Sports Night adds Mancini to program
There are now three professional hall of famers headed to York in February.
York Area Sports Night has announced that International Boxing Hall of Famer and former world champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will appear at its 52nd annual program on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Heritage HIlls Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Mancini joins Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Perez and Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly on the show's guest list. The scheduled appearances by Perez and Lilly were announced previously.
Mancini was 29-5 in his pro boxing career that started in 1979, with 23 of his wins coming by knockout.
Mancini became something of a cult hero after growing up in blue-collar Youngstown, Ohio. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who also boxed, even taking his father's ring nickname.
Mancini won the World Boxing Association lightweight crown by stopping Arturo Frias in the first round in a 1982 bout. He was able to defend the title six times before losing the belt to Bramble Livingston in June of 1984. Mancini never won another fight. After taking four years off, he returned to the ring, losing by split decision to Hector "Macho" Camacho for the vacant World Boxing Organization super lightweight title in 1989. He fought once more, losing to Greg Haugen in 1992.
Mancini's career was marred after one of his foes, Duk-koo Kim, died four days after losing by knockout to Mancini in 1982. Mancini won by knockout in the 14th round. Both men took terrible beating in the match-up, with Mancini later saying he wanted to quit during the battle. The World Boxing Council responded to Kim's death by reducing its title bouts from 15 rounds to 12 rounds.
Tickets: Tickets for the Sports Night celebrity reception and silent auction, set for 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, are $80 in advance and $100 at the door.
There will be a celebrity dinner from 4:45 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by public celebrity autograph session from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets for the autograph session are $40, and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. There will be a limited amount of tickets sold.
To buy tickets, visit http://www.yorksportsnight.com/.