Pattersons lead '14 N.Y. HOF class
January, 22, 2014
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Ron FrehmTracy Harris Patterson, left, and boxing great Floyd Patterson will make Hall of Fame history.
The father-son combination of the late two-time heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson and his son, former junior featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Tracy Harris Patterson, was among those elected to the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame this week.
Other living boxers being inducted as part of the third class are former welterweight titlist Billy Backus of Canastota, former featherweight titlist Kevin Kelley of Queens, former featherweight titlist Juan LaPorte of Brooklyn, former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney of Huntington, former middleweight contender Mustafa Hamsho of Brooklyn, and Glen Cove's Howard Davis Jr., a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and former lightweight contender.
"This is another very strong class of inductees," HOF president Bob Duffy said in his announcement. “We are honoring New York's finest in our sport. This is all about recognizing great fighters, as well as others involved in boxing, from the state of New York."
Other posthumous inductees are former lightweight champion Lou Ambers of Herkimer, three-time welterweight champion Jack Britton of Clinton, and former featherweight and bantamweight champion Terry McGovern of Brooklyn.
Non-boxer inductees are trainer and ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas of Staten Island, promoter Lou DiBella of Brooklyn, historian and Showtime analyst Steve Farhood of Brooklyn, trainer and matchmaker Gene Moore of Queens, and writer/historian Angelo Prospero of Rochester.
Deceased non-boxers to be enshrined are trainer/cutman Whitey Bimstein of Manhattan, trainer Cus D'Amato of Catskill, trainer William Muldoon of Westchester County, who was also the first chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, and manager Tom O'Rourke of New York.
Each will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction. Plaques are on display at the NYSAC and Waterfront Crabhouse.
The 2014 inductees were selected by the nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Bobby Cassidy Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair and Neil Terens.
Boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years in order to be eligible, and all inductees must have resided in New York for a significant portion of their boxing or boxing-related careers.
The third annual induction dinner will be held March 30 at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, N.Y. Tickets are $150 per adult and $50 for children, and includes a brunch and cocktail hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET, as well as dinner and an open bar. Tickets are available for purchase at the Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, or by calling 718-729-4862 or by calling Duffy at 516-313-2304.