(L-R) - CES Boxing promoter Jimmy Burchfield, Micky Ward, former N.E. amateur standout Calvin Brown, Vinny Paz and Al Valenti, USA Boxing Alumni Association, Special Projects Consultant
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 26, 2019) - USA Boxing Alumni Association's tribute this past weekend to two of New England's all-time greatest amateur boxers, Vinny "The Pazmanian Devil" Paz and "Irish" Micky Ward, was a major success at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
A sold-out fundraiser to benefit the USA Boxing Alumni Association was held at Fred & Steve's Steakhouse on Friday evening, honoring Paz and Ward, in addition to Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger, who officiated numerous fights for both fighters.
Paz and Ward held a meet-and-greet Saturday night, prior to a CES Boxing event, as the popular boxers signed autographs and posed for pictures. They were brought into the ring, along with Smoger, and received a standing applause from the large crowd in attendance.
Paz (L) and Ward with two Junior Olympics boxers