Some of the biggest names in boxing will be on display as Ring 8 will host their annual Holiday and Awards Ceremony at Russo’s on the Bay (162-45 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach, NY 11414) beginning at 12:30 p.m. and lasting to 5:30 p.m.
WBO Welterweight world champion Terence Crawford will take home the coveted Fighter of the Year.; Former Heavyweight champion of the world, and New York native Riddick Bowe will be honored with The Legend Award.
Undisputed Cruiserweight world champion, Oleksandr Usyk will be an honored with The Historical Award based on the strength of his accomplishment of winning all four sanctioning body titles.
Highly ranked heavyweight contender, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller will be honored with the New York State Fighter of the Year.
WBA Super Middleweight champion Alicia Napoleon won the New York State Female Fighter of the Year.
“Every year the Ring8 holiday and awards banquet attracts substantial star power, but this year it has gone to an even higher level. That is why interest in the event is greater than it has ever been” says Ring8 president Jack Hirsch. “In Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk, we have arguably the two best pound for pound boxers in the world confirmed to attend. Joining them will be former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and current heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller who will also be honored. The room will also be filled with a number of former world champions like Iran Barkley, Junior Jones, and Luis Collazo. There is also a possibility that Vasiliy Lomachenko will attend to see his good friend Usyk being honored.”
“The food and atmosphere at Russo’s on the Bay is second to none. That along with the many boxing luminaries will make it an afternoon to remember.”
ABOUT RING 8: 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.
Badou Jack Talks Fitness, Middle East Trips, The Badou Jack Foundation & More
While on his most recent trip to the Middle East this year, two-division world champion Badou Jack took part in an interview and photoshoot with Men’s Health Middle East that is featured in the current issue of the magazine.
The December-January issue hit newsstands on Saturday, December 1 and shows Jack going through his training regimen and discussing his trips to the region, amongst other topics.
“This is my fourth time in the UAE this past year and I love it, it’s like a second home,” said Jack in the magazine. “I like the mix of cultures. There are people from Europe, from the States, from the Arab world, from Africa, Asia, everywhere. There’s no discrimination here.
“People have shown me a lot of love and I think they see I want to be a good role model, not just for other Muslims, but everyone. I’m trying to be the best I can be.”
Jack also delved into his mindset on training with the renowned magazine and mentioned details of what makes up his training camp routine.
“We have it all mapped out from the start, but of course there is a level of flexibility — you have to listen to your body,” Jack told Men’s Health Middle East. “We swim, we run up the mountain we spar 12, 13, 14 rounds, we do sprints, weightlifting. Everything is hard.
“When amateurs ask me for advice I always joke, ‘pick another sport’. You need to have so much patience. From the start of your career, then moving through the ranks. And the training to prepare for each fight — it takes so much time. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears.”
As Jack continues to gain acclaim across the world, “The Ripper” looks forward to returning to action in early 2019 while continuing his humanitarian and business efforts outside of the ring.