Renowned German Eatery To Host A Grand Night Of Boxing, As Well As A Tribute To Arthur Mercante Sr
New York, September 13—Bob Duffy and Tony Mazzarella’s Ring Promotions will host a grand night of boxing, as well as a stirring tribute to legendary referee Arthur Mercante Sr. at the Plattduetsche Park restaurant in Franklin Square, Long Island, New York, on Thursday, October 19, 2006..
Article posted on 13.09.2006
The seemingly ageless 86-year-old Mercante has been a professional referee since the 1940s. Besides officiating Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier I, he has been the third man in the ring for championship bouts featuring, among others, Floyd Patterson, Emile Griffith, Carlos Ortiz, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Jeff Fenech, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ike Quartey, Roy Jones Jr., and Shane Mosley. He refereed his last title bout between Zab Judah and Reggie Green when he was 81-years-old.
A Long Island institution since 1930, the Platteduetsche restaurant has been serving first class German cuisine even longer than the time Mercante has been a referee.
Headlining the boxing portion of the evening is New York-area middleweight Pawel Wolak, a fan favorite whose record is 10-0 (6 kos). He will be squaring off against Jose Felix, 10-4-2 (3 kos), of Savannah. Wolak is never in a bad fight and always brings legions of enthusiastic fans to his bouts.
Also scheduled to appear are two top female prospects: super featherweight Jaime McGrath from Long Island’s East End and super middleweight Asa Sandell, a native of Sweden who lives and trains in New York. Sandell was very impressive in a losing effort to Laila Ali last December in Berlin.
Other bouts will feature an array of New York fighters, including junior middleweight Jason Thompson, 3-1 (2 kos), cruiserweight Mazur Scott, 1-0, light heavyweights Joel Castillo and Denys Lozado in separate bouts, and junior featherweight Juan Dominguez.
“This is going to be a wonderful night for New York area boxing fans,” said Duffy. “Besides great fights, they will be able to pay tribute to one of the sport’s noblest men. Few people in boxing are as universally well-regarded as Arthur Mercante Sr. This will be a fitting tribute to a wonderful man.”
Mercante’s wonderful autobiography, “Inside the Ropes,” was published earlier this year by McBooks Press. Fans will be able to purchase books at the event, and Mercante will be on hand to autograph them, as well as regale them with colorful anecdotes from his decades in boxing.
Limited reserve ringside seating is $75. General admission is $50 and VIP tables that can accommodate 10 people are available for $2,500. VIP tables include dinner, unlimited beverages, and an autographed copy of Mercante’s book.
Sponsorships are still available. To be a sponsor or to purchase tickets contact Bob Duffy at 718-852-1453 or 516-313-2304. Tickets can also be purchased at the Plattduetsche restaurant, which is located approximately one mile east of Belmont Racetrack, phone 516-354-3131 or at Frankie G’s Academy of Boxing gym in Huntington Station, New York, phone 631-673-3520.
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