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2016 Lynn Lustig (Life Time Achievement Award)

2016 lynn lustigFew boxers can boast that they fought on the undercard of a world heavyweight championship bout but Lynn Lustig can continue to brag
about his bout on the undercard of the bout for world heavyweight championship between Larry Holmes and Scott Ledox. The bout was held July 7, 1980 in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Lustig, who had a short professional boxing career, was born on July 1, 1946 in Cleveland. He attended grade school at St. Charles School in Parma, and graduated from St. Cantius High School in 1964 where he played football for four years and became captain of the football team during his senior year.

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich was a classmate and friend of Lustig. After attending a year at Cuyahoga Community College, Lustig joined the U.S. Army and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. In 1968, he was honorably discharged, and he became a cement mason apprentice with local 404 where he retired after 25 years. Lustig had begun boxing in the early ‘60’s with Jimmy Trannett. Following his stint in the service, the legendary Jimmy Bivins and Gary Horvath stepped in to train Lustig at the Old Angle Gym.

Lustig competed in the 1974 Lake Erie AAU Tournament in the 165 pounds weight class where he was the runner up. Lustig turned professional in 1978, and he won his first fight in a four round bout against Joe Hrbcha. His fifth professional fight was against the world renown boxer and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., on April 4, 1980; who is the father of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Now Lynn is helping with coaching at the Old Angle Gym. Lustig retired from the army reserve when he was injured in a parachute accident at the start of the first Gulf War in 1991.

Lustig returned to college, and he graduated with a degree in criminal
justice from Lakeland Community College in 2005. While attending Lakeland Community College, Lustig made the Dean’s List every semester. Lustig is a past Commander and Officer of VFW Post 6846, a member of the 82nd Airborne and Special Forces Association, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, third degree.

In 2011, Lustig took 4th place overall in the Top Gun Cowboy Fast
Draw Shooting Contest. He is an active member of the American Fast Draw Shooting Association. He recently returned from a competition in Alabama. Aside from his shooting activities, Lustig enjoys attending local boxing shows.

Lustig resides on a farm in Ashtabula County.

2016 Paul LaBuda (Man Of The Year)

2016 Paul LaBudaPaul LaBuda was devoted to the sport of boxing and followed the careers of many amateur and professional boxers in the Cleveland area. Although LaBuda was not a boxer, he was an excellent athlete in a number of sports.

LaBuda was born and raised in Cleveland, and he attended the Cleveland Public Schools where he graduated from the old South High School. In high school, LaBuda was on the wrestling and decathlon teams.

He received an associates degree in business from Cuyahoga Community College. Following graduation, LaBuda and his wife, Judy, have been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Stan and Gary.

LaBuda began working at the Fisher Foods Warehouse in Bedford Heights when he became a union member. His union affiliations have been long and fruitful where he became a member of Teamster Local 507 for 24 years. During his association with the union, LaBuda held several union offices including: business agent, trustee, recording secretary, and vice president.

His union affiliation continued and he has been a member of Baker’s
Union Local No. 19 for 36 years. LaBuda served as president of the Baker’s Union for 16 years. LaBuda was the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local Union general executive board member, Region II for 15 years, and he served as the vice president for the AFL-CIO, Ohio for 16 years.

He has served as the treasurer for the Ohio Teamsters Credit Union, and executive vice president of BCTGM East Central States Council as well as holding the following positions in the organization: secretary treasurer; snack & pasta council trustee; trustee for the Cleveland Bakers and Teamsters Health and Welfare and Pension Funds; and the Cleveland Bakers Local No. 19 Charitable, Education and Recreational Fund.

LaBuda is an avid golfer, and he has played softball on several teams
while serving as director of the Teamster & Bakers Softball league for 16 years. LaBuda was honored by the Parma Democratic Club as 2015 Union Democrat of the Year. LaBuda was inducted into South High School Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Former Boxers And Associates, Inc. Hall of Fame in 2007. LaBuda is being honored with The Man Of The Year Award.

2016 Mike Galassi (Life Time Achievement Award)

2016 Mike GalassiMike Galassi is active with the Ohio State Former Boxers Association, and he is currently serving as president of the organization.

Galassi promotes the Golden Gloves boxing program, and supports other local boxing programs. “I love the camaraderie; your boxing friends are your friends for life,” Galassi said.

His support for boxing has led Galassi to volunteer his time and talents to help young and up coming boxers in the Cleveland area. Galassi is a business agent and organizer for Cleveland’s Baker’s Union Local 19.

As busy as Galassi is, his primary focus has always been on his family and being a good husband and father.

As a business agent, Galassi works very diligently for the best interest of the union members.

Galassi was born in Scranton, PA on January 5, 1943 to the late Angelo and Eleanor Galassi. The couple had five children: Angelo (deceased), Theodore, Enrico, Mike, and Roseanne. Following the divorce of his parents, Galassi and his brothers were placed in St.Michael’s school for boys. It was at St. Michael’s that Galassi was first introduced to boxing. Galassi later boxed for Larry Madge and Willie Champian.

Galassi has kept busy in his career as a business agent and organizer for Cleveland’s Baker’s Union Local 19.  He was inducted into the Legends of Leathers Boxing Association Hall of Fame at its 19th annual awards dinner in October of 2005.

His most important job, according to Galassi, is husband and father. He is devoted to his wife, Debbie, and their five children: Michelle, Melissa, Michael, who is a policeman for Cleveland; Rachael, and Vincent, who recently graduated from Strongsville High School. He is blessed with six grandchildren. He and his wife, Debbie reside in Strongsville.

2016 Terry Gallagher (Life Time Achievement Award)

2016 terry gallagherTerry Gallagher has been a fan of boxing since he was a child but did not get his first taste of boxing until serving in the Navy. Gallagher served aboard the U.S.S. Shenandoah. In 1966, the U.S. Navy boxing team was assigned to the Shenandoah for several months and Gallagher became friends with the All Service welterweight boxing champion who worked with Gallagher and helped develop his interest in boxing.

Gallagher was a Parma Heights Police Officer for 25 years; sixteen as a detective and juvenile officer, which consisted of working with delinquent teens. Gallagher directed many of the juveniles to the Parma Boxing Club which was operated by Don Myers. Some of the youth stayed on and participated in the Cleveland Golden Gloves.
Many of these youngsters while training for the Ohio Police Olympics. He won the Gold Medal in 1982 and 1983 in the heavyweight division of the Ohio Police Olympics.

Gallagher retired in 1996 from the Parma Police Department when he was elected executive director of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A.) which is a police union that represents 7,500 police officers in Ohio. He retired from the O.P.B.A. after 16 years of service. He is still active as a trustee on the board. Gallagher belongs to numerous law enforcement and veterans organizations and he has served-on many of their executive boards.
Gallagher has played bagpipes as a member of the Greater Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums for 23 years.

Gallagher has been a member of the Ohio State Former Boxers for more than 20 years and is currently serving as treasurer. He served as secretary of the Amateur Boxers and Trainers Association, and is the former president of the Cleveland Area Golden Gloves.

An avid photographer, Terry is usually found at ringside at most amateur and professional fight shows taking photos of the action. His photos have been used in local newspapers and several boxing publications such as Ring Magazine, Boxing
World, and Boxing Illustrated.

Gallagher believes every amateur boxer who enters the ring in competition deserves to have a photo for their memories.

In 1986, he covered the heavyweight championship between champion Michael Dokes and Gerrie Coteze at the Richfield Coliseum. A photo of the knock out punch of Dokes made the cover of South African Boxing World.

Gallagher’s wife Carolyn Gay has always graciously endured sharing her time with Terry’s willingness to be active in his groups or organizations he belongs to. They have a married daughter Colleen, who lives in Arizona with three grand children and three sons; Scott married to Rene, Tom and Michael.

2016 Joe Delguyd (Co-Coach of the Year)

2016 Joe DelguydJoe Delguyd’s love affair with boxing officially began when he accompanied his father to the closed-circuit broadcast of the Ali/Frazier fight at the Cleveland Arena on March 8, 1971. The fight inspired Delguyd to be a amateur boxer.

Delguyd competed as an amateur boxer and professional kick boxer between 1974 and 1995. He fought under the legendary trainer Clint Martin, Rick Hoffman and fellow Hall of Famer Lorenzo Scott. He won state and national kick boxing championships.

Delguyd had a combined fight record of 48 wins 13 losses, 37 KO’s.

Delguyd stopped fighting while he finished his final year of law school in 1985. Boxing was in his blood; however, and he transitioned from a boxing career to a coaching career when he brought a team of young boxers to their first Cleveland Golden Gloves Tournament in 1986. Delguyd has trained fighters at numerous locations on Cleveland’s east and west sides, including the legendary Rocky Marciano gym on West 25 Street as well as the original Old School Boxing Club on Perkins Avenue. Delguyd opened Old School Boxing Club with fellow Hall of Famer Tony Rogriguez.

Delguyd merged Old School Boxing with Strongstyle martial arts in 2010. Delguyd and co-trainer of the year Alex Cooper train some of the top boxers and mixed martial arts fighters in the world today, including the current UFC heavyweight champion of the world Stipe Miocic.

The list of amateur and professional champions trained by Delguyd or at Old School since the 80s is long and illustrious including :World featherweight champion Daniel Maldanado, Raging Craig Weber, Jessica Evil Eye, Antonio Neives, Ryan Blue Chip Martin, Mark Davis, Tim Van Newhouse, Miguel Gonzalez, Shawn Porter, Mickey Bey, Dante Moore, John Barnett, Ashley Barnett, and Vonda Ward.

2016 Alex Cooper (Co-Coach of the Year)

2016 alex cooperWhile other children were playing tag, Alex Cooper was watching every Mike Tyson fight as a young kid as he grew up to be a big boxing fan. Cooper was born on June 1, 1983, and he graduated from Mentor High School in 2001.

He later graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degrees in finance in 2005 and he earned his M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Cooper and his wife, Renee, have one daughter, Nora, and they are expecting a second daughter in late June. While in college, Cooper played lacrosse, and following graduation he wanted to continue to pursue athletics as he joined King ’s Gym in 2007 where he started training boxers under the tutelage of Robert Francis. By 2009, Cooper, alongside Francis, were training several successful fighters.

During his career, Cooper trained Golden Gloves and Junior Olympic
champions including Jeremy Abram, Aurel Love (Open Division boxers)  and Rafael DeJesus (Junior Olympic boxer). Cooper traveled to Las Vegas in 2014 to coach Love in the Golden Gloves National Tournament where Love advanced to the quarter finals. Currently Cooper is the head amateur and assistant professional boxing coach at the Old School Boxing Club/ Strongstyle Fight Team in Independence under head coach Joe Delguyd and the boxing coach for the Strongstyle Fight
Team under head coach Marcus Marinelli.

Current Old School / StrongStyle Fight Team fighters include: Antonio “Carita” Nieves, Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, KC Austen, Nelson Santana, Rafael DeJesus, Cody Stevens, John Hawk, Aleksa Camur, Kenny Locsei, JT Miller, Ben Willeford, Alison Ainley, Darion Peterson, Jeff Pelton, Luka Strezoski, UFC Bantamweight Jessica Eye and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic.

Cooper is president of the Lake Erie Association, and he was secretary for the organization from 2013-2014.

According-to Cooper, his favorite (non Old School / Strongstyle) fighters are: Arturo Gatti, Terrence Crawford, Mike Tyson and Marvin Hagler, and the greatest and his favorite fight of all time was Gatti vs. Ward. Cooper is vice president and senior relationship manager in the Upper Middle Market Global Commercial Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Cooper is a licensed Level Two USA Boxing judge, licensed professional cut man, trainer and manager. During the past five years.

Cooper has acted as a match- maker for about five amateur boxing shows a year.

According to Cooper, “My goals is to bring more notoriety to boxing in the Cleveland areas and to make Cleveland area boxers more prevalent on the national scene.”

2016 Marty Healy (Golden Bulldog Award)

2016 marty healyAfter starting his amateur boxing career while stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia in 1967 the love for the sport of boxing is still part of Marty Healy as he continues his involvement with the Ohio State Former Boxers & Associates, Inc.

In 2004, Healy was inducted into the O.S.F.B.&A. Hall of Fame. During the thirteen years that Healy has been involved with the association, he has been responsible for the Ad Program Book and coordinated the annual amateur boxing show. He also was elected Vice President of the O.S.F.B.& A. in 2007.

In 2007, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Amateur Golden Gloves.

Boxing in the 147 pounds division while in the Army, Healy had a record of 6 and 0. To continue his boxing career when he was discharged from the service in 1970, Healy continued his boxing training with the late Uncle John Giachetti at the Easterbrook Recreational Center and at Giachetti A.C.

At this time in Healy’s boxing career under the trainership of Giachetti was short, he compiled a 4 and 1 record with him.

During Healy’s enlistment in the Army, he served from 1967 to 1968
in Vietnam. Healy, who is 67 years old, recently retired from the U.S. Postal Sevice with 31 years of service. Healy is also a proud member of the Strongsville V.F.W. Post 3345 Honor Guard. An elite Honor Guard that serves as the 7th District State of Ohio Honor Guard and assist the U.S. Dept. of Defense in memorial services.

In 2006, Healy was elected Precinct Committeeman for the City of
Brook Park & holds a seat on the Cuyahoga County Democratic Central Committee.

In his spare time, Healy enjoys playing golf with friends, spending
time with his grandchildren and his black German Shepherd Maxx. Healy and his wife, Phyllis, have two children, Marty, Jr. and Kristen, and a five year old granddaughter, Cara, and a 2 year old grandson, Joey.

2016 Chuck Hunter

chuck hunterChuck Hunter inducted into Hall of Fame posthumously. Chuck Hunter was born in Cleveland in 1925, and became one of the city’s finest middleweight contender boxers.

Hunter started boxing when he was 14 in 1942 he Won the national amateur bantam weight championship. In 1943, Hunter won the National AAU champion by TKO in the 3rd round against Buddy Holderfield in the Chicago Golden Gloves Toumament of Champions. Also during the tournament, he defeated Levi Southall in the 3rd round by KO. Hunter won the championship bout by beating Max Gonzalez. All of his fights were in the lightweight divisions.

Hunter turned professional in July of 1943 with a three round knockout win over Woody Sweeney. Hunter would win three more fights and he was later matched with veteran Maxie Berger.

Two fights into 1944 and exceptional Tommy Bell. Again over matched at this point in his career, Hunter was halted in the second. For the rest of 1944 Hunter would go 9-2. He went ten rounds with Bell in a December rematch but lost a unanimous decision.

Hunter started 1945 well with two knockout victories but his success was short lived as he would lose his next three bouts to Alex Doyle, Jimmy Doyle and Bell. Then Hunter would pull a few surprises of his own upsetting California Jackie Wilson and Rueben Shank. Hunter would win his first five fights in 1945 including a kayo over the ever dangerous Artie Levine. Then disaster struck in the form of the murderous punching Bob Satterfield. Bad Bob knocked Hunter out in the tenth round. It would take 20 minutes to revive Hunter. In his next bout Hunter lost a split decision to Jimmy Edgar. Hunter would then travel to Scranton, Pennsylvania to be stopped in two rounds by Jerry Petrovich who had a 3-1 record coming in.

In 1946 Hunter would lose a close verdict to Cecil Hudson. He would rally to defeat Bobby Berger and Sam Baroudi but lose again to Hudson to close out the year. For Hunter, 1947 was a good year for him with a 5-3 record.

Despite the bad luck Hunter would tum it around again in 1948 by defeating Dave Clark, Hudson and Steve Belloise. He ended the year losing a verdict to tough Nick Barone but he would start 1949 by defeating Levine.

Hunter’s career was turning into a roller coaster now. He would lose twice to the talented Tommy Yarosz but defeat Billy Brown and Dick Wagner. In 1950 Hunter would meet Jake LaMotta at the Cleveland Arena. With a big crowd on hand the rugged LaMotta wore down Hunter and stopped him in the sixth round. From this point on Hunter would go 4-10. He dropped a decisions‘ to future world champions, Harold Johnson and Carl”Bobo’ Olson. He retired from boxing in 1953. His final record was 45-26-1. He fought four world champions as well as several solid‘ contenders.

Hunter and his wife, Emma Meadows, had two children, Renee and Ricky. On July 3, 1973, Hunter died of an apparent heart attack at Lakeside Hospital at the age of 47 years old.

2016 Jon Melbar

jon melbarJon Melbar inducted into Hall of Fame.
Jon Melbar went from training in the basement of his parents home with his brothers to becoming one of Cleveland’s most outstanding boxers.

Melbar was born on March 29, 1975 in Cleveland to Jim and Charlotte Melbar. He was the youngest of five brothers and three sisters. Melbar graduated from South High School where he was an outstanding athlete. Nicknamed, ‘Jon Stone Hands Melbar,’ he was a star on
the football team.

Melbar’s favorite sport, thanks to his brothers, was boxing. When Melbar was six years old, his brother, Mike, taught him how to hit a speed bag. Melbar was so small that Mike had him stand on a stool to reach the bag. All of the Melbar boys boxed under their dad’s tutelage, but because Jon was the youngest and being small for his age, his mom Wouldn’t let him box she was too afraid that he’d get hurt. Despite her worries, Melbar was still allowed to train with his brothers. Over the course of the years, Mike taught him the fundamentals of the sport and together they trained in the basement gym that their dad had set up for them.

Melbar, being the youngest, had some anger management issue, and got in to trouble when he Was 15 years old. He was ordered to do community service and seek help for his anger management issues. Melbar realized that he needed to channel his emotions in a more positive way. He started hitting the gym hard. He began to train on a regular basis. When his brother, Mike, returned from military service, and the brothers began to train together. Mike was a great trainer, and Melbar, at the age of 17, won the championship in his weight division during a multiple week tournament. Melbar won boxing tournaments in New York , Pennsylvania ,West Virginia ,and Ohio.

Melbar was determined to box in the original Tough Man Competition, but he couldn’t make weight so he weighed in carrying his gym bag and his brother, Mike, stepped on the back of the scale to tip it in his favor. Mike and Jon Melbar had extraordinary careers and contributed to boxing in Cleveland. Melbar owned his own business for 20 years. He is devoted to his wife, Carol, and his five sons and daughter.

Melbar finished his career with close to 200 boxing matches, winning all but four bouts. He came a long way from standing on a box to hit the bag in his basement’. Melbar is inducted into the Hall of Fame
with Otha Martin.