The 24th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony attracted more than 400 people last Sunday afternoon at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
Famed boxing color analyst and writer Steve Farhood accepted RING 8’s special award to legendary blow-by-blow announcer Nick Charles, who has been the voice of boxing on Showtime and Versus, for his inspiration to everybody involved in boxing, as well as for his outstanding contributions to the sport.
RING 8 HOLIDAY & AWARDS DINNER: (L-R) Seated at table Marvis Frazier and “Smokin” Joe Frazier. Standing (L-R) former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, Jack Hirsch, President of the Boxing Writers of America Association; RING 8 board member and popular heavyweight Vinny Maddalone, special guests representing the “Wounded Warriors Project” and RING 8 event chairman Bob Duffy
2010 RING 8 Honorees
Father/Son Award: “Smokin’” Joe Frazier and Marvis Frazier
Uncrowned Champion Award: “Sonny Lou Volpe & Lenny Mangiapane
Trainer of the Year: Tommy Gallagher
Lifetime Achievement Award: Lou Raino
Integrity in Boxing Award: Joe Dwyer
Ringside Physician Award: Dr. Ralph Bohm
Amateur Official Award: John Holden
Outstanding Service Award: Paulette Balog
Dedicated Service Award: David Yatkowitz
Prospect of the Year Award: Gabriel Bracero
In addition to Joe Frazier, other attending former world champion quests include Emile Griffith, Vito Antuofermo, “Neon” Leon Spinks, Iran “The Blade” Barkley, and Junior “Poison” Jones.