Thursday, November 27, 2008


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Former World Title Challenger
And Current Trainer "Iceman" John Scully
Organizing Fund-raising Amateur Spectacular;
Former World Champ Mark Breland Might Attend

Windsor's former IBF Light heavyweight world title challenger John "Iceman" Scully is busy planning a twelve bout amateur boxing show for Friday, December 5, 2008 at the brand new Lion's Den Gym in Middletown, Connecticut. The card will raise funds to purchase a Memorial Plaque for longtime Hartford trainer, and National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame member, Johnny Duke who passed away at age 83 in 2006. The plaque will be permanently placed on a brick wall the currently borders the site of Duke's former gym at the Bellevue Square Housing Project in Hartford's north end.

Scully often trained at Duke's Bellevue Square Boys Club in the 80's and 90's and also had Duke in his corner for many of his amateur and professional fights. After Duke's passing in 2006 Scully set off on an eighteen month long quest that ended with the Hartford Housing Authority granting him permission to raise funds for the plaque honoring Duke and a more than forty year old gym that produced the likes of 1958 and 1959 AAU National Champion Jimmy Blythe, 1970's era New England Lightweight Champion Donny Nelson, 1996 U.S. Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey, IBO 122 pound champion Mike "Machine Gun" Oliver and two-time world welterweight champion Marlon Starling.

Scully is now the head boxing trainer at the Lion's Den in Middletown and will use the facility to run a series of amateur boxing shows on what he hopes to be a monthly basis. The first show on December 5th will feature the likes of Scully-trained five-time Western New England Golden Gloves lightweight champion Joey Perez and two-time Golden Gloves champion Christian Lau of Meriden's Silver City Gym.

Invited guests include former welterweight champions Jose Antonio Rivera, Mark Breland and Marlon Starling as well as former two-time world champion Vinny Pazienza

Boxers from several area gyms, including those coached by former Johnny Duke boxer Hector Rosario of Hartford, will be featured on the card. Rosario won several championship titles as an amateur boxer under Duke in the 1980's including the New England Golden Gloves Bantamweight title back in 1987 that he captured in Lowell, Massachusetts by scoring a final round decision over future world title challenger "Sucra" Ray Olivera.

Others gym that will take part in this event include Holyoke Boxing in Holyoke, Silver City in Meriden, Ring One in New Haven and Hamden Boxing in Hamden.
1385 Newfield Street
Middletown, Conn.


  • For information on the Lion's Den, please contact "Iceman" John Scully @ ICEJOHNSCULLY@AOL.COM

  • Ice Man John Scully Site
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