The World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring 8 will honor the late Joe Dwyer and Tony Mazzarella at the fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will make a special presentation to Dwyer’s family. Ring 8 will make presentations to the Dwyer and Mazzarella families. Dwyer and Mazzarella, both longtime Ring 8 members, passed away earlier this year. Dwyer was president of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF). Mazzarella, who served many years as Ring 8’s treasurer, was a major influence in the founding of the NYSBHOF.
NYSBHOF Class of 2015
WBC junior welterweight champion & Vietnam Veteran Saoul Mamby Bronx/Brooklyn
WBA junior middleweight title challenger Joey Giambra Buffalo
1961 National Golden Gloves champion Johnny Persol Brooklyn
Two-time world welterweight title challenger Harold Weston New York City
WBO middleweight champion Lonnie Bradley Harlem
World light heavyweight champion Paul Berlenbach Astoria
“Uncrowned” world welterweight champion Billy Graham Manhattan’s Eastside
2-Time World flyweight champion Frankie Genaro New York City
World middleweight & welterweight champion Tommy Ryan Redwood/Syracuse
World light heavyweight champion Jimmy Slattery Buffalo
NYSBHOF & Ring 8 president Bob Duffy Manhattan/Massapequa Park
Journalist Mike Katz Bronx
Trainer Tommy Gallagher Howard Beach
Promoter/cutman Bob Miller Albany
Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade Brooklyn
Trainer Charley Goldman Brooklyn
MSG matchmaker Harry Markson Kingston
Promoter Cedric Kushner Manhattan
MSG matchmaker Jimmy Johnson New York City
Journalist Damon Runyon Manhattan
Manager/matchmaker Al Weill New York City
Renown ring announcer David Diamante will once again serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies.
The 2015 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. All NYSBHOF plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years, in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.
CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.
CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.
CLASS OF 2014: Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O’Rourke.
Tickets are priced at $125.00 per adult and $50.00 for children (under 16), and includes a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the day.
Tickets are available to purchase by calling NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting and Duffy.
Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.