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The ballots have been counted, and the results are in. All-time heavyweight great Jack Dempsey and promoter Bob Arum top the second New York State Boxing Hall of Fame class, and they'll be feted during an induction dinner on Sunday, April 28.
"This is an exceptional group of inductees," NYSBHOF and Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. "We are inducting legitimate New Yorkers in the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame. All of these inductees have a significant impact on New York State boxing during their respective times."
Others to make the cut include featherweight Johnny Dundee (83-32-20, 17 KOs); two-time world featherweight champion Sandy Saddler (144-16-2, 103 KOs) and light heavyweight champion Maxie Rosenbloom (207-39-26 (19 KOs). Living boxers heading into the Hall include middleweight Joey Archer (61-6-9, 50 KOs), three-division world champion Iran Barkley (43-19-1 (27 KOs); Mark Breland (35-3-1, 25 KOs), light heavyweight Bobby Cassidy (59-16-3, 27 KOs); world heavyweight challenger Doug Jones (30-10-1, 20 KOs), Junior Jones (50-6, 28 KOs), James "Buddy" McGirt (73-6-1, 48 KOs) and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (50-8-1, 39 KOs). Non-participants heading into the Hall include managers Shelly Finkel and Tony Graziano, analyst Larry Merchant, matchmaker Teddy Brenner, announcer Don Dunphy, and promoters Mike Jacobs and Tex Rickard.
All boxers needed to be inactive for at least three years in order to be eligible for NYSBHOF induction, and all inductees must have resided in New York State for a significant portion of their boxing careers.
Tickets for the induction dinner are priced at $150.00 per adult ($125.00 for Ring 8 members in good standing) and $50.00 for children, and includes a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 p.m., as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available to purchase at the Waterfront Crabhouse (2-03 Borden Ave in Long Island City), or by calling Tony Mazzarella at 718-729-4862 or Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516-313-2304.