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Fight Night at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Draws Sold-out Crowd


Press Release:



Chicago, IL (February 20, 2014) – On Thursday, February 13, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) presented the 5th Rocky Marciano Amateur Boxing Tournament. A sold-out crowd packed the Grand Piazza at the NIASHF for a great evening of fights and two award presentations honoring champion supporters Enrico Mirabelli and Mayor Ronald Serpico.

Wayne Randazzo and Steve Corbo co-hosted the event as masters of ceremonies. Former and future Olympians, World Champions, and boxing heroesLuke Capuano, John Collins, David Diaz, Rocky DiFazio, Mike Garcia, Montell Griffin, Nate Jones, Danell Nicholson, and Joey Ryan all attended the sold out charitable event in Chicago’s historic Little Italy. Also in attendance was Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White.

“As co-chairman, it was my pleasure to be part of such a terrific event that celebrates boxing,” said Bill Conforti of Cobblestone Development and a member of the NIASHF Board of Directors. “I was moved by the turn-out and amount of generosity. A great thank you to all our sponsors and everyone’s support.” The evening’s event revenue, which was made possible by the more than 350 attendees, exceeded $50,000 and represented a 30 percent increase from the past year.

Featuring eight elicit and exciting bouts, the amateur boxing tournament represented the kickoff for the organization’s 2014 fundraising program to support its redefined grants program. The NIASHF funds sports-related programs that directly benefit at-risk inner city youth and disabled children and adults.

This event was made possible by the following sponsors: Jimmy’s Red Hots, Miller Lite, Pepsi, Performance Foodservice, Pompeii, Supreme Lobster, Tony Spavone’s, Tukaiz, Turano, UAIC and Victoria Banquets.



The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving honorable values through sport. Founded in 1977 by George Randazzo, the Hall of Fame has 238 inductees. The organization was founded on the values of Family, Friends, Faith, and Community and has been committed to providing support to youth and adults of all backgrounds through its charitable programs, Second Wind and A Level Playing Field. The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame is located in Chicago’s famed Little Italy neighborhood, at 1431 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607. For more information on the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, please visit





Brandt Bernat –, (312) 226-5566