with delight as Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, and Duran all beat the holy hell out of one another. Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Dwight Muhammad Qawi were also early and enduring favorites. A writer with a keen sense of history, a dedication to unmerciful honesty, and the fervor to find the devil in the details, Benedict always looks to extract the uncommon out of the ordinary.
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.
Luca “MamaLuke” Balossino – Feature Boxing Writer – Amsterdam
Balossino is half Italian and Spanish and is a world traveler since the day he was born. He used to play soccer at a professional level in 1999 in Mexico. Currently he is an Oil Broker and he lives in Amsterdam. His passions are boxing and soccer. In the boxing world, he did some effective marketing for Tommy “The Duke” Morrison back in 2009.
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!
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