On Wednesday evening, November 1, 2006, a 7:00 P.M. the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its Thirty-Seventh Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the Beautiful Venetian (formerly called the Cameo), 546 River Drive, Garfield, N.J. starting at 7:00 P.M. Tickets are priced at ONLY $75.00 per person. 13 of Boxings finest will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
For tickets or further information, please contact Hall of Fame president:
Henry Hascup (973) 471-2458.
Here's some information on this years honorees:
1. Dr. Mark L. Belafsky worked on the New Jersey Boxing Comm. for over 20 years and was considered one of the top Doctors in the field of Boxing.
2. Jeff Chandler, (Philadelphia) former WBA Bantamweight Champion of the World, defending that Title a near record 10 times from 1980 to 1984. He only lost 2 of his 37 bouts, beating such outstanding boxers as Julian Solis, Jorge Lujan, Eijiro Murata, Johnny Carter, Miguel Iriarte, Gaby Canizales, Hector Cortez and Oscar Muniz.
3. * Pat Comiskey (Paterson, NJ) was rated as high as #4 Heavyweight contender back in the early 1940's. He scored 60 knockouts in his 73 wins.
4. * Jimmy DeForest (New Jersey) trained such greats as James J. Jeffries, Joe Gans, George Dixon, Original Joe Walcott, Kid McCoy, Tommy Ryan, Pal Moore, Jack Sharkey, Luis Firpo and Jack Dempsey. He also promoted the Harry Greb/Mickey Walker bout.
5. Doug DeWitt, (Scarsdale, NY) former WBO Middleweight Champion. He beat such standouts as Freddie Boynton, Mike Tinley, Tony Thornton, Robbie Sims and Matthew Hilton.
6. Bob Fernandez, (Formerly Plainfield, NJ, now PA) Boxing Historian and writer. Has written many stories on Boxers throughout the Country, especially those from the state of New Jersey.
7. * Al Gavin, (New York) top cutman and trainer who worked with Lennox Lewis, Mickey Ward, Eric Harding, Prince Naseem Hamed, Oscar De La Hoya, Buddy McGrit, Vito Antuofermo among others.
8. Eugene Grant, (Plainfield) Professional Boxing Judge since 1985. He has Judged all over the United States and many places outside the country as well. He Judged George Foreman, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, David Tua, Milton McCrory, Gary Hinton, Tony Tucker, Doug DeWitt, James "Hard Rock" Green, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Simon Brown, Hector Camacho, Trevor Berbick, Michael Dokes, Ray Mercer, Roy Jones Jr., Michael Moorer, Felix Trinidad, Rafael Ruelas, Arturo Gatti, Andrew Golota, Hasim Rahman and Corrie Sanders.
9. James "Hard Rock" Green, (Irvington, NJ) former top Middleweight contender, who beat such standouts as Wilford Scypion, Teddy Mann and Ernie Singletary. He also fought Frank Fletcher, Robbie Sims, John Mugabi, Donald Curry, Michael Olajide and Otis Grant.
10. * Johnny Howard, (Bayonne) former Middleweight great from 1912 to 1922. He boxed over 120 bouts and beat such standout boxers as former World Champions George Chip, Battling Levinsky, former World Contenders Bill Brennan and Jeff Smith.
11. Tony Riccio (Bayonne) who fought Sugar Ray Robinson, beat Sammy Angott and drew with Rocky Castellani. He lives in Florida right now but he was well known in Bayonne area when he fought back in the 1940's.
12. Renaldo Snipes, (New York) top Heavyweight contender who had Larry Holmes down and also out. He also beat former World Title holders Trevor Berbick, Gerrie Coetzee and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.
13. Frankie "The Shark" Toledo, (Paterson, NJ) former WBU Super Bantamweight Champion and IBF Featherweight title holder. He boxed Professional from 1989 to 2004 losing only 7 of his 51 bouts.
Also being honored that night will be:
Pro Boxer of the Year:
14. Arturo Gatti (Jersey City), former Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight Champion of the World. He is the most exciting and popular boxer in many years.
Amateur Boxer of the Year:
15. Alan Lawrence (Newark), several time National and World Jr. Champion. Is currently rated in the top 3 in the Country at the senior level.
Amateur Coach of the Year:
16. Charlie Dewdrop Young, (Newark) former pro boxer who now trains some of the best young Amateurs in the country, including his son, Alan Lawrence.
Amateur Official of the Year:
17. Arnold Neal, former pro boxer that has been an Amateur boxing official for the past several years.
Man/Women of the Year:
18. Stefani Belloise Pedone, (Hackensack) the daughter of former top Middleweight Contender, Steve Belloise and her uncle, Mike Belloise was a World Title Holder. She has been the Secretary of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame for the past 8 years.