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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 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.
The finals of the Golden Gloves championships for New York State were held Saturday April 26th at the Tralf in downtown Buffalo. The sub-novice (0-2 fights), novice (less than 11 fights) boxers became State champions in their weight classes. The open champions will now head to Las Vegas during the week of May 12th representing the Buffalo franchise to vie for national titles. The tournament resurrected in Buffalo by Niagara District Vice President Don Patterson and sponsored by Joe Carubba of Carubba Collision has grown every year and this addition may have been the best yet. 2014 New York State Champions: Sub-Novice 123 lb female, Hannah Kruger, UB Boxing – Buffalo 141 lb female, Valerie Aspaas, Victory Gym- Buffalo 123 lb Benjamin Serrano, Westside Boxing- Buffalo 132 lb William Russell, Rinaldi Boxing – Syracuse 141 lb Tyrell Taylor, Watertown Boxing – Watertown 152 lb Jarred Nosewicz, Ultimate Athletics – Syracuse 165 lb Yenser Perez, Rinaldi Boxing – Syracuse 178 lb Curtis Chaplan, Ultimate Athletics- Syracuse 201+ Winsom Robinson, St John's Boxing – Buffalo Novice: 132 lb Paul Manley, Team Percision -Adrirondacks 141 lb Elijah Johnson, Faith & Hope Boxing - Syracuse 152 lb Derrell Boyd, Albany City Boxing – Albany 165 lb Connor Smith, UB Boxing -Buffalo 201 lb Joe Taylor, WNY MMA – Lockport Open: 108 lb Thomas Blumenfield , Albany City Boxing- Albany 114 lb Mike Parilla, Rinaldi Boxing- Syracuse 123 lb Samuel Rodriguez, ROC Boxing- Rochester. 132 lb Sequan Felton, St. Martin's- Rochester 141 lb Akmed Aliyev, NWBCC- Buffalo 152 lb Luis Vargas, Rinaldi's Boxing- Syracuse 165 lb Wilmont Wood, St. Martin’s Boxing Rochester 178 lb Lawrence King, ROC Boxing- Rochester 201 lb Yusef A Jami, Ultimate Athletics- Syracuse 201 + Drew Grazadei, NWBCC-Buffalo Masters (over 35 years old) 201 + Brad Stahlman -Salamanca
 “I want to take this opportunity to thank Bills fans and people everywhere for their tremendous outpouring of love for Ralph. Their heartfelt condolences and warm wishes have truly been a comfort for me, Ralph’s daughters Christy and Dee Dee, Mary Owen and the entire Wilson family during this difficult time.”
The Buffalo Golden Glove State championships continued Friday night at the Tralf consisting of championship, semi-final and match bouts. The finals for other weight classes will be determined on Saturday April 26th. The open champions on that card in each weight class will be advancing to the Golden Gloves National Champions in Las Vegas on May 12-16. State Champions in sub-novice: 132 lb William Russell (Rinaldi’s Boxing) dec 3-0 Tyler Russ (U.B.) 141 lb Valerie Aspaas (Victory) WO 152 lb Jarred Nosewicz (Ultimate Fitness) dec 3-0 Austin Phearsdrof (Seneca) 165 lb Yenser Perez (Rinaldi’s) dec 3-0 Ryan Nacastro (U.B.) Semi-final Novice: 141 lb Elijah Johnson (Faith and Hope) dec 3-0 Jeremy Gashindi (PAL) 141 lb Devin Davis (Elite Fitness) dec 2-1 Francisco Vargas (Rinaldi’s) 201 lb Joe Taylor (WNY MMA) tko-2 Bryce Stalhman (Seneca Nation) Semi-final Open: 132 lb Sequan Felton (RSM) dec 2-1 Daniel DeJesus (Westside) 141 lb Akmed Aliyev (NWBCC) dec 3-0 Vinnie Denierio (Elmira) Match bouts: 123 lb Tyler Kruse (U.B.) dec 2-1 Angel Galarza (Westside) 132 lb Oscar Peralta (Rinaldi’s) dec 2-1 Jeffery Nguyot (Westside) 132 lb Dom Diaz (Westside) dec 3-0 Musa Mwbera (RSM) 178 lb Israel Heyward (Ultimate Fitness) tko-1 Derek Pershyn (Terri’s)
A six bout amateur boxing fight card was held Saturday March 8th at the Flare center in Buffalo, NY. A team from Canada was unable to make it and that caused an abbreviated yet competitive show. Teams included Buffalo Westside, Rochester St. Martin's, Victory Gym, U.B. Boxing, and Untouchable Boxing Academy of Cleveland, OH. The Fight of the Night was awarded to the Alex Castellano-Ra'keed Pittman go. 120 lb Angel Galarza (Westside) dec 3-0 Musa Mberwa (RSM) 125 lb Alex Castellano (Victory) dec 2-1 Ra'Keed Pittman (Cleveland) 95 lb Deandrew Williams (Cleveland) dec 2-1 Niasheen Williams (RSM) 178 lb Ty Betler (Westside) dec 3-0 Java Reeves (RSM) 125 lb D'Andre Hockerson (RSM) dec 2-1 Robert Fitch (Cleveland) 165 lb Conner Smith (U.B.) dec 2-1 Tracy McGruder (RSM)
The second of four rounds of the New York State Golden Gloves was held February 22nd. Nineteen bouts went off with one boxer advancing by walk-over. The winners advance to the semi-final round which will be held Friday March 21st. Sub-Novice: 123 lb Hannah Krueger (UB) dec 3-0 Emily Oaks (KC Fitness) 132 lb Tyler Ross (UB) tko-2 Joe Clark (Terrie's Fitness) 132 lb William Russell (Rinaldi's) dec 3-0 Dustin Waldeck (Casal's) 178 lb Ty Better (Westside) ko-3 Daniel Mumford (Watertown) 178 lb Curtis Chaplan (Ultimate Athletic) tko-2 Watoli Rabil (KC's Fitness) 201 lb Thomas Koop (Lackawanna) dec 3-0 Gary Yuzbashev (Terri's Fitness) 201+ Winsom Robinson (St. John's) tko-2 Seth Wilks (Ultimate Athletic) Novice: 141 lb Frank Vargas (Rinaldi) dec 2-1 Miki Gaskin (Westside) 141 lb Elijah Johnson (Faith Hope) dec 2-1 Mitch Geles (Victory) 141 lb Jeremu Gashindi (Buffalo PAL) dec 3-0 Cody Zappone (Albany) 152 lb Derrell Boyd (Albany) dec 2-1 Tony Chao (Syracuse U.) 165 lb Connor Smith (UB) tko-3 Quinton McKnight (RSM) 165 lb Mark Horne (NWBCC) dec 3-0 Kamal James (Watertown) 201 lb Rex O'Corr (Elite Fitness) tko-3 Joshua Brown (Watertown) Open: 141 lb Akmed Aliyev (NWBCC) WO Jonathan Badillio (Watertown) 141 lb Vinnie Denerio (Elmira) dec 2-1 Uciel Hernandez (Geneva) 152 lb Mike Stevens (Ross Thompson) dec 2-1 Mike Christopher (UB) 165 lb Wilmont Wood (RSM) dec 3-0 Tim Akadoulou (UB) 201+ Drew Grazadei (unattached) dec 2-1 Robert Hernandez (ROC Boxing) 201+ Duane Williams (Flare) dec 2-1 Eric Rogers (NWBCC)
The first round of the New York State Golden Gloves championships were held on January 25th at the Tralf Music Hall in downtown Buffalo. Fights were contested in the sub-novice, novice and open classes. A standing room only crowd witnessed 21 fights with boxers from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Watertown, Syracuse, Albany, Dutchess County, Salamanca and Rochester. Winners of the bouts advance in the tournament. Not all weight classes or boxers participated in the opening round. The second round of competition also to be held at the Tralf is scheduled for Saturday February 22nd. Sub-novice class: 141 lb Tyrell Taylor (Watertown) dec 3-0 Mike Williams (Casal's boxing) 152 lb Austin Phearsdrof (Seneca Nation) dec 3-0 Tyler Baxter (KC'S Fitness) 152 lb Jarred Nosewicz (Frank Alagna) dec 2-1 Tyrese Jackson (U.B.) 165 lb Dan Power (Team Precision) dec 2-1 Isreal Heyward (Frank Alagna) 165 lb Joshua Hilson (Inspire) dec 2-1 Jacob McKinnon (Terri's Fitness) 165 lb Ryan Nacastro (U.B.) tko-2 Tyryn Hamilton (Casal's Boxing) 123 lb Hanna Krueger (U.B.) dec 3-0 Felicia Ramallo (ROC Boxing) Novice class: 165 lb Quinton McKnight (RSM) tko-1 Ernest Richardson (Watertown) 165 lb Mark Horne (NWBCC) dec 3-0 Scott Baker (Albany City Boxing) 201 lb Joshua Brown (Watertown) tko-2 Adam Morrell (KC's Fitness) 201 lb Joe Taylor (WNY MMA) tko-2 Rich Barlog (Terri's Fitness) 201 lb Bryce Stahlman (Salamanca) dec 2-1 Alex Dedovets (Buffalo PAL) Open class: 132 lb Sequan Felton (RSM) dec 3-0 Josh Beckford (Albany City Boxing) 132 lb Jeffrey Nguyot (Westside) dec 2-1 Oscar Peralta (Rinaldi's Boxing) 132 lb Daniel DeJesus (Westside) dec 2-1 Mike Vega (Casal's Boxing) 141 lb Trevon Hopkins (unattached) dec 3-0 Jack Grady (Ross Thompson) 152 lb Mike Stevens (Ross Thompson) dec 3-0 Jeremiah Jones (Faith & Hope) 152 lb Mike Christopher (U.B.) dec 3-0 Charles Garner (Buffalo PAL) 152 lb Luis Vargas (Rinaldi's Boxing) dec 3-0 Tracy McGruder (RSM) 165lb Tim Akadoulou (U.B.) dec 3-0 Omar Osmen (ROC Boxing) 165 lb Jimmy Garcia (Rinaldi's Boxing) dec 3-0 Donald Marshall (Ross Thompson)
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The Tralf Nightclub in downtown Buffalo was the venue for a 16 amateur boxing card hosted by Diaab Entertainment and sponsored by Carubba Collision on Saturday November 23rd. The fight of the night was awarded to Daniel Dejesus and Akmad Aliyev. 132 lb Musa Mberwa (St. Martin's) dec 3-0 Derrick Allio (Geneva Boxing) 141 lb Sam Rodriguez (Roc Boxing) dec 2-1 Angel Vega (Jamestown YMCA) 110 lb Marcus Floyd (Buffalo PAL) dec 3-0 Parris Davis (St. Martin's) 141 lb Jose Hernandez (ROC Boxing) rsc-3 Kevin Diaz (Jamestown YMCA) 141 lb Houshuan Sambolin (ROC Boxing) dec 3-0 Matt Ventry (Thunder Boxing) 132 lb Ben Serrano (Buffalo Westside) dec 3-0 Malick Stanley (NWBCC) 141 lb Mike Hadjad (NWBCC) dec 3-0 Carl Davis (Thunder Boxing) 152lb Anthony Woodruff (Westside) dec 2-1 Mark Renza (Sweet Science) 141 lb Uciel Hernandez (Geneva) dec 2-1 Bryan Montes-Camacho (Westside) 165 lb Tim Akadoulou (U.B.) dec 3-0 Tracey McGruder (St. Martin's) 132lb Tyler Ross (U.B.) rsc-3 Daniel Colt Collins (NWBCC) 141 lb Dante Palmer (Lackawanna Boxing) dec 3-0 Jeffrey Ngayot (Westside) 165lb Ryan Nicastro (U.B.) rsc-2 Ryan Piazza (Thunder Boxing) 201 lb Adam Morrell (KC's Fitness) rtm-2 Alberto Mercado (Westside) 141 lb Daniel Dejesus (Westside) dec 2-1 Akmad Aliyev (NWBCC) 178lb Lawrence King (ROC Boxing) dec 3-0 Montell Jones (Eastside Boxing PA.)
West Side Boxing Club from Buffalo hosted an amateur card at the Matthew Glab Post in Lackawanna on October 5th. Thirteen bouts featured clubs from Rochester St. Martin's, Toronto, Casal's, St. John's, UB, Thunder Boxing, Victory and Buffalo PAL. Fight of the Night was awarded to Jake Ventry and Carlos Carresquello for their back and forth fight. Jackson Krebs-Anthony Diaz and Jeffery Ngayot- Sequan Felton tilts also had fight of the night quality action. 85 lb Tobias Smothers (St. John's) dec 2-1 Bobby Bruno (Casal's) 125 lb Alex Castellano (Victory) dec 3-0 Ben Samano (Westside) 145 lb Mitch Geles (Victory) rsc-2 Kyle Bennett (Thunder) 150 lb Anthony Woodruff (Westside) dec 3-0 Cody Thompson (Toronto) 115 lb Keith Torres (Casal's) dec 2-1 DeShawn Greer (RSM) 102 lb Jackson Krebs (Casals) dec 2-1 Anthony Diaz (PAL) 155 lb Quenton mcKnight (RSM) rsc-1 Mike Periso (UB) 125 lb Jake Ventry (Thunder) dec 2-1 Carlos Carrasquello (Westside) 70 lb Joe Krebs (Casal's) dec 3-0 Ja'den Ruth (RSM) 170 lb Tim Accedoin (UB) dec 3-0 Jonathan Bayron (RSM) 150 lb Zsolt Daranyi (Toronto) rsc-3 Brian Montes (Westside) 160 lb Mike Christopher (UB) dec 2-1 Tracy McGruder (RSM) 132 lb Sequan Felton (RSM) dec 2-1 Jeffrey Ngayot (Westside)
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An entertaining 16-bout amateur card was hosted by Casal's Boxing club in Niagara Falls Saturday night. Matchmaker Ray Casal put on his usual very competitive show with boxers from 12 different clubs in every weight class. On a night where many bouts could have been given the declaration of Fight of the Night the ladies bout between Brianna Smith and Mikiah Krebs was awarded the honors. Keith Gordon (Casal's) dec 3-0 Mike Gangemi (ROC Boxing) Dayvene Williams (Jamestown) dec 3-0 Josie Ostrowski (Casal's) Mike Bostic (St. Martin's) dec 3-0 Eddie Torres (Dunkirk) Tyler Russ (Goomba Boxing) rsc 1 Nico Torres (Dunkirk) Tracy McGruder (St. Martin's) dec 2-1 Connor Smith (UB) Sequan Felton (St. Martin's) dec 2-1 Jeffrey Ngayot (Westside Boxing) Eliah Austin (Casal's) rtm-3 Java Reeves (St. Martin's) Alex Castellano (Victory) dec 2-1 Elon DeJesus (Dunkirk) Joey Krebs (Casal's) dec 2-1 Yomar Rosa (Westside) Paris Davis (St. Martin's) rsc-3 Jackson Krebs (Casal's) Dakota Ogdenski (St. Martin's) dec 3-0 Gerrad Ryan (St. Catherine's) Genio Violanti (Casal's) rsc-1 Nate Mohawk (Salamanca) Donnie Marshall (Westside) dec 3-0 Tim Akadulu (UB) Mark Renza (Sweet Science) dec 3-0 Ron Bulls (Westside) Brianna Smith (Casal's) dec 3-0 Mikiah Kreps (Westside) K'Shawn Agee (Casal's) dec 2-1 Dominic Diaz (Westside)
 If tonight's edition of the Stanley Cup Finals was an episode of Sesame Street it would have been brought to you by the number three. Game three, like games one and two, were decided by the third line. Former Sabre and Welland, Ont. native, Danielle Paille, picked up right where he left off from the overtime of game two, passing to Tyler Seguin, moving to the other side of the net and hammering home a laser to break the 0-0 deadlock and score what would eventually become the game winner.
 If tonight's edition of the Stanley Cup Finals was an episode of Sesame Street it would have been brought to you by the number three. Game three, like games one and two, were decided by the third line. Former Sabre and Welland, Ont. native, Danielle Paille, picked up right where he left off from the overtime of game two, passing to Tyler Seguin, moving to the other side of the net and hammering home a laser to break the 0-0 deadlock and score what would eventually become the game winner.
After taking 112 minutes of hockey to determine who won the first game of the Stanley Cup, the first 20 minutes of game two made it appear that the outcome should never be in doubt. Chicago outshot Boston 19-4, a pace that would come out to 111-21 over six periods, dictated play and had the United Center on the edge of their seat with chance after chance after chance. Even with a Blackhawks goal being waived off, the fact that Boston escaped only down 1-0 was perhaps a portent of things to come.  
 Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals started in Chicago at 7:22pm with raucous applause and ended the same way over four and half hours later as Andrew Shaw pushed a double deflection past Tuukka Rask in the third overtime. As cheers of "Let's go Hawks!" turned into "Let's go Home!," this Buffalo boy was not sad to see a very good Bruins team dispatched in such dramatic fashion. It may not make up for the 1999 Finals, the second longest game in Stanley Cup history, but this game was one for the ages and indicative of how closely matched these two teams are.
 The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned pitcher Ricky Romero to the Buffalo Bisons. Romero, 28, made two starts for the Blue Jays this season, making his 2013 debut on May 3 against Seattle.   The southpaw has won 51 games with the Blue Jays over the last four seasons including a 15-11 season during an All-Star campaign with Toronto in 2011. He started 32 games in three consecutive seasons with the Blue Jays (2010-2012) and has 621 strikeouts in 127 career major league starts.
Had the opportunity to watch the Cards at the Mets today in Spring Training. At the post game meet, the Mets had a couple of announcements: 1) Jon Niese would open the season for the Mets, and 2) David Wright was named the team captain. These are honors usually bestowed on the top players on the team. And if you look at the Mets' player records, both of these players have reasonable successful numbers. Are they league leading? No. But, this team is not league leading either.
The second round of the NY State Golden Gloves tournament was held on February 16th at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo. The card featured 20 bouts in the open, novice and sub novice classes. The first round of 22 fights in January had four open class contests while the second round featured six more. Open class State champions have the opportunity to go to the national championships. The results of the second round open class winners are as follows; D'Andre Hockerson(St. Martin's) dec 5-0 Hassan Outley (Syracuse Boxing) Oscar Peralta (Syracuse Boxing) dec 5-0 Abraham Nova (Faragon Boxing)) Will Madera (Albany City) rsc -2 Vinnie Denerio (Elmira) Briana Smith (Casal's) dec 3-2 Mikiah Kreps (Inspire) Sequan Felton (St. Martin's) dec 4-1 Joe Shell (Geneva) Lane Thatcher (Roc Boxing) dec 5-0 Taylor Atkinson (UB) Novice class results: Ahmad Allyev (Buffalo NWCC) dec 5-0 Paul Maley (Team Precision) Charles Garner (St. John's) dec 5-0 Christan Colon (Westside Boxing) Duane Williams (Bomb Squad) rsc- 2 Dakota Witkopf (Thunder Boxing) Other results: Kamari Hodrick (St. Martin's) rsc-2 Ryan Higgins (Victory Gym) Dominic Diaz (Westside Boxing) dec 4-1 Tyler Cruz (UB) Petrit Daka (Team Precision) dec 5-0 Corderal Thompson (Bomb Squad) Mike Parilla (Syracuse) rtm-1 Nick Sciandra (Buffalo NWCC) Mike L. Stevens (Victory Gym) dec 4-1 Anthony Wadsworth (Westside Boxing) Rondy Bulls (Westside Boxing) dec 5-0 Tim Akeredolu (UB) Adam Morrell (KC's Fitness) rsc-3 Jeremiah Jones (Casal's) Alvis Colon (Westside Boxing) dec 4-1 Joe Tardibouno (Casal's) Vincent Brown (St. Martin's) dec 5-0 Kevin Kirby (Victory) Eric Oberdrof (Geneva) dec 4-1 Ruben Lipkind (Buffalo NWCC) Jeremiah Jones (Syracuse Boxing) dec 5-0 Usiel Hernandez (Geneva)

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