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Sky Blue FC Continues Preseason With Match Against West Virginia University

Sky Blue FC hosted 2018 BIG 12 Champions West Virginia University in its second preseason game on Saturday afternoon at Sportika Sports. Despite a hard fought battle from both sides through 90 minutes, the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

“We’ve been working on our defensive organization all week, so I think we did a really good job finding our lines, communicating and it was a huge step in the right direction from the firstgame,” Head Coach Denise Reddy said. “West Virginia is a really good team who put us underpressure and made it very hard for us to build out.”

Reddy made three changes to her starting lineup from last week’s 6-0 victory over St. John’s University, including Erica Skroski at left back, Naho Kawasumi on the right wing and Savannah McCaskill in for Carli Lloyd up top.

The match saw Kaylan Marckese play her first minutes in a Sky Blue FC jersey since being drafted No. 19 overall in the 2019 NWSL College Draft.

Sky Blue plays its third preseason match on Friday, March 29 when the Club hosts fellow New Jersey team, Rutgers University, at Sportika Sports in Manalapan. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET. For entrance into the game please RSVP online at skybluefc.com/schedule.

The Club’s first official league match will be played on April 13 against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex and the home opener will take place on Saturday, April 20, at 6:00 p.m. ET against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers.

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NY Cosmos letter to the fans!

Dear Cosmos Country,

The start of the 2019 season is approaching, and along with the coaching staff and players, I wanted to thank you for all of your support.

Everyone could feel the passion that the 5 Points and all of Cosmos Country have for the club, the colors, and the badge during our kickoff event at Astoria Tavern.

Our home opener is April 27 and we can’t wait to get out on the field in front of all of you.

This season we will be competing in three competitions – the NPSL regular season, the NPSL Founders Cup, and the US Open Cup – and pushing to win titles in all of them. For the NPSL season and Founders Cup, our home games will be played at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, N.Y., which has been the club’s training home since 2013. We are working on ticketing options and should be releasing that to all of you very shortly.

Head coach Carlos Mendes and his staff have put together a team of quality players that everyone at the club feels will make you, the supporters, proud each and every time they step out on the field.

Your patience during this long offseason has been tremendous, but we are hoping to reward that patience with silverware this season.

Together we can accomplish great things in 2019!

Thank you,

Joseph Barone
Sr. Vice President

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“Dawg Fight” trilogy “Chocolate” vs. “Dragon Hulk” – Alphonso Frierson & Mike Trujillo to Settle score for Miami BYB bragging rights

The electrifying fight that stole the show in the original “Dawg Fight” documentary could very well turn out to be the Fight of the Night on April 5, when Miami-based backyard brawlers Alphonso “Chocolate” Frierson and Mike “Dragon Hulk” Trujillo throw-down for the third time on the “BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” pay-per-view show, at Cheyenne Ice & Event Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Frierson’s sensational one-punch, knockout (see video below) of Trujillo in their first fight went viral, however, Trujillo forced Frierson’s retirement in their second encounter, setting the stage for this rubber match for their trilogy, albeit in the first sanctioned showdown between the two middleweights in a sanctioned, professional bare-knuckles brawl.

“BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” Is the inaugural sanctioned-event promoted by BYB Extreme Fighting Series (BYB), bare-knuckles fighting’s most intense combat sports promoter, and presented by title sponsor Pure and Natural (www.getpureandnatural.com), featuring 10 professional bare-knuckle fights and 2 mixed-martial-arts fights, fighting inside “The Trigon” cage, and available to watch live worldwide on pay-per-view.

“BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL”, ironically, also concludes production of “Dawg Fight 2”, in which iconic backyard brawler Dada 5000 is the subject and star, produced once again by award-winning documentary filmmaker Billy Corben (Rakontur). Dada 5000 will be cage-side serving as a commentator.

As underground back-yard brawl fans are salivating at the prospects of watching the third Frierson-Trujillo fight, both combatants agree about one thing, that their trilogy match has the potential to be Fight of the Night.

“It can be the Fight of the Night because we have some history from the first fight when I knocked him out,” said Frierson, who is a comic-book illustrator. “He will always remember that punch. I didn’t really train for our last fight. I had a lot of stuff going on. Nothing (in the past) matters once the bell rings, it’ll just be me and him in the cage. I’ll just go in there to fight. I didn’t predict the first fight and won’t predict this one either, but I did knock him out.”

“I agree that we could be the Fight of the Night because we do have history,” Trujillo added. “We’ve fought twice before in the backyard and this one is going to be good, too. I’m a professional fighter. I’m past the knockout. We fought again and I made him quit. Whether he quits again, or gets knocked out, I’m going to win this fight.”:

Integrated Sports Media will distribute the Apr. 5th “BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” throughout North America – in English and Spanish – on pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Dish and Vubiquity in the United States, as well as via Bell TV, Shaw, Rogers and SaskTel in Canada, on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view. It will also be live-streamed worldwide on the FITE.TV app and website. The action starts at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, all, for a suggested retail price of $24.95.

The first two bare-knuckles fights will be streamed live for FREE on FITE.TV and Facebook Live, starting at 9 p.m. et / 6 p.m. PT, leading into the BYB PPV card.

The grandson of legendary world heavyweight boxing champion Jack “The Manassa Mauler” Dempsey, Miami-based knockout artist Joshua “Dempsey” Gormley, will headline “BYB Brawl 1: Brawl For It ALL” against veteran Illinois MMA fighter Bobby “Zombie” Brents (17-7), a former Shamrock FC champion.

Canadian kickboxer Jake “The Good” Young and Nebraska MMA veteran Matt “MFD” Delanoit in a classic clash of contrasting fight styles in the co-featured event.

In a grudge match between rival from bordering states, Wyoming favorite and BKB champion Billy “The Kid” Martin takes on Colorado striker Leo Pla.

Idaho heavyweight Jamelle “The Best” Jones, a two-time national collegiate wrestling champion, faces five-time pro MMA champion and multiple Tough Man Contest winner, Matt “The Attack” Kovacs, of Washington, In the MMA main event.

A special female bantamweight bare-knuckles fight finds Washington state’s MMA fighter Christine “Knuckles” Stanley going against North Carolina boxer Latoya “Lionheart” Burton, who did two tours of Iraq as a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Other bare-knuckles fights on the Apr. 5th card include hometown favorite Isaac “Flexx” James vs. Memphis heavyweight Carlton “C Mayja” Little; Atlanta cruiserweight Robert “Real Business” Brown, Jr. vs. Lorenzo “The Juggernaut” Hunt, of Jacksonville, FL; Michigan bantamweight Brian “Stone Handz” Jackson vs. Dominican John Michael “JoMi” Escoboa, who fights out of Coconut Creek, FL; Georgia flyweight and three-time U.S. Army boxing champion, Albert “Speedy” Martinez, vs. Virgin Island native Kory “Ballistic” Vialet, now living in Texas; and Canadian featherweight Desmond Johnson vs. International Muay Thai champion Robert “Billy Bad Ass” Fletcher, of Park City, Minnesota. (The latter two fights listed here will be on the free BYB Preview Show.)

The card also features a fight of MMA heavyweights, Fort Lauderdale’s (FL) Jermayne “Redman” Barnes versus Detroit’s Lamar “The Abomination” Cannady-Foster.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are on sale, ranging between $150.00 and $25.00, and may be purchased by going here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1824090. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

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USA Boxing’s Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Begins Monday in Reno

USA Boxing will kick off their busy 2019 national tournament schedule with the Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino on Monday, March 25.

Over 800 boxers, aged eight to 40, will arrive at ‘the biggest little city in the world’ throughout the weekend for tournament check-in prior to the first bell ringing Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Summit Pavilion of the GSR.

The week-long tournament will officially kick off with a press conference on Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at the GSR with USA Boxing Executive Director Mike McAtee (Colorado Springs, Colo.), CEO of Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority Phil DeLone, as well as two boxers competing in the tournament, two-time Elite World Championships bronze medalist Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) and Las Vegas, Nev. native Amado Fernando Vargas, son of 1996 Olympian and former pro boxer Fernando Vargas, who will be making his elite debut, expected to speak.

Anticipated to join Cruz and Vargas in the tournament are numerous national champions, international medalists and members of Team USA, including two-time Youth World Championships bronze medalist Isamary Aquino (Universal City, Texas), 2018 USA Boxing National Champion Rahim Gonzales (Las Vegas, Nev.), 2015 Junior World Champion Lupe Gutierrez (Sacramento, Calif.), 2018 Youth

Olympian Roma Martinez (Houston, Texas), 2015 Junior World Championships bronze medalist Harley Mederos (New York, N.Y.), 2017 Youth World Champion Citlalli Ortiz (Coachella, Calif.), 2018 Youth World Champion Iyana Verduzco (Los Angeles, Calif.), as well as over 20 boxers from the Reno and surrounding areas.

This year’s tournament will be the second tournament of the USA Boxing Olympic Qualifying Series which will conclude with the 2020 Olympic Trials for Boxing this December. The top two elite boxers, aged 18-40, in the 13 Olympic weight-classes will punch their tickets to compete at this December’s tournament.

For more tournament information, including schedule and bout sheets, as well as information about USA Boxing, click here.

Tournament Schedule
March 25: Press Conference, 11 a.m. – Crystal Ballroom
March 25: Competition, 6:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion
March 26: Competition, 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion
March 27: Competition, 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion
March 28: Competition, 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion
March 29: Competition, 12:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion
March 30: Competition, 6:00 p.m. – Summit Pavilion

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World-rated junior welterweight prospect Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda fighting for future

World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 14-rated junior welterweight prospect, undefeated Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda will be at home Thursday, March 28, intending to make a strong impression for his future, against dangerous Dominican Eudy “AK47” Bernado in the 10-round main event at Cowboy Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas.

Castaneda vs. Bernardo, co-promoted by Roy Jones Jr. (RJJ) Boxing Promotions and Leija Battah Promotions, will headline a card to be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The show is the fourth under a new agreement between Castaneda’s promoter, RJJ Boxing, and FIGHT PASS, to live stream up to 72 professional boxing events over the next three years.

The 25-year-old Castaneda (15-0, 7 KOs) started boxing at the age of 10, never trying any other sports after falling in love immediately with the “Sweet Science”, although he does have boxing blood flowing through his veins. His maternal grandfather was a boxer and his uncle fought and sparred local legend Jesse James Lejia.

Castaneda had approximately 120 amateur fights, highlighted by his gold-medal winning performance at the 2018 Ringside World Championships. He was also a two-time San Antonio and Texas State Golden Gloves champion (201102012), losing both times at the Golden Gloves National Championships both years to the eventual champion.

At 18, Castaneda decided that he’d have enough of amateur boxer and he turned pro, never looking back at that decision, because he feels his style is much better suited for the pro ranks. Now, he’s preparing to fight in front of his passionate San Antonio fans, after a rough journey as a pro, at least until he signed a pro contract with RJJ Boxing.

“I made it to 11-0 as a pro without a promoter or manager,” the well-spoken, personable Mexican-American boxer explained. “I had a few chances to sign a promotional contract, but I fought on one-fight contracts until I signed with Roy Jones Boxing. I fought some good fighters in their backyards and took them out. Everybody in in this city knows I’m ready for a big fight.

“It’s amazing for me to be fighting at home on UFC Fight Pass. It’s amazing. I’m respected here, I’ve earned my stripes. I’m doing what ever I can to help sell tickets to make this show a sellout.”

The uber-confident Castaneda describes himself as a little like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a little like Vasyl Lomachenko. “I’m explosive like them,” he added. “I can box against a power puncher, or brawl with a boxer. I’m like a spider; I can do it all. I fight likes it’s a chess game, fighting off what my opponent does.”

Castaneda is thrilled to have signed with Roy Jones Jr. Boxing, not only because of the added exposure and support he’s receiving, but something much more personal.

“Amazing to think I grew up playing boxing video games, always using Roy Jones, Jr.,” Kendo revealed. “Roy is one of my favorite all-time boxers. It’s crazy to think I signed a contract with his promotional company. I’ve still got to do my part in the ring, though, and do what I do. I’m so glad I signed with RJJ Boxing.”

Castaneda is coming off his most impressive performance this past December in San Antonio, winning a dominant 10-round unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92) over previously undefeated Gilbert Venegas, Jr. (10-0) to capture the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) super lightweight title.

Bernardo (24-3, 18 KOs), a former Dominican Republic lightweight champion, is a lethal puncher, knocking out 18 of his of the 24 opponents he had defeated during his is 9 ½-year professional career.

“He has more knockouts than I have pro fights,” Castaneda concluded. “I grew-up with Mario Barrios. We’re good friends and he knocked out Bernardo in the second round. I’m going to knock him out early, too. I’m flawless, no losses on my record, so I’m not worried about him. I’m sure he can crack and I’m not overlooking him. But I’m climbing the ladder and after this fight I’m going to get some big fights that I will deserve. I’m going to make some noise, loud noise, March 28th. Hey, I’m ‘Tremendo’!”

The co-featured event finds unbeaten Baltimore lightweight Xavier Wilson (10-0-1, 1 KO) against once-defeated, heavy-handed John Arellano (9-1, 9 KOs), from Austin, Texas, in an eight-round bout.

Houston’s undefeated welterweight prospect Jerrico “Hands of Stone” Walton (11-0, 7 KOs) versus an opponent to be determined in the FIGHT PASS opener.

Also fighting on the undercard in a pair six-rounders are intra-state rivalry bouts between unbeaten San Antonio lightweight Joseph “Mongoose” Rodriguez (14-0-1, 2 KOs) vs. Darryl Hayes (6-12, 1 KO), of Houston, and Austin, TX knockout specialist Alexis Camacho (21-6, 19 KOs) vs. Houston junior middleweight Rich “The Ruler” Graham (6-21-4).

San Antonio welterweight Daniel Baiz (13-1, 5 KOs) vs. TBA in a six-round fight, plus two four-rounders: San Antonio’s pro-debuting Raymond Guajardo vs. Brownsville, TX middleweight Askary Ibarra (0-4), and San Antonio junior featherweight Henry “World Star” Arredondo (2-0) vs. Mexico’s Jahaziel Vazquez (2-9, 1 KO).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $109.00 (ringside), $76.00 (floor), $70.00 (VIP/balcony table), $38.00 (stools) and $22.00 (general admission) and available to purchase online at https://lbtickets.ticketleap.com/castaneda-vs-bernardo/.

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Delvis “Mac” McCadden’s remarkable journey from MLB and NCAA to USA Boxing

Former Major League umpire and NCAA basketball referee Delvis “Mac” McCadden has found a new home in USA Boxing. His remarkable journey through sports, often tainted by racism, at least during the beginning of his umpiring career, now finds him thoroughly enjoying amateur boxing as an official.

Simply put, McCadden was born and breed into sports. In 1949, his father bought his newborn son a four-fingered shortstop glove, because he wanted “Mac” to become a professional baseball player. Although that dream never came to fruition, “Mac” parlayed what his father taught him into a baseball career.

McCadden’s ultimate goal as a professional official was to referee an NCAA Final Four game and umpire a World Series game. He came close, but the first of many knee surgeries forced him into early retirement at 29, leaving him unable to squat or run today.

“I was on schedule,” the Roanoke, Virginia native explained. “I worked two NCAA Sweet 16 tournaments and knew that I’d umpire a World Series game because they were on a rotation schedule every five years. I was injured in 1979 during a pickup basketball game. I never regretted it, though, because I had a chance to do it. I came back as a referee in 1985-86 just to prove that I could do it.”

The highlight of his basketball officiating career was working one of the biggest pre-season tournaments, the Great Alaskan Shootout. “It was the first time I was on national television,” McCadden remembered. “Four of eight first team All-America players were in that tournament. My wife was a big North Carolina fan, but Syracuse was her No. 2 favorite. I ticked her off when I gave a technical to (Syracuse head coach Jim) Boeheim.”

One of the few African-American umpires when he broke in back in the early seventies, McCadden overcame a lot to become the official he was, as well as the man he is today.

“In 1973,” McCadden commented, “I was umpiring a AA game in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. There’s only one way in and out of Smithville County and there were two large billboards at both ends of the road that had: Help support the United Klans of America. I’m light complexed and you really can’t tell I’m black unless you’re up close. It’s my first game there and I’m behind the plate. A fan yelled,” Oh my God, they sent us an Arab. I took my hat off for the national anthem and I had a small Afro. The same guy yells, ‘He’s no Arab, they sent us a ******* ( N-word)’. I had a rough game and threw out five people, three on one team and two on the other. After the game I walked past a woman who smashed a hot dog in my face and poured coke on my head. I was dressing in the locker room and people started beating a metal door down. They came in and I grabbed my facemask, but fortunately the cops came.

“When I left there was an elderly black gentleman waiting for me. He was Buck Leonard, a first baseman who played in the Negros League with Satchel Paige, and he’s in the Negro and Baseball Halls of Fame. This (racist behavior by fans) had never happened to me and I was going to quit. He invited me to have lunch with him the next day because he wanted to talk. It changed my life. I started letting things like that run off my back.”

There were some memorable umpiring moments along the way like throwing Billy Martin and Earl Weaver out of the same spring training game and umpiring a game in which the great Hank Aaron hit his final spring trainer home run.

“And I have that ball,” McCadden noted. “On his previous at bat, I called him out on a third strike that was high. The highlight of my umpiring career was in 1977 at the 30th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first pro game at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey. I was umpiring in AA at the time and the stadium had been renovated. I met Jackie’s widow, Rachel Robinson, who was a lovely person and strikingly beautiful, even today in her nineties. I was the plate umpire and, to me, there was no higher honor.”

According to McCadden, who was an educator and local politician, he first got involved in amateur boxing in a strange way. In 1996, he helped start a boxing club in Roanoke with the city providing the facility. He went to the gym to hang out and prove that he really cared. In 2009, Roanoke hosted the Virginia Golden Gloves Tournament.

“I was sitting there and there weren’t enough judges,” McCadden said. “I was asked if I’d mind judging, but I wasn’t certified. I was given a mini-clinic, took the test, and passed for my first job in boxing. Six months later, I was in the ring refereeing. There were no sanctioned events in my area, so I had to go to other parts of the state to work events. It got to the point where I really liked it. I had commonsense sports knowledge. Nobody knew me there, so there were no grudges. In 2012, I became a level 2 Chief Officer in Virginia until 2014.”

McCadden was an official at the 2017 USA Boxing Eastern Qualifier and USA Boxing Junior Olympics, as well as the 2018 U.S. National Elite Boxing Championships and U.S National Junior Olympics. Today, “Mac” is a USA Boxing LBC #61, USIBA Chief of Officials, USIBA Board member representing the Roanoke Chapter, and one of the early USA Boxing Alumni Association members.

USA Boxing Alumni Association

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, –boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans — The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing’s future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events hosted by the Alumni Association, including its annual USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

To join the Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee. New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

“I’m so proud and happy to be a USA Boxing Alumni member that I wear one of my shirts at least once a week,” McCadden concluded. “Since I’ve been a member, I see people, maybe, in a different light. Any misconceptions I may have had about boxing people were wrong. Every misconception has been changed. There’s such a bond in USA Boxing.

“USA Boxing has been a Godsend for me, keeping me involved and meeting people I’ve become eternal friends with. I watch kids grow and develop. Everybody isn’t the same, of course, but the respect amateur athletes have for officials is unreal.”

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Arthur Mercante, Jr. to join father in New York State Boxing Hall of Fame

International boxing referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. will join his father, the late Arthur Mercante, Sr., in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) to become the first father-son inducted into the NYSBHOF.

The 24-member Class of 2019 will be inducted at the eighth annual NYSBHOF induction dinner on Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 28, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Mercante, Jr. was an amateur boxer who lost in the 1976 New York Golden Gloves to Juan LaPorte (NYSBHOF inductee, Class of 2014). “I felt I beat him, and I wanted to turn pro,” Mercante, Jr. explained how he got into officiating. “My father said no as long as I lived in his house, but he suggested I try referring.”

Mercante, Jr. started refereeing in 1979 in the amateurs and moved up to the pro ranks in 1984. He has referred 336 fights, including 72 title fights. Mercante, Jr. has some wonderful memories, including a humorous story in which he was accidentally punched.

“I was referring a fight (unified world super middleweight title fight, on Jan. 14, 2017 at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn) between Badou Jack and James DeGale,” Mercante, Jr. remembered. “I heard the 10-second warning at the end of the sixth round and started counting 5-4-3-2-1. At the same time, Jack hit me in the face with a left hook, and I slipped. Beau asked me if I was alright. I said I was fine. Later, he said that he had hit me with a good shot and that I owned him a good shot. After the fight, he told me I can take a good shot.”

Mercante, Jr. believed the key to be a good referee is breaking apart fighters in clinches and staying out of the picture, because a fight isn’t about the referee.

One of his most memorable moments of his career was working the same show as his father, who was 81 time, for the first time in 1981 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Father worked the main event between Roy Jones, Jr. and David Telesco, Mercante, Jr. handled a fight between David Izon and Derrick Jefferson.

Now, Mercante, Jr. is heading into the NYSBHOF to join his father. “I never thought I’d be in any Hall of Fame,” Mercante, Jr. commented. “When the call came January 27th (2019) from Bob Duffy (NYBHOF president), it couldn’t have come at a more special day, because my father would have turned 99 that day.

“It’s an honor, especially going in with this class. I worked a fight between Michael Olajide and Iran Barkley and Michael is getting in this year. Don King, of course, and I worked a lot of shows with Wayne Kelly. Ring 8 has always been a great organization. I’d like to thank everyone involved.”

Living boxers heading into the NYSBHOF include (Bronx-born) three-time, two-division world champion Wilfredo Benitez (53-8-1, 31 KOs), Canastota welterweight Dick DiVeronica (44-13-1, 13 KOs), (Hempstead) WBO super featherweight world champion Rogelio Tuur (46-4-1, 30 KOs), (Bronx) 1968 U.S. Olympian Davey Vasquez (19-15, 6 KOs), WBO super middleweight world title challenger Michael Olajide (27-5, 19 KOs), of Manhattan, and Queens’ world heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs).

Posthumous participants being inducted are (Bronx) three-time lightweight world champion Jimmy Carter (84-31-9, 34 KOs), Brooklyn welterweight Al “Bummy” Davis (65-10-4, 46 KOs), (Schenectady) world welterweight champion Marty Servo (47-4-2, 14 KOs), (Bronx) world heavyweight title challenger Roland LaStarza (57-9, 27 KOs), Brooklyn world lightweight champion Paddy DeMarco (75-26-3, 8 KOs) and Manhattan’s Lower East Side lightweights Sid Terris (94-13-5, 12 KOs) and Leach “The Fighting Dentist” Cross (35-10-4, 22 KOs).

In addition to Mercante, Jr., other living non-participants heading into the NYSBHOF are New York City-based promoter Don King, Flushing judge John McKaie, Brooklyn sportscaster Steve Albert, and Bronx trainer Bob Jackson.

Posthumous non-participant inductees are Utica matchmaker Dewey Fragetta, Corona, Queens referee Johnny LoBianco, Garden City referee Wayne Kelly, Flushing sportsman Harry Hill, award-winning journalist Jimmy Cannon, of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and NYSAC official/former NABF president Joe Dwyer, of Brooklyn.

Each attending inductee (or direct descendant of) will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his or her induction into the NYSBHOF.

The 2019 inductees were selected by the NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Don Majeski, Ron McNair, and Neil Terens.

All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers or during the prime of their respective career.


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.

CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giamba, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.

CLASS OF 2016: Aaron Davis, Charles Murray, Vilomar Fernandez, Edwin Viruet, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Rocky Graziano, Rocky Kansas, Joe Lynch, Joe Miceli, Ed Brophy, Joe DeGuardia, Randy Gordon, Dennis Rappaport, Howie Albert, Freddie Brown, Howard Cosell, Ruby Goldstein and Jimmy Jacobs.

CLASS OF 2017: Gaspar Ortega, Renaldo “Mr.” Snipes, Doug Dewitt, “The Bronx Bomber” Alex Ramos, Dick Tiger, Jose Torres, “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey, Don Majeski, Ron Katz, Stan Hoffman, Bobby Bartels, Hank Kaplan, Al Gavin, Arthur Donovan and Dan Parker.

CLASS OF 2018: Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle, Jake Rodriguez, Terrence Alli, “Baby” Joe Mesi, Kid Chocolate, James J. “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Jack McAuliffe, Billy Costello, Melio Bettina Ralph “Tiger” Jones, Charley Norkus, Dave Anderson, Pete Brodsky, Herb Goldman, Bobby Goodman, Melvina Lathan, Ron Scott Stevens, Johnnie Addie, Johnny Bos, Murray Goodman, Bert Randolph Sugar and Sam Taub.

Tickets are priced at $125.00 per adult and $60.00 for children (under 16) and include a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the day. Tickets are available to purchase by contacting NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304 or depcomish@aol.com. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $80.00 to $200.00, by contacting Duffy. Go on line at http://www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.

RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.