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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…….
Donald “Braveheart” Stewart – Feature Boxing Writer – Scotland
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.
Jeffrey Cellini was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y, but now resides in York, PA. Jeff has been a boxing fan since the mid-seventies , following the careers of such legends like Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns. Some of his most memorable nights were watching the mega super fights (Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns; Sugar Ray Leonard-Marvin Hagler) downtown on closed circuit television. Jeff is an avid collector of boxing memorabilia and literature.
Lucci was born in Bayside, New York. He attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to graduate the School of Visual Arts College in Manhattan. During his college tenure, he trained in the gritty New York gyms as well as several Karate Dojo’s where he achieved Black Belt status in both Tae Kwan Do and Tang Su Do. While grinding out the daily hustle of being a freelance illustrator, he trained with some of the most prominent N.Y. middleweights of the Hagler era.
A martial art tournament injury left his knee badly damaged and incapable of the necessary lateral movement needed to turn pro, and was forced to channel his aspirations elsewhere. Vinny long explored a series of jobs where his non artistic skills could pay his bills, becoming a bouncer, private investigator, bodyguard, and debt collector. In the late eighties, he entered the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and honed his street persona into a small time acting career. He currently lives on Long Island as freelance writer and runs a night club. His passion for boxing never waning, he has long been a familiar face on the boxing scene, friends with a multitude of boxers over the decades.
Joshua “City” Brewer, a native of Magnolia, AR, is one of the few artists who have chosen to use their talent in the boxing arena. Currently living in the Washington, D.C., area, Brewer has been a contributor to Yahoo as a sports writer. Having attended many live boxing events, his resume continues to flourish. Growing up as an avid Mike Tyson fan and frequent Friday Night Fights watcher, he has seen many matches from the dull to exciting, and just downright ugly. As a dedicated boxing fan, he will continue to hone his skills as he progresses to become a boxing staple in the National Capital Region.
Anthony George, nicknamed “Zute”, is a Bronx native who has a passion for combat sports. His first boxing memory was when Leon Spinks upset Muhammad Ali on national television. He has been hooked ever since. His all-time favorite fighter is Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
“Zute” first remembers being intrigued by mixed martial arts when he saw Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria submit the massive Bob Sapp. Solidifying the fact that there is a scientific method to the brutality combat sports. The different disciplines of MMA make it a unique combat sport that Zute has come to love and appreciate as much as boxing. He is the host of a long running podcast where he has interviewed some of the biggest names in combat sports. “Zute” is also an avid collector of boxing fights and is also looking to add to his collection.
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