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Ring 44 to induct into its boxing Hall of Fame

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

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.


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