|Ring 8 commemorating old Sunnyside Arena this Saturday
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 2, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
NEW YORK (October 2, 2012) - Ring 8 will host a commemorative ceremony
for the old Sunnyside Garden Arena this Saturday afternoon ( October 6),
starting at 12 noon (ET), highlighted by the unveiling of a monument on
the site of the former sports venue at 44-10 Queens Boulevard in
Sunnyside, New York.
The Sunnyside Garden Arena monument reads:
This monument is in honor and dedicated to those men who fought in the
amateurs and professional bouts.
Originally built in 1926 by
railroad baron, Jay Gould, as a private tennis club, the property was
sold in 1945 and became a public arena, hosting amateur and professional
boxing, wrestling, roller derby and kick-boxing during the next 32
years. Several films were shot there, including Mr. Universe in 1951,
starring Vincent Edwards, and President John F. Kennedy campaigned in
front of Sunnyside Garden Arena in 1960.
Boxing, however, was its
main attraction, seating 2000 with tickets back costing only $4.00 for
general admission and $8.00 for ringside. Before television, Sunnyside
Garden Arena served as sort of a minor league system for boxing, noted
by the Ring 8 member and Daily News cartoonist, the late Bill Gallo,
whose father reported fights for the New York Sun. Fighters who
consistently won fights at Sunnyside Garden Arena often graduated to the
Mecca in Manhattan, Madison Square Garden.
Some of the more
notable boxers who fought at Sunnyside Garden Arena between 1945 and
1977 included Emile Griffith, Bob Cassidy, Gerry Cooney, Jose Torres,
Oscar Bonevena Sr., Eddie Gregory and Archer brothers, Jimmy and Joey.
Other Ring 8 members who also fought there included Henny Wallitsch,
Bobby Bartels, John Colon, Tommy Englehardt and Lenny Mangiapane.
8 is proud to remember Sunnyside Garden Arena and honor the great
boxers who fought there for more than three decades," Ring 8 president
Bob Duffy said. "Sunnyside Garden Arena still has a lot of meaningful
memories for many of our Ring 8 members. In 1977, Sunnyside Garden Arena
was razed to build the Wendy's franchise that is there now, but boxing
memories from that site will live forever. This monument guarantees that
Sunnyside Garden Arena will never be forgotten."
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 less fortunate people in the boxing community who may require
assistance in terms of paying rent, medical expenses, or whatever
Go on line to www.Ring8ny.com 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.
All active boxers, amateur and professional, are entitled to a
complimentary RING 8 yearly membership.
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