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Geneva’s Rocky Fratto will enter NYS Boxing Hall of Fame in September

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The New York State Boxing Hall of Fame has revealed its 16-member class of 2024. The 12th Annual NYSBHOF induction dinner is scheduled for September 15 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York, from 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Among the inductees are living boxers Joan Guzman, Tyrone “The Harlem Butcher” Jackson, Geneva’s very own Rocky Fratto, and Johnny Davis. All nominees were selected by the NYSBHOF Nominating Committee and must have been inactive for at least three years, with a significant portion of their careers spent in New York State.

The full list of inductees is as follows:

Living boxers:

  • Joan Guzman- a former WBO Super Bantamweight and Super Featherweight champion, originally from the Dominican Republic but a resident of Queens and the Bronx for his entire career
  • Tyrone “The Harlem Butcher” Jackson- hard-hitting Golden Gloves champion and leading Junior Lightweight contender
  • Rocky Fratto- a former NABF Super Welterweight champion, WBA title challenger and All- Army and Inter-Service champion out of Geneva, NY
  • Johnny Davis- Hempstead, Long Island, a perennial Light Heavyweight contender and WBA title challenger

Posthumous boxers:

  • Alfonso “Panama Al” Brown- Long-time Bantamweight champion, who spent most of his career fighting out of Harlem
  • Johnny Colan- Former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight contender
  • Peter Scalzo- Former Featherweight champion
  • Phil Terranova- Former Featherweight champion

Living non-participants:

  • Bruce Beck- Popular sports host
  • Billy Calogero- Writer, historian, and television and radio host,
  • Sparkle Lee- History-making referee
  • “Elegant” Eddie Post- Former amateur boxer and owner of Spartan ring apparel,

Posthumous non-participants:

  • Leo P. Flynn- Prolific manager of the Bronx, who managed as many as 50 boxers at a time
  • George Kanter- boxing manager and American representative for many European promoters
  • Bill Mazer- Popular radio and television personality
  • Bob Waters- Long-time journalist and former BWAA President

Tickets for the event are priced at $175 per person, including a brunch, cocktail hour, and a seven-course dinner. Tickets can be purchased by contacting NYSBHOF president Jack Hirsch at (516) 790-7592 or [email protected]. Program ads are also available.