New York Boxing Hall of Fame

By Robert Ecksel on October 25, 2011
New York Boxing Hall of Fame
Sugar Ray Robinson, who was born in Ailey, Georgia, made his home in Harlem, New York


There are two main Boxing Halls of Fame. There’s the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, and the lesser known World Boxing Hall of Fame in Riverside, California.

Several states, including neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut, have Boxing Halls of Fame of their own. That New York, the one-time Mecca of Boxing, does not have a Hall of Fame can be seen as an oversight in need of correcting, or a further splintering of boxing’s multiple personality disorder.

Ring 8, the older of the two Ring organizations in New York, held a press conference today at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan to announce the newly-founded New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

Its inaugural class of inductees is a Who’s Who of stupendous New York fighters and no less fabulous nonparticipants.

Sugar Ray Robinson, who was born in Ailey, Georgia, made his home in Harlem, and heads the list of 12 boxers and eight non-participant inductees headed into the New York Hall.

Joining the nonpareil Robinson (173-19-6) are, in alphabetical order, Vito Antuofermo, Carmen Basilio, Riddick Bowe, Tony Canzoneri, Emile Griffith, Jake LaMotta, Benny Leonard, Mike McCallum, Carlos Ortiz, Mike Tyson, and Gene Tunney.

Nonparticipant inductees include HBO’s “unofficial ringside scorer,” and Boxing.com contributor, Harold Lederman; founder of The Ring magazine, Nat Fleischer; trainers Ray Arcel and Gil Clancy; referee Arthur Mercante Sr.; New York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo; trainer/cutman Jimmy Glenn; and coach/instructor Steve Acunto.

Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said, “The concept for the New York State Hall of Fame was the idea of one man who had the insight to contact the state, [my predecessor] Tony Mazzarella.

“We plan to do this every year. Our first introduction dinner will be at Russo’s On The Bay in March of 2012. We have a wall at Waterfront Crabhouse which will list our Class of 2012 and another at the New York State Athletic Commission. We started this to honor New York fight people.”

Let’s hope Ring 8 keeps up the good work.

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  1. Norman Bagi 02:52pm, 09/18/2014

    Lets not forget the cornermen.
    Al Gavin should head the list.

  2. Bill Beaulieu 05:47am, 11/02/2011

    Would be ideal to see some of the famous NYC glove makers in the hall. Besides EVERLAST and BENLEE, how about
    Al Zimmer Spartan
    Gil Spillet…Tuf-Wear
    Izzy Zerling…G&S
    Grant Elvis Philips…GRANT.

    Without gloves, especially NYC gloves, they’d be no boxing.

  3. The Thresher 04:26pm, 10/26/2011

    WITH VIRTUAL REALITY, YOU CAN DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING.

  4. The Thresher 05:55pm, 10/25/2011

    Wow, Congratulations, Harold.

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