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Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame 2012

Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 members selected their 2012 inductees for hall of fame honors. The induction ceremony and annual dinner will be held in August at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The five new members to be enshrined are:
Lt. Colonel Matt Urban- Had a distinguished amateur career where he won numerous collegiate championships in the early 1940’s. When Urban was drafted into the Army he help coach the enlisted men to championships during WWII. After the war he moved to Michigan and was on many Olympic and Golden Gloves boxing committees.
Sam Bruce- Bruce was born in Tennessee and moved to Buffalo in 1928. The welterweight fought many of the top fighters from 1928-1933. He compiled a 47-30-8 record with wins over Gorilla Jones, Jack Britton and a loss to Jackie Fields at the Broadway Auditorium, all champions at one time.
George Lampshire- Lampshire was a trainer, manager and matchmaker from the 1940’s through the 1960’s. He managed such Buffalo fighters as Joe Muscato, Henry Brimm, and others during that era. In the 1960’s he was the matchmaker for Monsignor Kelliher when the Golden Gloves was going strong in the area.
Herman Smith- “Uncle” Herman was a main stay in the featherweight and lightweight divisions from 1910 to 1922. He finished with a recorded record of 42-21-9. John L. Sullivan refereed his battle with Lockport Jimmy Duffy at Harmonia Hall in Buffalo. In November of 1911 Smith fought featherweight Champion Abe Attell at the International AC on Genesee St. in Buffalo and dropped a ten round newspaper decision. He was a long time trainer and member of Ring 44.
Paddy Lavin- Lavin fought from the early 1900’s until 1914 and collected an impressive 55-16-17 record mostly in the welterweight division. Paddy (born Patrick Cleary) fought a who’s who of the division during his time in the ring winning more than his share.


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