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Basilio, Bramble, Chandler, Chuvalo, Pacheco, Sugar and Tapia
on hand for Hall of Fame fund-raiser

CANASTOTA, NY – NOVEMBER 23, 2008 - On November 22nd, the International Boxing Hall of Fame hosted a "Night of Champions" featuring Canastota's Carmen Basilio, WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble, WBA bantamweight champion and Hall of Famer Joltin' Jeff Chandler, Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo, “The Fight Doctor” Ferdie Pacheco, Hall of Fame historian / writer Bert Randolph Sugar and Johnny (Mi Vida Loca) Tapia at the Rusty Rail Party House in Canastota. The fun-filled night was a "knockout" for all who attended.

Also in attendance were Canastota's former welterweight contender Dickie DiVeronica, as well as up and coming Australian bantamweight prospect Emmett (The Gladiator) Gazzard (now based in Canastota) and Rochester / Ithaca, NY middleweight prospect Willie Monroe Jr.

"The Hall of Fame was thrilled to again host a 'Night of Champions,'" said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “It was a fun evening."

A capacity crowd of fans mingled with the celebrity guests who graciously obliged photograph and autograph requests. The evening also included a buffet, silent and live auctions, speeches and fight highlights.

The 2008 Central New York Boxing Appreciation Award was presented to Syracuse's Paul Barkal for his contribution to the sport of boxing in Central New York.

Sincere thanks to event sponsors, volunteers, program book sponsors, all Hall of Fame committee members who helped coordinate the event, and committee chairperson Don Hamilton. A special thank you goes to the staff of the Rusty Rail Party House for hosting the "Night of Champions."

All proceeds from the event benefited the Boxing Hall of Fame.


George Chuvalo and Bert Sugar share a laughJoltin' Jeff addresses his fansCarmen Basilio back in his hometownA capacity crowd at the Rusty Rail Party HouseJohnny Tapia ringside at the famous MSG boxing ringBoxing fans bid on a variety of silent auction itemsLivingstone Bramble shares stories from his championship careerArtwork by Dr. Ferdie Pacheco on display
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