The Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 will induct six into its Hall of Fame during the organization’s 20th annual dinner ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell. Tony DeMarco, 1955 welterweight champion, will be the special guest.
The inductees are Dave Moretti, Kelly Swanson and Billy Tompkins; and in the Heroes Group Dummy Burns, Pete Tamalonis and Stanley Myka.
Moretti, a Niagara Falls native, has been a boxing judge for five decades out of Las Vegas. He has served as a professional judge in more than 100 world-title fights.
Swanson, a Buffalo native, ranks among the public-relations heavyweights in the sport. Swanson’s clients include former world champions Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and Riddick Bowe.
Tompkins, another Buffalo native, posted a 14-2 mark during a pro career that went from 1991-98 with 10 knockouts.
Each of the Heroes inductees were deaf boxers.
Burns, who according to a 1955 Courier-Express story was born Charles Comerford, never weighed more than 180 pounds but fought the top heavyweights of his day. Though he had fights stopped due to broken bones and severe cuts, he never was knocked out during his career that went from 1912-25. He did score a win over ex-middleweight champion Jack “Twin” Sullivan.
Tamalonis fought between 1938-41 and posted an 11-9-1 mark and fought Abe Simon and Jimmy Bivins. He was Niagara District amateur champion. Myka fought from 1943-46 after an impressive amateur career but went 7-9-1 as a pro.
For tickets, call Bob Caico at (716) 440-1715.