Ring 8 Meeting Tuesday in Long Island

Ariel Shnerer / September 17, 2012 - 9:20pm

The monthly Ring 8 meeting is set for Tuesday, September 18, at Waterfront Crabhouse in Lond Island, N.Y.

Justina Ihetu, daughter of the late Dick Tiger, will be a special keynote speaker, in addition to Ian Cannon, a 20-year-old wheelchair boxer.

Full press release below:

NEW YORK, NY (September 17, 2012) – The daughter of the late, great Dick Tiger, Justina Ihetu, will be the keynote speaker at tomorrow night’s (Sept. 18) Ring 8 monthly meeting, starting at 7:00 pm ET, at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.

Ihetu authored a book about her father entitled, “In Africa’s Honor: Dick Tiger versus Gene Fullmer III – A Blast from Nigeria’s Glorious Past.”

Tiger (60-19-3, 27 KOs) was a four-time, two division (middleweight and light heavyweight) world champion between1962-1966. During his 18-year professional boxing career, the International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee defeated the likes of Nino Benvenuti, Jose Torres, Joey Giardello (twice), Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Don and Gene (twice) Fullmer, Florintino Fermamdez and Terry Downes.

The other guest speaker will be 20-year-old wheelchair boxer Ian Cannon, a sophomore at the University of Hartford who created Roll with the Punches five years ago. Roll with the Punches is a special physical conditioning-and training program created for people with mobility problems that use boxing methods to improve their physical and mental states. Cannon will discuss the advantages for those participating in Roll with the Punches, as well as wheelchair boxing and its future as a sport.

Ring 8 will also celebrate the appointment of a Ring 8 Board of Directors member Atty. Keith Sullivan as a Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Athletic Commission.

Classic boxing films, time permitting, will also be shown at the meeting.

“We’re delighted to have Justina Ihetu speak about her father, the legendary Dick Tiger, who was inducted into the first class of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame last year,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Justina is also a Ring 8 member. Ring 8 is also happy to give Ian Cannon a platform to discuss what he and his special program are all about. We also want to congratulate Keith Sullivan, who will make an excellent Deputy Commissioner. He has been involved in boxing for many years in a variety of positions. I’d also like to acknowledge the State of New York and, in particular, New York State Athletic Commissioner Melvina Latham for appointing Keith to this important position.”
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 $25.00 and each member is entitled to a buffet dinner at RING 8 monthly meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, excluding July and August. All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.