Veteran boxing promoter Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of the Bronx-based Star Boxing, will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8’s monthly meeting this Tuesday evening (Mar. 21 @ 7 PM/ET) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
Ring 8 will also be holding a clothing drive at this meeting. Coats are being collected, in association with the Mark Breland Foundation, to donate to needy boxers.
DeGuardia has promoted former world champions such as Antonio Tarver and Lou De Valle, as well as major events including Tarver vs. Bernard Hopkins, Tarver-Glen Johnson and the complete Tarver vs. Roy Jones, Jr. Trilogy
A lawyer who graduated from Fordham University and Hofstra Law School, DeGuardia is also President of the Boxing Promoters Association (“BPA”). Star Boxing’s top fighters are junior middleweights Delvin Rodriguez, who was a participant in Ring 8’s 2011 Fighter of the Year (with Pawel Wolak), and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade.
“Joe ran his father’s Morris Park Boxing Club in the Bronx and then he was a boxing manager,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “As a top promoter and president of the BPA, Joe has unique insights into the boxing industry. We’re grateful that he accepted our offer to be this month’s guest speaker and I’m sure our members will have plenty of interesting questions for Joe.”