A new crew is entering the NY State Boxing Hall of Fame, and that includes friend of NYF Randy “The Commish” Gordon.
I touched base with the Long Islander to get his take on the honor.
Woods Q: Please tell me what this honor means to you.
Gordon A: This induction is a culmination of every moment of my life I have spent reading, watching thinking about, editing, managing, training in, competing in, writing about, talking about, announcing, hosting, promoting and regulating boxing. The boxing fan from Long Island is being inducted into the New York Boxing Hall of Fame. What a journey this has been. What an honor!
Q: What is your single greatest boxing memory?
A: To be inducted into the New York Boxing Hall of Fame sits atop all my other fantastic memories, which include being named as Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission; being chosen by Bert Sugar to be the Editor-in-Chief of The Ring; Being given a boxing talk show on SiriusXM Radio with Gerry Cooney (now in its seventh year); being inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame; Announcing fulltime for ESPN, the MSG Network, the USA Network and for Showtime and HBO; and being part of the announce team for Sugar Ray Leonard v Thomas Hearns on September 16, 1981.
Q: Why are and were you attracted to the sport?
A: It was February 1960. I was 10 and wheelchair bound, having suffered third-degree burns on my right leg and spending four months in the hospital. Unable to walk, my father turned on the Friday Night Fights, where, together, we watched Emile Griffith outpoint Denny Moyer. I loved the athleticism I saw, and was determined to get out of my wheelchair and try it. My father put up a heavy bag and a speed bag in the basement and the workouts led to my complete recovery—and a lifetime boxing fan being born.
Here is a release telling you about the event:
NEW YORK (March 23, 2016) – Tickets are selling fast for the fifth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 3, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
NYSBHOF Class of 2016
World welterweight champion (’90-91) Aaron “Superman” Davis Bronx
World junior welterweight champion (’93-94) Charles “The Natural” Murray Buffalo
Two-time world lightweight title challenger Vilomar Fernandez Bronx
World lightweight title challenger Edwin Viruet. New York City
4-time, 3-division world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho Spanish Harlem
World middleweight champion (1952) Rocky Graziano Brooklyn
World lightweight (’25-26) titlist Rocky Kansas Buffalo
2-time world bantamweight titleholder Joe Lynch Brooklyn
“Uncrowned welterweight champion” Joe Miceli Buffalo
International Boxing Hall of Fame executive director Ed Brophy Canastota
Promoter Joe DeGuardia Bronx
Commissioner/media personality Randy Gordon Melville
Promoter/manager Dennis Rappaport Queens
Manager Howie Albert Bronx
Trainer/cutman Freddie Brown Manhattan
New York City television commentator Howard Cosell New York City
Boxer/referee Ruby Goldstein Manhattan
Manager Jimmy Jacobs New York City
Each inductee will receive a custom-designed belt signifying his induction into the NYSBHOF. Plaques are on display at the New York State Athletic Commission.
The 2016 inductees were selected by NYSBHOF nominating committee members: Jack Hirsch, Steve Farhood, Bobby Cassidy, Jr., Don Majeski, Henry Hascup, Ron McNair, Angelo Prospero and Neil Terens.
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 or during the prime of their respective career.
CLASS of 2012: Carmen Basilio, Mike McCallum, Mike Tyson, Jake LaMotta, Riddick Bowe, Carlos Ortiz, Vito Antuofermo, Emile Griffith, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Benny Leonard, Tony Canzoneri, Harold Lederman, Steve Acunto, Jimmy Glenn, Gil Clancy, Ray Arcel, Nat Fleischer, Bill Gallo and Arthur Mercante, Sr.
CLASS of 2013: Jack Dempsey, Johnny Dundee, Sandy Saddler, Maxie Rosenbloom, Joey Archer, Iran Barkley, Mark Breland, Bobby Cassidy, Doug Jones, Junior Jones, James “Buddy” McGirt, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Bob Arum, Shelly Finkel, Tony Graziano, Larry Merchant, Teddy Brenner, Mike Jacobs, Tex Rickard and Don Dunphy.
CLASS OF 2014: Floyd Patterson, Tracy Harris Patterson, Billy Backus, Kevin Kelley, Juan LaPorte, Gerry Cooney, Mustafa Hamsho, Howard Davis, Jr., Lou Ambers, Jack Britton, Terry McGovern, Teddy Atlas, Lou DiBella, Steve Farhood, Gene Moore, Angelo Prospero, Whitey Bimstein, Cus D’Amato, William Muldoon and Tom O’Rourke.
CLASS OF 2015: Saoul Mamby, Joey Giambra, Johnny Persol, Harold Weston, Lonnie Bradley, Paul Berlenbach, Billy Graham, Frankie Genaro, Bob Miller, Tommy Ryan, Jimmy Slattery, Bob Duffy, Mike Katz, Tommy Gallagher, Bruce Silverglade, Charley Goldman, Jimmy Johnston, Cedric Kushner, Harry Markson, Damon Runyon and Al Weill.
Tickets are priced at $150.00 per adult and $60.00 for children (under 16), and include a complete brunch and cocktail hour upon entry, starting at 12:30 PM/ET, as well as dinner (prime rib, fish or poultry) and open bar throughout the evening. Tickets are available to purchase by calling NYSBHOF/Ring 8 president Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304. Ads for the NYSBHOF program are available, ranging from $50.00 to $250.00, by contacting Duffy. Go on line at www.Ring8ny.com for additional information about the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.
ABOUT RING 8: Formed in 1954 by an ex-prizefighter, Jack Grebelsky, Ring 8 became the eighth subsidiary of what was then known as the National Veteran Boxers Association – hence, RING 8 – and today the organization’s motto still remains: Boxers Helping Boxers.
RING 8 is fully committed to supporting less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.
Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com for more information about RING 8, the largest group of its kind in the United States with more than 350 members. Annual membership dues is only $30.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership. Guests of Ring 8 members are welcome at a cost of only $7.00 per person.