Gatti movie writer Will Evans Ring 8 Oct. Guest Speaker; Hopkins-Dawson observations; Jupp Gets Prizefighter Shot

NEW YORK, NY (October 16, 2011) – Screenwriter Will Evan will be the special guest speaker Tuesday evening (Oct. 18) for RING 8’s monthly meeting (7 PM/ET start) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.

Evans, a RING 8 member, has written the late Arturo Gatti’s story – “Can You Hear The Thunder” – which is a major motion picture. Will was an amateur boxer in Pittsburgh who once defeated future world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer. “We were very young and Michael only weighted 147-pounds then,” Evan noted. “I’ve loved boxing since I was a little boy. Arturo Gatti is a story everybody wants to see.”

Evans plans to speak about the movie, Gatti’s legendary trilogy with “Irish” Micky Ward, and Arturo’s controversial death. He will bring a 350-page book regarding new findings into Gatti’s death for RING 8 members to review.

“Every real boxing fan loved Arturo,” RING 8 president Bob Duffy said. “We’re very fortunate to have Will Evans as our speaker. He’ll give his unique view into the Gatti legend. Our members anxiously await details of the new investigation into his death, as well as an opportunity to hear and remember stories about one of boxing’s all-time great warriors. It’ll be an open forum with members Arturo and Micky were past RING 8 award recipients. It should be another great evening of boxing.”
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 the less fortunate people in the boxing community that may require assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever justifiable need.

Go on line to 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.


By Reni M. Valenzuela: When you say red when it is blue, that’s miserable. But when you answer three when one is added to one, that’s hopeless. The former is caused by poor sight or blindness, while the latter’s problem is in the brain.

The Hopkins-Dawson Light Heavyweight championship bout is one of the most bizarre and hilarious fights I have seen all my life, not only because of the wrestling move (without a punch) that Chad Dawson did to “knock-out” Bernard Hopkins. But more so on account of the “expertly” act of the referee and judges to come to a unanimous conclusion of a” knock-out” win in the fight where there is none, and to see “no foul” committed by Dawson when the opposite obvious can’t be more naked and bare before millions of eyes who watched the show.

Since when boxing has become wrestling? Funny, or the official judgment of the fight may lead you to become paranoid if you try to figure it out. Yet at once the news spread and media appears “retired” to the lousy outcome as headlines are plain as this, “Dawson wins by TKO” or “Hopkins considers retirement after TKO loss to Dawson.” Now talk about hope for boxing.

My fifteen year-old son who is in high school saw the replay of the bout with me on local TV and he laughed out loud in “amazement” to hear the verdict that Dawson won by TKO.
The issue is very elementary. Therefore the next time that an important boxing match up such as the Hopkins-Dawson and Mayweather-Ortiz is to be staged, it would do well for boxing to do away with “experts” and just let some simple-minded high school students do the job as referees and judges.

That, I think, would help bring life back to a weakening “bed-ridden” sport.

20 Year Old ‘Saint’ George Jupp Gets Prizefighter Shot On 29th Oct

Matchroom Sport’s hugely popular Prizefighter series returns to the Capital’s home of boxing, the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, on Saturday 29th October. This time it’s the Featherweights that will get to compete for the coveted Prizefighter trophy and the £32,000 top prize.

Throughout it’s history Prizefighter has given novice pros the chance to establish themselves, on national TV, against some of the divisions biggest names.

Prizefighter - Featherweights is no exception and on the 29th October Belvedere’s exciting youngster ‘Saint’ George Jupp gets the chance to mix it up with such stalwarts as two time World Champ Choi Tseveenpurev and Irish Super Featherweight Champion Mickey Coveney, as well as unbeaten prospects Lee Glover and Troy James.

Whilst the aforementioned are the biggest names 20 year old George may have to face in this, the 22nd edition of the popular tournament, he is likely to also receive stiff competition from Liverpool’s Lee Jennings, who’s coming off a first round stoppage win over Chris Truman, and his TRAD TKO gym mate Ian Bailey should he draw either of them on the night.

George has just four bouts under his belt since he turned pro in May last year. The first, against fellow debutant Peter Barney, see the youngster secure a tidy points victory, as he did in his second outing, against Pavels Senkovs in September.

In December ‘Saint’ George again faced Senkovs, this time stopping the tough Mansfield based Latvian after one minute and fifty seconds of the fourth round. His final bout to date see him suffer a controversial narrow points loss to Harrow’s Raffi Khan back in March.

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of his manager/co-trainer Johnny Eames at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, a beaming George said of the opportunity to participate in Prizefighter. “It’s a great, great competition, it’s a good chance to show everyone what you are made of.

I think the format suits me right down to the ground and I’m looking forward to it.

Whilst obviously I’m gonna be an underdog, as I’m a novice pro, but there’s no one there that bothers me. I’ll just take every fight as it comes and do what I do best, box.

I know I’m gonna be up against it but I’ll stick to my boxing and hopefully go all the way.”

Prizefighter - Featherweights takes place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 29th October 2011 and will also be broadcast live on Skysports.

Tickets, priced £35 (standard seated) and £60 (ringside), for Prizefighter - Featherweights are available now, either on-line at or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA - for further information call 07960 850645.

Article posted on 17.10.2011

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