SUGAR RAY ROBINSON Photo taken at USA Amateur Boxing Show Santa Barbara, California by David Martinez / October 25, 1986
The inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, will be held Sunday, April 1 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Legendary “Sugar” Ray Robinson , arguably the greatest boxer of all-time, leads a star-studded list of 12 boxers and eight non-participants to be formally inducted.
Boxers joining Robinson in the inaugural NYSBHOF class are Mike Tyson , Jake LaMotta , Carmen Basilio , Riddick Bowe , Carlos Ortiz , Vito Antuofermo , Emile Griffith , Mike McCallum and the late Gene Tunney , Benny Leonard and Tony Canzoneri .
Non-participant inductees are judge/HBO analyst Harold Lederman , coach/instructor Steve Acunto , trainer/cutman Jimmy Glenn and, posthumously, trainers Gil Clancy and Ray Arcel , The Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer , New York Daily News boxing reporter/cartoonist Bill Gallo , and referee Arthur Mercante, Sr .
“We’re doing this to honor New York fight people,” NYSBHOF president Tony Mazzarella said. “This is a dream come true for so many people who’ve worked hard to make the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame a reality. On April 1st we will be setting the foundation for years to come. All of the inductees will be immortalized with plaques showcased on a dedicated wall at the Waterfront Crabhouse and in the New York State Athletic Commission.”