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Ring 44 announces 21st class for Buffalo boxing hall of fame

The Buffalo Veterans Boxers Association Ring 44 announced its 21st class of inductees who will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant.

The honorees are Niagara Falls' Mark Cheers, along with Buffalo's Joey Joynt, Mickey O'Donnell, Jesse Morey and brothers Johnny and Sammy Sacco.

Cheers is a past gold medalist at Empire State Games and is a two-time novice state Golden Gloves champion and finished with a 63-5 amateur record with 39 KOs. He also trained boxers from 1979-82 at Niagara Falls PAL.

Joynt was a welterweight who fought Ring 44 Hall of Famers Jimmy Slattery, Benny Ross, Freddie Mueller and Luke Carr. He trained many South Buffalo boxers after his retirement. He posted an 18-12-5 mark from 1919-1926.

O'Donnell, born Fred Schmand, fought professionally at welterweight from 1922-31, posting a 17-19-11 mark.

Morey, born Caesar Tronolone, fought from 1915-20, posting a 20-14-3 mark. He was featherweight champion of Buffalo in 1916 and ended his career with a loss to future world champion Jimmy Goodrich.

Johnny Sacco was a decorated amateur champion before fighting as a lightweight in the pros from 1923-34. He went 53-46-18. His younger brother Sammy fought from 1930-34, posting a 10-3 mark. He's best known for officiating Golden Gloves matches. He's also a longtime trainer and recruiter with the Buffalo Golden Gloves.

Tickets for the dinner cost $50 and can be purchased by contacting Bob Caico at or (716) 440-1715.

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