Ring 8, Veteran Boxers Association of New York, graciously invited the authors to speak at their monthly meeting on November 16 at O’Neill’s Pub in Maspeth, Queens. Scores of boxing and sports luminaries were in attendance. (Standing, left to right): Former light heavyweight contender Phil Capobianco, who now manages Joe Smith Jr., who will fight Bernard Hopkins on December 17 on HBO; David Diamante, the announcer for the Brooklyn Nets basketball team; authors Philip Messing and Robert Mladinich; former welterweight contender Johnny Turner, who “battled Robert DeNiro in “Raging Bull;” and “Elegant” Ed Post, President of Spartan USA sports clothing. Kneeling is Frank Pena of the Glen Cove Boxing Club. Special thanks to Ring 8 President Bob Duffy and board member Jack Hirsch.