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Ring 44 announces Class of '12 honorees

Another year, another hall call.

The Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 recently announced its 2012 Hall of Fame inductee class.

The men who will be honored during the annual dinner ceremony Aug. 10 at Salvatore's Italian Gardens are Lt. Colonel Matt Urban, Sam Bruce, George Lampshire, Herman Smith and Paddy Lavin.

Urban won numerous collegiate championships as a student at Cornell during the early 1940s to highlight a fine amateur career. Once drafted into the Army during World War II, he helped coach enlisted men to titles. After the war, he served on various Olympic and Golden Gloves boxing committees while living in Michigan.

Bruce, a native of Tennessee, moved to Buffalo in 1928. The welterweight compiled a 47-30-8 record as a pro, fighting many of the top fighters from 1928-33. He scored wins over Gorilla Jones and Jack Britton and lost to Jackie Fields. Each of those three were champions at one point during their careers.

Lampshire managed Buffalo fighters Joe Muscato, Henry Brimm and others from the 1940s to 1960s. He was also a trainer and a matchmaker for Monsignor Franklin Kelliher when he ran the Golden Gloves during the 1960s.

Smith went 42-21-9 during his time in the featherweight and lightweight divisions from 1910-22. He lost via decision here to then featherweight champion Abe Attell. He was also a longtime trainer and member of Ring 44.

Lavin fought from from the early 1900s to 1914, posting a 55-16-17 record mostly in the welterweight division. Born Patrick Cleary, he fought a who's who of boxing in his division during his era.

Tickets cost $40 for the 6 p.m. Aug. 10 dinner. Call Ring 44 President Jack Green at 856-9365.