A who’s who of boxing dignitaries will be in attendance for the second annual awards ceremony and dinner
For any true fight fan, the second annual All Star Boxing Legends Gala taking place this Saturday night, June 1, will definitely be the place to be. It’ll be a night when, again, a who’s who of boxing dignitaries make their way to Resorts Casino Hotel’s Ballroom to honor some of the very best that have played their part in the Atlantic City boxing scene.
The annual event is designed to, at least for one night, shine light on the many people who have given us an array of excitement. Remember when “Mighty” Ivan Robinson fought Arturo “Thunder” Gatti in two epic fights here in A.C. with one of those bouts named Fight of the Year? How about when Iran “The Blade” Barkley, who made his 1982 ring debut in A.C., fought a pure war with Roberto “Hands Of Stone” Duran in 1989, in yet another winner of Fight of the Year honors? On any of those nights there was not a disappointed person in attendance.
Robinson and Barkley, along with names like Chuck Wepner, Virgil Hill, Marlon Starling, and female boxing champ Kathy Collins are just a short list of the array of names who are being honored and shown that, yes, we still remember.
As a footnote, the annual Boxing Gala isn’t only designed for in-ring combatants, but also for those who have impacted the sport in others ways as well. From every point of the boxing spectrum, the organizers of the gala look to dispense much-deserved credit.
The list extends from the likes of Cedric Kushner, who has promoted many exciting fight cards, to referees like Eddie Cotton and Randy Neumann, who have officiated their fare share of star match-ups. Add to that list IBF president Daryl Peoples who, when he was a keen-eyed ratings chairman, placed many fighters in championship opportunities and oversaw a multitude of key bouts while wearing his fight supervisor’s cap. Also recognizing the intricate part in breathing life into the A.C. boxing scene, Caesars executive Ken Condon will also be honored for his contributions.
From managers to trainer, to corner men, to photographers, to writers like 2013 honoree Dave Weinberg, no contribution goes unrecognized. In a special ceremony, the Gala will honor those who we have lost over the past year. Hector Camacho Jr. will be in attendance to accept an award for his father, the late great Hector “Macho” Camacho, who tragically passed away this past November. Tony “Pound for Pound” Martin, who also passed last year under tragic circumstances, will also be posthumously honored, along with former two-time world heavyweight title challenger Carl “The Truth” Williams and others.
Former 2012 honorees, like former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Bobby Czyz, Diane Fisher, Dwight Muhammad Qawi and a huge host of others have given their confirmation on their return to this year’s event as well. It allows them to again, not only receive their inevitable added pats on their backs, but it also lets them become fans themselves, mingling and sharing stories with the ones who have gone through the boxing trenches just like them.
Sitting with Starling, a former welterweight champion, at a fight at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut this past week, we talked about the fight game and his career. The light that shined when we spoke of his accomplishments and the excitement he brought on certain nights was equivalent to a 100-watt bulb that lit up the room. But with all of the greats attending the second annual Gala this Saturday, the light is sure to be blinding.
In all, 35 of this year’s honorees, from every aspect of the sport, will have their names called. All have made their mark, so come out and make your mark on this night of meeting and greeting, autograph seeking and picture taking and, most of all, acknowledging — acknowledging legends in their sport. n
A.C. Boxing Legends Gala
At Resorts Ballroom
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