Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos
Founder & President
RETIRED BOXERS FOUNDATION, INC.
Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos is a retired professional boxer with over 30 years in the sport. He conceived the idea of the Retired Boxers Foundation when he was working on a project for Sharon Stone's foundation, Planet Hope, to help homeless mothers with children. He thought if programs like Planet Hope could raise money to help homeless mothers, why couldn't he start a foundation to help retired professional boxers.
He started working on the foundation in 1995, initiating the organization in 1998 and incorporating as an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in 2000. For the first five years, the foundation was endowed by highly acclaimed writer and director, Ron Shelton (White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup, Play it to the Bone, etc.). Ron donated $10,000 a year to cover the operating expenses, which until that time had been covered by Alex and Jacquie Richardson, the Executive Director of the Retired Boxers Foundation. Even now, no one is paid a salary by the Retired Boxers Foundation. All of the money received by the RBF is used for the retired boxers.
We are thrilled with the people that have joined our foundation as an Honorary Board Member or member of our Medical Advisory Board.
Medical Advisory Board Members:
Dr. John Stiller
Dr. Ray Monsell
Dr. Paul Wallace
Dr. Barry Jordan
Dr. Skeeter McClure
Beth A. Adams M.Ed LRC, Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Specialist
RBF'S NEWEST MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD:
DR. SKEETER MC CLURE
Dr. McClure was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, a city regarded by at least 17 people as the PARIS of the Buckeye State. After a fun-filled stint in the U.S. Army, in 1963, Wil moved to the brighter lights of Detroit, Michigan.
Wil received a B.Ed. In English from the University of Toledo in 1961. Later, he earned an M.Ed. and, in 1973, a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. Whereupon he immediately had the word "Dr." stenciled on every article of clothing he owned.
A nationally-known consultant, Dr. McClure is president of his management training, consulting and executive coaching firm. For over 24 years, he has successfully delivered training in Listening Skills, Leadership, Communication Skills, Team-Building, Stress Management, and Cultural Diversity to companies and other organizations across the country. Among his clients have been the National Basketball Association, Liberty Mutual Insurance, the United States Navy, Arkwright Insurance, City of Boston, and the Towns of Brookline, Fall River, among others. In addition, he consults with police departments. For eight years, until 1980, he was an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He has a private practice; individual, couples, families, and group therapy.
Dr. McClure has spoken at over a thousand meetings and conferences, including NYNEX, the Exchange Club, The University of Illinois, Advanced Financial Services, colleges, among others. He has been featured in stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, The London Times, Detroit News and Free Press, Boston Globe, and Boston Herald, among others. A Guest on countless radio and TV shows, he's appeared on the ABC Evening News. In 2001, he was selected to review the book, The Psychology of Executive Coaching, Brunner-Routledge publishers.
Dr. McClure's recognitions include being selected a Boston Black Achiever in 1978, profiled in Who's Who in the East, was named Outstanding Alumnus for 1992 by the University of Toledo, was Chairman of the board of the Central YMCA in Boston. In 1994, Governor William Weld appointed him to the Massachusetts Boxing Commission and, in 1995, named him Chairman. He has received many citations and honors including Wilbert "Skeeter" McClure Day in Boston, MA.
In addition, as "Skeeter" McClure, he compiled the best amateur boxing record in the world as the only boxer to win EVERY national and international championship of importance, back-to-back, without defeat, in a three-year period. Despite frequently being scared to death, "Skeeter" was a 2-times National Golden Gloves Champion, 2-times National AAU Champion, a Pan American Games Champion, and in 1960, he capped off his brilliant career by winning a Gold Medal in the Rome Olympics! (His teammate, Muhammad Ali, was green with envy.) Finally, in the one hundred years of the modern Olympic Games, "Skeeter" McClure is the only Olympic Games Boxing Gold Medalist to earn a PhD,
DAVID SCHNEIDER, I was born and raised in Catskill, New York until the age of 9. My mother and I then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where a few years later I met, who I now consider my father, Mr. Janks Morton. Mr Morton is most famous for training Sugar Ray Leonard, but has trained many more world champions other than Sugar Ray. It was at that time I got my first exposure to the world of boxing. I was also was lucky enough to live next door to Alex Ramos (RBF President). who was training with Mr. Morton at the time. From that moment on, I was in love with the sport of boxing. Over the last 25 years, I have attended countless bouts all over the United States. I have met so may wonderful fighters, trainers, and executives from the WBC to the NABF. I have been blessed with such a wonderful life, I felt it was time for me to give something back to the sport that has had such an impact on my life. When I saw the dedication, time, and hard work Alex has put into The RBF, I knew I had to help.
As the New Director for the Arizona Chapter, I will be committed to helping any retired boxer who is in need of assistance. Together, I firmly believe we can touch so many lives in a wide variety of ways. I look forward to meeting and working with everyone!
KERRY DAIGLE Appointed to the Honorary Board
Of Directors for the Retired Boxers Foundation
Kerry Daigle has been a friend of the boxing community and a long time mentor to RBF Founder, Alex Ramos
[Simi Valley, CA] Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos, Founder and President of the Retired Boxers Foundation, announced today that the Retired Boxers Foundation has appointed it’s newest Honorary Board Member, Kerry Daigle, a proud Cajun from Opelousas, Louisiana—and a successful entrepreneur since 1965. He hosts a weekly radio show “Keep Punching with Kerry Daigle”, writes books, keeps a hectic speaking schedule and is a frequent guest on radio and television. He is also an international distributor with a neutriceutical company that operates in several countries around the world" found on www.kerrydaigle.com <http://www.kerrydaigle.com> .
Kerry Daigle has been a mentor and advisor to Alex Ramos and the Retired Boxers Foundation for many years. “Kerry Daigle has been a successful business man and I respect his compassion for the sport of boxing and most importantly, his respect for the boxers. We are looking forward to learning from him,” said Ramos. The Honorary Board of the Retired Boxers Foundation also includes:
Daigle’s website is www.keeppunching.com. Kerry’s radio show “Keep Punching With Kerry Daigle” offers motivation and inspiration to a global audience that listens to archived shows at this website, www.keeppunching.com, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kerry’s tremendous knack for finding and developing talent extends beyond his core business and into his love affair with the sport of boxing. Kerry finds, coaches and develops promising young fighters, helping them to excel and rise through the professional ranks and into the big leagues. He uses this special gift in all areas of his life, as a mentor and teacher at home, in his businesses and other personal pursuits.
RBF Attorney and Advisor
Avi Levy is an attorney based in Montreal Canada. He has been a great friend of the Retired Boxers Foundation, as well as a personal mentor and friend of the RBF Founder and President, Alex "The Bronx Bomber" Ramos. Avi is married, with two adorable little girls and one lovely wife!
HONORARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RON SHELTON & LOLITA DAVIDOVICH
Ron Shelton became our first Honorary Board Member and his wife, Lolita Davidovich, shortly thereafter. Ron is an acclaimed writer and director of such films as: White Men Can't Jump, Tin Cup, Play it to the Bone, and Blaze, which starred his wife Lolita along with Paul Newman.
The Retired Boxers Foundation exists today because of Ron's generosity. Shortly before the release of the boxing movie, Play it to the Bone, RBF Executive Director Jacquie Richardson wrote a proposal to Ron asking him to consider a way to link the premiere of Play it to the Bone with an event for the Retired Boxers Foundation. The star studded premiere was at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. Unbeknownst to Alex, Ron Shelton had made arrangements for Jacquie to bring Alex to the premiere so that he could present a check for $50,000 to the Retired Boxers Foundation. The check would come to represent five years of basic operating costs. While Jacquie new of Ron's plan, Alex Ramos did not. Read the following press release to learn more:
Retired Boxers Foundation Receives $50,000 Donation
January 14, 2000
Retired Boxers Foundation Receives $50,000 Donation "Play it to the Bone" Director Ron Shelton, Shanghai’d Films
SIMI VALLEY, CA] At Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater premier of the new boxing film, Play it to the Bone starring Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson, Lolita Davidovich and Lucy Liu, the movie’s Director, Ron Shelton, announced that Shanghai’d Films was donating $50,000 to the Retired Boxers Foundation. Just before the opening of the film, Director Ron Shelton introduced current boxing world champions, Fernando Vargas, Angel Manfredy, Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero and others, as well as past champions, Mando Ramos, Sugar Ray Leonard, Art Aragon - the original "Golden Boy", saving 1984 USBA Middleweight Champion, Alex Ramos, for last. "Unlike normal Hollywood premieres, this one combined the traditional Hollywood opening along with the introduction of the warriors from the sport of boxing, making it a truly unique event," said Ron Shelton. "It is truly gratifying to make this donation to help the Retired Boxers Foundation in their efforts to assist these great athletes, " he continued. "Hopefully, our donation will inspire others to help retired professional fighters, in the only sport for which there are no real pensions or retirement plans." Shelton is a great fan of the sport of boxing and has directed several sports related movies including Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump and Field of Dreams. Shelton’s announcement was a total surprise for Alex Ramos and overwhelmed the fighter, who was visibly stunned by the generosity of Shelton and Shanghai’d films.
Alex Ramos, known as the "Bronx Bomber" in a career that spanned twenty-two years and over 300 amateur and professional bouts, is the founder of the Retired Boxers Foundation, whose mission is to assist fighters in their transition from their professional boxing, to a dignified retirement. Ramos said, "Unfortunately, too many fighters retire from their glorious days in the ring, to a humiliating retirement suffering from alcoholism, substance abuse, rage disorders, homelessness and even dementia pugilistica (the medical term for punch drunk)." Ramos knows first hand, how perilous retirement from the sport can be, finding himself on the wrong side of the law and "in the darkness" of alcoholism and homelessness. In fact, he believes that God saved him so that he could do something about what many others have said for more than fifty years, including Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis, both of whom died penniless, buried by the State.
Ramos founded the Retired Boxers Foundation in 1995, incorporating as a nonprofit organization in 1995. For the past three years, he has worked seven days a week without a penny of compensation, to get the word out about the condition of many retired professional boxers. His vision is to make the RBF "The Undisputed Champion for Dignity" and prides himself on the fact that the RBF is an organization of "fighters helping fighters." In 1998, Ramos met grant writer and fund developer, Jacquie Richardson, who has donated office space and her skills to get the Retired Boxers Foundation up and running. Richardson met Ramos at an opening of a boxing gym for which she had written a grant to get kids off the street and into gyms. "Over the past year and one-half, I have found no mission more compelling than that of the Retired Boxers Foundation. I donate my time and energy to the RBF and Alex Ramos because it is such an honorable cause for which there is little support." Both Ramos and Richardson promote the RBF, seizing every opportunity to educate the public on the condition of retired professional fighters, but also to help them "one-by one" as Richardson says. "We take Dignity Packs to the fighters who are homeless, including the very basics of 'dignity', including sox, underwear, sweat suit, toiletries, shoes or whatever they need," Said Ramos. Until this donation, the Retired Boxers Foundation has existed on less than $5,000 a year in donations, with all of the expenses and services provided by what Richardson and Ramos are able to earn and from fans who send $5 and $10 checks. The largest donation received by the RBF was a $1,000 donation from Dr. Van Buren Lemons, a cranial trauma specialist from Sacramento. "Ron Shelton’s donation will allow us to serve far more fighters, and ultimately, will be the catalyst for setting up a network of supportive services for fighters," Said Richardson on behalf of the RBF.
Author and Political Consultant
While most of you know James Carville as an author, host of CNN's Crossfire and of course, as a political consultant to President Bill Clinton, most of you do not know that James is a huge fan of boxing. He believes in our mission and is a huge asset to the RBF. Following is the first Crossfire transcript occuring after James was named to our Honorary Board:
In the Crossfire: on King sounds off on boxing
Friday, December 6, 2002 Posted: 4:21 PM EST (2121 GMT)
King: "If you cast your bread upon the water and you have faith, you'll get back cash. If you don't have faith, you'll get soggy bread."
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Boxing promoter Don King has represented boxing legends including Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson.
Known for his flamboyant style and showmanship, King stepped into the "Crossfire" ring Thursday with hosts James Carville and Tucker Carlson to discuss Tyson, Tonya Harding and the state of boxing today.
CARLSON: Now tell me, James and I were just talking that we both like boxing.
First of all, every one is down on Mike Tyson, you maybe more than most even. Why? And second, what happened to Mike Tyson who had so much problems?
KING: Well, first of all, let me correct you. I'm not down on Mike Tyson. I think that Mike Tyson is down on himself. ... He chooses a path that's the wrong path to take.
But I think that he's a great fighter and a great human being. I love the guy and I'm sorry to see him go into such a state by listening to others.
CARLSON: Really. Well, we have this quote from the Daily Record from June 5. Here's what you said about Mike Tyson. Doesn't sound like something you'd say about someone you love.
"Mike Tyson could be a poster boy for the Ku Klux Klan. He's the embodiment, he personifies so that he can be [in an] ad for them to say, `See that I told you,' and everyone laughs like it's funny."
That's pretty rough.
KING: Well, that's pretty true. You must understand that Mike Tyson embodies what the Klan was trying to [say about African- Americans] -- that we are lazy and lethargic. That we can't rise to the occasion, and we all lie, cheat and steal. This is the stereotyped image that they had of African-Americans throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. And it lingers on today from the scars of slavery.
And when he acts that way -- where he would insult women, bite off ears, do things that they said all along -- then ... it looks like what they're saying has some credibility. He could have been the poster boy for the Ku Klux Klan.
CARVILLE: You know I'm a fight fan. I'm two things -- I'm a Roman Catholic and I'm a fight fan. And the day we get rid of Cardinal Law and Mike Tyson the better it's going to be for my church and my sport. So...
KING: Here, here.
CARVILLE: We're talking about several things. Colonel Bob Sheridan, who is the famous great boxing announcer, told me one of the things that people don't know, that you're a mathematical genius.
KING: Well, he's very kind. But you know that he worked with Colonel Sheridan. You know I had that distinct honor and privilege. ...
CARVILLE: But how fast can you calculate numbers? I'm told that you're the best there is. Is that true?
KING: Well, he's being very kind.
CARVILLE: Other people have told me that.
KING: He's being very kind. You know, I try to do the best I can with what I have to work with. ...
CARVILLE: I serve on the board of the Retired Boxers Association with Alex Ramos and we love boxing. But we know it causes severe damage to people. You know that and I know that. The retired boxers have a tough go.
Would you be willing to lead [something where] all the boxing promoters take a small percentage of the gross and put it aside to help these retired fighters who have severe neurological problems? A lot of them of them are lovely people but uneducated. Is there something that you and I and other people can do to help these old fighters that have been forgotten by everybody?
KING: Well, I certainly would be an advocate of that, but I'd like to also say I'd like to be an advocate for helping all of the underprivileged: the poor, the downtrodden and denied. It don't have to be boxers. It's those in this country that are suffering.
Now in addition to that, let us help the aging. Let us help the homeless. Let us help the jobless. Let us help them all. So those of us who are fortunate enough, let us contribute and work for those who are less fortunate.
CARLSON: Outstanding. I'm just personally interested. How much do you think you've made over the years promoting fighting?
KING: Oh, I don't know. You know, if you can count your money, you ain't got none.
And so you don't put it in money. You understand what I mean? You put in terms of what good have you done.
CARLSON: That's interesting.
KING: ... and what you've done in America.
If you cast your bread upon the water and you have faith, you'll get back cash. If you don't have faith, you'll get soggy bread.
CARLSON: OK, thank you, reverend. Well, tell me this, you essentially implied that Mike Tyson has become a freak show, biting people's ears and stuff. For a freak show, you really can't beat Tonya Harding as a boxer.
Do you think that's good for the sport?
KING: Well, I didn't say those words. Now you have a very sophisticated knack of taking semantics and taking them over the cliff, so to speak.
CARLSON: Well, I appreciate that.
KING: Well, you know I applaud you for that. I think Tonya Harding is a wonderful American. I mean, she went astray but wouldn't the Lord Jesus say if one sheep is astray from the flock, would [he] not bring it back into the fold?
CARLSON: Bring it back into the ring.
KING: To the flock, you know what I mean.
CARLSON: Should she be in the ring?
KING: Listen, ladies are boxing and they're doing very well at it. So you've got a lot of ladies that are really terrific. And you can't discriminate against the ladies. They've got a right -- that's what freedom is. Freedom is choice. And to have the choice to do whatever you want to do and you respect that right.
CARVILLE: Pound for pound, who is the best fighter in the world today?
KING: Roy Jones. Roy Jones is what I call a superman. He is so superior to all of his colleagues and in his weight category, that when people begin to think that he was a coward and that he would fight nobody ... he represented us [the United States] in Korea in the Olympics.
Bill Farley, (Former) Vice President, Marketing Events, Playboy Enterprises, Inc.; Night Writer/Author and Consultant
Bill Farley has been a long time fan of boxing, and the Playboy Mansion
has been the site of many a gathering to watch and to televise the fights.
BO DEREK, another one of the Retired Boxers Foundation Honorary Board Members, remembers her mother dropping her off at the Mansion to watch the boxing matches with the rich and famous.
Bill Farley’s father boxed in the service, and later wrote frequently
about the sport for several New York City newspapers. Bill himself
boxed in college as a part of an athletic career that included football,
track and field and record-setting performances as a competitive swimmer.
Bill Farley grew up in New York and attended schools in New York City and Connecticut before entering Cornell University, from
which he received his bachelor’s degree in English and Economics. After working as a newspaper reporter and a radio personality
in New York, Farley was hired by the ABC Television Network as a writer and spent four years working for ABC Sports, during which
time he worked closely with Howard Cosell and many professional boxers, including Muhammad Ali.
He moved to Los Angeles for ABC in the mid-70s, leaving the company to form his own marketing firm. He returned to ABC in 1984
to serve as Manager of Information for the International Broadcast Center of the Summer Olympic Games.
In 1985, Farley was hired as a communications executive by Playboy Enterprises, Inc. He now serves as Vice President, Marketing
Events for this global corporation. Under his leadership, the Playboy Mansion has been the site for three annual ESPN 2 Televised
In addition to his work at Playboy, Farley heads his own editorial services company in the San Fernando Valley, Night Writer. He was
a candidate for United States Representative for California’s 26th Congressional District in 2000.
COLONEL BOB SHERIDAN
Col. Bob Sheridan is an International celebrity having broadcast over 10,000 fights on radio and television, with over 725 world title fights in a career spanning parts of five decades from the late 1960’s to the new millennium. Some of his accomplishments include:
§ Anchored the world feed of the first live heavyweight championship telecast—Foreman vs. Ali in the 1974 in the historic “Rumble in the Jungle”—in Zaire, Africa. This fight was telecast to an audience exceeding 1 billion people!
He also commentated the first heavyweight fight out of the Philippines—“The Thrilla in Manila” featuring Ali vs. Frazier in 1975—Ring Magazine’s “Fight of the Year.”
Anchored the first live heavyweight title fight out of Japan, which was the upset of the century: Tyson vs. Douglas.
Commentated the first live telecast our of China on Showtime in 2000, which showcased Laila Ali’s first televised fight (arranged by RBF Founder, Alex Ramos), followed by Andrew Golota in the main event.
Anchored the world feed of a fight with the largest live crowd in the history of boxing (135,000 live gate!!!), featuring Julio Caesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.
Colonel Bob Sheridan is an award winning broadcaster/commentator respected by the biggest names in boxing. He has been the witness to boxing history –from the ordinary to the extraordinary—and has shared what he has seen with millions of people around the world. According to his fans, Sheridan is candid yet respectful of the sport and the athletes who have paved the way for his position as International Commentator Extraordinaire. Boxing fans are sure to know his voice, if not his face, because he is also the man who does the voice-overs for hundreds of the ESPN Classics. No one could ever doubt Sheridan’s dedication to the sport and to his position as international commentator. Experiencing a third heart attack and angioplasty, Sheridan checked himself out of the hospital, convincing his cardiologist Dr. Ram Singh to administer fluids and monitor his blood pressure while he commentated the Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson rematch, Sheridan never skipped another beat (no pun intended) and returned to the hospital after the fight for his second angioplasty procedure.
The Retired Boxers Foundation executives and supporters are huge fans of Colonel Bob Sheridan because he “walks the talk” of helping the organization to help the fighters. The Retired Boxers Foundation was successful in recruiting Col. Bob Sheridan to their Board of Directors in 2001, followed by two recruits, political consultant, James Carville and respected real estate developer from New England, Gary Litchfield. Sheridan never misses a chance to say good things about Alex Ramos and what he is doing through the Retired Boxers Foundation. “I can always count on Bob Sheridan. His word is for real and THAT is really something in this sport,” said Ramos. The Retired Boxers Foundation considers Col. Bob Sheridan one of the “Undisputed Champions for Dignity. Sheridan was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.
JERRY "SCHOOL BOY" CHEATAM