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Ring 44 announces 2014 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame

Ring 44 announces 2014 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame

Photo By Bob Caico

Paulie Mahoney

Ring 44 announces 2014 Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame

Photo By Bob Caico

Vic Brown with Tony Pinto

Ring 44 will host their induction and awards ceremony at Salvatore's Italian Gardens on Friday August 8th. For tickets and information contact (716)440-1715 or email wsbuf@aol.com.

Angelo Prospero, Sportswriter and Historian

After graduating from Canisius College with a bachelor and master’s degrees and services in the United State Army during the Korean Conflict, Prospero began covering fights at ringside all over the United States and Canada for various boxing periodicals. Some of those he worked for were Ring Magazine (The Bible of Boxing), Boxing Illustrated, Boxing Digest, Ring Sports ad Boxing World. He has written hundreds of articles and biographies of boxers. He was the first historian of the Canastota Hall of Fame and has served as the historian of Ring 44 in Buffalo for the last 25 years.

Paulie Mahoney, Pro Boxer

During a nine-year career Paulie Mahoney compiled a record of 31 wins (14 KOs),15 losses and 1 draw. Although he was not victorious in any of these bouts, Mahoney concluded his career against some of the top fighters in the world. He lost ten-round decisions to former middleweight champions Teddy Yarosz and Ken Overlin. Yarosz came into his fight against Mahoney with 89 victories, while Overlin had 126 victories. In his last fight Mahoney suffered a 9 round knockout at the hands of Anton Christoforidis, the former Light Heavyweight champion of the world.
Earlier in his career Mahoney had lost a pair of decisions to Ralph DeJohn. Paulie also had no success against the former Olympic fighter Jimmy Clark. He lost a pair of decisions and was knocked out and TKO'd in the second rounds. In his obituary manager Red Carr said that Paulie,"The feisty Middleweight was never a champion, but always a contender." In a September 1, 1954 article the Courier featured an article by Ray Ryan that rated Paulie Mahoney along with Jimmy Clark and Ralph DeJohn as the top three Western New York Middleweight in the 1930's and early 1940's
After World War II Mahoney moved to Florida. Ten years later he moved to California where he died 20 years later in 1983.

“Team” DeLeon, trainers
Carlos and Juan and third brother Angel have resided and made their base in Buffalo for the last twenty years and over the course of time have been the leaders and ring men for “Team” Mesi and proceeded to help to make magic in the wonderful odyssey of undefeated Joe Mesi the third Franchise who kept his assault towards to World Championship based in Buffalo and brought the boxing world to Buffalo as well. These Gentlemen also trained a plethora of outstanding amateur and pro boxers while again remaining in Buffalo.

Tony Pinto, trainer

He devoted more than 30 years to area amateur and professional boxing both as a fighter and trainer before his fatal heart at age 57. His eulogy was from the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Franklin M. Kelliher, with whom Pinto was associated in the Golden Gloves operation. Tony was to have been in Dick Topinko's corner when the Lackawanna welterweight met Willie Williams at Buffalo Boys Town. Tony had been training Dennis "Irish Rockey" Cudney, and from time to time worked with Ed Neiman, Vic Brown and the Mejia brothers. He was the head trainer for Bernie Blacher's stable of fighters including Joey Giambra for a time.

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