Ring 8 ceremony to celebrate Holmes vs Cooney on December 12
The 34th Ring 8 holiday event and awards ceremony, highlighted by the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the epic Holmes-Cooney world heavyweight title fight, will take place on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET), December 12, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
The 2021 Ring 8 Award winners will be announced soon and the recipients will be honored at the Ring 8 Holiday event and awards ceremony. Veteran trainer and Ring 8 board member Tommy Gallagher will also be honored for his countless boxing accomplishments.
“What better way to celebrate our Ring 8 Holiday Party than to reunite two legendary heavyweights once again to share with us their most talked about fight in modern boxing history,”
Ring 8, said President Bob Duffy. “But the real story is their friendship which continues to this day 40 years later. That’s what makes boxing great.”
Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes (39-0) defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title belt against top “Gentleman” contender Gerry Cooney (25-0) on June 11, 1972, in full swing. air at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Holmes won by technical knockout in the 13th round in one of the most publicized boxing matches of the 20th century. Holmes and Cooney have become close and longtime friends.
“Gerry Cooney, man, that was a tough fighter.” Holmes commented. “He really brought it.
He’s a good guy, he’s like a brother to me. We talk all the time. I like hanging out with him. He’s funny. The Ring 8 event on December 12 is a good thing that after all these years they still remember us. “
“I had the opportunity to fight for the world championship against one of the greatest heavyweights of all time,” said Cooney. “It was a great fight. He was a true champion and one of the top 3 heavyweights. I know, because we had 15-20 boxing reporters who split the heavyweight division from Jack Johnson to Lennox Lewis on our Sirius XM (radio boxing) show. Muhammad Ali was # 1 and Larry # 3. Forty years later, we are the best friends in the world. I am delighted to be with Larry, as I always am, at the Ring 8 Holiday event.
“Today we have trilogies, but for some reason we didn’t have any back then. It was a great opportunity for me. I learned so much from my one fight with Larry – how patient he was, preparing punches and throwing combinations. It was awesome and amazing. Even though I lost, it was my best fight.
Holmes was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2008, while Cooney entered the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame, sponsored by Ring 8, in 2014.
Tickets cost $ 150.00 and include a full brunch with a cocktail at the entrance, followed by a seat at the awards ceremony, dinner and dessert, and a top open bar of range throughout the afternoon. There will also be a silent auction of boxing memorabilia. This event is expected to be sold out and everyone is urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible to secure favorable seats.
Tickets are available for purchase by contacting Ring 8 President Bob Duffy at 516.313.2304 or [email protected] Ads for the NYSBHOF program are also available: back cover ($ 500.00), inside or back cover ($ 400.00), full page ($ 200.00) and half page ($ 100.00).