More than 300 people attended this past Sunday's second annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York, as 20 inductees from the Class of 2013 were honored.
"This is the second year for the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame," NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. "This is for New York but it could be the Brooklyn Boxing Hall of Fame with so many of this year's inductees from Brooklyn. The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame is for New Yorkers and run by New Yorkers."
The 2013 NYSBHOF inductees were (participants) Jack Dempsey (61-6-9, 50 KOs), Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs), Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs), Maxie Rosenbloom (207-39-26 (19 KOs), Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs), Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs), Mark Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs), Bobby Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); Doug Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs), Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), James "Buddy" McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs), Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs); (non-participants) Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard, and Don Dunphy.
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years to be eligible for induction, and all inductees had to have lived in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.
Here are two of the best quotes from the gala.
Iran Barkley: "When I fought [Thomas] Hearns, nobody thought I could beat him, but I wasn't afraid. I'm a Bronx guy and I was used to getting hit by bricks and bats. I won with blood, sweat and tears. I said to get ready to pick him up and carry him out."
Bobby Cassidy: "I truly appreciate and I'm honored to be standing here today. I started boxing in 1963. Teddy Brenner said I was a million-to-one shot but his long-shot paid off. Like a lot of guys, boxing saved me. It was go in the ring or go to jail."