RSR Feature Writers
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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…….
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.
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.
Kevin was born in Nashville, TN and raised in the small town of Columbia, about 45 miles to the south. His first introduction to boxing came via none other than the late great Muhammad Ali, who was the Heavyweight Champion of the Whole world, when he was a child.
A pivotal moment came in the eleventh grade when he turned in a report on Ali in his English class. Up until that point, he’d thought of his hero as merely a great fighter with a bigger-than-life personality. It was during his research that he discovered Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War and how pivotal his role had been amongst the youth of the time. The shock of receiving a “D” on what he felt was a well-researched and written report from a teacher whose husband had served in Vietnam was the first in a long line of reality checks which would strengthen his resolve to not only seek out the truth; but stand by it, regardless of consequence.
After earning a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from Middle Tennessee State University, Kevin spent 16 years in the broadcasting industry performing every role from news hound to sports analyst to remote technician to public affairs director to disc jockey/on air personality, having the pleasure to attend and report on several boxing matches in the mid-south, including the Jermain Taylor-Winky Wright Middleweight Championship. He also enjoyed freelancing for East Side Boxing and Boxing Scene, along the way.
Kevin believes that the sport of boxing is the purest of all sports as it is a metaphor for life, itself, as we all have struggles we must face, which we must overcome to succeed. Every fight is a story; and if you look at the history of the sport, and look at it closely enough, the big story will reveal itself to you. Or, as Stallone so aptly put it in “Rocky Balboa”, it’s not about how hard you get hit; but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
James “The Truth” Doell is a boxing enthusiast who was born and raised in metro Detroit, Michigan. He has followed boxing since a young age and is a former amateur boxer. He grew up watching old fights of the fabulous four (Leonard, Duran, Hearns, Hagler), and his favorite fighter is Sugar Ray Leonard. James is a fan of all sports, but loves boxing and writing about the sweet science.
Shannon “Dallas” Hall had her first KO when she was a 5 years old, because a neighborhood boy said her mom was stupid, and she’s been knocking out opponents ever since. Growing up on farmland in Arkansas, Shannon was a rough and ready country girl, breaking horses, picking cotton, digging ‘taters, and beating up redneck boys. Her father, who was a professional wrestler and race car driver, left her mother when she was 2 years old, so Shannon was left to fend for herself growing up, and attracting every “bad boy” around.
Having a somewhat unstable childhood, Shannon found discipline and peace in sports such as gymnastics, track and field, and cheerleading. She dated “bad boys” that cheated on her and broke her heart, but Shannon did not go away crying from these situations, she went away “swinging.” She knew from that day she KOed the mean boy on the playground, that she had a hard right hand that contained a power, along with justification. That right hand defended her, protected her, and contained the fury needed to help her survive many abusive relationships while growing up, and defined her as a force to be reckoned with.
After a few years of college in Arkansas, distracted by a boyfriend who was into drugs, guns, and a life of crime, Shannon had enough, and moved to Dallas, Texas. She “ran away” looking for safety and a better life, and found it in Dallas. She worked in fitness gyms in the Dallas area and began to compete in bodybuilding shows. She put on some serious muscle and eventually tried out for the American Gladiators in Houston, Texas. Shannon made the show and was flown to Los Angeles, and her life changed forever. She became “Dallas” on the American Gladiators. While in California, Shannon also began competing in fitness competitions and won a California Fitness Title, and was a sponsored National Fitness Competitor. In addition, she learned submission grappling and began to beat up boys again, getting out her frustrations from the broken relationships she had with her father and boyfriends. In this, she found yet another strength of submitting men with her strength and fierce jiu-jitsu holds, before jiu-jitsu became mainstream.
While living in Las Vegas and plowing through dysfunctional relationships, Shannon got the call to work as a starting cast member of The American Gladiators Live Orlando dinner show in Kissimmee, Fl. Once again, God threw her a lifeline to get out of danger, and into an environment where she was safe and supported. While performing as “Dallas” in Kissimmee, Florida, Shannon was invited to be a celebrity judge at the first Toughwoman World Championship in Detroit, Michigan in 1996. When she found out that the prize was $10,000.00, she opted out of judging and chose to compete instead. She had not had any technical boxing training, but she knew her right hand had been knocking out people for years, so she wanted to try it out. Well, it was pretty damn good, because she won the tournament, having four fights and two days, knocking out two of the four opponents, and the last one outweighing her by 60lbs. She took home the briefcase filled with cash, and a professional boxing contract.
For the next few years Shannon began to learn how to box. The next year she won her first professional tournament title, the IFBA Platinum Division Championship. She also became the first female to box professionally in Madison Square Garden in 1998 on the under card of Buster Douglas, KOing her opponent in the first round. She retired shortly after due to some swelling on the brain, most likely from taking too many shots to the head from the combination of being a boxer and a Gladiator simultaneously. Five years of being punched in the face, beat in the head with weighted pugil sticks, executing full force tackles, and taking angry knees to the head during the wrestling events, finally took their toll.
After her retirement from Gladiators and Boxing, Shannon accepted a lucrative contract offer from The World Wrestling Federation and was being developed to be a professional wrestler. She trained at their private facility in Stamford, Connecticut for 6 months, learning to wrestle with Kurt Angle and newcomer Ken Shamrock. But all in all, the stress and trauma of the bumps and impact in the ring were too much for her head to handle. The concussion symptoms came back, and she couldn’t get rid of the headaches, and was forced to quit.
Shannon became a mother shortly afterwards and had her son, Hunter, then four years later, her daughter, Mianda. While pregnant with her daughter in Los Angeles, Shannon met Joe Rein, the award winning boxing publicist, at a boxing event. He ended up taking Shannon under his wing and making her one of his boxing writers for his online forum FightBeat.com. He mentored her for a few years on how to write articles, sent her on many press releases, and set up interviews for her that writers could only dream of. She was able to sit down with boxers such as Fernando Vargas, Andre Ward, and Sugar Shane Mosley and attend the training camp of Manny Pacquiao at WildCard Boxing Gym. It is because of her amazing experience with Joe Rein that Shannon has become hungry again to get back into her writing and connect again with her roots as a boxer.Contact the Feature Writers