WARD, BASILIO, MORALES, CHANDLER, TAPIA,
SUGAR, BRAMBLE, CHUVALO & PACHECO
TO ATTEND HALL OF FAME FUND-RAISER
A "Night of Champions” planned for
November 22nd in Canastota
CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 - A Boxing Hall of Fame “Night of Champions” featuring “Irish” Micky Ward, Carmen Basilio, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, “Joltin'” Jeff Chandler, Johnny "Mi Vida Loca" Tapia, Bert Randolph Sugar, Livingstone Bramble, George Chuvalo and “The Fight Doctor” Ferdie Pacheco, is scheduled for The Rusty Rail Party House in Canastota, New York on Saturday, November 22, 2008.
“The 'Night of Champions' promises to be an exciting time for all boxing fans,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “It's a tremendous opportunity to mingle with the legends of the sport of boxing.”
The evening will run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and consist of photograph and autograph opportunities, food and beverages, silent and live auctions, fight films, and speeches by the celebrity guests.
Also, the 2008 Central New York Boxing Appreciation Award will be presented to Paul Barkal of Syracuse, NY for his contribution to the sport of boxing in Central New York.
Boxing out of Lowell, MA, Ward was one of boxing's most exciting fighters. He turned pro in 1985 and used a crowd-pleasing style to register a 38-13 (27KOs) record, including wins over Shea Neary, Reggie Green, and Emanuel Burton. In 2002 and 2003 Ward engaged in an epic trilogy with Arturo Gatti (1-2). Following their third bout Ward announced his retirement from the ring. During his career, he was in “Fight of the Year” three times (2001 vs. Burton, 2002 and 2003 vs. Gatti). A motion picture chronicling his life, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg, is currently in production.
Basilio, nicknamed “The Upstate Onion Farmer,” was born in Canastota, NY. He twice won the world welterweight title, first from Tony DeMarco in 1955 and then from Johnny Saxton in 1956 before defeating Sugar Ray Robinson for the middleweight championship in 1957. With an aggressive, charging style and a powerful left hook, Basilio scored wins over Lew Jenkins, Ike Williams, and Billy Graham among others during his career. His pro record reads 56-16-7 (27KOs). In 1990, he was elected into the Hall of Fame.
A three-division world champion, “El Terrible” Morales has captured the WBC super bantamweight, WBC featherweight and WBC / IBF super featherweight titles. During his career he has scored impressive wins over Junior Jones, Wayne McCullough, Marco Antonio Barrera, Paulie Ayala, Carlos Hernandez, Hector Acero Sanchez, Guty Espadas, Jr., Jesus Chavez, Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Famer Daniel Zaragoza. Morales, who boxed out of Tijuana, Mexico, has a 48-6 (34 KOs) record.
Philadelphia's Chandler turned pro in 1976 and captured the USBA and NABF bantamweight titles before defeating Julian Solis for the WBA world title (KO 14). An impressive streak of nine successful defenses followed, including wins over Jorge Lujan, Solis, and Gaby Canizales. He lost the title to Richie Sandoval on April 7, 1984 and retired at age 27 following cataract surgery later that year. His pro ledger reads 33-2-2 (18 KOs). In 2000, “Joltin'” Jeff was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Fighting out of Albuquerque, NM, Tapia compiled an impressive 150-12 amateur record. As a professional, he captured five world titles in three separate weight divisions. He reigned as WBO junior bantamweight champion (1994 to 1998), IBF junior bantamweight champion (1997-1998), WBA bantamweight champion (1998-1999), WBO bantamweight champion (2000) and IBF featherweight king (2002). “Mi Vida Loca's” pro record stands at 56-5-2 (28KOs).
One of the most recognizable figures in boxing, with his trademark fedora and cigar, Sugar has been a fixture at ringside for three decades. He has been editor of The Ring and Boxing Illustrated and authored over 50 books, including The Great Fights and The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time. He has also appeared in several motion pictures including Rocky Balboa, Play it to the Bone, Night and the City, and The Great White Hype. In 2005, Sugar was elected into the Hall of Fame.
One of boxing's most colorful champions, Bramble turned pro in 1980. A native of the Virgin Islands, he won the WBA lightweight title with a 14th round TKO over Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini in 1984. He defeated Edwin Curet and Mancini in a rematch before losing the title to Hall of Famer Edwin Rosario in 1986. Bramble, who retired in 2003, scored wins over Gaetan Hart and Harold Brazier among others.
Toronto's Chuvalo began boxing in 1956. Within two years he won the vacant Canadian heavyweight title, a championship he would hold for twenty years. Chuvalo registered wins over Yvon Durelle, Doug Jones, Cleveland Williams, Jerry Quarry and Mike DeJohn. He engaged in two-world title bouts, first against Ernie Terrell in 1965 (L15) and then against Muhammad Ali in 1966 (L15). Chuvalo retired in 1978 with a 73-18-2 (64 KOs) record.
Known worldwide as “The Fight Doctor,” Pacheco has worked the corner for 12 world champions, but rose to fame as Muhammad Ali's physician and cornerman for 17 years. He later served as boxing commentator on NBC, SHOWTIME and Univsion and won two Emmys for his work behind the microphone. Pacheco has penned 14 books, including his autobiography Blood In My Coffee. An accomplished artist, his artwork has been displayed at shows across the United States.
Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the Boxing Hall of Fame at 315-697-7095. Only a limited number of tickets will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Hall of Fame.