The Berkshire County Boxing Hall of Fame caused a stir with its inaugural class in 2017.
After some free time, the Hall of Fame is ready to induct their next class. New Hall of Fame members will be inducted Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Highland Restaurant in Pittsfield.
The Hall of Fame is also located inside the Highland, on Fenn Street in downtown Pittsfield. He moved from Mazcot on Route 7 to Lenox.
Frank Martin, Raymond George, Ed Decker, Eddie Ely and Jon Tynan are members of the 2021 class.
“We have Temples of Fame for every sport, but boxing in this city, in the 1920s in Adams and North Adams,” said Hall of Fame President and Founder Todd “The Punisher“ Poulton, ”said Hall of Fame President and Founder Todd“ The Punisher ”Poulton. it was unreal. “
AJ Vittone, from Poulton and Pittsfield, a former WRGB sports reporter who turned to boxing promotion and now works in film production, launched the Hall of Fame in 2017.
Poulton and Hall of Fame Vice President Paul Procopio will be on hand for the ceremonies.
Inductees include John Tynan, who now lives in Savoy. Tynan trained fighters at the old Central City Gym in Springfield and one of his best-known area fighters was “Iceman” John Scully. Scully had a 13-year professional career and had a record of 38-11.
Tynan also worked as a cut man for brothers Petronelli, Goody and Pat, who coaches former middleweight champion Marvin Hagler.
Frank Martin was born in 1919 in Calabria, Italy and later settled in Pittsfield. He had 160 fights in the late 1920s and 1930s, and he ended his professional boxing career with a record of 148-16-4.
Raymond George, born in 1928, is said to have learned the ropes of boxing from Dave Shade, a member of the Berkshire County Boxing Temples of Fame and International Boxing. George also fought in an exhibition in the 1950s against heavyweight Rocky Marciano of Brockton.
Ed Decker turned pro in 1921 and went on to teach boxing at Lenox. He fought as a middleweight.
Eddie Ely was born in 1919 and died in 2009. The high school graduate Searles turned professional at the age of 14.
According to Boxerlist.com, Ely went 6-5 in his career. Ely was never knocked out. Boxerlist.com has Ely dividing the first two fights of his career. Fighting at Crystal Palace Rink in Pittsfield, Ely lost a decision to Blair on January 1, 1940, then scored a unanimous decision against Blair on January 25. Ely’s last fight, according to Boxerlist.com, was on October 27, 1941, when Billy Marcus scored a technical knockout at the Valley Arena in Holyoke.
“When I grew up here in the 50s and 60s boxing was a big part of Berkshire County. We had some really good boxers here throughout the 20th century. My dad was in the 20s and 30s – the beautiful days He taught me the history of our region as well as the technical aspects of boxing, which has served me and my fighters well, ”wrote Bill Major, inductee in 2017, in a letter to Berkshire Eagle. “I have loved every day that I have been involved in this wonderful sport, and it has given me a life that people dream of and a satisfaction that only a competitor can understand.”