The Buffalo Veteran Boxers Association Ring 44 will induct six new Hall of Fame members at its annual awards dinner from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. at at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 2785 South Park Avenue in Blasdell. Tickets are $50. For information contact Bob Caico at 440-1715. Ticket applications and program book advertising applications are available online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 inductees are:
Mark Cheers of Niagara Falls, a state novice and Empire State Games gold medal winner with a 63-5 career record.
Joey Joynt, a Buffalo welterweight who fought from 1919-26 against such as Jimmy Slattery, Benny Ross, Freddie Mueller and Luke Carr. He also was a trainer.
Mickey (Fred Schmand) O'Donnell, a Buffalo welterweight who fought professionally from 1922-31.
Jesse (Caesar Tronolone) Morey, a Buffalo featherweight who fought from 1915-20.
Johnny Sacco, Italian born lightweight from Buffalo who boxed from 1923-34 with a record of 53-46-18.
Sammy Sacco, Johnny's brother who boxed professionally from 1930-34 with a 10-3 record, was best known as an amateur boxing referee and boxing trainer at the Butler Mitchell Boys Club in the 1950s and 60s.