NY State Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner is SOLD OUT



NY State Boxing Hall of Fame Dinner is SOLD OUT

If you planned on grabbing a seat at the 10th NY State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner on Sunday, sorry. For the first time ever, this event is a sellout.

Surprisingly, more than 400 tickets got snapped up by people eager to see a 22-member Class of 2023 inducted at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

Below, look at a list of the Class of 2023:



“Super” Zab Judah (44-10, 30 KOs) – Brooklyn
Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (36-8, 7 KOs) – Brooklyn
Kevin “Mr. Excitement” Pompey (32-18-3, 12 KOs) – Troy
Dmitry “Star of David” Salita (35-2-1, 18 KOs) – Brooklyn
Kathy Collins (14-2-4, 3 KOs) – Plainview

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Johnny Busso (36-12-1, 15 KOs) – Poughkeepsie
Eugene “Silent” Hairston (45-13-5, 24 KOs) – Bronx
Tony “Jimmy Pell” Pellone (51-19-6, 10 KOs) – New York City
Mike “The Bronx Spider” Belloise (91-28-12, 21 KOs), – Bronx
Harry “Black Panther” Wills (70-9-3, 56 KOs) – New York City
Eddie “Wildcat” Davis (34-6-1, 20 KOs) – Hampstead

Non-Participants to enter the NY State Boxing Hall of Fame

Dave Diamante – Brooklyn
Tony Paige – Bronx
Bob Mladinich – Latham
Barry Jordan – Brooklyn
Robin Taylor – Brooklyn
Bob Caico – Buffalo


Hector Rocha – Brooklyn
Izzy Zwerling – Brooklyn
Dave Wolf – Manhattan
George Washington – Brooklyn
Irving Cohen – New York City

Also, here are some clips, which allow you to remember or learn about past NY State Boxing Hall of Fame inductions. Here is a clip from on the 2012 induction. World Liberty TV did this video hit on the 2013 event.  Bad Left Hook reported on the 2014 gala. Next year, TSS reported on the 2015 gala. Then, Ring 8 posted on the 2016 fete. The Fight Journal reported on the 2017 affair. Here is the 2018 report, from In 2019, World Boxing News reported on the shindig. Covid prevented the 2020 gala from happening. Also, WBN reported on the 2021 gathering. In addition, NYFights had a report on the 2022 event.

Who Selects Inductees?

The 2023 inductees were selected by the NY State Boxing Hall of Fame Nominating Committee members: Chairperson Jack Hirsch, Randy Gordon, Henry Hascup, Don Majeski, Ron McNair, Jim Monteverde, Neil Terens, Jose Corpas, Bobby Cassidy, and Bob Duffy.

Next, go online at or for additional information about the York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

Then, here's info on RING 8, sponsor of the NY State Boxing Hall of Fame event:

Jack Grebelsky, ex fighter, started Ring 8 in 1954. It became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 . Today, the organization's motto remains “Boxers Helping Boxers.”

Go online to for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues are only $30.00. Each member can attend a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, can receive a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.